May 4th, 2010 09:52 PM #1Junior Member
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Infections from gallstones??
Iíve been having a lot of different symptoms, all of which I keep thinking must be related to an infection of some sort. Iíd appreciate anyone sharing their own experience and/or advice, especially if they received a certain antibiotic for treatment.
First, though, a little history: I have been diagnosed with multiple gallstones, three that I know of from the US technician. The pain had been excruciating, extending about three hours overall during the nights. For those who had or have a similar experience, youíll certainly know what I mean. However, Iíve been learning what I can eat, i.e. tuna sandwiches, some fruits, lean deli turkey, and small amounts of salad, since large amounts of vegetables cause gas buildup. Because of the diet, I have no longer been having the severe pain, the biliary colic. Although, I still have a rigid stomach and small burps after eating most anything. So, thank God for a low-fat diet, for bland foods. Only, lately, Iíve been having other problems that concern me.
What actually brought me to seek treatment was a severe case of diarrhea, vomiting and lower stomach pain (gastroenteritis?). I should note right before this, however, my stomach was severely bloated, rock-hard and somewhat painful from what I discussed above, and because I wasnít seeing a doctor, no insurance, I diagnosed myself with peritonitis. So, in an attempt to draw the water out of my stomach, I went to Walgreens for diuretics, and took that for a day. (Please, anyone, do not try this w/out talking to a Dr.; I was desperate and did not know what to do.) Anyway, the diuretics seemed to work, my stomach was flatter, but then I had a stream-less runny nose, as well as sneezing for two days only that was followed by the aforementioned severe diarrhea.
I found a clinic that would treat me. Good, right. But the Dr. did not correlate the diarrhea and vomiting at all with my gallstones, as I hadnít been diagnosed at that point. Instead he said something in light of a bug that was going around. Plausible, I thought. The following week, tests revealed multiple gallstones, an infection (high WBC count, I think), as well as a fatty or enlarged liver Ė I believe. I say ďI believeĒ because this is only what a nurse told me over the phone; I never actually seen the results. Since then, the diarrhea did go away, but I continually feel ill, and lately, my new symptoms are swollen neck glands, fatigue, muscle soreness, fluid I can hear crackling in my lungs, coughing, occasional difficulty breathing, slight dizziness, drinking a lot of water during the night, waking up to urinate, and vague lower back pain.
When I do go into the clinic, I mention the infection and explain that I havenít been feeling well. So, I donít understand why they havenít given me antibiotics, especially since my first urinalysis and/or blood work indicated an infection?
Has anyone experienced anything similar? Did you receive antibiotics, and if so, what was the brand name?
I will be seeing a doctor this Thursday, albeit a different one, since this is a free clinic and I must settle with/appreciate whatís available. But at this point, Iím really afraid Iím going to walk away, again, without a prescription, or worse, that theyíll send me in for another blood test (the second revealed slightly elevated WBC count), and Iíll go yet another week or two without anything to clear this up. In other words, Iím getting scared because I donít want to end up with chronic health issues, or something even worse. And should also add that most likely, if things work out, Iíll be having a cholecystectomy in about three weeks.
Any advice out there?? I canít imagine this is normal, or it would be OK to keep enduring such, albeit different, symptoms.