Gallbladder pain is no fun!
Good morning guys… It was another sleepless night for me. I once again experienced a fairly severe gallbladder attack. I am totally at fault, I know, because yesterday I threw caution to the wind and had some high fat foods. That Ukrainian food was NOT worth the suffering later, trust me.
I’ve had probably seven (I believe) attacks in my lifetime now. I’ve had four in the past month or so — I think it’s time I made my way to the emergency room during my next attack. I’ve been told by doctors that gallbladder attacks and gallstones are difficult to diagnose unless you are having an attack. Which makes sense, I guess, because I’ve waited for months for an ultrasound appointment in the past, only to have the technician say that she saw a little enlargement of my gallbladder, and my liver seemed a little inflamed also, but they couldn’t specifically say that the gallbladder was infected, or the stones were causing the incessant pain over many hours of the attacks I’d had a month previously.
I was told to present myself at an ER during an attack, as it was the only way to truly know.
Except, I have an extremely busy job with many tasks that are time-sensitive, and choosing an attack-night to spend in the ER doesn’t really work for my schedule. And of course, it’s almost certainly not going to get me into surgery should I decide to have the gallbladder removed, any quicker.
And, of course, I feel bad for Barry, who’s kept up by my moaning, squirming, thrashing about in bed, and can’t really do anything to help me. He tries.
But, I’ve found a few things that do help me when I’m having an attack, so I thought I’d share them in case they might help you:
- as soon as I feel the pain coming on, despite how nauseated I am, I take 2 extra-strength ibruprophen — these tend to lessen the attack, and ease the pain somewhat
- I try to stay calm and breath through the pain (It actually does help, because when the pain gets severe in waves, I usually panic a bit)
- laying on my left side bundled tightly in a blanket in the fetal position helps
- having the tv on, even if I can’t really hear it properly, takes my mind off of the pain to a degree
- sometimes, walking up and down the stairs helps with the severity of some of the pain
From the reading I’ve done, my attacks are pretty typical:
- nausea (and sometimes vomiting)
- pain (shooting for me) from just under my ribcage on the right/middle side of my breastbone that takes my breath away
- pain between my shoulder blades
- fever and chills
I’m pretty much at the end of my rope with this. I’m now at work, and I’ve only had two hours of sleep. It’s going to be a difficult day concentrating, I’m certain.
YOUR TURN: Have you had gallbladder issues? Or, have you had the surgery to have it removed? If you did have it diagnosed, did you have to wait for a full-on attack to get it resolved? I’d love to hear from you.
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