Should I have my gallbaldder removed?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by livin4him, Mar 7, 2006.

  1. livin4him

    livin4him New Member

    Hi everyone, just wanted to get some opinions from people who have had this problem.
    I have been nauseaus everyday for about 2 months now. Before then just periodically. Anyway, I had the ultrasound test and the hydescan test. The hydescan was the hardest due to the time you have to lay on your back on that hard stretcher 1-1/2 hours, then they inject you with that stuff to make your gallbladder contract and I had terrible nausea with it. Finally, after 1 hour I told him my back was killing me and had to get up before they did the injection part (30 min.) he put a pillow under my knees. I should have asked for one from the beginning (duh!). The tests did not reveal any stones but from the hydescan, he determined that my gallbladder was not functioning properly, hence the nausea.
    I'm trying to research about this to find out what is available naturally to help digestive system, rather than go through this surgery. My system is so down I don't know how much I can take.
    Any input would be appreciated. I will be doing research also on here to see what I can find.
    Thanks everyone.
  2. NyroFan

    NyroFan New Member

    livin4Him:
    I have gallstones and the specialist told me to leave them alone unless they give me a problem, so I guess there is a difference between the gallbladder disease and gallstones (according to him). I eat light, non-greasey foods and seem to have no problem. At first sign of constant nausea and pressure it will be my time to have it removed. I hope it all works out well for you.
    Hugs,
    NyroFan
  3. JLH

    JLH New Member

    If your gallbladder is not functioning and is causing you problems, then I would seriously consider having it removed.

    The surgery is done by three tiny incisions now and the recovery is so much faster that way.

    I had my gallbladder removed 15 years ago the old-fashioned way--with the 8-10" incision. My recovery was longer, but it solved all the problems that I was having.

    I would talk it over with your family doc, too.


    Hugs,
    Janet
  4. Prunella

    Prunella New Member

    My chiropractor told me to eat beets for gallbladder symptoms. Beets are high in oxalates which I avoid, but I sometimes eat a little and I take calcium citrate at the same time to bind with the oxalates.

    Also, you should avoid fatty food which I am sure you already know. Also, avoid overeating.
  5. Rosiebud

    Rosiebud New Member

    as I was getting attacks and they were pretty severe.

    If I were you I would try a low fat diet and see how that goes, also take a probiotic a day. These things didnt help me so I had to have the op.

    love
    Rosie
  6. livin4him

    livin4him New Member

    Every little bit of advice and wisdom I get on this is helping me. I am going to research it as much as I can. Take care.
  7. hopeful4

    hopeful4 New Member

    That little gall bladder can cause such a ruckus! I don't know what you should do, but I'll tell you what I did.

    Several months of excrutiating pain, nausea, diahrea, vomiting, and did I mention excrutiating pain? Lost 20 lbs. in one month. Could barely eat or even drink water.

    A couple of trips to the ER, a bunch of tests, and a DX of a poor ejection fraction. No gall stones, just a gall bladder not functioning well.

    I went ahead with the surgery, after getting a second opinion. Laparascopic, went very well. Healed up well. Pain completely gone.

    This was the scenario that put me over the edge and precipitated my CFIDS "sudden onset". But, I've never, ever had that pain again.

    Best wishes to you, feel better soon,
    Hopeful4
  8. mbofov

    mbofov Active Member

    I used to have trouble with my gallbladder not working properly, and with the help of a chiropractor who does muscle testing, discovered that I needed to take digestive enzymes with hydrochloric acid with each meal. This has made a world of difference for me.

    Also, when my gallbladder was inflamed, my chiropractor gave me AF Betafood by Standard Process and this helped enormously. I had to take it for a few weeks and initially was taking about 15 tablets (they're small) a day, for about a week, then cut back to 9 for a week, and then 6. I do believe my chiropractor saved my gallbladder. To buy it, you can call around to chiropractors in your area to see if they sell it, and also there's a website spinelife.com which sells it.

    Here is some info I downloaded re AF Betafood:

    AF Betafood

    If you have gall bladder problems then AF Betafood may be your one way trip to health, vitality and keeping your gall bladder. If, after consuming consuming a meal heavy in fats, you begin to burp almost immediately, this means you have gall bladder malfunction and your metabolism is more than likely deficient.

    Today, doctors are recommending people have their gall bladders removed when the people who signs of gall bladder stress or disease. Here is what really happens. People have metabolism problems. As a result the bodily functions begin to mis-function. When certain foods are consumed that require adequate gall bladder function, we can have signs that the gall bladder is not in a position to do its job accurately. Let us consider this mis-firing of the gall bladder function. Do we destroy the symptom of the metabolism or do we correct the metabolism problem that caused the gall bladder to mis-fire in the first place. Do you think removal of the gall bladder corrects the metabolism problem? Of course not! but correcting the metabolism problem provides us with sick gall bladder relief.

