Pancreatitis without a gallbladder

Common Questions and Answers about Pancreatitis without a gallbladder

pancreatitis

that he doesnt like to take out Gallbladders with a positive Hida Scan.He said that removing the Gallbladder would only have a very slim chance (he said 1 out of a 100) of improving my symptoms.He also said he would talk to a surgeon if I wanted him to. Is this really the odds of improvement of Gallbladder removal with respect to my symptoms & should I ask to go ahead with the surgery.
Ive been sick since 2004,at first the doctors were saying it was chronic pancreatitis,then they were saying it wasnt,what do you think it could be...
Stool that floats is what is considered greasy stool, this is often a sign of malnutrition, a problem with pancreatitis. Diarrhea or constipation are problems also, I have had problems with both, it always seemed like one or the other, which really didn't get straightened out until my gastroenterologist started me on enzyme supplements, now it doesn't happen quite so often. Make sure you mention all these problems to your doctor when you see him next week.
You didn't say what your current doctor's specialty is, if any. And I have my doubts about a surgeon that can diagnose something as a fat deposit without further examination. As far as I am aware, and I may be wrong, generally fat deposits do not cause pain. I know they cause swelling, but the fact that the swelling subsides and returns with pressure leads me to believe that it may be something else entirely.
Hi, I have both chronic pancreatitis and SOD. I am also taking enzyme pills. I had a ERCP with Oddi sphincter monometry in July. I had a HUGE pancreatic attack right after that. Levels were 1999 and 5000. I was in the hospital for 10 days. I would say that the surgery helped to a point. Lately things have been getting worse. I have not gained any weight on the enzyme pills. I didn't know thats what they were for. I am on a low fat diet. 25 grams of fat a day or less.
The gallbladder acts as a bile reservoir which it then concentrates and secretes to the liver to help the body digest fats. Your diet will have to be monitored very closely and you can be assured you will have to likely cut out many foods you now "enjoy(?)"! You will probably experience varying degrees of pain and discomfort with nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, severe abdominal pain, etc.
A related discussion, <a href='/posts/show/1080268'>Gallbladder disease with Peptic Ulcers</a> was started.
I have no gallbladder, no apendix, I don't drink alcohol and I try not to eat high fat or greasy foods. I have had 4 c-sections, my gallbladder, apendix/ovarian cyst, and a pyonidal cyst removed. I have a merana IUD in place (2 years). My cycles have never been normal nor have I ever had regular bowel movements. I'm wondering if any of this could be related to or a cause of my recent diagnosis or if I could have inherited it.
Thinking it might be gallbladder bloodwork was done, and the pancreatic enzymes were elevated (about a week after the onset when things were a bit better). They have never gotten better (they are mildy elevated but defintiley abnormal). I continue to have severe belly pain - rib soreness/burning...and bloating with gas. My gallbladder has been looked at with Ultrasound and MRI. My ducts and pancreas has been looked at with MRCP.
Doc said I will need to have gallbladder removed. I have been reserching some on the internet and I have a few concerns. Me- 39 year old Female, 214 pounds (ugh), otherwise healthy and active, Vegatarian diet- No meats, No fried foods!! First off, I am pretty sure I got the gallstones from doing too many fasting cleanses! The first few attacks I had was during a cleanse! And I lost 60 pounds in about 6 months with little effort- NOT from fasting.
I had lived with Pancreatitis for 3 years before I found I doctor to remove my gallbladder. I seen a lot of Doctors that blamed it on everthing from alcohol to fatey foods. I knew it was not from what they were saying. I had every test done and they keep telling me my gallbladder was fine. My doctor left his practest and I went to his office and got my file and read it, in all the test & reports it showed it was in fact the gallbladder.
With 4 episodes under your belt, I would be surprised if you have not gone chronic yet. You titled this Severe Pancreatitis. It usually doesn't get to that stage without you being Chronic. The pancreas is an organ that DOES NOT rejuvinate itself. Once damaged it is damaged for life. I will live with pain for the rest of my life. I know there are future surgeries I WILL have to have. I will be on medication for the rest of my life too.
A related discussion, <a href="/posts/Gastroenterology/Young-Women-born-with-Pancreatitis-and-need-helps-cant-take-anymore/show/1831926">Young Women born with Pancreatitis and need helps... can't take anymore.</a> was started.
