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Here I thought I was having problems with my liver . . .

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

and it was my gall bladder, instead. I saw my doctor yesterday, had more blood tests done and had an ultrasound of my liver and gall bladder today. All my blood work came back normal except I'm slightly anemic.

I get this call from the doctor's office to tell me about the ultrasound results. Terry, the woman who called was so excited! I have an 8 millimeter gallstone blocking the neck of my gall bladder! Alrighty then! I have to have my gall bladder removed. I'm not as excited as Terry was. Truly. And I have to confess that I had a bagel with cream cheese after the ultrasound! At least now I know why I don't feel well.

I'm not sure how this all translate to my Spark program. I have to avoid fat, so what does that do to my nutritional balance? I have no clue how to go forward. I can limit fat, no problem, but then do I eliminate 20-30% of the calories?

I haven't been exercising much at all in the last week because I'm in pain. I'm assuming the pain will go away if I don't eat too much fat. Do I walk and strength train, doing as much as I can comfortably do? That sounds good to me.

The thing that makes me crazy is that I don't get to speak with the doctor again. Why am I jaundiced? My liver enzymes are all wonderful and happy! I thought it was my liver. Was the Crestor exacerbating the gall bladder problem or is the gallstone creating symptoms that mimic liver damage? No way for me to know. Well, I see the surgeon on Thursday. I'll have to see what the doctor says and when the surgery is going to be scheduled.
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  • KAREN608
    sometimes losing weight causes a gallbladder problem. I've known many dieters that had problems with this. So sorry it is bothering you, no fun at all.
    3101 days ago
    It's good to know what's making you sick. I'm sorry it means surgery.

    Write all those questions down. In the stress of the Dr office, it is easy to forget a question.
    3103 days ago
    Ask all the important questions when you see your surgeon. Maybe ask about a new eating plan or dietician to coordinate your calorie change.
    Hopefully after your surgery you will get to feeling better and adapting your new lifestyle.
    3104 days ago
  • EABL81
    I'm sorry to hear about your gall bladder problem, but it is good that you found out. My mom had the surgery and it made a big difference for her - no more pain! I'm sure your doctor can advise you on the diet - those are all good questions. Feel better soon!
    3104 days ago
    The surgeon will fix it all up.You will be fine my friend
    John emoticon emoticon
    3105 days ago
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