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Old 04-05-2011, 02:02 AM   #1
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The "Down & Dirty"....I'm talking 'bout the Devil's Organ...the GALLBLADDER!

OK, so, maybe my title was a bit much, but, dang it, I am smack-dab in the middle of a gallbladder crisis, &, at times, feel like a little devil is living inside of me....the sneaky ba sir tid.
I have been on a strict regimin of fresh fruits & veggies all week, along w/sluggin down gulps of olive oil & lemon juice concentrate. How much "fun" does THAT sound like? Oh, wait...lets not forget to add the epsom salt "rinse" that you must drink as well for the "flushing".
When I first began this mess, I discovered that I did actually "pass" some baby-sized stones...now, that I have done it a few times, I have evidentially dislodged some of the "whoppers", &, yes, thankfully, those have been moving along quite as well too.
I just KNOW that, SOMETIME...sooner than later (I hope) I will be in better condition than when I first began, &, can FINALLY eat food like normal people do.
My question, is this - have ANY HERE tried to clean their own gallbladders out WITHOUT going down the route of having it removed?

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Old 04-05-2011, 02:42 AM   #2
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Huuuummm...beginning to think that perhaps my GB is just the "naughtiest" of the bunch. (trust me - it's naughty as hell)...I am working through it, & hope to impress my Dr. on the 17th when she is scheduled to see me. My determination stems from not having to hear "yep, its full, so, we'd like to schedule surgery for you ASAP"...uummmm...noooo...I am bending over backwards at present time to keep my organ. Thus far, I have "released" all but the kitchen sink (IF it was originally green in the first place) LOL :)
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Old 04-05-2011, 02:54 AM   #3
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Huuuummm...beginning to think that perhaps my GB is just the "naughtiest" of the bunch. (trust me - it's naughty as hell)...I am working through it, & hope to impress my Dr. on the 17th when she is scheduled to see me. My determination stems from not having to hear "yep, its full, so, we'd like to schedule surgery for you ASAP"...uummmm...noooo...I am bending over backwards at present time to keep my organ. Thus far, I have "released" all but the kitchen sink (IF it was originally green in the first place) LOL :)
(((hugs))). I'm so sorry you have to go through this. I have heard such awful things about the pain of gall stones. I can understand why you would want to avoid surgery, if possible. I'm sending healing vibes in your direction (I assume somewhere south and a bit west of Montreal?). Get well soon.
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Old 04-05-2011, 03:34 AM   #4
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Having it removed is no longer a big deal. In and out, and quick recovery (they just pull it through the belly button now, so you don't get a lot of scarring). Of course, if having it removed is avoidable, it is a good idea to not have it removed, but if you are in misery, I say have it removed. I was very glad to stop having the horrible pain and misery.
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Old 04-05-2011, 04:04 AM   #5
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Barb, I am sincerely confused...please forgive...the reports that I have maintained suggest that there are actual MORE reports of discomfort, plus added accounts of diarehhea due to the lack of the gallbladder.
Honestly, I am scared 2 ways from Sunday!!!!
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Old 04-05-2011, 09:41 AM   #6
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I had mine removed 12 years ago. Laproscopic surgery done out-patient. Went in the morning home by dinner. Whether the gall bladder is full or not is NOT the only criteria for removal. If it gets inflamed it can lead to infection and a whole host of other abdominal issues. An infected belly is the worst infection besides sepsis to clear up. I had never heard of flushing out the gall bladder with the diet you described in my nearly 30 years of nursing. I have not had any problems with discomfort once the healing from the surgery was complete and have no problems with diarrhea either. Initially, I would have to "go" soon after eating but my body adjusted to the change and now I am "regular" and "normal". I'm sorry you are suffering. Hope you are pain-free soon! Don't fear the after effects of surgery if your doctor recommends it.
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Old 04-05-2011, 10:50 AM   #7
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Midnight Merlot, I don't think it is possible to "cleanse" the gallbladder entirely. And if it is, you are still risking something far worse by trying to "pass" the stones. I was told that you can potentially pass a stone into your pancreas and get pancreatitis. THAT is something to be avoided at all costs. Truthfully, if you are prone to gallstones, then they WILL come back. Its just a matter of time.

I completely sympathize with your pain. Gallbladder attacks are AWFUL. I was living on lettuce, cucumbers and chicken broth and was STILL having horrid attacks. I had mine out in Dec 2007 and was so grateful to have it gone. I've never had any issues following surgery. As a matter of fact, I woke up and the first thing they asked me was, "are you hungry?" and they gave me peanut butter toast. OMG, best toast EVER! It was fast and easy and I did a yoga class 4 days later (restorative poses only) and have never looked back. I ALSO understand being scared spitless of surgery and what comes after etc. I was a mess when I was waiting. On the other side of it now my advice would be, find the best surgeon you can and get that sucker yanked as soon as you can. I'm so sorry you're in pain. There isn't much that is worse than gallbladder pain that I've experienced. Blech.
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Old 04-05-2011, 03:50 PM   #8
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mine was removed before the belly button surgery came into being. it was really just awful the pain from the attacks was unbearable so had no choice. i eat anything i want to. no sudden trips to bathroom. no permanent problems with it being gone. go for it. my pain was worse than child birth. i was very glad to stop that.
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Old 04-05-2011, 11:23 PM   #9
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Best surgery on the market - get that sucker out! The diet/cleansing you are doing does work for some folks for a while, especially if your gallbladder troubles are from a recent diet or health change. For most folks, it on;y postpones the inevitable and risks having a section of dead organ in your abdomen, which is really BAD for your health. I drove home from having mine out about 12 hours after surgery, feeling infinitely better than when I had been admitted to ICU with a R/O of heart attack and other lovelies. The anesthesia does pose a risk any surgery can involve infection etc etc etc. BUT you will feel much better for a long time with it out. A huge Fish and Chips dinner will sometimes lead to an urgent need for a bathroom, but it isn't diarrhea the way you get with a virus and it isn't very often especially once your body has had a few years to learn other ways of fat metabolism than just gall.
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Old 04-05-2011, 11:41 PM   #10
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As the others have said, it was so much better afterward. In fact, my surgeon told me that gall bladder surgery is the one surgery where you feel better right after the surgery than before. I didn't even know that I had gall bladder problems. I thought the pain I was getting for a few years was just really horrible gas. Finally it was so bad that I actually thought I was having a heart attack (heart attack and gall bladder pain often are confused for each other) and went to the emergency room. I have never regretted having the surgery.
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