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HELP!!!on tuesday i have to go for a gallbladder empty scan, (nuclear scan) i ended up in the er,room last week with mega cramps in tummy,they did blood work all was fine,also xrays, all were fine no stones, they set me up for this atomic bomb scan to see how my gallbladder acts, has anyone had this type of test done? the doc"s said it could be my gallbladder,it could be disease, what in the world are they talking about? i am not a big fan of er,doc"s the pain lasted for 9 hours!!until they knock me out with pain killer,i also had serious body shakes to,if i have a bad gallbladder how bad is the operation!! i need help on this one gang, thanks charlie
 

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I don't think you need stones for a gallbladder removal just a gallbladder not working right. Some people have to watch what they eat with a gallbladder that acts up some need it out. Alot of people who do get it out experience dirreha after because food passes through quickly if that happends try that calcium (caltrate plus) linda had hers out and had dirreha for years until the calcium. Just keep it in mind. Read up about anything you don't understand before they cut - it will make you feel better and ask your doctor to explain it to you better
 

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thanks terio no way will they cut until they explain it to me, all of it,i just dont know what this nuclear test thing is going to prove? thanks charlie
 

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hey flux if you read this i need your opinionon this subject, by the way how have you been,long time no hear from, is everything ok? thanks charlie
 
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Charlie , before you go too far , ask the doctor if you could have a condition called "Porphyria" . It causes severe abdominal pains like what IBS does. A 24 to 48 hour urine and stool sampling test's can be done to diagnose that ! Ask the doctor Charlie.Hope ya feel better soon .
 
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I had my gallbladder removed in January of 1998. I had several stones, thirteen to be exact. Here's how my surgeon explained it to me: It's not so much that the gallbladder is bad, but how your body produces bile. Some people produce bile that forms stones, some produce bile that is "sludgy", which also causes problems, but nothing like stones. He told me that it was possible to go in and remove the stones, but I could be guaranteed to have more stones in the near future, which meant the problem would return. I've never heard of these tests! Good luck. If you would like to discuss the gallbladder thing in more detail, email me.
 

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hey codytell me more about this porhyria, what the heck is it? but you bet i will ask my doc, thanks codycharlie
 

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thanks lisab, for the input, i do not have stones so they say, i guess thats why they want me to have that test, you may be right sludge, yuk, thanks again lisab charlie
 

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God, Charlie, sorry to hear that you had such a bad time of it. It doesn't sound like this is an invasive test, so why not get the puppy done and let them find out what they can. Then you can ask LOTS of questions! Never did find out if my husband's gall bladder had stones, because by the time they finally got to it, it was nothing but "a gangrenous sac of pus" according to the surgeon. Had it ruptured, he would have died! He was sick for a month after the surgery and on major antibiotics to be sure nothing had leaked, but he has had no side effects at all from not having a gall bladder. The bile just goes directly into his small intestine is, I believe, what they said. They can do all the tests they want on me as long as they don't involve putting anything else in my colon!
I'll keep my fingers crossed for you.
 

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Hi, I just had my gallbladder out in December and it was nothing to be afraid of, even after the surgery I wasnt in alot of pain like I thought I would be, quit taking pain pills 2 or 3 days after my surgery. I had a test done called CCK Hida Scan, where they check to see how your gallbladder is working and my wasnt, the normal range for a gallbladder is 35-40 and my was 23, but I didnt have any stones, had an ultrasound done twice in the past 2 years prior and they kept telling me it looked fine, but after many trips to the doc. finally he sent me to a specialist where they did that CCK scan and finally seen that it wasnt working right after 6 years of suffering from eating and now I can eat ANYTHING, so if you can have it out, do it!! I will never regret it and dont have any problems with diareahha.
 

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It is possible for the gall bladder to be infected or to become cancerous, but the bulk of the problems are probably due to stones (e.g., cholesterol). I have also seen some literature on motility problems with the gall bladder, but haven�t really followed it. Porphyria is very rare genetic condition involving a problem in the manufacture of hemoglobin. It is very unlikely you would have it.
 
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Definition: PorphyriaA group of inherited disorders involving abnormalities in the production of heme pigments (the base material responsible forhemoglobin (red blood cell pigment), myoglobin (reddish muscle cell pigment) and another group of materials called cytochromes.Porphyrias are characterized by three major findings: photodermatitis (light sensitivity causing rashes), neuropsychiatric complaintsand visceral complaints abdominal pain, cramping, and so on. Causes, incidence, and risk factors: The porphyrias may be inherited as either autosomal dominant or autosomal recessive traits depending on which type of porphyriais involved. Some types of porphyria have their onset in early childhood, some at puberty, and others during adulthood. A classical attack of acute porphyria generally begins with colicky abdominal pain (severe) followed by vomiting and constipation.Personality changes may develop during an acute attack as well as peripheral paresthesia (numbness and tingling), weakness,paralysis, sensory changes and muscle pain. Acute attacks can be lifethreatening, producing severe electrolyte imbalances, lowblood pressure and shock. Urine may become red following an attack. In congenital erythropoietic porphyria, the urine is constantly red. Exposure to sunlight can cause reddening, pain, sensations of heat, blistering and edema in the skin. These lesions heal slowly,often with scarring or pigment changes and can be disfiguring. Info obtained thru: www.healthanswers.com<br />and the National porphyria Foundation
 
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My Wife had this as a teenager and into her 20's. Still flares up from time to time , but not like it did as a teenager and into her early 20's. It would put her into the Er room with doubling over pain. Doctor warned her to stay out of the sunlight as that can also bring on an attack. (kinda hard not to do though)
 

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I had Porphyria as a teenager , went to the State's University for Diagnosing via a 48 hour urine and stool test. The Endocronologist (sp?) told me to avoid the sunlight on hot sunny day's and use sun blocker if I do go out. He also told me to eat sugary product's when it act's up , as there is something in that That will make the symptoms disappear. (It worked ). I ended up in the Er room one time for an injection of Demoral to try to make the Severe harsh pains more tollerable. It use to cause me pain so Bad that it would lay me out on the floor rolled in a ball holding my gut. The older I got the symptoms seemed to disappear. Old age setting in I guess.
 

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hi glendathats how i was last week,rolled like a little ball,when i got to the er room i was hurting so bad, i had let some choice words fly,esp when the doctor ask ME what was wrong with me,i told him you are the ........doctor you tell me,he said he understood,and gave me one hell of a pain killer,so i know what you mean glenda, have a nice day charlie
 
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Hi Charlie my old friend!Sorry to hear you are having troubles. I had mine out a few years ago, no stones, just alot of sludge.I had it taken out by scope & was home the next day. Not a fun experience but alot better if they can do it that way than the old way. I was back to myself within two weeks & only have a few very small marks on my tum to show for it.Let us know how it goes!sass
 

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hi sassgood to hear from you,how have you been?i will let all of you know tomorrow after the test ok,did they give you that nuclear test? what is it like? stay well sass thanks charlie
 
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