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Wed 14-Dec-11
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Sooliz
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.....of my many and varied ailments roll_eyes

I went for an ultrasound scan this morning, following an abnormal blood test that indicated a possible problem with my liver.  The radiographer (a very nice lady) covered my entire stomach, abdomen and sides in so much gel I thought she was bathing me in it, and my clothes were sticking to me very clingingly all round the supermarket afterwards eeekbig_laugh

The verdict was that I've got gallstones....several small ones, apparently.  She said my kidneys seem ok and there doesn't appear to be anything major wrong with my liver, apart from some possible inflammation.  She did say, however, that it's not her job to interpret the results and I must see my GP next week to get the full verdict.

So over the last month or so I've been told I have candidiasis, diabetes, several food intolerances/possible allergies and now gallstones.....oh, and there's the oral thrush I've had almost constantly for months.  And I thought I was so healthy before! big_laugh doh

I'm laughing about it so I don't cry....it does feel a bit like someone 'up there' (or even more likely, 'down there' wink) has taken a bit of a dislike to me and is having a bit of fun pushing me to see how much I can take before I crack....whistle  (I must have been a very naughty girl - Santa won't be pleased big_laugh).

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Wed 14-Dec-11
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I reckon there's a connection between all of that lot somewhere, one thing affecting another. Gallstones are very unpleasant (I'm told!) but fixable. I have a friend who has coped for years without anything more than restricting fats, another who had keyhole surgery and has been fine since, so try not to fret. Good news about the kidneys and liver anyway, hope that's confirmed by the doc.

The important thing is that you're getting it all sorted out and are on the way to feeling well again. Sending you big big_hug big_hug and a sugar free, gluten free giant cookie. OK, so the cookie is imaginary but then so are the hugs, so close your eyes and dream!

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Thu 15-Dec-11
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Hi peeps, Sue, don't fret - I had my gallbladder removed with keyhole surgery on the day that we bought our current house.

Hubby dropped me off at the hospital, and then went on to the house to pick up the keys.

I had the op at 4pm-ish(!), and next morning, doc told me at 7 am that I could go home after breakfast.

Hubby collected me around 10-ish, and we went shopping - it was as if nothing had happened the day before.

Once I knew I had gallstones, I didn't want them, so had the op as soon as I could!

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Live life to express, not to impress
Don't strive to make your presence noticed
Just make your absence felt"
Thu 15-Dec-11
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Thanks Val, that sounds promising then.  Not that I really want an op, but if I have to have one that's the sort I'd like! ok

And yes Ruthie, it does seem rather like it's all connected somehow.

I slept well last night (no dreams of any kind of giant cookie, though frown, no dreams at all as a matter of fact), am ready to do battle with the diabetes nurse this morning, and am then going to come back, sit with a coffee and work out a week's food plan.  With variations/additions of 'normal' food for husband so he doesn't feel like he's entered some sort of parallel enforced healthy eating universe eeekbig_laugh (he is a fully paid-up member of the Yorkie bar/bacon butty eating trucking profession after all winkwhistle).

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Thu 15-Dec-11
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i had gallstones for years before they keyholed them, they kept telling me i was an alcoholic because i had repeated pancreatitus ...errrr i didnt drink at all ,one muppet took my OH to one side and told him they thought i was a secret drinker !!!...this was prior to them getting a scanner in the days of xrays...within 3 days of a scan i had 100s of them removed , still have a pot of them ..lol..turns out gall grit is harder to spot than large stones and as for the low fat diet didnt make any difference , they do say its a hormonal thing

Thu 15-Dec-11
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Sorry about your gallstones Sue, you are certainly having a rotten year; just as well it is nearly at it's end & you can tackle 2012 with some knowledge as to what is wrong with you & lots of supportive back up from all of us here ,plus all your friends & your husband, of course. He sounds wonderful so I hope you work out a great menu for you both over the holiday period. 

 

Hope you have a good meeting with the diabetes nurse & she understands your point of view & needs. Be very firm...........ok    big_hug

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Thu 15-Dec-11
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Thank you ladies, ooh Kaye I didn't know it might be a hormonal thing.....my hormones have got a lot to answer for steam

Yes you're right Nadine, I've had loads of support from you lovely lot on here, and my Stevie is indeed Wonderful heart.  We're hopefully going to spend New Year with our equally wonderful friends, they've asked for a list of things I can/can't eat, isn't that lovely of them to be so caring? smooch

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Thu 15-Dec-11
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Never knowingly had gall stones but have on 3 occassions had kidney stones. The consultant on the last occassion told me to add some bran powder into my food, as that had the ability to help prevent them building, never understood why/how, but I do occassionally do just that but also I often have Muesli or similar that has bran in it.

So for the last 30 years have been stone free.

Sue, sorry to hear of your continuing probs but somehow, as Ruth says, there may well be a connection between them - it surely cannot be that you get hit by all these things in such a short space of time and there is no connection between them.

New Years resolution for you:  No more health scares!!!

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Thu 15-Dec-11
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Thanks Chris, will do my best with that resolution!

 

Kidney stones.....never had them (do women get them?  I don't know) but husband, brother and our (male) friend all have, and they all said passing them out was such total agony it was worse than giving birth! eeek  (umm, how would they know, lol.  But since I've never given birth, I wouldn't know either!)

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Thu 15-Dec-11
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Sue, like you I have never given birth so whilst I have heard that said I cannot give any comparative judgement, but yes are very painful (understatement). Not recommended...

I have reached an age where my train of thought often leaves the station without me...

Thu 15-Dec-11
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It does seem a long list but there is a good chance some could be connected. You would be better off getting rid of the stones and if they are not too big key hole surgery is much better as less recovery time.

Please keep in mind it is your body and remind all the various professionels who are making the diagnosis.You have a right to your dignity.

We are all right behind youbig_hugbig_hugbig_hug

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Thu 15-Dec-11
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Sue,you know how much you mean to us here.  big_hug How did it go at the Diabetic clinic?

I'll try that again!

Thu 15-Dec-11
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Aww bless, thank you all big_hug

 

Had a very productive session with the diabetes nurse - she listened to everything I had to say, answered all my questions honestly and as fully as she was able, told me lots of stuff I didn't know, gave me another leaflet.  Weighed me, said she was pleased with my weight loss and I'm eating the right things.  Examined my feet.....that was a laugh (literally, I am extremely ticklish on my feet big_laughembarassed) - she tested my nerve endings first, nothing wrong there.  She then used a small handheld ultrasound machine to test the circulation in my feet - couldn't find any initially in my left foot, in fact she was getting a bit worried (she reckoned my butterfly tattoo had flown off with my veins big_laugh).  She found it eventually though.

Apparently I'm now eligible for annual flu injections, so she gave me one.  I'm also now eligible for a one-time-only pneumonia injection - you only need the one for lifelong immunity (how good is that?) unless your immune system is compromised.  I didn't have that today though, as she said having both injections together may make me feel unwell, so I'll be having that in a week or two.

She thinks I should be on tablets as I am 'symptomatic' - the tiredness, blurred vision and possibly the dizziness are all diabetes symptoms, she said.  She's made a note for my GP to discuss medication with me when I see her next week.

All in all, I feel a lot better about things now, it's all slowly coming together in my mind.

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Let us hope then, that your GP doesn't say something different.  Good that you are getting your mind settled, I hope that the medication works.

I'll try that again!

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at last someone who listens to you

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