Randomly Personal: Gallbladder Issues + Hope That Things Will Get Better

I rarely write personal posts — REALLY personal posts and not just “look at my travel pictures” on my blog. I feel like this is my platform for books and most personal things I just discuss with my friends and family… But this morning I woke up and… I don’t know. I just felt like this was something I really wanted to share. I felt like something has made a difference in my life and for the first time, I sort of feel hope again. I feel like maybe if I can help one other person, it might make that really big difference for them too. So *deep breath* here goes nothing!

The Backstory: Some of you may know (okay, really only like two of you who read my blog know because I don’t tell anyone) that I suffer from gallbladder issues. It started about four and a half years ago when I started getting stomach pains, usually at night, and I thought I had ulcers from stress (I had just started my current job at the time). It wasn’t too bad and I just dealt with it, throwing everything I could find in a pharmacy at it and usually it ended up going away. Sometimes I would be up half the night trying to fall back asleep. Sometimes it would go away after a few minutes. I had mentioned it to my parents and I can’t remember at what point in time we guessed it was gallbladder issues, but we had strongly suspected before I ended up going to the emergency room about three years ago when it was so bad that I couldn’t sleep, couldn’t even lay in bed and pretend I could make it go away. I did everything that I could but was physically in tears, somehow drove from my apartment to my parents house, and then eventually when I gave in, my mom took me to the emergency room at three in the morning. They gave me that fancy, amazingly strong hospital medicine that they do and ahhhh, instantly the pain was gone. I got an ultrasound and they confirmed it was gallstones.

The Issue: The gallbladder is connected to the liver and it helps the body digest fats. Apparently many people have gallstones — tiny stones made up of cholesterol that reside in the gallbladder — and never even know it because the stones don’t cause any issues. I am just lucky enough (har har) that mine do. The pain comes from when a gallstone starts blocking a bile duct (ew, it’s gross and I feel gross just talking about it). Why this happened to me? I have no idea. I’ve read up on it and it lots of articles say that many people who are overweight or are trying to lose weight suffer from gallstones. I would LIKE to lose weight before my wedding, but neither of those are my issue. There are all sorts of “reasons” but none of them seem to apply to me (except for the fact that apparently women seem to be more prone to them, according to articles, so that’s about it). I don’t eat a ton of fat — no more than the average person — and I keep trying to find something to blame it on. Is it because I don’t eat as well as I used to? (It’s really about the same, so I can’t think that’s it). Is it because I started drinking coffee in college? Is it because this or that or this or that? And really… I don’t know if there is an answer and to be honest, I’ll never find one.
The crappy thing about gallstones is that it’s not like kidney stones. You don’t get to pass them and then voila! Stones are gone! No. The stones stay there. There is NO way to just “get rid of them” through some magical flush (although there are some flushes out there on the internet but I’ve heard they also don’t really work and it does not sound healthy for your body) and aside from getting them pulverized through treatments at a hospital, there’s not really much you can do to break them up (and even then, they may still come back). So there really is absolutely no easy fix. Yay.

