In the course of seeing the doc for Irritable Bowel Syndrome, I had an ultrasound and learned that I have gallstones. Considering the composition of my diet, this was practically a foregone conclusion.
My doctor is now trying to herd me into an operating room, telling me that my symptom (diarrhea, which has now cleared up completely with the removal of coffee and tea from my diet) is because of the gallstones and I have to have the removed because they could give me pancreatitis and kill me.
Well, I’m not buying it. Not that it couldn’t happen, but I’ve been reading up around the net, and not once did I see diarrhea listed as a gallstone symptom. What I did read is that 70% of people with gallstones never have a problem with them, and the ones who do, well, there isn’t a whole lotta mystery involved because they are in agony.
I am not in agony. I am not even uncomfortable. I figure if the stones ever become problematic, I will either get plenty of warning in the form of various symptoms, or if it is a blockage I will be in agony.
I am not big on prophylactic surgery. IN fact, I am 100% against it. Some of the Dopers may recall that I have, shall we say, “issues” with anesthesia, and therefore will not subject myself to it unless my survival is at stake. I do not see this as being the case right now.
So…tell me your gallstone stories. (There was a thread I found about the surgery, I read that one entirely.) Do you still have them? Do they bother you? Any complications? Any non-surgical treatments? Dietary changes? What does it feel like when they act up?
(I am scheduled to see two different gostroenterologists in January to get their opinions. I just believe that one should not automatically submit to unnecessary medical treatments based on statistics and probabilities. )