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Re: Gallbladder or muscle problem??
« Reply #20 on: January 15, 2014, 08:34:34 PM »
Hey everyone,

I am very upset. I finally heard back from my HIDA scan and it showed I have a low functioning gallbladder and my doctor recommends me to have it removed and wants me to set up an appointment with a surgeon  :( I've never had surgery, never been put under, and I'm really scared! I don't even know when I'm meeting with the surgeon yet... I guess they will call me tomorrow.
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Re: Gallbladder or muscle problem??
« Reply #21 on: January 15, 2014, 09:08:54 PM »
Sparkle, the relief you have when it's out is completely worth it.    They will most likely do it through laparoscopy (The full surgical type is VERY rare, my doctor said.)     The worst part for me was the 30 minutes of gas pain in recovery, then I went home and slept for basically two days after that.  The rest of it was just me taking my pain & nausea meds (didn't need those after a few days) and resting until I went back to work a week and a half later.   I do not miss my gallbladder one bit. 
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Re: Gallbladder or muscle problem??
« Reply #22 on: January 15, 2014, 09:42:05 PM »
Ah! Sparkle! I'm sorry as I know how afraid you are of surgery. However, gob surgery is laparoscopic and an outpatient procedure. One of my best friends had hers removed last year after having classic gb attacks.

How low was the percentage of your functioning? I know neither of us were concerned about our gb because we don't have classic gb attacks but the same discomfort. Does your doc think your dis functioning gb is the cause of your discomfort?!
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Re: Gallbladder or muscle problem??
« Reply #23 on: January 16, 2014, 06:15:29 PM »
Hey everyone,

I am very upset. I finally heard back from my HIDA scan and it showed I have a low functioning gallbladder and my doctor recommends me to have it removed and wants me to set up an appointment with a surgeon  :( I've never had surgery, never been put under, and I'm really scared! I don't even know when I'm meeting with the surgeon yet... I guess they will call me tomorrow.

Please think about this.  Consult with at least one other doctor.  I think I mentioned in another post that a fair amount of people show a low functioning gallbladder.  If your gallbladder is not infected or loaded with stones or at the point of bursting (mine was), it is well worth to hold off the surgery and see if the gallbladder is the source of your discomfort/pain. 

You description of your problem can also be a classic symptom of anxiety.  Check it for yourself in the symptom survey here on this site and other anxiety sites. 

I'm no doctor, and you should always take your own decisions based on the best evidence, but this alternative is worth considering, especially because you are on an anxiety site, so you must have past problems or an inkling that this is stress related.
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Re: Gallbladder or muscle problem??
« Reply #24 on: January 16, 2014, 10:09:43 PM »
I spoke with my doctor's nurse and I did ask her if she knew what percentage it was functioning at, but she didn't know. All she could tell me was that its just a low functioning gallbladder. I still haven't heard back from them in regards to meeting the surgeon and speaking with them. I suppose the surgeon could hopefully give me a better detail of the results and what percentage my gallbladder is functioning at.

Do most people really have low functioning gallbladder?? How do I get a second opinion? Do I just call any other doctor? Would they need my hida scan results? People at work td me I should get a second opinion... But they told me different things to do. One said my doctor could refer me to another doctor for a second opinion. The other person said to go to any doctor... Basically someone that doesn't even know my doctor... But how would they know the results of my hida scan? I guess I just tell them?
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Re: Gallbladder or muscle problem??
« Reply #25 on: January 16, 2014, 11:29:23 PM »
I spoke with my doctor's nurse and I did ask her if she knew what percentage it was functioning at, but she didn't know. All she could tell me was that its just a low functioning gallbladder. I still haven't heard back from them in regards to meeting the surgeon and speaking with them. I suppose the surgeon could hopefully give me a better detail of the results and what percentage my gallbladder is functioning at.

Do most people really have low functioning gallbladder?? How do I get a second opinion? Do I just call any other doctor? Would they need my hida scan results? People at work td me I should get a second opinion... But they told me different things to do. One said my doctor could refer me to another doctor for a second opinion. The other person said to go to any doctor... Basically someone that doesn't even know my doctor... But how would they know the results of my hida scan? I guess I just tell them?

Most people is too broad a term to use when talking about a lower functioning gallbladder.  Some would probably be more accurate  But -- do you have typical gallbladder symptoms: bloating, nausea after eating, especially fatty meals, a drilling pain in your abdomen below your ribs (not something that feels like a muscle pull)? Those are some of the typical symptoms. 

If your major symptoms are upper right quadrant pain, pain between the shoulder blades and intercoastal or rib pain, these are not necessarily the symptoms of a bum gallbladder.  What I'm saying is that you should ask your doctor or doctors if the gallbladder is enlarged, swollen, infected, loaded with stones, and creating fluid around your liver. All of this they should be able to see with imaging of one type or another.  If not, and if you do not have some of the typical symptoms, then, in my opinion, there is no rush to surgery. 

Examine in a quiet moment when you can calm yourself down the time, place or conditions of when this pain first started.  Examine you life situation and its stresses.  Examine how you hold yourself.  Are you cringing and rolling your shoulder forward or up?  This is something that is done unconsciously, the "flight or fight" reflex".   

Also, are you a nervous person?  Have you had previous maladies that nobody could put their finger on: digestive, lower back pain, headaches (migraines especially).

Just give yourself time to think before going under the knife, because there are many cases where people go in with this type of pain, have their gallbladders removed, and the pain remains. 

Once again, I'm not a doctor, obviously, but these are some points to consider.  Carefully.
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Re: Gallbladder or muscle problem??
« Reply #26 on: January 17, 2014, 02:26:47 AM »
I just wanted to pop in and say that I had serious issues with pain in that same area. Weird twangs all of the time, sometimes feeling like electric shock. As soon as I got my anxiety in check and quit focusing on it, it went away. No more problems. It could just be your anxiety.
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Re: Gallbladder or muscle problem??
« Reply #27 on: January 17, 2014, 08:19:23 AM »
One more thing I want to clarify regarding the removal of the gallbladder and pain continuing.  The reason the pain continued was because the gallbladder function was either not the correct diagnosis, that  it was not the source of the pain, or there was a coincidental problem with the gallbladder and anxiety/stress symptoms.

Again, I'm not a doctor; this is not medical advice, but think of this, too.  What exactly does a low functioning gallbladder mean when people have them removed all the time, thus having a zero functioning gallbladder? :winking0008:
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Re: Gallbladder or muscle problem??
« Reply #28 on: January 17, 2014, 08:05:55 PM »
I had bloodwork done, upper abdominal ultrasound, and just had an endoscopy. All supposedly came back fine just a little irritation and redness in my gut. I still have pain in my right side shooting through to my mid/lower back. My question is would all these tests show if there was something serious going on or should I order an mri and more testing? I just want to know what's wrong like so many of us apparently. They didn't tell me my GB was low functioning. Would the Ultrasound show that or not? I have so many questions I think I need new doctors :(
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Re: Gallbladder or muscle problem??
« Reply #29 on: January 17, 2014, 08:08:27 PM »
n50 - HIDA scan shows a low functioning gallbladder. Ultrasound shows gallstones.
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