Managing: I have… I’ve been trying over the years. I’m terrible at changing my diet and I’m constantly trying hard and then simply giving up because I LOVE eating yummy and bad-for-you food. I don’t eat terribly and I do try to make sure I don’t overdo it on the bad stuff, but with a busy life, going out with friends, wanting to go out to dinner with Shane… It’s not always easy and it’s very hard to break those bad eating habits and try to live on rabbit food alone. I’ve had some serious pains these past few years and I had reached the point where Advil and Tylenol really did absolutely nothing to help stop the gallbladder pain anymore. I used to try home remedies (apple cider vinegar was one) and those didn’t seem to be work anymore either. I was getting so frustrated and it was really starting to wear on me mentally. Sometimes even when I didn’t eat poorly I would wake up in the middle of the night with gallbladder pain and be up for three, four, five hours in too much pain to fall back asleep and that affected my work days at well because I would be stressed and just SO tired at work.
Why don’t I just get surgery, you ask? That seems like the simple solution! I suppose it is for some people but I just really don’t want to get surgery. I never have. My mom has been a great help through all of this — she’s helped me look up home remedies and she’s even looked into things like physical maladies connected to something connected psychologically/in the brain — but they haven’t seemed to work very well for me (or I just wasn’t consistent enough in doing them to really make a difference). I also don’t feel like surgery is the answer. I’m not knocking anyone who has had gallbladder surgery by any means. Trust me… I’ve wanted to rip this godforsaken organ out of my body many times because I just don’t understand why it’s doing this to me so I get the need to take it out and voila, no more pain. But 1) Shane had hernia surgery a couple years ago and his doctor did a HORRIBLE job. He will now almost definitely have to get surgery again, much more invasive and much more painful, because his doctor didn’t manage to do a “routine surgery” properly and I don’t want that to happen to me. 2) I don’t have the time for surgery. I don’t like taking off work (and I couldn’t really afford to for a while because I was the only person who could do my job), we bought a new house last year, and now we’re engaged and planning for a wedding. I just don’t have time to stay in bed and recover. And 3) I don’t think that’s the answer for me. The more I read about gallbladder issues, the more I feel like I don’t want surgery for actual physical reasons. Some people still have issues afterwards, just not gallstones. Some people’s bile production gets out of whack because there’s no gallbladder there anymore to process the fat like it used to. Sure, some people are perfectly fine… But if I already have this random gallbladder issue, what’s to say that I won’t have some random issue AFTER surgery? And then what did that solve?

I swear I’m getting to the point of this: So about a month ago, I had TERRIBLE pain again. Like, pain as in I was up all night, for hours and hours. Nothing helped. I couldn’t ignore it. And then it started radiating through my back. I ended up throwing up multiple times from the pain and I just couldn’t handle it. I tried the hydrocodone that had worked in the past but at this point in time, it was also three years old because I had saved the ones I hadn’t used from my last prescription after gallbladder pain for this exact purpose… Except it WASN’T WORKING. When hydrocodone doesn’t work, that’s bad, right? So finally I went up and downstairs about three times, changed my mine four or five times, and then finally told Shane I really did want to go the ER. Same routine as last time — pain relief, another ultrasound, same diagnosis, but I just had to go to get rid of that pain. It was there for SO LONG and I honestly couldn’t take it anymore. Of course, the doctor recommended surgery in the future and of course, I still said, “Thanks but no thanks.” I got another fancy prescription for hydrocodone so that was the big bonus there but oh yay… Then all the medical bills started showing up. And I’m still planning and paying for things for my wedding. The hospital visit was a HUGE drain on my bank account and yes, my insurance covered a lot of it but it doesn’t cover everything. I had to pay for the visit, for the tests, for the medicine… It adds up. And that even made me want to have surgery LESS because then I would have to pay for the stay and the procedure and the medicine and I wondered if I could even really afford it. (Not like my parents wouldn’t help me pay if I needed to, but I don’t like to ask — oh, and they had paid for my ER visit last time because I was still under their insurance and they’re awesome parents like that so HA HA joke’s on me that I had NO idea how much that ER visit would cost because I couldn’t suck it up.)
OKAY. SO THE POINT OF THIS IS that after all of that, I started taking vitamins. Specifically one that I bought for aiding in digestion and one that my mom gave me that she said might help too. I’ve been taking them not with every meal, but close to it and at least the heavy meals or high-in-fat meals to help digest my food and sort of… “train” my gallbladder how to get back on track. This is the ONLY long-term solution to my problems that I could find. One of the reasons I didn’t want to have surgery is because I don’t think the issue lies with gallstones… I feel like they ended up there because something is fundamentally wrong and for whatever reason, things are not being digested properly. If I get rid of my gallbladder, I get rid of the organ but that doesn’t really solve the issue of digestion, so I started taking the vitamins to help that process. Trying to manage gallstones is a VERY LONG process. From what I’ve been able to read up on, it can take anywhere from six months to a year to YEARS to even just NOTICE progress and the gallstones may be smaller but never fully go away. To me, it was worth a shot. Since I know I’m not having surgery any time soon because of the wedding and I really don’t want to have it at all, I’m willing to try something new and that MAY actually work. If I have to take vitamins for the rest of my life because they actually do work? THAT is totally manageable.
THE WHOLE POINT TO THIS WHOLE POST is that I feel like these vitamins have been actually helping. I don’t know if this is all in my head, but I feel like it’s making a difference and I finally have HOPE again and isn’t that the most important thing here? I still have gallbladder pain from time to time, but for the past month that I’ve been taking these vitamins, I feel like it hasn’t been nearly as bad. It’s a twinge of pain, the discomfort I usually feel, but I can take some Advil or Tylenol and I’ll be able to fall back asleep in about 20 minutes or so. It’s not a solution, but it seems to be an effective way to manage what I’m going through and maybe it really will work. Maybe taking vitamins really will help my digestion. I’m willing to take them forever and ever if it means that I won’t have to have surgery and I can finally be (mostly) free of this pain and mental stress that my gallbladder has been inflicting on me.

