Yep, got three of 'em. The gallbladder itself doesn't look particularly bad, and nothing else is wrong, but because of those three I'll eventually have to have my gallbladder removed. How quickly depends on how much pain I have, how often I have it, and how long it lasts when I have it.
For several months it was at least once a week or every other week, and was mild and passed after a couple of hours. The other night it didn't stop until I got IVs in me at the hospital, and I still haven't fully recovered from it 4 days later. So I'm thinking I should probably look into it.
The thing is there's no treatment for the stones save removing the gallbladder. Problem is it's an expensive surgery and I don't have insurance. So I'm going to look into assistance, and in the meantime, I have to watch my diet, which means none of my favorite foods for a while, like anything with tomatoes in it. Bummer.
So while I'm glad it's nothing more serious, and nothing to do with my liver, I'm still not crazy about having surgery, even if it is an outpatient procedure. Hopefully, though, finances and assistance will come together and I can get rid of this monkey on my back and go back to some semblance of a normal eating life.
But from what I understand from what little I've read about it, even after having the surgery you have to watch your diet because the gallbladder is what stores the bile. Without it, the bile goes straight into the intestines. I know there are diets online for those just having had the surgery. My question to those of you out there that have had the surgery is what kind of foods do you have to stay away from now, if any?