While you wait for your tests, eliminating some foods/drinks can help ease your symptoms. Fried/greasy, fatty and spicy foods, milk, acidic fruits and vegetables, colas, overly processed foods, red meat, artificial dyes and sweeteners all are hard for the body to digest. Some people are also sensitive to gluten found in breads and cereals.
Until my gallbladder surgery I had to avoid all the above food and spent a lot of time of just chicken broth and chamomile teas. When I was able to eat I could handle chicken, wheat bread, bananas, apples, broccoli, peas, carrots and grapes. No butter or spice added to any of my food.
Now I am fine with just about everything so far. I am 5 days post op.
Good luck and make sure the doctor considers your gallbladder if you still have yours, because it can mimic GERD. My GERD had been under control for years so I knew it wasn't that. Also you can take Zantac with your other GERD medicine that may help your symptoms. For the other end of the GI tract try Colace and Metamucil because its gentler than stimulants.View Thread
Hi My name is Bianca. I am 28. I had my gallbladder surgery this morning at 730a. I thought I would share my experience and recovery because there are a lot of horror stories out there on the internet (personal experience)
After surgery I was initially in a fair amount of pain. It was well controlled however and about three hours post-op I was up walking the halls. I went home at approximately 5 hours post-opt feeling really well. Aside from some pressure in my abdomen (from the gas used to inflate my abdomen) and some mild discomfort at my incision sites I felt fine. I was a little dizzy but that's normal after coming out of anesthesia. I was sent home with Norco for pain. I have been able to eat soft bland foods, mostly because I am not really hungry yet and don't want to overwhelm my system by advancing my diet to quickly. I am able to return to work after a week at home. I can't do anything strenuous for 4 weeks after surgery.
It wasn't as scary as a lot people made it out to be. Its still surgery and there are always risks. I was mostly concerned of reaction to anesthesia because of my asthma. I did have some trouble with my oxygen saturations as I was waking up from the anesthesia but have been fine since then. I tolerated this better than an endoscopy I had back in 2007 to check for ulcers.
I hope this will ease some fears of people going into a laparoscopic cholecystectomy, I will continue to provide information during my recovery as I am able to.View Thread
The last 2 days has seen me sleeping a lot. I have been sore but feeling okay. I haven't had any trouble with food thus far. I have been able to advance my diet to now include bake chicken. I am able to walk around comfortably. I just get worn out with much more than that. I figure I am doing pretty good thus far.
Hi sorry your going through this. When I was 20 or 21 years old I had my first experience with how scary GERD can be when you don't know you have it. I had some very intense chest pains, sweating, nausea,and shortness of breath. I went to the ER they check my heart, took blood, did a chest x-ray and assured me its not my heart that it more than likely was reflux. My family doctor ran some more test and put me on some prescription H-2 blockers. I was also on anti-inflammatories for a sports injury. I continued to have nausea despite the medications, however the chest pain no longer accompanied my symptoms. I eventually had a scope to check for ullcers, the doc confirmed my GERD diagnose and discovered a hiatal hernia,
He took me off my anti-inflammatories. My stomach got better, I still had to eliminate the foods that set me off. I eventually learned what set my GERD off. I now control my symptoms without any medications. Now I am 28 and knowing that my dad has heart issues and is relatively young my GERD symptoms concern me sometimes. One of the easiest ways to tell if the symptoms are heart or gut related by taking an antacid, If my symptoms go away, which always does, then its my stomach and not my heart.
I think your fine based upon the thoroughness of the doctors and your age. You have no sings of heart issues, and your SOB could be because you may need more exercise. It still can be scary to have your symptoms and be young, I know from experience. You just have to aim for the most likely cause of symptoms first and treat that, that is what doctors do, and if the treatment doesn't work move on to the next thing it could be based upon symptoms.
Good luck to you and hope you feel better soon.View Thread
I did have a HIDA scan but it was back in 2007, it showed my gallbladder was a little sluggish but functioning okay. The doctor told me that if I had another attack then he would remove it. I didn't have another attack until April of 2013. I have never been diagnosed with IBS, I do have a hiatal hernia and GERD. The doctor said it needs to come out.
Thank you for keeping me in your prayers. I will update my recovery as I am able.View Thread
I am 28 with gallstones and a spamming gallbladder. I am schedule to have it removed Jan 7.My first attack was in 2007. Was fine until April of 2013. I have symptoms for the last 8 months almost continuously. I have some of the symptoms your describing. My pain is located in the right upper abdomen just under my ribs, it radiates to the middle and back into my back and right shoulder. I am bloated, have no appetite,fatigued, nauseous, dizzy, have diarrhea and indigestion. I am taking Prilosec, Zantac, Tramadol, Norco, and Colace for what's going on with my gut. I am on a liquid diet right now because I just had another attack. I have been on a low-fat diet for awhile now, I had recently eliminated all diary and am considering either limiting or eliminating wheat/gluten from my diet hoping it will help with the diarrhea.
I hope this information helps and that you get to feeling better soon. Be persistent about your symptoms.View Thread
Hi I just meet with my surgeon to discuss removing my gallbladder. I have done all of my pre-operative work-ups and now wait until Dec.30,2013 to be have the impatient surgery done. I am nervous about the surgery because this will be my first but glad that I am going to finally this thing out of me.View Thread
If the pain is on the right side just under the ribs or slightly towards the center then its probably the gallbladder. particularly when the pain is at night. Pain that is vague on the left or lower could be gas pains. I have had problems with my gallbladder for about 8 months now. I am scheduled for a consult with a surgeon on Thursday Dec 19. I am well aware of the symptoms associated with the gallbladder.View Thread
I have gallbladder issues, right now I am awaiting surgery to have it removed. My blood work always comes back normal, the only time its not normal is if a stone is blocking the common bile duct and therefore causing the liver to become inflamed. Usually they do an ultrasound to see if there are stones in the gallbladder or a HIDA scan to check if the gallbladder is contracting properly. If you have pain in the upper right abdomen after eating a fatty meal then I would have someone check your gallbladder.