“Significant Gallbladder Disease”

After I posted a pic on Instagram earlier, I realized I forgot to mention I’m having my gallbladder removed tomorrow. Have I mentioned I hate surgery?

Once I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease, my doctor wanted to run some tests to make sure everything “inside” looked okay. So I had an abdominal ultrasound and a HIDA scan. Everything looked really good except my gallbladder. It isn’t functioning…..at all.

So, that explains a lot of my increasing nausea……
 It’s gotten so much worse even in the past three weeks. I’m also having stuff coming back up….if you will.

I knew as soon as the HIDA scan was over that my gallbladder wasn’t functioning because I knew how to read the test and there was no change in the visual part that I could see. However, when my nurse called eight hours later (at 7pm) and said, “you have significant gallbladder disease,” I kind of freaked. I asked her what that meant and she basically said,” well you are really sick, aren’t you?” HA. I immediately talked to my mom and cousin susie, who are both nurses, and they assured me that it just meant my gallbladder didn’t work and had to be removed.

Scared the crap out of me.

I wish she nurse would have just said that.

I talked to another nurse the next day, who was great, and answered some questions for me. She said it had to come out or it would just keep making me sicker and sicker. She said there is no way to know if the Celiac Disease caused the gallbladder trouble, but it’s likely, and not uncommon for gallbladders to give out.

So, I’ll be saying goodbye to my gallbladder in the morning.

I’ll appreciate your prayers for a quick surgery and recovery. The doctor said recovery really varies for everyone and to just take it easy for a few days. My stomach has had quite a few tramas in the past four years so I’m not sure time is on my side, but I sure hope so!!


  1. says

    I literally JUST had this same surgery to have my gallbladder removed a couple weeks ago (Sept. 21) and it was no way near as bad as I had built it up to be in my head! Also- it is AMAZING how much better I feel on a regular basis now that it is out and I am recovered from the surgery. No more nausea- hooray! I'll be praying for a quick and easy surgery and recovery for you! *hugs*

  2. says

    I had my gallbladder removed in May & it was 5 weeks after I had my daughter. It wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be, but just be sure to take it easy for a few days. The first few days are rough, but as long as you've got help with the twins & meds, you will be just fine. You will be so relieved once it is out. I will be praying for a speedy recovery for you!

  3. says

    Hate to scare you, Meg. I had mine out last December, same reason as you. Worst decision. Nothing I eat stays where it should. Maybe you'll have better luck.

    • says

      If you're having food run through you talk to you dr about Colestid. Not everyone's liver picks up the function of the GB after removal. I had the same issue and couldn't leave my home for the first almost 2 months, until someone told me about colestid. greated medicine ever! i still can't eat fatty food or very fried but i can eat and have my food stay in me.

  4. says

    Good luck! I'll be thinking about you, even with help I'm sure recovery will be hard since you won't be quite up to taking care of your babies like you want too!

  5. says

    I had mine out after having my second baby. I had "too numerous to count, gallstones". Anyway, I think I had it out on Friday and was good by Monday. It was not bad at all! Wishing you a speedy recovery!

  6. says

    I had mine out a few years ago & I feel so much better now! I just ave to stay away from greasy foods, that's all. You'll do great! Good luck and just take it easy for a week or so.

  7. says

    I had mine out too, and I could not believe the difference in how I felt — before the surgery I swear I thought I was going to die (dramatic much?) from how badly I felt, and afterwards I have had no problems at all. I could eat again! Recovery was super easy too — I played laser tag a week later lol

    Praying for you!!

  8. says

    I had this same thing! Except I went for a year and a half without getting it taken out. But then I had my GB taken out in 2011! It was the easiest surgery I have ever had! Except for the gas pains! You will be fine!

    I will praying for you!

  9. says

    I've also had a lot of friends have their gallbladders give them problems after pregnancy. Since, you've had two pregnancies in a short amount of time that may have contributed.

    Either way. Will be thinking about you and praying for you tomorrow.

  10. says

    I wish my surgery had gone as well as others. I don't mean to scare you, and that's not my goal. However, for a small percent of people, gallbladder surgery isn't an easy recovery. I am one of those people. My recovery took 6 weeks and now 1.5 years later, I still have issues with my digestions and with clogged bile ducts. I hope for your sake it's a quick, easy recovery, but please be aware that for a small percentage of people, it's not all rainbows and sunshine. Good luck!

  11. says

    I just had surgery yesterday, but for different reasons. I'll be praying for yours as I continue to recover from mine! Praying you sleep well tonight, that tomorrow goes well and that you have a smooth recovery.
    God bless you

  12. says

    My Mom had hers taken out earlier this year…she was a little sore as expected and had some pain in her right shoulder due to the air they pump in you…she did great and is doing so much better now…she was constantly sick with stomach troubles…surgery took no time and she feels so much better…good luck tomorrow and you're in my prayers!!

  13. says

    No fun! I had pancreatitis earlier this year, which stemmed from my gall bladder. I had my gall bladder removed in June – easy surgery with an easy recovery! I didn't fit the "mold" for those with pancreatitis or those needing their gall bladder out. Weird how so many younger women are having issues like this! What are we all doing to ourselves???

  14. says

    I had my gallbladder removed about a year and a half ago and had over 200 gallstones heading toward my pancreas. I was sick all the time! Honestly, there is not a day that goes by that I miss my gallbladder. LOL. They are still unsure of what caused it since I am pretty healthy and in my early 20s. But I had been on this birth control for a few years and it is not being linked to causing gallstones, so I am thinking that was the issue. Anyway, good luck with your surgery! I hope you recover quickly!!

  15. says

    You'll feel so much better. This was the easiest of all my surgeries. Just remember to keep a pillow nearby toput in your lap when you electro cough. Good luck.

  16. says

    I had mine out a few years ago and so glad I did! Like someone else said, before surgery, I thought I was dying. The pain was horrible and felt like a heart attack at times. The worst part of the surgery was afterwards with the catheter and bag. I bugged the doctor relentlessly to take it out!
    My thoughts are with you today. Good luck :)

  17. says

    Eddie had his out right after we got married because he began having gallbladder "attacks." He is so thankful he did it! I will say that when they say "take it easy," LISTEN. Eddie didn't and he got sick the first day from overdoing it after anesthesia. Then we went to a wedding the next night and he just felt awful from doing too much. So DO rest. Don't pick up the babies. Lay around and watch movies. Praying for you!

  18. says

    I will be praying for you! I had my gall bladder out on a Thursday and was scrubbing my floor on my hands and knees on Saturday. It really was no problem except climbing stairs. We left for a South Dakota vacation 10 days later and I did not do the cave explorations that had a lot of steps. No pain – just winded! I know others who had a rougher time.

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