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Gallstone pain nearly every night

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I have pain almost every night. I occasionally get the night off but no more than 1 night. I've been reading about people who have a few attacks and get their gallbladder out and its confusing me. This has been going on for 6 months for me, an ultrasound confirmed 1 gallstone and inflammed gallbladder over a month ago. I've had 6 attacks in the last week, I really don't know how many in the last month alone but guess its more than 20.

Painkillers don't work, I've been told to take tramadol but it does nothing except make me feel a bit strange while in pain. The pain is like being in labour but worse as its constant and lasts for 6-8hrs. Also the majority of my pain is on left just below my ribs and it goes right through to my back. I can't lie down on my back or left side. When its happening I can hardly keep still for the pain. I usually end up crawling around, shaking and being sick. I'm really scared and feel like the dr obviously doesn't understand otherwise surely I would have been seen by a specialist by now.

I was seen by a student dr on friday and she said the next painkillers up would be morphine but they didn't really want to go down that route. Which makes me think they really aren't hearing me at all. How can she say that if she fully understood the pain I'm experiencing. I really can't cope with this pain. The only reason I don't go to a+e is because my son is in bed and it always happens at night.

Last nights pain was 8hrs12am-8am and I was sick twice, I dread every evening and am scared to eat anything.

Has anyone here experienced this pain so frequently? If not, how frequently do you experience attacks?
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First Helper purpletea
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replied June 6th, 2011
hiya im sorry to hear about the amount of pain u r going through, have u spoke to a general surgeon to see if u can have it out asap? ive been for an ultrasound a no stones were found just a polyp so im waiting an appointment for a hida scan to see how its functioning! ive had 2 attacks since december (months apart) but i do get everydays niggley pains and aches and pain between my shoulder blades and get heartburn after every thing i practically eat, my attacks sound like yours feels like a heart attack yea? the pains are so sharp breathing in makes it a thousand times worse Sad after i had the attack i went to the look and my BM was green! :-/ hope they sort u out soon its not nice and i feel sorry for anyway that has gone through the pain never known nearly every night!

Good luck
Xx
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replied June 7th, 2011
Wow, I only had a few gallbladder attacks before I had my GB removed. I can't even imagine going through that every night for 6 months!! For your sanity, you really need to have the surgery.

I have not tried this, but found this recipe online for use during a gallbladder attack:

Flax Seed Tea Recipe
Boil 1 Tbsp of organic flax seeds in 2 1/2 cups of water for 5 minutes. Steep 10 minutes. Strain and sip slowly.

Also, try putting a pillow under your left side and lay on it - stretching out your right side. This really worked for me during an attack.

Another move I used was the spinal twist. It's probably easier to do an image search than for me to explain it, but the goal is to twist your spine so that you're looking behind you from a seated position.

I hope that something helps you and soon!! Good luck!
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replied July 10th, 2011
Thank you for your replies. Just thought I would update. 4 weeks ago I had a gallbladder attack that lasted 20hrs. I went to a&e and they gave me morphine (which was amazing as no painkillers were working for me) and sent me to have my gallbladder removed immediately as an emergency procedure, as an x ray showed my gallbladder was quite inflammed.
I am so happy to be pain free, I can get back to living a normal life. Although the last few months have left me drained and very unfit but at least I can get on with getting my health back now.
I hope that any of you out there suffering from this get some help soon. x
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replied May 5th, 2013
Your symptoms above are eerily similar to mine, and I'm thankful you reported back with an update. I had a CT scan 2 days ago and it was clear, but my bodywork showed elevated levels of white blood cells and pancreatic enzymes. The doctor is sending me to a GI specialist tomorrow (it's the weekend now so I'm continuing to suffer in the meantime) and I'm on cipro, hoping if there is an infection somewhere it will help.
The bizarre part i find is that it's really only bad at night! Iam glad others have the same problem (you know what i mean, not glad, but glad tohave found you) and I'm even more glad there is hope for relief.
Thank you for writing, sincerely. And good luck!!!!
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replied July 11th, 2011
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Glad you have finally gotten some relieve purple. I had my surgery on Friday, can't wait to be all healed up and see if I feel better....no doubt that I will!
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replied September 7th, 2011
Gallbladder Attack Remedy
Try this safe remedy: First, drink (1) 8 oz glass of water. Force yourself to do it even if you have nausea. Then, drink another 8 oz glass of "Apple Juice" mixed with (3) tablespoons of apple cider vinegar or use white vinegar if you have it plus the juice of 1/2 of a lemon. Wait 45 mins & try your best to move around, do a chore or anything to get the digestion system moving and I promise you, I promise you--relief from pain occurs. If for any reason, it does not help, head to E.R. for evaluation.
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replied September 10th, 2011
Does that really work? Is it the acidic qualities of the vinegar/apple juice/lemon that work? And does it help if you have stones? Why does it help? And how?
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replied September 10th, 2011
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You wish! No harm in trying though. Taste won't be wonderful but it won't kill you Smile
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replied September 10th, 2011
Where do you go from here?
I have had pain --- off and on-- for 6 months. Lately I have difficulty sleeping. Can't get comfortable. I end up propped up on pillows and twisted...finally sleep but wake up feeling like I was hit by a truck.
I had an abdominal ultrasound that shows stones, one is rather large. I think when I have an attack it's because the stone is blocking the bile duct, bile builds up and has nowhere to go. My gallbladder is distended [?] it tightens up like a rock and is very painful, to the point that it hurts to breath.
We are waiting for the radiologists report to come back from the ultrasound, my primary has already suggested removal.
I am tired of pain, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, cramps, spasms and being afraid to eat anything.
Unfortunately, I am also a diabetic, so I really do have to eat, so I don't crash.
I just want one good year. A year with no catastrophic and troublesome illness. A year with no surgery. One year of good health.
Is that really too much to wish for?

I hope everyone on here finds comfort and recovery.
God bless you.
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replied September 10th, 2011
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The first thing to try is to cut out fat. You can perhaps go radical and cut out almost all fat if that is compatible with your diabetes, and it might reduce the symptoms. Unfortunately with a very large stone it might not. If nothing else you might gain some relief while waiting for treatment.

The prognosis for gallstones with major symptoms is almost always removal. There are other treatments you could ask about, to dissolve or break up the stones, or even to remove them endoscopically, but they usually come back so you don't gain a lot.
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replied September 11th, 2011
Hi Iann
Thank you for your response.
My doctor has already said removal is the best way to go. We are just waiting for the radiologists report from the ultrasound I had done. The stones were seen by the sonographer.
There are some 'issues' with my liver that may also need to be addressed at this time.
So I am at a 'wait and see' position at this time.
I should know more mid week.
In the meantime, I am going to Maine with my beloved for a few days off. Trading one ocean view for another : )
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