How Much Longer?

United States
January 13, 2009 12:22am CST
A few weeks ago I was told that my gall bladder HAS to come out... and I keep trying to put it off and put it off, because I don't handle surgery well. The last surgery I had years ago was suppose to be a minor surgery.. and it was a total nightmare because when I woke up 3 DAYS LATER.. I was told that I was allergic to the anesthesia... and chances are good that I'm allergic to ALL anesthesia meds. Since then I have been terrified to have any kind of surgery.. But now, it's looking like I will have no other choice but to do it again.. my gall bladder is getting worse and worse... I go days without eating because I know it will make me sick... it's either starve to death or have the surgery. Has anyone else had this? at what point did you give up and have the surgery? how much longer can I go without surgery?
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@sconibear (8010)
• United States
13 Jan 09
go get it done as soon as possible.......have them knock you out with a mallet or something........actually if you tell them about anesthesia allergies they should have something they can give you. i had my gall bladder out several years ago.........*screen starts to get all wavy, and when it clears, bear has Elvis sideburns and striped bell bottom pants ala flashback* actually, it was only about 10 years ago, i let mine go for about a year, cuz that's what us guys do sometimes, and i was miserable and towards the end in a lot of pain. it was SOOOOOOO nice when they got that sucka outta there and it's a pretty simple surgery so i think they can come up with an alternate to anesthesia. they don't even really cut you.......they just poke 4 holes in you with endoscope like instruments. they told me i had to stay in the hospital the next day, but i kept getting up and going outside to smoke, and i told them "i can do this on MY couch" so i went home the same day. but, please go get it done as soon as possible, cuz it'll just keep getting worse, and if your gall bladder bursts, we'll all be telling "remember Little_Stormy" stories here on myLot.
• United States
13 Jan 09
Awwwwwww Bear, you will keep my memory alive, won't ya?! huh? if anything goes wrong I'm leaving you my avatar and my toaster! Don't worry, you won't lose me ferever!.. I'm gonna haunt ya! *writing Bear's name on list of people to haunt* I like yer flashback! I sooooo can see you in a paisley nylon shirt with big long collars and stripped bell bottoms and sandals (yeah...no one matched in the 70's!) hahah!! next trip back...... I wanna go too!!!!! *jumps up and down* pick me! pick me!!! thanks, for your surgery details.. oddly enough, it makes me feel less scared hugs!
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@sconibear (8010)
• United States
13 Jan 09
ooooh a toaster. *scraping around inside of plugged in toaster with a fork to get bread crumbs out*
• United States
13 Jan 09
That's how I clean it too! to save time just put it in the sink and give it a good washing! sorry for the mess, I tried making mashed potatoes in it!
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@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
13 Jan 09
Well, we can't tell you how much longer you can go without the surgery only a doctor can and a sonogram. Have you tried the special diet they ask you to go on first? My brother in law has to follow a special diet for his. My niece had problems with hers while she was pregnant with her first child but after the birth it settled down hasn't bothered her since and she wasn't able to eat and they induced the birth of the baby a month early because they said it was poisoning my nieces system.
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
15 Jan 09
Actually the person who had it done was my sister-in-laws brother and he is overweight and they cut him pretty bad.
@myklj999 (19858)
13 Jan 09
I don't like hospitals and people with masks and sharp objects going to slice me open... I had hernia surgery back in November...didn't wanna do it but had to do it...don't like being knocked out and helpless...hospitals are where people go to DIE...and all those germs and super germs and infections just waiting to happen... But yer gonna have to do it girl. Just be sure to let us know so we can pray to our choice of Deity for your safe recovery, okay?
• United States
13 Jan 09
well mjlklmnop...... what can I say.. you make me feel so much better! *fake smile* will you please pray to superman? he is bullet proof!
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@myklj999 (19858)
13 Jan 09
I agree, I could have always done the "don't worry, you'll be fine and everything will be okay" crap...but I figured you'd rather have me be myself. I HATED going to the hospital. I hope I never have to again, because I really really really don't like those places...it's almost bad enough to be a true phobia.
