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20th February 2007
I have been posting on the various threads here. Today is day 8, doing very well actually. I did have two recurrences of the center/left side pains that go through to the back. One was on day 5, started at night, that lasted about half an hour. I had a bad attack two days later that started just after 2am and lasted until I got up, and then lingered a bit after that in a milder form. I was pretty disappointed as you can imagine. I saw my surgeon for follow-up and he thought it might calm down on its own accord, but since I also have gastritis, I worry it might be that. I told him that the Protonix wasn't helping me. He suggested trying Pepcid AC. I bought the drug store version of that drug and took it before dinner last night. I was pain free last night. I don't know for sure if it was the medicine or just a good night. I will continue to take the AC each evening for a week. If I am pain free for one week, I will go off the medicine and see how I do. My indigestion and nausea are gone. I am regular and have no problems with anything I eat. On the other hand, I don't eat fast food so I don't know if I could survive a burger, fries, and a milk shake!! I wish you didn't have to wait so long for your surgery.
21st February 2007
Did your doc offer any explanation to that left side chest pain?? I know that stones can block the pancreatic duct and that would cause left side pain...though I expect that would show up in an ultrasound. Did you have an ultrasound? I have had luck with the pepcid AC (or drug store generic) with stopping my left side pain. Apparently it is due to gastritis. Oddly though, I have no daytime pain now that my gall bladder is out..only nighttime pain, and it is less. Strange, complex inter-relationships between all the organs in your body. Are you using any anti-nausea drugs?
21st February 2007
I think that's what scares me, a blockage near the pancreas or something. No ultrasound that I can recall having. I had the HIDA scan. The surgeon did say he was going to run some kind or something during the removal of the gallbladder to check the ducts, but I guess I'm worried they are waiting too long to check this out. I did buy some Pepcid AC -- and will try that again in the meantime. I have noticed when I lay on my left side it does seem to be relieved, but whenever I'm up, it starts hurting again. I take Ambien at night to sleep. I never notice pain in the night. Your notes are my inspiration for my surgery and just getting this over with. I think you are the only one that seemed to have symptoms very similar to mine. I do appreciate the responses. Did you have the HIDA scan or was it the ultrasound that determined yours gallbladder needed to be removed? Also, I have no appetite at all, and haven't had. I have to force myself to eat anything. Did you have that problem before surgery?
21st February 2007
I believe I have read that pancreatitis is worse when lying down and it helps to sit up and lean forward. I started out having indigestion and mild nausea, no pain. that went on for several months. My doctor ordered general blood work and tests specifically for the liver and pancreas. He also ordered an ultrasound. The blood work was normal. The ultrasound only showed a mildly enlarged common bile duct, but within normal limits. I did not have any stones. After Protonix failed to ease my symptoms, I went to a GI doctor. He ordered an endoscopy and a HIDA scan. The ejection fraction on the HIDA scan was 17% and so he wanted to have my gall bladder removed. The endoscope exam found moderate gastritis and a mild hiatal hernia. The burning pain in the center and left of center which bored through to the back started just about the time I had the endoscopy. So the problem escalated from simple multi-hour tummy aches to actual pain. Nothing seemed to stop it. My appetite was pretty good though I found myself eating smaller portions and I lost a few pounds. No vomiting at all. After the gall bladder was removed on Feb 12th, I had a few days where I didn't feel too good, but now I feel pretty good. I still have some pain on my right flank back where the kidney is...not sure what that is. I have had some of that harsh pain in the center and left abdomen since the surgery but it only happens at night. Before it was happening night and day. The Pepcid AC seems to help that which makes me think it is due to the gastritis. My pain often hits around 2 or 3am when I am sleeping and then lasts until I get up. Before the surgery, it would last another 5 or 6 hours after rising. It hurt so bad that I went to the emergency room on Feb 3, heart checked out okay, sent me home with no diagnosis. I will see my GI doc again in early March and I will query him on my gastritis and any remaining symptoms at that time. The surgeon told me my gall bladder was enlarged and had adhesions which was almost certainly due to the fact it wasn't functioning anymore. I believe that it will take a few more weeks before I really know how I am doing. I am surprised your doc didn't order an ultrasound to check for stones. It is a much less expensive test than a HIDA scan. I don't believe the HIDA scan is good for diagnosing stones. You are probably doing the right thing in having your gall bladder removed as a result of the poor ejection fraction. It can only get worse. When you and your husband go see your doc, write down the questions you have so you don't forget to ask them. I often go in with the questions in my head and then get sidetracked and forget to ask them all. Oh, I did start getting some right upper quadrant pain shortly before my surgery. I was almost glad as it validated the diagnosis. I am still not absolutely certain what this left side pain is all about. Ask your doctor if there is anything you can do for your pain, perhaps a prescription pain killer, to get you by until your surgery in March.
31st May 2007
I had a question too. I have upperstomach pain which goes to the right and then left below my ribs it also can raditate out both sides of my back. My ultrasound and HIDA showed normal gallbladder. I too get relief when I lie down on my left side. Worse when sitting up. I am now taking Nexium which helps with a burning feeling I had. I do not get pain at night. I have no answers from two GI's. My pancreas scares me too. Let me know if you get any insight.
Thanks

[QUOTE=Ladybiker;2813405]I think that's what scares me, a blockage near the pancreas or something. No ultrasound that I can recall having. I had the HIDA scan. The surgeon did say he was going to run some kind or something during the removal of the gallbladder to check the ducts, but I guess I'm worried they are waiting too long to check this out. I did buy some Pepcid AC -- and will try that again in the meantime. I have noticed when I lay on my left side it does seem to be relieved, but whenever I'm up, it starts hurting again. I take Ambien at night to sleep. I never notice pain in the night. Your notes are my inspiration for my surgery and just getting this over with. I think you are the only one that seemed to have symptoms very similar to mine. I do appreciate the responses. Did you have the HIDA scan or was it the ultrasound that determined yours gallbladder needed to be removed? Also, I have no appetite at all, and haven't had. I have to force myself to eat anything. Did you have that problem before surgery?
7th June 2007
Sadtummy, did your pain go away on the left side and back? Thanks as I am going through the same issues but all tests are negative.
Thanks
Sisty
[QUOTE=sadtummy;2811165]I have been posting on the various threads here. Today is day 8, doing very well actually. I did have two recurrences of the center/left side pains that go through to the back. One was on day 5, started at night, that lasted about half an hour. I had a bad attack two days later that started just after 2am and lasted until I got up, and then lingered a bit after that in a milder form. I was pretty disappointed as you can imagine. I saw my surgeon for follow-up and he thought it might calm down on its own accord, but since I also have gastritis, I worry it might be that. I told him that the Protonix wasn't helping me. He suggested trying Pepcid AC. I bought the drug store version of that drug and took it before dinner last night. I was pain free last night. I don't know for sure if it was the medicine or just a good night. I will continue to take the AC each evening for a week. If I am pain free for one week, I will go off the medicine and see how I do. My indigestion and nausea are gone. I am regular and have no problems with anything I eat. On the other hand, I don't eat fast food so I don't know if I could survive a burger, fries, and a milk shake!! I wish you didn't have to wait so long for your surgery.
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