Gallbladder Scan Update

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by Mikie, Oct 17, 2006.

  1. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    I just got home from the procedure and did very well. I'm feeling a bit nauseated from having to go so long without food, but other than that, the test was easy.

    They injected me with a radioactive isotope and watched as it filled my gb. There is a digital monitor and it takes a pic a minute for 30 mins. to show how fast the gb is filling. That it fills at all is good news.

    Then, they gave me a 30 min. break. After that, they continually and automatically administered a drug to make the gb contract. The drug is administered slowly and did not cause pain except for the pain which has been shooting out my right shoulder blade.

    The machine again takes a picture a minute for the whole 30 min. period. From the digital picture, the computer knows how much fluid the gb contains in each pic. As it pumps the fluid, the machine computes what they call the ejection ratio. That is what is used to determine whether the gb is working. The whole thing was over in 90 mins.

    I won't know the results until my appt. on the 31st, so I really don't have much to tell y'all. I just wanted to post my experience in case anyone else has to have the scan. I know some who have had it done were in pain but it didn't bother me. It was a bit difficult lying still for 30 mins at a time on a very narrow slab with no armrests. At this point, though, I'm willing to do just about anything to rule out a bad gb. I was sooooo sick that if the gb needs to come out, I want it out.

    Otherwise, if it is gastritis or acid reflux, I'll just have to be careful with my diet. I've been really exhausted with all this and I hope I can get some energy back. My gastro doc has strongly advised against my trying to work even two days a week. He knows a lot about CFIDS and says the stress of even two days could set me way back. At this point, I tend to agree with him. Later on, if I can stop this fatigue, perhaps I reconsider.

    Thanks to everyone who wished me well. I appreciate your good wishes. My daughter sent a dozen beautiful Martha Stewart roses which arrived today. It was just to cheer me up. Am I lucky or what!

    Love, Mikie
  2. Marta608

    Marta608 Member

    So glad you got through the procedure with no difficulty. I send you virtual roses to cheer you up even more.

  3. 1sweetie

    1sweetie New Member

    I read your thread and post last night and I can relate so well. They can not blame my problem on my gall bladder though since they removed it when they took out a section of my colon.

    Two years ago after the endo, they found a hiatal hernia and esophageal strictures and said I had GERD. The meds made by IBS much worse. A few weeks ago they said I HAD to take the medicine or I was going to have cancer in my throat. They gave me Prevacid and told me to take it at night. It voided my Klonopin and all my other night time meds. I did not sleep one minute that night.

    I really understand the frustration. After dealing with it several months, the paid just finally got better. I just gave up on the doctors.

    I'm so sorry you are dealing with all this mess too. Take care of yourself. I hope you find out what is wrong with you.
  4. hugs4evry1

    hugs4evry1 New Member

    I hope you start to feel better soon...


    Nancy B
  5. PVLady

    PVLady New Member

    I had a simple ultrasound done and my gallbladder showed lots of small stones. I have suffered with gastritis for over a year. From what I gather, typically gallbladder disease does not cause gastitis but I am not convinced.

    I have had so many tests, including a abdominal and pelvic scan with contrast, cystoscopy (today), MRI, and all possible blood work. This all came back normal. I am trying to find out why I have gastritis, and poor appetite.

    My gastro doctor said when you have stones your gallbladder is not working and I should have it removed. (I don't know if that is true or not).

    At this time, since I have ruled out pretty much everything else, I am going to go ahead and have the gallbladder out. Three of my doctors have said they would have it out before having a attack. I guess once you have a gallbladder attack, the risk of major surgery is higher.

    Have they diagnosed you with gallstones? Did you have a ultrasound? I am wondering because it seems like alot to go through to have the test you had. My doctors act like it is no big deal to have the gallbladder removed.

    Are they trying to save your gallbladder?

    Today I had to fast 12 hours before a cystoscopy, glad thats over.

  6. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    Marta, Nancy, and Carlene, thanks so much for your good wishes. I really appreciate your support. I'll let everyone know what the test revealed after the followup visit on the 31st.

    Sweetie, I am so sorry for all you have been through. I am glad your pain is better. The lesions on my esophogus were healing when they did the endoscopy but I also worry about esophogeal cancer if it does turn out to be acid reflux. Both the Aciphex and Nexium made me very sick. I tried OTC Tagamet once and it did the same thing. If it is reflux, I'll just have to deal with it with diet. There is a surgery where they fix the sphincter at the bottom of the esophogus but they only do it under extreme need. I doubt my HMO would go along with it.