@snowcat46 (2322)
• United States
13 Jan 09
I had gall bladder surgery. You'd be surprised how many other things it fixes that you didn't know you had a problem with. They did every kind of test on me they could think of (gotta keep the costs up you know) but nothing pointed to what was actually wrong. The doctor thought it was gall bladder, but couldn't really say for certain. I finally pushed to get the surgery done. I was terrified, but all the things going wrong made it necessary. The surgeon and I discussed it. I wanted her to take out everything she could, so I wouldn't have to repeat again later. She took out my appendix, an ovary, and the gall bladder. It was a good decision, because she'd never seen any of them continue working after they looked so bad as mine did, on all of them. It cured my heartburn, constipation, and other assorted nasties. It almost feels like a whole new you. Get it over with. Really.
• United States
13 Jan 09
Great! they are gonna take out everything and I walk outta there like a boneless chicken!
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@snowcat46 (2322)
• United States
13 Jan 09
yeah, but just think, you may never have to go back again! That was my plan. If there wasn't anything left, I'd never be in danger of having to go through it again! (I don't like pain.)
@msmell (1378)
• Australia
15 Jan 09
I read another discussion here this morning asking people to tell you have surgery for something and well of course I got curious and had to come and have a look at your post about it coz honestly they made it sound like you were going to die! And I was like oh no realy that is so sad and I hope that she will be alright!!! Then I come here and read that you have to have your gallbladder out and I was like oh is that all....!!!! Sorry I don't mean that to sound uncaring and i completely understand that you would be scared to have it done because you have a reaction to the anesthesia but I am sure there is something that the doctor's will be able to do so that you can have the surgery safely! You don't know how luckily you are that you are able to go to the doctor and the doctor tell you that the problem is your gallbladder and they are going to remove it for you! I go through the same things that you have said that you do too, have to watch what I eat, bloat up like a beach ball, get really bad pains and I spend days in hospital a few months ago while they tried to work out what was wrong and never did and told me that I just must have IBS and there is nothing they can do for me and that I just have to manage it myself! I would give anything for them to tell me that they know what it is and cant remove something I wont have to put up with them any more! So go have the surgery done and after it is all over and done and you feel so much better you will say to your self "Why didn't I do that earlier"
• Australia
13 Jan 09
A friend of mine had her gall bladder removed a couple of months ago. She had a very bad experience with so needed surgery quickly. Her gall bladder was hardening and she had bloody stool and was in pain. Luckily her surgery went very smoothly and it didn't take her long to recover. She even went on to describe how the doctor insert a tube through her throat to check it. I recommend you have surgery to get rid of it. I'm pretty sure the doctors will have a way to help you numb the pain through surgery. No one actually go through surgery without something for the pain right?
• United States
13 Jan 09
well, I had three kids without even a Tylenol because of my low tolerance to pain meds.. that totally sucked!
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• United States
13 Jan 09
If you go days without eating then IMO you do not have much choice as that is a very dangerous way to exist. If I was facing that decision I would definitely have the surgery but I would have a long talk with the doctor/surgeon and ask for a recommendation for an anesthesiologist who was experienced in patients with serious risk factors i.e. , allergies, cardio, breathing etc. etc.
• United States
13 Jan 09
My doctor knows about my past experiences with anesthesia.. I've only had two surgeries in my life.. the first one I wasn't too bad, though I didn't wake up when I was suppose to... and the second one, I woke up 3 days later with a breathing tube down my throat. My doctor seems to think that we can find another route rather than using anesthesia .. but you wouldn't believe the meds I'm allergic to!
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@vanities (11387)
• Davao, Philippines
14 Jan 09
hi little_stormy...if your allergic to anesthesia..please tell your surgeon about it..maybe he will have some ways how you can be treated with having a surgery at all...im glad that i have no problem with my gall bladder and hope that it will continue...have you tried any alternative treatment besides surgery?