I woke up this morning after very minor pain last night, treated with extra strength Tylenol (which I know, I don’t want to take too much Tylenol because I know that’s bad for you but the Advil was downstairs) and for the first time, I really felt like what I was doing was making a difference. If anyone else has gallbladder pain like I do and they see this and feel hope like I do now, that makes all the difference in the world! Or maybe it’s someone who doesn’t suffer specifically from gallbladder issues but another ailment that maybe they can look into treating naturally. Or maybe it even sways them the other way to actually finally get surgery. I mean, any way you look at it… If ONE person feels hope or if this post helps one person make a decision, isn’t that totally worth sharing my story? (And I apologize, it was very, very long. I suppose five years of not telling anyone you’re suffering from something that affects your life so much and I guess I couldn’t really stop the words from coming.)
I’m not saying vitamins are a cure-all, but they did make me feel like a solution might be out there, or even just a way to manage this malady. There may be something out there for you that you haven’t tried yet or didn’t think would work, and I just had to share that hope with someone else. I mean, I was bringing hyrdocodone to BEA because I was afraid I’d have a gallbladder attack and I can’t very well run off to the ER in New York City or on vacation. Living in fear of my gallbladder was no way to live. I still do fear that it might randomly flair up and I really hope I won’t have another attack as bad as the ones in the past, but I really, truly feel like things are looking up and I hope that’s true progress.

35 thoughts on “Randomly Personal: Gallbladder Issues + Hope That Things Will Get Better

  1. Emily @ Oh Magic Hour

    Oh my word, I am SO sorry you are dealing with all of this. I have some chronic pain issues (not GB related) and so I can totally empathize with the desperation for something, ANYTHING, to work and the importance of hope. I really hope that these vitamins work for you and the pain remains totally manageable. Thanks for sharing and being vulnerable with us!

    1. Brittany Post author

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting! I’m so sorry that you suffer from chronic pain issues as well. It’s so hard to not know when it will pop up or how it will affect your life from day to day. It really means a lot so thank you for the comment! <3

  2. Ginger @ GReads!

    I’m so sorry you’re having to deal with this pain. It has to be so frustrating. I have a friend who developed gallstones when she was pregnant. She did end up having surgery, but had to wait til after the baby was born due to risks. I remember how SKINNY she was during that pregnancy because her diet was so minimal. I cannot imagine having that pain & also being pregnant. How scary.

    I think it’s important for every individual to listen to their body & do what’s right for them. Sure, doctors can give you their medical expertise, but ultimately it is YOUR body & no one knows it better than YOU. I hope the vitamins continue to work & give you relief. Thank you for sharing this with us.

