Thursday, October 09, 2008

Okay, so maybe it isn't the little notes that have had me tossing and turning.

I woke up at midnight last night with sharp pains right near my diaphragm. Within 30 minutes I started feeling nauseous, and within another 30 I was tossing my cookies every 15 minutes until the sun came up. The pain had moved to underneath the rim of my right ribcage, and I had bile action going differently than I had ever witnessed in my lifetime. I couldn't find a comfortable position to lie in, and was flopping on the bed (or in and out of the bed) like a fish until the sun came up.

I called my dad to cancel our regular Thursday errand running, as I had called the advice nurse and they wanted me into the Emergency Room. My mom was over in toot-sweet to help me get MyFavoriteKid out the door and then she drove me to the hospital.



Diagnosis?
Gallstones.

Now I'm in research mode so I can explore all of my options while I await my consultation with a surgeon in two weeks. Meanwhile, mild lowfat diet and pain meds. Yay.

At least this information does explain a few things. That part I like.

15 comments:

helenkosings said...

My brother and my cousin both went through the hell of gallstones. Both had their gall bladder removed (over ten years ago when both were in their 20's) and have been fine ever since. I had terrible gall bladder problems while pregnant with my last child, but thank God nothing since. I'll definitely say prayers for you!

M-H said...

Been there, done that, hon. You'll survive. The surgery is a snip. :) Mine was diagnosed a few days before Xmas, and I had to survive all the parties without eating any of the luscious foods on offer. That was really hard! On the up side, as it was summer here I was able to pig out on all the lovely summer fruits: peaches, raspberries, apricots etc. And I lost weight!

Lorena said...

Yikes! I don't know much about gallstones, but my husband's family has a lot of trouble; most of them have had their gall bladders removed and they're all fine now.

What are you allergic to (if you don't mind my asking, as I am Queen of Allergies these days)?

idyllicchick said...

Yuck! Gallstones sound like evil things. Sending you good healing vibes!

Jen Anderson said...

Ow! Pain sucks. Feel better.

Shrinky Inky said...

I'm so glad you went in to have that checked out - the surgery is simple, it's all laproscopic now and you will feel sooooo much better after.

ahhh, aging, such a fun thing!

~Donna~ said...

biiiig huugs...rest easy my friend...

Jeannette said...

My first girlfriend had gallstones, she had the surgery. It was a breeze and she was back to being ordinary in a couple of days. Wish you the best and speediest of recoveries!

Out of curiosity, what are you allergic to?

not supergirl said...

Wow, as soon as you started describing it, I was sure it was stones. I suffered through those attacks for nearly two years with increasing frequency before they were diagnosed correctly. In that time, I'd had diet changes, lots of meds for GERD (didn't help because that wasn't the problem!) and even some odd muscle relaxants in case it was esophageal spasms. I had the laparoscopic surgery to remove my gallbladder in July and felt OK in a few days, though the fatigue from the surgery lasted at least a week (or so it seemed to me). I haven't had an attack since, and am so glad I did it. It wasn't a pleasure or a complete breeze, but it was better than having even one more of those attacks.

not supergirl said...

And I hope you feel better soon, whatever course of action you choose. (sorry for the earlier "all about me" comment - perhaps I should get my own damn blog if I have so much to say about myself...)

JennaKate said...

Oh no! Sorry to hear you ended up in the hospital - scary! You're in my thoughts - hope the research and surg consult go well. Keep us updated and get well soon!

The Bon said...

Hang in you! I'm glad you went and got things looked at and will keep my fingers crossed for speedy healing and dealing with this!

Dani said...

Oooh, been there (at the tender age of 19, when everyone tells you it's 'just heartburn'). The keyhole surgery really was easy, recovery wasn't too bad as I recall - up and about (gently!) straight away, touring university campuses six days later. Best of luck, and I hope you're able to avoid further attacks til your consult!

Wheelchair Dancer said...

owwwww. oh no. That sounds scary.

Hang in

WCD

JessZ said...

So sorry to hear you are sick. I hope it doesn't last long.