It has been about two and half years when I had a major episode of what I thought was bloating. The pain was excruciating but not bad enough to warrant a visit to the nearest emergency room. I road it off as just bad gas and thought I was going to overdose on antacids, if this is even possible. It turns out that my bloating was actually my gallbladder about to explode.
The pain went away by the next day but a week later, I was having the problems all over again. It felt like a lot of pressure on my chest and my back between my shoulder blades. It was a pain that can only be explained by saying that I felt like I had a large balloon growing in my stomach. I finally went to the doctor after being forced to by my family. My family said they couldn’t take the pain that I was in and honestly, neither could I.
I went to the doctor who told me that he thought I had acid reflex disease and prescribed ranitidine. I took the ranitidine religiously and the pain went away. Then, like a thief coming back for more, the pain came back almost two years later only this time it came back with a vengeance. I found myself doubled over and throwing up for almost four hours before I checked myself into the nearest emergency room. It was there that I discovered that my bloated feeling was actually my gallbladder and it was about to explode. Why they didn’t take it right then, I may never know. I was scheduled for an ultrasound for the following day.
The ultrasound revealed that I had major gallstones and my gallbladder was swollen and pressing on my ribs, hence the pressure. One of the gallstones was so huge that it was blocking the duct to my gallbladder and there were others floating around helplessly in my stomach waiting to block the passages to my other organs. It was a nightmare and I was told that I needed to see a surgeon as soon as possible.
My appointment was long and seemed much longer than it probably was. The surgeon came in and looked at my ultrasound results. He told me that I needed to have surgery as soon as possible to have my gallbladder removed and the gallstones because they are so big that it was going to cause me major problems when they start blocking the ducts to everything else. He said my gallbladder was swollen and he couldn’t believe that I had been living with this for so long. I told him that my primary care physician had thought I had acid reflex disease and he said that the doctor should have ordered test because my symptoms was nothing like a person with acid reflex would have.
I was thankful that they finally found the problem and it was going to be taken care of. I have lived with this pain for over two years and it isn’t something that I would not wish on my worse enemy.