What makes me now wonder about chronic pancreatitis is that in the weeks following the disappearance of the rash the back pain has been joined by a pain in the pit of my gut or just below the rib cage at the upper stomach after eating a bigger meal or at night. Again, it is not debilitating but usually takes an hour or so to subside. I'm not a big drinker, and in fact have had no alcohol (or any other vice) for probably 5 months in effort to lose weight.
The even made me see a psychiatrist who said patient has fears of having gallbladder problem and its causing this. He told them I should be on drops 3 times a day lol. I finally went to us since they would not help me and got a hida scan which was abnormal and got my diseased gallbladder out. The surgeon said I had all sorts of adhesions and it looked bad. I was left with SOD. It was explained to me the SOD is what killed my gallbladder.
I wasn't really given much say in the matter, as the pancreatitis was a nasty attack and I was strongly advised to get my gallbladder out asap after it. It was a straightforward procedure, with no after effects. I can't really say I felt better, because apart from the pancreatitis incident, I never had any problems beforehand!
Sorry don't mean to add too much at one time for anyone who may read this but, CalGal I did a little research into Autoimmune Pancreatitis after reading your post and noticed a common treatment is prednisone and my GP actually just wrote a prescription for Cortef a similar medicine to see if Cytomegalovirus/Pancreatitis would respond to it if I felt up to trying it. I have no filled the script yet but I may give it a go.
I was diagnosed in June 2007 after several mths of problems with common bile duct stricture, elevated liver function tests and 28 lb weight loss which ultimately turned out to be secondary to AIP. Gallbladder was kicking out a lot of sludge which made matters worse and was removed. I had a stent placed - which became infected (into hospital for IV antibiotics), then it was replaced.
I posted the question about methadone without a program. Please let me know from a Medical viewpoint what methadone does to the neurotransmitters, and the endorphines. What is too much, and can a person OD on this? My former boyfriend had been addicted to Oxy's and Perc's for 2 1/2 years up to 360mg oxy's and 10 or so Perc's 650 a day. Went into a CATS program, detox, 5days, meetings 2xs a week, finished in 6 weeks.
the gallbladder is literally a bladder (holding tank) for bile which is produced in the liver, and which breaks down fats in the stomach after a meal.
You have had a very comprehensive evaluation thus far, which would exclude many of the major GI causes. A low gallbladder ejection fraction may be responsible for the symptoms. There are small studies that suggest removing the gallbladder may help with the symptoms. If Sphincter of Oddi dysfunction is the diagnosis, treatment can include surgery, a sphincterotomy, or Botox injections into the Sphincter. These options can be discussed with your personal physician.
Every GI I have seen seems to dismiss it as normal and don't recognize a hyperactive gallbladder as the possible cause or medical issue. I live in constant pain every day and have lost over 20 lbs in the last several months. I live in NJ and was wondering if you could refer me to a GI surgeon like yourself in my local area who is open to the possibility of this being the cause of my condition. I would sincerely appreciate any advice or recommendation you can provide.
I have been having gallbladder problems for years without knowing it and I finally opted for the surgery, I wish I had not been so quick and had tried some changes to my diet first, but after the past 4 months he could have come at me with a rusty spoon and I would have let him use it if I had a chance at feeling better.
I have a long family history of gallbladder removal, my grandmother, mother, sister, aunts & uncle. I had 1 attack (extreme) 4 years ago, went to the ER & was told nothing was wrong with me. Well, its back with a vengenance, every night at 3PM I hurt, for the past 2 nights, it doesn't ease until 3-4 hours latter, last night was the worst.
I had my gallbladder removed laproscopicly in 2000. I have always had a bulge in my upper right side taht will hurt every so often. When I back to the surgeon about a year later he sid it was because I was obese. I have recently had a CT of my abdomen and when another doctor was explaining the results he said the clips were visible from my gallbladder surgery. Is it normal for the clips to still be there and could they be causing my pain.
Zoloft, Bupropion and Modafinil which worked great, without adverse reactions and the liver func tests that were risen by risperdal became back normal (sgpt/ggt midly elevated as I said before). I have been getting them for a year without any problems. Could these drugs cause chronic pancreatitis in the way it appeared to me?
MedHelp Health Answers