    1. Brittany Post author

      Thanks, Ginger!! I forgot to put that in there — apparently it’s more common during pregnancy too, and it honestly terrifies me a bit for when the time comes to have kids… But I’m so sorry your friend had to deal with that! Being pregnant and suffering from this seems doubly frustrating and scary.
      Thank you so much for reading and commenting! I really means a lot to me <33 It's hard to share the personal posts sometimes so it's always so wonderful to hear support and that the sharing is appreciated!

    1. Brittany Post author

      Thank you! Thanks so much for reading and commenting!! Hopefully things are on the right track now 🙂

  3. Amy

    *hugs* I’m so glad the vitamins are working for you, dear. I just want you to take care of you so that you can be pain-free foreverrrrrrr! It’s so hard to hear doctors always tell you that the only solution to a problem is medicine and procedures, and I can’t imagine how difficult it must be to have to search for homeopathic remedies instead, but I’m glad that the one you’re using now seems to be doing the trick.
    ILU

  4. Danielle

    Oh, I’m so sorry you’re struggling with pain. I’m currently living in Mexico and got diagnosed with gallstones just befor Christmas, after having years of horrible, awful pain and having doctors tell me it was indigestion or a pulled muscle. I understand your pain 🙁 I’m going to have mine removed when I get home to England, and the only way for me to manage it is to eat minimal fat. Be strong; if you ever need to vent, let me know. Take care!

    1. Brittany Post author

      So sorry to hear you’re going through the same thing!!! I hope the surgery goes well for you when you get to it. Let me know if you need to vent as well! We’re in it together! <3

  5. Sandra

    ER visits are expensive. If your insurance pays for it, you should find an urgent care center instead. The deductible will be a lot less, and they can do everything an ER can do for your pain. Also, your medical bills – make arrangements to make payments. Not only will this help you fell less stress over the money, it will keep your accounts from being sent to collection and affecting your credit.

    I had my gallbladder removed on my 25th birthday – yay me – and I have not regretted it. The pain was terrible at times! Apparently mine were so bad that my gallbladder was enlarged, so surgery was the only option. I had arthroscopic surgery, so minimally invasive, and a very short recovery time. That was 20 years ago, so I know surgery has gotten better – my husband just had hernia surgery as an out-patient, which freaked me out. The only thing that bothers me now is if I eat anything really spicy (which is rare because I don’t like spicy food) I get a bit of indigestion – burping only, so no pain or discomfort.

    I hate that you are dealing with so much pain. I don’t know how you can stand it. One thing though, you won’t be able to take all of those pain meds when you are pregnant, and you are sure to have a flare up. I hope you are working with your doctor to find a solution that will work for you since you are set against having surgery.

    1. Brittany Post author

      Thanks, Sandra! Oh my gosh, ON your birthday!! Well I’m glad things turned out well for you!! I’m sure I’m being paranoid about not getting surgery but it’s just so hard to actually say yes, that’s what I want to do when I see my fiancé in constant pain from his botched “routine surgery”. I think we’ve just both gotten a little scared!
      So far it’s manageable and I guess I will have to see how things are faring by the time I decide that it’s time for us to have a baby. We’re still a few years off since our wedding is November this year and I won’t be planning on getting pregnant right away! I think I may see if things have calmed down and if I’ve given my gallbladder a break, and probably talk to doctors at that point and see what steps I may need to take before then. I may end up deciding to have it out before all that so I guess time will tell!
      Thanks so much for your support and advice! It’s always nice to hear from someone who’s been through the same things and I’m SO SO glad things are going well for you ever since the surgery!!!

  6. Melissa

    I LOVE YOU SISSY!!! Everyone has their own different struggles in life and yours happens to be your dang GB. I never knew how much you struggled with it and it makes me sad 🙁 I hope things still keep going well for you and the daily struggle with it is over. You can always call me if you are in a panic or having a bad day with it. XOXO!

