For the past several days I have been having major GB drama. It is hot to the touch, tender, and off and on extremely painful. I have almost no appetite. When I do eat, sometimes I throw it back up. The rest of the time, I just feel quite nauseous and miserable, as if my food is right in my throat (indigestion, I guess). This all got so severe on Friday, and I was also very, very dizzy, to the point that I could hardly walk straight. I also (sorry TMI) started passing what looks like possibly undigested fat with my BMs. I called my DH and had him take me to the ER. I am a very natural minded person and not a fan of Western Meds.
Background info before I go on: Had this same trouble when I was pregnant with DS 4 yrs ago, toward the end of the pregnancy. After he was born, I had bloodwork, ultrasound, and a HIDA scan. All of which came back normal. No stones visible, no poor functioning of the GB. I was told I could have it taken out if I wanted to, but technically it was fine. I chose to keep it and try to do my best to heal it naturally, not wanting to have surgery with a newborn (or at all). After a couple of weeks, it all passed. No more troubles. I had no attacks really, for 3 yrs. Then back in January, had a pretty bad attack. I did the castor oil packs, and it wasn't helping me. I got some chinese herbs that were for helping get rid of stones, in the hopes it would help. And it did. Fast forward to now..8 months later it's back with a vengeance.
Now, this attack has had more symptoms than the other 2 times I have dealt with this problem. The nausea, dizziness, and digestive issues are new. Before it was just the pain.
So, we went to the ER, and got horrible treatment there. Basically was told that they could give me pain meds but would not re-run any tests I had done FOUR years ago because there was no reason to believe the outcome would be different. (Yes I am filing a complaint). I went there out of desperation and got no help.
Here is my question if anyone is still with me. Tomorrow I plan on seeing my family doc and probably having an ultrasound. IF that shows no stones again, what should I do? Is there any chance I can still keep this GB? Or am I just past the point of keeping it and I need to get rid of it? I know that is not a great solution but I am just really suffering here. I eat a healthy diet, and I limit my toxins as much as possible, and have been doing that for 5 years now, but clearly this problem has progressed despite that. i really prefer not to have the HIDA scan. But I don't know what to do.
Has anyone else ever had GB problems but no obvious stones or ill functioning? I just hate the thought of surgery if it can be saved, yet, I am really torn because I can't stand the illness either. Chiro and acupuncture haven't helped me..diet hasn't helped..I'm just not sure what else I could do while it is already this diseased. Dh thinks I should have it out, even if they don't find stones. I guess I could also try the chinese herbs again..however it's clear this problem keeps coming back.