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Meatball--I'm so glad to hear you're eating--(keeping it down?) Hang in there...Monday will come soon enough(don't want ot rush the weekend! ;) ) TheHappyMan had a great idea-about getting a copy of your test results. (He's VERY knowledgeable w/great ideas, and I always learn something when I read his posts.) It can't hurt--keeping a record of your results so YOU know what "normal" is for you. Depends on involved you want to get in this. Hopefully your liver enzymes will trend down and it will be a non-issue--but at least you have the records if you need to go to another doctor or switch GP's for some reason. My normal/baseline is considered "very elevated," but for me, it's ok. And if I end up in the ER for some reason, when they take my blood we can tell them my #'s will be high so they don't flip out on us. (Which most dr's/med staff usually do until they find out why they're so high) The impt thing is that the numbers trend down--and sometimes it takes a while--depending on if you still have the virus or what type meds you were/are on. ( Some stay in the system longer than others.)
Keep eating--that will make you feel better. Try to relax and enjoy your weekend.. . and let me know how you are doing. :wave:
Take care--Gina
[QUOTE=happyelf]Meatball--I'm so glad to hear you're eating--(keeping it down?) Hang in there...Monday will come soon enough(don't want ot rush the weekend! ;) ) TheHappyMan had a great idea-about getting a copy of your test results. (He's VERY knowledgeable w/great ideas, and I always learn something when I read his posts.) It can't hurt--keeping a record of your results so YOU know what "normal" is for you. Depends on involved you want to get in this. Hopefully your liver enzymes will trend down and it will be a non-issue--but at least you have the records if you need to go to another doctor or switch GP's for some reason. My normal/baseline is considered "very elevated," but for me, it's ok. And if I end up in the ER for some reason, when they take my blood we can tell them my #'s will be high so they don't flip out on us. (Which most dr's/med staff usually do until they find out why they're so high) The impt thing is that the numbers trend down--and sometimes it takes a while--depending on if you still have the virus or what type meds you were/are on. ( Some stay in the system longer than others.)
Keep eating--that will make you feel better. Try to relax and enjoy your weekend.. . and let me know how you are doing. :wave:
Take care--Gina[/QUOTE]

Hi Happyelf, Happyman here........
Isnt the HealthBoard a wonderful forum.... Thank you for the kind comments regarding my advice... We all help each other with our suggestions and advice..... You really have helped Meatball........ Never heard the posts on your troubles... hope all is well...

God Bless :) :) :)
Hi Meatball;
Glad I can help calm your nerves a bit! Sometimes knowing someone else that's been there really helps--and mentally, that's half the battle. Don't beat yourself up over freaking out a bit--that's normal. But remember to trust your doc. Like I said, he spent 12yrs in school to know what he's doing. And he does it EVERYDAY.
Everything you've mentioned seems right in line w/gallstones. Your numbers will probably be elevated until they take it out, which will make you feel much better. (believe me, the symptoms are worse than the surgery!! ;) ) Anytime there is something going on inside the body--be it a virus or a foriegn substance like gallstones, the liver will show it through elevated enzymes. It's common to get nervous when they tell us our bloodwork came back "higher than normal" but keep in mind everything we drink, eat and breathe goes throught the liver. That's not necesarily bad because those numbers, or the fluctuations in them, help diagnose things as well--viruses, etc. They, along w/other symptoms, point the doc in the right direction. And w/gallstones it's normal for the bilirubin to be slightly elevated and the others to be normal. ALT & AST will stay elevated for a while-even after your gallbladder is out. If your liver is enlarged it won't go down overnight.(neither will your #'s) Some simple viruses can elevate them for months at a time. The pain in your shoulder blades and the reflux are very common. They are indicators for your doc to look at your gallbladder. At the early onset some ppl feel symptoms after eating greasy or spicy foods so they stay away from them. Mine hit me all at once like yours--and at that point I 'd feel it after I ate JELLO! My side didn't hurt either, just my back and chest. I thought FOR SURE I was having a heart attack, but people my age DID NOT have heart attacks. (I was 36, had 18 mos old twins and was a size 5. When my friend mentioned gallbladder, I thought "people my age do not have gallstones." (I thought age and weight made a difference--what did I know?) It was like someone was putting a pole through my sternum and pushing thru my back & shoulderblades. (A lot of ppl go to the ER for this--I was too stupid and thought it was in my head at first. If you go to the ER and it needs to come out, the usually hook you up really quick w/a surgeon and they take it out right away. Did you think about going to the ER instead of waiting until June?) While I can put away a bag of Cheeto's in a heartbeat once in a while (lol), I'm a relatively healthy eater. I was told due to hormone fluctuations, gallstones are common in women of childbearing age.
The change in your stools goes w/it(as far as being a a symptom of gallstones.) Remember, you're not eating well and that WILL affect them, make them different than normal and make you feel constipated,even if you are still going. Your diet, when you do eat, is somewhat limited.(BTW - Good for you--grilled cheese is good and choc chip cookies are good for soul as well as the belly!! YEA!! :bouncing: You're eating--that's a good start and better than nothing! Keep it up!) Poor diet will also change the color of your stool. (The only time I'd worry is if there's bright red blood in them...which would be VERY unlikely) The gallbladder filters fats that you eat. When that gallbladder is compromised and things don't filter as well as usual (like w/stones) your stools w/change also. Couple that with poor diet and that's almost a given. I wouldn't worry about colon cancer--the gastro would be on top of that too. Sounds like your labs are in line with having gallstones, my friend. If you need it out--don't fear--it's very easy, quick(about 45min-1hr) and you WILL feel better. I had 4incisions--les than 1" each--mine was packed w/gallstones--and I was out in less than 45mins. I felt GREAT after a few days. The first thing I noticed when I awoke was that my back didn't hurt.
For now, keep taking your meds...even if it helps just a little, it's good for you. When we're anxious it's really tough on our psyche, and it's tough on those who love us, but it sounds like you have a good support system. Thank God for sweetie pies like your fiance. Sounds like he's a good guy. :angel: And as long as mom doesn't raise your blood pressure, ;) hang out there for a while until this all settles down. Knowledge is power, and it's good you want know what's going on w/your body. For now, concentrate on educating yourself about gallstones ONLY, and much as you want to search other illnesses--Don't. :nono: It will only freak you out unnecessarily. But maybe knowing what to expect w/gallstones will help ease your mind and you can settle into a comfort zone. Hey, we all become a little hypocondriac-al ( LOL - is that even a WORD?? :D ) when we're facing a health issue. That's normal. You're just really scared, and that's normal too. And if venting and talking and expressing your fears helps, then come here and DO IT!! I don't mind. I hope I can help. Hope you feel better tonight. I'm here for you.
Your friend, Gina ps--EAT!!! :)





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