    PVLady, I'm sorry you have to have the gb removed but I do think if you have stones, it is safer to get it out. A guy living in my neighborhood had some stones get loose in his body and he lost one kidney and his pancreas. He is not well now and is skinny as a rail. Usually, they can do laroscopic surgery but if the gallbaldder is too diseased, it can be more difficult to remove it and they have to do the big incision. If it were me, I would have it done now.

    In my case, they don't know what happened. I had an attack that fit all the criteria for an acute gb attack. They did an ultrasound which showed no stones and the gb looked normal. That's why they did the functional test I had yesterday. I had an endoscopy which showed inflammation in my stomach and healing lesions in my esophogus. They biopsied the lesions and found no H-Pilori. They are trying to pinpoint the problem. My ins. would not pay for the surgery unless they can show evidence of a sick gb. I really don't want surgery either but I sure would like to find out what is wrong.

    Before all this happened, I had a pretty large abcess open up below and between my breasts. At the time, I was suffering bronchitis from all the Red Tide outbreaks we were having and I thought the abcess was from that. Now, I have to wonder if it was connected with all this that is going on. I've been KO'ed with a one-two punch and have not been well for months, since Easter. My doc has told me to stop thinking about going back to work. I think I'll listen to him, at least, for now.

    Again, thank you all for you interest, concern, and sweet wishes. Hugs and love to you all.

    Love, Mikie

  7. PVLady

    PVLady New Member

    I have one thought. I know you have taken antibiotics in the past for your fibro. (correct me if I am wrong).

    It is possible you have developed some type of system infection due to another bacterial overgrowth.

    With that external abcess I wonder if it could be caused by internal infection of some sort.

    It does not sound good and I certainly hope you are feeling better soon.

    Yes, I am going to see a surgeon next week to get the gallbladder removed. This doctor actually pioneered laparocope surgery so I waited to see him.

    Please let us know how you are doing. Mikie I know you have excellent doctors but have you seen an infectious disease specialist?
  8. hugs4evry1

    hugs4evry1 New Member

    Hon, just forget work for now and think 'wellness'.

    I know it's been a long time that you've had these problems but I for one am climbing out of my over 2 year flare.

    Just wanted to let you know that even when it seems like you won't get through it, you will!! I wasn't sure that I could ever climb out of this but I am.

    Sending warm wishes your way...


    Nancy B
  9. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    Thanks for posting.

    PVLady, I'm glad you have a good doc and will be praying that all goes well with your surgery. Actually, they did mention that possibility. They suggested that I see an infectious disease doc if the fever continues and it turns out not to be the gb. Long-term use of ABX can also cause the esophogeal problems. They think I had some kind of infection but it may not be associated with the ABX because Doxy usually does not cause resistant strains of infection because of how it works. I am doing so much better but I'm still very tired. All these months of fighting one thing and then another has worn me down.

    Nancy, thanks for you message of hope. I have improved a lot in the last five to six years but progress has been agonizingly slow (I'm not a patient person by nature :) It is unusual for me to be in a relapse this long. I see this as just a bump in the road to recovery. I think it was getting hit by two things in succession which did me in. As I mentioned to PVLady, my digestive problems have improved immensely and if I can get some energy back, I'll be in pretty good shape. If it turns out to be the gb and they want to remove it, I'll just get it over with. Otherwise, I think diet will do the trick. You are right, I have to focus on wellness right now and not be worrying about trying to work. I'm glad you are getting better.

    Love, Mikie

  10. PVLady

    PVLady New Member

    I wanted to mention one drug thats very old and really helped my gastritis. It is called Carafate. It really coats your stomach lining, especially any areas that are inflamed. You feel soooo much better,

    I also sleep with the head of my bed elevated.
  11. Bruin63

    Bruin63 Member

    I hope they have the right answers for you on your visit, gee that's Hollowen right? Hmm, Think the Dr.s office staff will be all Dressed up, ;o)
    They do at the PCP's office, they are a fun bunch.

    I had my GB out and even tho I had to do it after a trip to the ER, I am glad it's gone.
    It was in 1990, and of course they left a Huge scar across the abdomen, and I have scar tissue there that cause's some CMP Pain.

    I hope your problem is solved, without having to have an invasive op, but they do leave small scars now.

    Is that Red Tide still hanging around your area?
    I hated it when it was so bad along our Coast, and you couldn't go bodysurfing. ick!

    I'll keep you in my Prayers, and hoping for the Best,
  12. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    I started a new post for my latest update. It is the gb and I will be seeing a surgeon. I just want to get it out. It's barely functioning and it's what has been making me so sick and unable to get back into remission. I just hope when it's out, I start to feel better again.

    Thanks for all your help and concern.

    Love, Mikie

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