I had gall bladder trouble about a year and a half ago and they did a bunch of tests, including a HIDA scan and an abdominal u/s. I was having the same symptoms you were, and they actually admitted me to the hospital b/c of it (and I was dehydrated, so they started IVF too). Everything came back negative, as most things usually do with me - it's really irritating b/c I feel so bad.
Well, this past May, I was sick again and having some really severe pain in my stomach - I was sure I had an ulcer and one day the pain got so intense, I went out to the ER. They gave me a GI cocktail and sent me home with an appointment to see my regular doc. My doctor ordered a barium swallow, upper GI, and abdominal u/s - and you would not believe what they found! Not only was my gall bladder full
of stones (I had been asymptomatic from a gall bladder standpoint) but I also had gastritis, duodenitis, and an H. pylori infection - all at the same time! The doctor was like, jeez, no wonder you feel bad, and referred me to a surgeon b/c I had to start school again in about a month. I suspected they would go ahead and take it out.
The surgeon agreed, and wanted to see me back in his office the next day to check me again, and if my RUQ was still tender, he was going to admit me and do a lap chole the next morning (a Saturday -- needless to say, I was surprised). But, he wanted to go ahead and do it b/c even if we cleared it up medically, the cholecystitis was likely to recur and I did not need that to happen in the middle of nursing school
. And, in the event they had to convert to an open procedure, he wanted me to have plenty of time to recuperate from that before I started school again. I was admitted the next day and had the surgery the morning after that; they were able to do the lap chole.
After surgery, I was REALLY uncomfortable, mostly in my shoulder (that shoulder pain is a b***h!) and was begging for pain meds when they were taking me back to the floor. They had me get in the bed, they yanked out my Foley and said when I needed to pee I needed to get up, and my nurse got me another shot of Demerol/Phenergan even though I'd been medicated in the PACU. I was much better after that, the pain was not as intense again, even after the Demerol wore off. I only had to have a couple more pain shots while I was in the hospital, then we started me on Vicodin. I had about 4
days of shoulder pain, and never had any incisional pain worth talking about. I would much rather have had that surgery than have gall bladder symptoms.
The bad news: I don't tolerate greasy food as well (especially McDonald's food) -- not necessarily a bad thing. So my eating habits have actually improved, but I have gained about 20 pounds since June, which I DID NOT need...I was overweight to begin with. Everybody says I'm still adjusting to not having my gall bladder, but almost 5 months later, I'm starting to wonder.
But, my abdomen feels better, so I guess it's a trade off.
Just thought I'd share my story! Hope you feel better, Brandy!