    1. Brittany Post author

      Love you too!!!! Sorry I don’t tell you about it more. I just feel like it’s always the same thing and it’s always from what I eat so I always feel guilty, you know? Like it’s my fault anyway! So I try not to talk about it a lot because of guilt + I feel like it’s the same conversation over and over and there’s not much anyone can do about it except listen to me complain! I don’t like burdening other people with it. I’m silly like that! But I know you’re always there for me! xoxoxo!

  7. Nicole Hewitt

    I totally agree that it’s good to share – you never know who might be helped by your post! I’m so glad that the vitamins are helping – I’m definitely a believer in changes in diet (or something like vitamins) over surgery. At the very least, it’s definitely worth trying whatever you can before you take that step to something invasive. I hope that the vitamins continue to help!!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    1. Brittany Post author

      Thanks, Nicole! Yeah, I like to do what I can before I have surgery. I feel like it’s there for a purpose so I’d like to keep it for that purpose haha! If I have to have surgery, I’m not totally against it but I’d like to try the natural options first and actually “fix” my body instead of just taking the GB out. Thank you so much for reading and commenting!! I appreciate your support 🙂

  8. acps927

    I hope the vitamins continue to work! I always feel so bad for anyone who has health issues that can’t really be easily fixed or dealt with. And I hope this helps someone else who might have a similar issue!

    1. Brittany Post author

      Thank you! I really appreciate you taking the time to read & comment! Sometimes it’s just nice to have someone to listen too 🙂

  9. Alexa S.

    I’m really glad you were able to share such a personal story with us, B. It must be a difficult thing to deal with, so you definitely get major props for doing your best to eat/live right! I’m also very glad to hear that the vitamins are helping, and hope that they continue to do so. Will be thinking positively for you and your health!

    1. Brittany Post author

      Thanks, Alexa! It’s just so nice to know that no matter what I’m going through, there are people out there to lend support! <3

  10. Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl

    Gallbladders are terrible sometimes! I started a very stressful job about 3 years ago, and my health plummeted. I kid you not, I fell very far. One of the things that happened is it destroyed my gallbladder. I did not have the shooting pains like you do. I had constant nausea. Like, CONSTANT. I felt like I was going to throw up every waking hour of the day for about 6 months before I finally went to my doctor. He did a ton of tests, one of which included a tube down my nose and into my stomach and intestines and confirmed 17 ulcers and irritable bowel syndrome. They also suspected my gallbladder. I went and had all the tests, which showed a perfectly healthy gallbladder with no stones. But I felt so strongly that little guy had to come out anyway that I had the surgery. Turns out, the stress had pulverized my gallstones into sludge. My gallbladder was full of sludge that did not show up on a scan. My surgeon later told me that it was pre-cancerous (holy scary!) and that if he had known, he would have begged me to have the surgery rather than leave the decision up to me. I later quit my job, and have been gone for over a year now, but I am still not ok. The nausea is gone, but the irritable bowel syndrome is worse than ever. I also now have interstitial cystitis, which is a permanent inflammation of the bladder and urinary tract. Oh, the pain. I’m now on all kinds of meds and natural remedies just to function. I’ve also got chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia, which both have me in constant body pain.

    I’m not sure what the point is of my commenting here. Haha. Maybe just to get it out in a public place? Maybe to let you know you’re not alone? I’m not sure. I’m so sorry you deal with a time bomb of a gallbladder. I know what it’s like to be constantly worried that some condition will flare up and cause you pain. I’m afraid to travel. I bring my percoset everywhere. I’m glad the vitamins you’re taking are helping you! I’m a major advocate of natural healing (herbs, homeopathy, vitamins, essential oils, etc.), and am curious what you’re taking. More importantly, I hope they continue to help! I definitely agree that holding off on surgery is the best option, but also don’t be scared to consider it if it turns out that’s the way you have to go. My recovery was pretty quick, and the surgery is not at all invasive. 🙂 Good luck, my friend! <3

