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Old 02-03-2010, 07:43 AM
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Last Thursday was a day I started feeling a bit under the weather...nothing I could really describe, other than icky. That evening I didn't have dinner and laid down. A short time I started violently vomiting. It went on for about four hours, and then diahrrea kicked in. The pain was unbearable and I felt as tho I would pass out. My husband finally called an ambulance, because I felt I could not make it in the car all the way to the hospital.

They said those symptoms have been going around. But could not really put a name to it. I don't think it was a bug, because I was with several friends that afternoon and no one has become sick. I did have a Lean Cousine of some sort for lunch, which I feel may have been tainted.

Back at the emergency room, the doctor gave pain meds and anti-nausea and I finally felt better. They did several tests and all came back fine. He then suggested an ultrasound to check my gallbladder. He found stones, but the organ itself was not inflamed. He would like me to see a gallbladder specialist just to be sure.

The diahrrea was the only symptom that did not go along with the gall stone theory.

I did have food poisoning in the past, but the violent vomiting was much worse this time. Four hours on and off continually.

Sound familar to anyone??
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Old 02-03-2010, 08:11 AM
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I had my gallbladder removed last year, but I never vomit or had the runs. I was just in unbearable pain in my stomach/chest/back.... so much pain you feel the need to call 911. But it came and gone. I would just rock back & forth and cry until the pain past. Then I wouldn’t get the pain for days or even months. Then it would come for those few mins of horror. At times it would last for hours and I would go to the ER... but I warn you, even with my gallbladder removed.. I still get the pain every once in a while.... This, I really don't know why..
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Old 02-03-2010, 08:39 AM
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Highly unlikely you'll ever get a definitive answer to what caused the problem, but I would expect it not gallbladder in this one instance. As ShayLove mentioned, the pain from a gallbladder issue is intense and involves "stomach/chest/back" strongly enough that the body does the toss cookies routine just as a pain reaction. Food related issues are often from what was eaten 24 to 48 hours earlier, so the window for something causing that is fairly broad. FWIW, back when I had a gall bladder I could sometimes stop an attack by jumping up and down in place. Guess it moved the stones or helped pass small ones...
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Old 02-03-2010, 09:06 AM
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Thank you both for you input. I guess I won't be sure unless I do have a gallbladder attack. The doc did say that a lot of people have gall stones and never have problems. I am going with food poisoning..no telling what it could have been. But NEVER want to go thru that again!
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Old 07-26-2011, 02:41 AM
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My wife has gallstones she had her 4th attack on the weekend a bad one still another 2 week be 4 she sees a specialist I am trying 2 find food to cook for not easy any help would be gratful
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Old 07-26-2011, 05:58 AM
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My wife has gallstones she had her 4th attack on the weekend a bad one still another 2 week be 4 she sees a specialist I am trying 2 find food to cook for not easy any help would be gratful
Her 4th attack in what period of time? 4 attacks in a year versus 4 attacks over 10 years could make a difference.

If she just had the most recent attack last night she should be on gut rest for the next day or so. No fat (or extremely low fat) - broth, oatmeal, applesauce, plain toast (or with jelly) - that kind of thing.

After that she should stick to a low fat diet but there are no guarantees - I kept a fairly low fat diet and still ended up with an enlarged/infected gallbladder that required emergency surgery. Personally, I wish I'd followed my surgeon's advice to get the surgery while the gallbladder was calm rather than in an emergency situation (away from home, I might add.) The risks are greatly increased when surgery is required so close to an attack instead of scheduling it when, presumably, things have settled down.
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Old 07-26-2011, 01:40 PM
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My wife has gallstones she had her 4th attack on the weekend a bad one still another 2 week be 4 she sees a specialist I am trying 2 find food to cook for not easy any help would be gratful
Avoid anything with a lot of fat in it. Dairy will also bother some people. Eating too much will also bother some people, even if the foods themselves are okay. Coffee will bother some people. Eggs will bother some people. Processed food (like from a fast-food place), even when healthy, will bother some people. Like a grilled chicken breast from one restaurant may be fine, but the grilled chicken breast from another place may make her sick because of how it's prepared. I would cook at home for the most part to be safe.

So, small portions of very healthy, very low-fat foods.

Meats: lean grilled chicken breast, lean grilled fish
Dairy: (sparingly) skim cottage cheese, skim milk
Fruits/Veggies: mostly okay
Breads: usually okay

What I would do is try foods in small portions and see what affects her and what doesn't. Gallbladders are tricky and what really bothers one person may have little effect on another. Also, one time you may eat something questionable and have no effect, while the next time you eat the same thing and get very sick.

I agree with the previous poster that if she's having trouble, get it taken out as soon as the doctor will give you the option. It's much easier and safer when it's planned out, not an emergency surgery after an attack or because the duct is blocked.
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Old 07-26-2011, 08:56 PM
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The diarrhea thing does not sound like gallbladder attack. You will feel excruciating pain (worse than a labor pain almost) under the right ribcage feel like it is traveling around to the back or boring right through to the back. Yes, you can vomit after which you will feel better as it relieves the pressure of a stone blockage I suspect.
I got 3 attacks, first time I thought it was food poisoning, then got a small attack, when I first suspected it was gallbladder. Then a big attack that lasted hours... after a cheese omelet - it was obviously getting progressively worse and the attacks more frequent. I got an ultrasound, got stones and had it taken out - outpatient, very easy surgery... You can try a no-fat diet for a while, but almost everything has some fat in it - eventually it is gonna need to come out.
But to OP - it does not sound like gallbladder, but I would keep an eye on further symptoms.
BTW: earlier this year, during flu season, I got a norovirus which was kind of like what you describe, pain was so unbearable that I passed out. WORST thing I ever had, and I have gotten it twice in 4 years now. Severe vomiting and diarrhea. Perhaps you got that, if you check your health dept, they will tell you if there was/is something going around....
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Old 08-22-2013, 10:18 AM
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I, too, had this similar experience! Violent vomitting and severe diarrhea, but I did have severe, knife-stabbing-feeling pains on my right side (I had experienced these pains off and on for years, but more off than on). They came and went and the pain never really went anywhere. At first, I thought it was food poisoning. I had had food poisoning in the past. The vomitting and diarrhea mirrored what had happened with my food poisoning, but the issue that concerned me the most was the pain that wouldn't go away. I felt awful. I finally broke down and went to the ER (first time ever since I was a toddler). They said it wasn't food poisoning because I had been with my boyfriend for the last three days and he was perfectly healthy, even though we ate the exact same foods. Then they ran an ultrasound to check my gallbladder. They said it looked like the lining was just barely inflamed and it was nothing of concern. When they finally "diagnosed" me, they said it was gas... They sent me home with anti-nausea meds and pain medication. I'm not a doctor, but gas has never made me violently throw up for hours on end before. I haven't gotten a second opinion, but I do think it's my gallbladder. It runs in the family and I know my mother and oldest sister both had these same symptoms and then had emergengy gallbladder surgery just weeks later (different time periods of course). My opinion, if you're concerned, second opinion is best! Always trust your instincts if you feel something is wrong. I know if I feel that way again I'm not going back to that same doctor, that's for sure!
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