From: "Teresa French"
Date: Sun, 14 Apr 2002 12:15:43 +1000
Subject: RE: [gallstones] Re: cold liquids & Tip for the Day
I suspect I have one (or many) of these critters, as my attacks are a daily
event... I have just gone and had another stickybeak at my ultrasounds and
yes, it looks like I have gravel, no stones... but they hurt just as much I
reckon! Second flush didn't produce much (didn't see anything) and pain has
been around all week. Actually, this week for the first time, I was woken up
in the middle of the night by an attack - my attacks have always in the past
been anywhere between 1pm and 4pm, this was the first time it was later.
Nervous about doing another flush - I feel like I have opened Pandora's box
and don't want more pain. I need to lose weight, and I have started
exercising, so am hoping this will help over time too. Been trying to be
more good with diet, but paradoxically, as I have been exercising regularly,
I have been overeating to compensate. I am hoping as I get fitter and can
cope with more exercise that I will balance this. Only time will tell.
I know actually that the gallbladder attacks are heavily affected by stress
in my case, and I am the most stressed I have been in my life, so am working
very hard at getting rid of all the stressors (so I should get back to
balancing the books!)
> However, you may have other engines running
> such as high concentration of calcified substance in the gallbladder
> so that the shear "squeezing" of that organ in response to food (fat)
> stimulation brings on pain. Or, a small particle almost permanently
> lodged in the outgoing portal duct. This would present itself with
> very regular discomfort almost on a daily basis. Have you had
> bilirubin levels measured over the history of your gallbladder
> problem? Would be curious of know those readings.