Ravenwood - 03/27/05 09:00 PM
Sorry for the lack of updates. I was deathly ill AGAIN this weekend. I saw my doctor last week, and she seems to think the problem can be solved by carving out an internal organ, namely my gall bladder. I have some tests this week to confirm her theory. I do hope that the solution is that simple, as the pain seems to be happening more and more frequently.
I read something today that says fatty foods seem to aggravate the condition because the body needs bile (which is dispensed by your gall bladder) to break down the fat so that your pancreas can do it's work. This is advice I could have used before the attacks this weekend.
Something else I read said that Percocet increases the enzymes that are dispensed by your pancreas. Lucky me, I just happened to have some lying around. I really hate to take medication but at this point the pain is excruciating and I just want it to pass.
UPDATE: So after spending the night in the hospital for extreme abdominal pain, it turns out that I do not have gallstones. As much fun as drinking a quart of olive oil sounds, it's not going to help cleanse anything.
Apparently I have gallbladder disease, which is when your gallbladder becomes inflamed. They definitely want to carve it out, but they want to see if I can stablize so that they can do outpatient surgery instead of emergency surgery. The outpatient route would have me going under the knife NEXT Wednesday because my damned surgeon is on holiday. So since I have no intention of keeping myself drugged up on Percocet until then, I might go back to the emergency room and tell them to just get it over with if the pain continues until tomorrow.
Either surgery would be lacroscopic (or whatever it's called) so they would go in with probes rather than slicing me clear open.
UPDATE II: My doctors don't want to do surgery just yet. Apparently I haven't suffered enough. I have an appointment with a surgeon early next week who wants to do exploratory surgery. That is, he wants to poke around in there and see what's wrong before making the decision to carve out the organ. So for right now, it's more hurry up and wait.
(c) Ravenwood and Associates, 1990 - 2014