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?