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Comment from: Bibbens, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 03

Three months ago I had my first bout of severe pain and vomiting. I assumed it was a kidney stone. I am not obese, I don't eat meat and I am fairly active for a retired 54 year old grandmother. Gallstones never entered my mind though I wish it had. Now I am in real trouble. I went to the emergency room five nights ago really hurting. The technician did an ultrasound on my gallbladder. I was told that I had many and very large stones and they are obstructing my bile ducts. I was admitted to the hospital, taken to the operation room for a procedure called an ERCP (endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatogram). The surgeon was unable to remove the stones. I spent four nights in the hospital, vomiting bile and needing heavy duty pain shots. I will be, on Monday, in the operating room having my second ERCP. If this does not work they will have to open me up. Don't let this happen to you. If you have symptoms don't put it off. Go to your doctor.

Comment from: jen, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 11

I am overweight (75kg) and 36 years old. I was experiencing stomach pain for nearly five years now. I'm still working in Singapore as DH that time. My employer always sends me to the doctor to have prescription from the doctor who diagnosed it as ulcer only. So every time I feel pain I just took a pain reliever tablet and after a few minutes the pain will subside. Only year 2009 that pain constantly attack for almost every month and the medicine I took have no effect already that makes me seek doctor's advice from our place, here in Philippines. And the doctor told me that the symptoms I experienced is that I might have a gallstone.

Comment from: BillyRubinOCD, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: March 13

I'm a slightly overweight sedentary 47yr male. I've eaten what I liked forever. Then last Christmas I had the norovirus. Having lost a few pounds saw this as an opportunity to start a stricter diet. I ate little but often for three weeks before first bout of indigestion - never had heartburn or indigestion in my life. The evening meal was fatty over-indulgence (like I used to before Christmas). The attack was 1 a.m. in the morning. Since then I've further attacks, worsening each time, and all in the early hours of the morning, and all after a high-fat meal. I diagnosed as having gallbladder inflammation caused by small gallstones moving around and blocking biliary ducts. These gallstones had been there years and only became a problem when I lost weight quite quickly after being ill. The attacks were very painful episodes, so rather than suffer the risk of these recurring, and having to avoid eating the food I love for the remainder of my life. I opted for keyhole surgery to remove the offending gallbladder and gallstones.

Comment from: rayv, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: February 21

I had eaten a very fatty meal the evening before my gallstone attack. And frankly, I had eaten way too many fatty meals before that.

Comment from: jimmy p, 45-54 Male Published: June 17

I just came from the ER with symptoms of gallbladder stones. The pain was so horrible this time I could not find any relief at all. I tried a heating pad then an ice pad, but nothing worked. I finally gave up at 3:00am and drove myself to the hospital. They started an IV and gave me something for the nausea and pain and it was a good hour or so before it finally kicked in. Had blood work, X-ray, and a CT scan which showed up positive for a stone. I guess it's time to get serious about my diet!

Comment from: wrightmother, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 14

Unbeknownst to me my rapid weight loss and addition of estrogen at the age of 55 caused the formation of gallstones.

Comment from: beatlejohn, 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: May 31

I've had these belly aches for nearly four years now. I'm suffering from a chest ache feeling sick, headaches, so I went to the doctor and he did an ultrasound and found gallstones in my gallbladder.

Comment from: TracyC, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 12

I have had nearly a year of stomach pain, sickness, sweating, itchy skin, feeling very tired and generally unwell after eating and was being treated for IBS. By the sounds of it I have been very unlucky because I have the pain every day with only the occasional breaks. I have been going for blood each month for 4 months and each time my liver reading was high after much pressure my GP sent me for an ultrasound scan and it showed that my gallbladder was full of stones and scar tissue. Now I'm waiting to have my gallbladder removed.


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