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Question: Gallbladder Surgery


 Carol59 - Sat Dec 01, 2007 6:34 pm

For the last six months, I've suffered from severe bouts of nausea. I take Protonix for reflux and my gallbladder tested on the low end of the HIDA scan, although still within range. Before I have my gallbladder removed, is there anything else I should be looking for? I don't really have any other symptoms except for intermittent severe nausea. An ultrasound of my upper abdomen didn't show any stones or enlargement of my liver or pancreas. Could it be food sensitivities? If my blood work turns out alright, where do I go from here? Thanks so much.
 Sandy Tracy RN - Sat Dec 01, 2007 6:49 pm

User avatar Dear Carol59,

Thanks for writing in. This may be caused by food sensitivities, but since it has only occured the last 6 months it would have been something new added to your diet or something you suddenly are not tolerating. You may want to keep a food journal to see if there is a correlation between eating and symptoms. Sometimes if your Gallbladder has thickening in the walls or holds a thicker (sludge) fluid then this can cause pain or nausea. Stones do not have to be present to have gallbladder symptoms. How long have you taken the protonix? and are you on any other medications that may be causing nausea. Most surgeons will not remove a gallbladder without sludge, wall thickening or stones. Since the pancreas and liver on ultrasound are o.k. I would wait for the blood work and make sure your liver enzymes are within normal limits. Talk to your doctor about the possibilities of trying a new medication other than protonix and see if that works, some proton pump inhibitors work better in some people than others.

Good Luck and keep us posted.
Sandy RN

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