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The princess and the pea...

...or the doctor lady and the gallstone. It's that little niggling discomfort buried under layers of fluff.

 So, in follow-up of my prior adventures to the other side of medicine I had to check in with the surgeon last week. All clear from his perspective, so I can now resume regular activities (Thanks, dude. I've been back to work for 3 weeks already, but whatev). Then yesterday I had to get another ERCP (endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatogram, in case you were wondering, in which the gastroenterologist passes a scope down your throat through your esophagus and stomach and small intestine to the sphincter of Oddi and into the common bile duct).  They had to retrieve the stent that they'd placed the first time on Christmas Eve, and then check for any residual stones and make sure everything was flowing from my liver and pancreas. Lo and behold, there was a small stone still lodged in my ducts!  They were able to get it out, take out the stent, and leave everything free-flowing as it should. Yay! It makes me feel better to know that stone was there, because I was still having some colicky pain. Now I have hope that it'll all be better now. Fingers crossed.

The worst part of the procedure is the residual sore throat - I feel bruised on the inside of my neck. And my left arm is bruised from my shoulder to my fingers, presumably from a crazy tight blood pressure cuff. Seriously, I have petechiae over the entire surface of my arm.  But it's a small price to pay for freedom from gallbladder pain, and the risk of gallstone pancreatitis. Again, fingers crossed. Hopefully this means I can close this chapter in my adventures through the medical looking glass.  I'll go back to being the doctor, thanks. :-)


Jan. 27th, 2014 12:55 pm (UTC)
Glad you're through to the other side! I had an *simple* endoscopy a couple of years ago and was v.v.v.impressed with the drugs they gave me...best evah!! Lol!

But I might be empathising with you since I had a really bad bout of pain and vomiting the other day and I know I do have gallstones from some niggling pain I had years ago but it's gone away and I'm thinking I actually passed a small stone...

There's a little story I can share with you! When I had the scan for the gallstones (10 or more years ago...) the doc couldn't find my right kidney but said they *float* so no sweat but my own doc sent me for another scan where they inject stuff specifically to check your kidneys and...I only have one on the left! It's double the size of a normal kidney so they surmised it just forgot to separate into two when I was a foetus...although I only have one ureter!!! Who knew????
Feb. 10th, 2014 05:57 am (UTC)
So far so good!

Don't do what I did, please. Pancreatitis is a terrible way to get your gallbladder out.

Aren't our bodies amazing! You could have gone your whole life without ever knowing you were missing a kidney. Your body just adapts. Remarkable!

Hope you are doing well! :-)