    1. Brittany Post author

      Oh, Jana!!! *a million hugs* I’m so sorry that ever happened to you!!! I’m really glad you’re out of that job and hopefully on the road to recovery but what a tough road it is!! I hope things continue to get better for you and thank you for sharing your story with me too! It’s always nice to hear that someone else is an advocate of natural healing too because I know surgery works for a lot of people, but it’s always something I’d like to avoid if I can. I’d rather put my body back on the right path and actually heal it than just take something out. That’s not always the easiest road to travel, but surgery is always something I’d prefer to avoid if it’s not incredibly necessary!
      The vitamins I’m taking are fairly simple… The one my mom gave to me is called Astragalus? It’s mostly a supplement to boost and strengthen the immune system. And the other is this combination of like, super vitamins haha. It has a combination of things that are supposed to help with digestion and breaking down fats. I also started taking fiber supplements because apparently that’s supposed to help your gallbladder or the gallbladder can act up because of lack of fiber… I can’t remember which. Probably both haha! And of course after this post, my GB hurt last night but ugh. It’s been better! I didn’t eat well yesterday though so that’s all my fault LOL.
      Thank you so much for your comment! I’m so sorry to hear what a struggle you’re going through but I appreciate you sharing that with me and it’s always nice to know you have someone else to talk to!

  11. Kristen@My Friends Are Fiction

    Aww! I’m so sorry you are dealing with this 🙁 I can relate- I had my gallbladder out when I was 21 (over 10 years ago now).

    In my case- I had no choice about the removal because mine had backed up and infected my internal organs. In my case it was life threatening so I was hospitalized and set for surgery. It was horrible and traumatic of course. After my surgery I saw that there were ways to manage and felt betrayed in a way that my doctor never told me about an alternative. Perhaps in my case it was too late but I hate not feeling like I am in control of what happens with my body.

    Since my surgery I’ve had no issues other than a change in the way my body digests (certain foods aggravate me like pork products).

    If I could have chosen, I think I would have wanted to keep my gallbladder and manage things as you are. If, of course, it wasn’t going to jepardize my overall health.

    I did the same as you and question why it was happening. I turned to research and have never figured out an answer. But it always helps to turn to research for me.

    I hope the vitamins continue to work! I know the pain associated with GB truly is brutal pain. I wish you werent going through this. I hope you continue to improve and I hope you let us know how things are going. Sending you all the happy thoughts.

    1. Kristen@My Friends Are Fiction

      I do have to add that if you do turn to surgery it is not as bad as the actual GB pain. The procedure is non-invasive as Jana said. The part for me that was traumatic was that it was happening to begin with. I had had some pain but nothing as bad as the day I went to the Ezr. Anyway–I will be sending you good thoughts.

    2. Brittany Post author

      Thanks, Kristen! I’m so sorry to hear how horrible your GB was 🙁 I know if I really had to, I wouldn’t shy away from surgery but I also feel like I want to try to get my body back on track. I don’t know why it started or what brought it on but if it started, I feel like I should be able to reverse it. I don’t know if that’s actually true, but I have the hope that I can do it! Of course if things start to deteriorate, I will have to get surgery but so far things are still manageable.
      That’s good to know that you haven’t had issues! I feel like I’ve heard from most people post-surgery that things have been just fine (with minor occurrences) but I’ve heard some horror stories from others about how their bodies just don’t know how to digest anything anymore so I’m just so scared that will happen to me because you know… I just don’t know how my body would react! If it’s jeopardizing my health, I wouldn’t hesitate but as of right now, it’s only flaring up every once in a while and as long as I really do try to manage my diet, I should be okay (for the most part).
      Thank you so much for your comments! It’s always nice to hear what someone else went through (not like I’m happy you went through that but you know what I mean!) and it’s always helpful to know I’m not alone! It’s not something that I usually share with a blogging audience so it’s one of those things where you just never know if someone else has been in your shoes too until you speak up.
      Thanks so much for your comments!!!

