The Gall of My Health!

Well, I thought I was feeling better, but the pain and fatigue came back with a vengeance yesterday mid-morning, and this time the pain was a lot more severe. I spent a good bit of yesterday lying down, because sitting was too painful. This was frustrating, as I had mentally reserved yesterday for writing, trying to catch up with NaNoWriMo, which I am now dreadfully behind on.

It turns out that the abdominal pains and aches I’ve been having, which came to a pretty intense peak yesterday afternoon, appears to be a gallbladder attack, or a blockage in my bile duct due to gallstones. It has caused pain in the upper right side of my abdomen, mid-center below my stomach and in my back, below my shoulder blade on the right side.

A diagnosis of a blockage in my gallbladder comes as a complete surprise to me — I know it might sound silly, but I tend to believe that aches/pains are symptoms of a cold or flu or muscle strain, not something more serious.

I’m certainly not the type to assume that I have something going on that requires an immediate change in my overall diet and will potentially require surgery. I don’t feel like I’m old enough to have body parts failing on me. Of course. I am well aware that anyone, of any age, can have catastrophic medical conditions.

This is just still very new news to me, and I’m still coping with what exactly it means.

I’m pretty sure it means that I can’t indulge in all of the rich gravies and sweet creamy desserts that are a usual part of my Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. I’m not too thrilled about that, though no amount of delicious food is worth the amount of pain I have been in for the past 24 hours.

I’ve had three abdominal surgeries, and yesterday, this pain rivaled those recoveries. It was bad. It still is bad, though the pain medication I was given has made today more tolerable than yesterday.

My father had his gallbladder removed two years ago. It was not a cheap surgery and since we are without insurance, I can only hope that the immediate dietary changes I am making will help this pain ease quickly, and maybe I can avoid having to have my gallbladder removed for now. At this point I’m dreading even having the further diagnostic testing that I need to have… both for financial and emotional reasons.

I really don’t like to think about having another surgery this year.

Also, I was really looking forward to macaroni and cheese casserole, turkey with thick brown gravy, and pumpkin pie with whipped cream on top. Now it seems like maybe those aren’t a great idea.

Do any of my readers have any experience with gallbladder issues?

Most of the things on the “do not eat” lists I’ve seen are things that we eat quite a bit of, so this is going to be a challenge.¬†Any great resources for reforming one’s entire diet?

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I'm Heather, a married mama of two teen girls, a stillborn baby girl (7/1/12), and a sweet and wild preschool girl (4/2/14). I've been blogging at The Destiny Manifest since 2001. I like to write about appreciating all of the beautiful little things that surround us, particularly in the face of grief, infant loss and mental health issues. Every day is an adventure!

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  • I’ve never had to deal with this, but I remember my Mom had emergency gallbladder surgery…so did my mother-in-law. It’s awful!

  • Cyndi

    Aww, I hope you get to feeling better soon. Sorry to hear you’ve been in so much pain. Hang in there. :\

  • Thanks Cyndi, I appreciate it!

  • Oh yes, it’s awful! My dad tells me that his pain level never got very bad before he had his surgery… lucky him! This pain is awful!

  • Stacy Harris

    Oh I hope you are feeling much better. Sorry I can’t offer any help, I dont’ really know much about gallbladders at all. Maybe cut out any caffeinne… but I am just guessing here.

  • Oh gosh, most women in my family have had their GBs removed, I’m waiting for my turn. My mom had hers removed just this summer. She was told to hold off and wait, but then she was on vacation and had to go to the ER. Was in bed for over a week because it had gotten so bad. My sister had hers removed n her 20s, so it’s not an age thing. And you’re the opposite of me. My post yesterday was about my hypochondria. Ha! Hope you feel better. I imagine holding off on the rich foods would help for at least a little while, but surgery may be inevitable…but thenim not a doctor.