I had surgery in last December to have my gallbladder removed after being rushed to the ER with severe pain around my ribcage. I'd been having these attacks for over six months and they were getting worse and more frequent - they lasted 10 hours by that time and occured 2-3 times a week. Finally one night at 3:00am and after 6 hours of pain I couldn't take it anymore and begged my mom to take me to the hospital. When I had an ultrasound done, the doctors were surprised to see a lot of gallstones, since I'm only 17 and am very thin (5'4, 100 pounds) and I eat a healthy, lacto-ovo vegetarian diet. The following surgery comfirmed the stones, and I apparently had a number of small ones and a big one.
But since the surgery I feel like I haven't really recovered... in fact, it sometimes seems worse! My food tolerance is basically zero - my body can't handle any form of fat now, and eating any wheat and milk and citrus and tomato make me extremely ill for days (constant naseau, reguritation, headache, lethargy, bloating, dull pain between ribs), and the list of foods I can't eat just keeps growing. I already weigh so little - I can't afford to lose more. I used to be 108 before my gallbladder started, but since I couldn't eat pre-surgery because everything caused me pain I lost weight and now I still can't gain it back because I STILL can't eat!!!
Please, can somebody help?? My doctor is baffled - I had another ultrasound and an X-ray and they showed nothing, and I've already been on acid refulx medication for a while and it hasn't helped at all, so it's not an ulcer, hiatus hernia or reflux like my doctor thought initially.
I'm at a loss - I'm only 17 and my quality of life has just disappeared :(