    Let us observe the function of bile. Bile has a number of functions. Bile breaks down the fat in food. Bile emulsifies the fat in the digestive system. Bile works to help eliminate toxins from the body. Here is an example of how bile helps: Say you are painting and breath the fumes and the chemicals associated with paint and fumes. The fumes and associated chemicals are drawn into your lungs as you breath. From the lungs, the chemicals are picked up by the blood and carried to the liver. As we all know, the liver works as a filter just like the filter used in keep oil clean in the automobile. The liver proceeds to dump the chemicals from the paint into the bile from the gall bladder. The gall bladder then dumps the bile containing the chemicals into the intestines for elimination.

    The most important thing to understand is that the bile is your aid in removal of toxins from the body. But when the bile gets thick like cream this means the fat metabolism is malfunctioning. Bile must be thin to do it's job correctly. Cataplex F and Cataplex A thin the bile and Betafood flushes the bile route.

    Standard Process puts together the three complexes to make AF Betafood. Therefore, you need one instead of three bottles of product to help keep your bile flowing properly and possibly forego the serious problems related to malfunctioning fat metabolism.

    As you may have already guessed, AF Betafood also takes a serious stress from the liver as well as the gall bladder. The gall bladder functions properly and the liver is able to continue doing its job in relation to it's relationship to the gall bladder correctly as well .

    Indredients: Carrot powder, vacuum dried beet leaf juice, beet powder, honey, oat flour, calcium lactate, defatted wheat germ, magnesium citrate, vacuum dried bovine prostate, nutritional yeast, bovine liver powder, vacuum dried bovine kidney, alfalfa meal, vitamin A esters, arabic and cellulose gum, bovine orchic glandular extract, calcium stearate, bovine liver fat extract, flaxseed oil extract, prolamine iodine, ascorbic acid, pyridoxal 5-phosphate, mixed tocopherols, and soy bean lecithin.

    Two tablets supply 170 mg Vacuum Dried Beet Leaf Juice and Beet Powder and 130 mg Carrot Powder.



  9. Prunella

    Prunella New Member

    My chiropractor recommended AFBetafood to me, but I did not want to consume bovine prostrate among other things so he said to eat beets, leaves and all. Those supplements they have really seem to help people, but I just cannot stand the thought of what is in them.
  10. elliespad

    elliespad Member

    Thak you. That was THE most FANTABULOUS explanation for gallbladder function and treatment with BETAFOOD. Definately worthy of its' own post. Please consider posting it for all to read.
    Thank you again.
  11. dragon06

    dragon06 New Member

    I know surgery is hard cause I have had it. However, I would go ahead with surgery if your gallbladder is causing problems for you.
    I had mine removed a couple years ago. It was hard having surgery with FM but it was worse waiting the 5months for surgery with severe attackes. I truly think living with the attacks for that long with no relief is what made my FM worse, it's such a strain on the body. Although I would definitly try to have the surgery with an anesthesiaologist who is familiar with fibro as well as a surgeon who is as this made a huge difference for my mom.

    If you think you can control your symptoms properly with diet then go ahead and do that but make sure you are actually controlling them and not just putting up with them. Allowing an illness of any kind to go on in your body will only make you worse in the long run.

    There are many gallbladder problems that will effect everyone differently. The treatments will effect everyone differently. I know people who the diet has worked but it does not work for everyone.

    All I can say is this...Listen to your body. If your body is hurting or nauseous, or generally feeling unwell, choose your treatments this way. And definitly listen to your doctor if you feel you have a good doctor.
  12. wildflowers2

    wildflowers2 New Member

    I had to have mine out 2 years ago. DId all the tests you did. I kept getting weaker and weaker and sicker and sicker. Recovery wasn't that bad. Just not used to being pent up and not being able to do stuff.
    Slept most of the time anyway. The only mistake I made was the job ....went back too fast. The arm chair doctors in work seemed to think I could bounce back to normal
    ( what's normal anyway?) in a day and be back to work the next. Silly men!

    Stress can cause your gall bladder to go hay wire as well
    and add to the exisitng problems.....

    If, it's that bad get rid of it. Funny thing after the surgery and recover.. I used to LOVE chocolate and now I can do with out it.

    SO, there is plus' and minuses to eveything in life.


    good luck


  13. livin4him

    livin4him New Member

    Terrific information for me to "digest" (LOL). I really appreciate everyone taking the energy to reply.
  14. mbofov

    mbofov Active Member

    Consider it done - I'm creating a separate post re the AF Betafood. It really is fantastic stuff.

    Mary