I’ve had an interesting couple of days. I had 2 good pain days in a row, both times my pain was manageable using Tylenol 3. I haven’t a clue what I did to make my pain less. It was a nice change and I got a lot done.
Thursday though a new and strange pain hit me. It wasn’t bad, more of an annoyance. It was on the right side and far too high to be my appendix or an ovarian cyst. I also started having trouble with nausea particularly when I ate. I’ve thrown away a couple plates of food these last couple of days just because after a few bites, I couldn’t manage to get any more of it down.
I had a vague idea of what the problem was, even though I had never experienced it before. It took me a phone call to my doctor’s office to confirm they wanted to see me because it appears I have a gallstone.
This is my first time having any trouble with my gallbladder and definitely my first gallstone. The only reason I could sorta figure it out before I called the doctor and therefore didn’t require a trip to the ER was because my cousin Mel had them many years ago very badly. So badly they immediately scheduled her for surgery and in the couple of days between when they decided to do surgery and when it was planned, her gallbladder actually ruptured.
I’m not worried about that. I don’t think I have many or that it is very big. I haven’t been in so much pain that I felt I needed to go the ER. I haven’t had any vomiting or fever. My doctor gave me some advice to get me through until he saw me. Essentially, he gave me an excuse to eat salad. Then I learned that taking a Benadryl shortly before you eat can limit the irritation of a gallstone… another win for Benadryl the Wonder Drug. I tried it and managed to eat most of a cheeseburger on Saturday.
I’ve had to cut back on my meat intake which isn’t all that high to begin with as well as my dairy intake which is much higher and makes me a little sad. This means my soda drinking is back up a bit.
And then another side effect hit tonight that I had been warned might happen, but hadn’t experienced until tonight… Severe heartburn. When it first started, I wasn’t sure if I was having a heart attack or a panic attack… both were possibilities. So I’m still up and trying to function at 2:15am. I’m supposed to start physical therapy tomorrow but we are having issues getting it approved by insurance, because insurance companies are awesome. Considering I’m up late with the worst heartburn I have ever experienced, I’m kinda hoping they don’t get it worked out before my 11 am appointment and I can sleep in.
I took a Zantac about 1:30, but it hasn’t started working yet. Thankfully the Lyrica has improved my digestive system enough that I might give Tums or Maalox a try tomorrow if the heartburn returns. I haven’t been able to use anything other than Zantac for the last decade or so, put since I’ve been able to add fruits of all sorts back into my diet on the Lyrica, I might be able to handle a fast acting antacid again. Fingers crossed on that one.