ken 1st January 2012 one response
Welcome to the Year of the Dragon!
I’m having gallbladder problems with my pregnancy and never had issues before this month. I had a severe attack that landed me in the ER for a few hours. The pain went down and the ultrasound was clear and the bloodwork all came back normal so they sent me home. I was in horrible pain for four days and couldn’t eat much at all.Since then, I got an endoscopy to check on other possibilities and the specialist/surgeon suggested that I had gallstones that resolved when I massaged it two days before (the pain had gone down significantly since this). I then saw a naturopath to see what I needed to do about it in the future and got some great advice about diet and some supplements and homeopathics to take. This has helped A LOT, as I have been having a lot of milder attacks since the first, long one. I say they’re milder, but I still can’t move much or do anything when they hit me.I went through a lot because they didn’t see any gallstones on the first ultrasound. Apparently, you can have other problems with your gallbladder and not show stones on an ultrasound. Some types of stones don’t show up and if you have sludge or just a malfunctioning gallbladder, it might not show anything wrong on the ultrasound. If this happens, they might suggest you get a HIDA scan. I didn’t want this because it involves radiation and this has a slight risk to the baby. If I were still in the constant, multi-day pain I had been with the first attack, however, I’d have gotten the scan. I looked up the risk factor and it’s very very small. I’ve been able to control gallbladder attacks now that I know what to take and what to eat or not eat. It’s made a big difference, as has the homeopathic remedy this has stopped every single attack in its tracks since the naturopath gave it to me.I was put on a diet low in animal fats (including dairy), and told to eat things high in fiber any time I eat anything with fats or protein (including vegetable fats). I was told not to eat white pasta or rice, but to eat brown rice and whole wheat pastas and bread instead. I can eat very-low-fat beef and poultry with high-fiber foods, but I need to stay away from them mostly, eating buffalo, elk, venison, and wild-caught fish as my meat sources. It’s important to get a lot of protein while you’re pregnant, so it’s been a tough time making sure I get enough protein from nuts and beans and other foods. I was given a pill with a small amount of bile salts to take before I eat protein/fats (I can’t take the normal amount of bile salts because of pregnancy). I was also told to take Lecithin (found in the grocery store’s vitamin section) to thin the bile in case sludge is the problem. The one with bile salts has helped a lot and so has the homeopathic remedy. I have had a few attacks since I went to the homeopath, but only when I ate certain foods without taking the bile salts or eating something high-fiber at the same time. The homeopathic remedy has saved me every time. It’s been hard to change my diet I still have a hard time figuring out what to eat for lunch and dinner, since I can’t have ham or cheese (I usually ate something with one or both of these like a sandwich or mac cheese). I stress out over dinner because I can’t make what I’m used to making. Many people who have their gallbladder removed continue to have attacks and symptoms because the issue is a bile issue, not necessarily a gallbladder issue. Bile is made in your liver, so if something is wrong with your diet and making thr bile weird to begin with or something is wrong with you liver, removing your gallbladder won’t work. The HIDA scan can usually give a better idea of whether or not removing the GB will help or not. I’d definitely get the scan before having my GB removed, even being pregnant. Believe me, I’ve thought about it, but I think I can control it with diet and supplements and keep my gallbladder. Because they couldn’t tell with the first ultrasound what was wrong, it makes even more sense to try to keep my gallbladder. If I keep having problems, I’ll be asking for another ultrasound and then considering a HIDA scan.There are symptoms of a bigger problem that requires immediate attention. You should probably know these (nobody told me these I finally had to call a nurse hotline and do some research to find out when it was a serious problem).-fever or chills-severe and uncontrollable pain (can’t be controlled by pain medication)-jaundice, yellowing of the eyes or skin-vomiting-can’t eat or drink anything without vomiting-clay-colored (white or very light) stools. Good luck! If you want to email me about everything, I’d be happy to talk more in detail about what I was told to do and help you find a naturopath in your area who can help you.
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