      1. Kristen@My Friends Are Fiction

        Thank you for sharing! I never share personal stuff either but it does feel good to know you aren’t alone 🙂 I’ve known 4 other people to have had theirs out and nothing too much changed with their lifestyle other than a bit faster digestion. That seems to tame down after a year or two too. Good luck and I have hope and optimism that you’ll be able to manager yours. When I was reading up on the management techniques it seemed there were a lot of success stories!

  12. Courtney @ Courtney Reads A Lot

    I’m so sorry to hear that you have been struggling with this for so long, and it sounds really painful! Thank you for sharing this with us, as I’m sure it’s not easy to post about personal stuff, but in the long run, it helps to talk about it.

    I can understand where you’re coming from, as I’ve been struggling with IBS pain for a couple of years now, ever since college. What I deal with isn’t nearly as bad as what you’ve been going through, but I can have some really bad abdominal pain whenever I flare up, so bad I don’t like to even sit down. That’s when I realize it’s time to eat some greens and get some fiber into my diet. Like you, I don’t eat too unhealthy, but I love me some bad foods sometimes, and soda too, which kills my stomach. And then stress doesn’t help.

    When it first started, I was absolutely terrified, and I almost went to the ER cause I had no idea what the pain was from. After running a million tests, and the doctors not having a clue whether it was a bladder problem, we finally realized it was my stomach. The scariest part was not knowing what was wrong at me, so just knowing was a relief. They couldn’t figure it out, so they just said IBS. Massages and the chiropractor have helped, along with fiber gummies. And of course exercise! When I actually motivate myself to exercise that is. lol But yeah, I often eat some sucky foods and flare up again. I’m not sure what started this, but I’m thinking a poor college diet and all of the stress from my college years.

    I’m glad the vitamins have been helping you, and it’s amazing how what seems like a simple solution can have such a significant impact on your health once you finally discover it. I really hope you continue to see improvement in your health!

    1. Brittany Post author

      I’m taking fiber gummies too! Haha. Interesting… I used to go the chiropractor off and on and I know they have that whole thing about subluxation and how when your spine is in line, everything else in your body kind of falls into place… But then again that’s one more thing I’d have to pay for! I wonder if my insurance covers any chiropractic visits…
      I have a hard time staying motivated to exercise too! I’m really working on it, and like everything else, I keep wondering if maybe that has something to do with it too. I’ve gained a little weight over the years and it’s not a LOT but I wonder if just that change in my body is screwing up the smallest things..

      Thanks so much for your comments! Just talking it through with people really helps sometimes 🙂

  13. Amanda

    You poor girl! I think the vitamins are such a good idea in the face of surgical cost and just how hard surgery can be. I hope you feel all the way better very soon!

    1. Brittany Post author

      Thanks, Amanda! Hopefully things will continue to improve slowly but surely 🙂

  14. Kay

    You are a very strong woman for not only sharing this with your readers but for dealing with all your pain. I’m such a big baby that I probably would have gone to the ER way more than you. I’m sorry you are dealing with this but I am happy that is seems that you have found a way to help with your pain and it doesn’t involve surgery. I hope the vitamins keep on working (which I’m sure they will) and I wish you all the best. 🙂

    1. Brittany Post author

      Thank you so much! I’m working on it little by little every day. Really, eating healthy is the hardest part! I know I may end up in pain later but I just can’t stop eating that bad food!!
      Thanks so much for reading & your kind thoughts 🙂

  15. Lisa

    I’m glad to hear vitamins are helping with your gallbladder! I got mine taken out a few years ago because it was being so kdsjhfbkdjbvsb. My pain wasn’t as long term as yours was. It kind of all happened in a month or two… but it was ALL THE TIME. I stopped eating, even, because every time I did the pain would come and I would end up throwing it all up anyway. I lost like 20 pounds in a month. When I went to the ER my gallbladder and (I think it was) pancreas were inflamed and infected, so we did an emergency surgery. The recovery time was actually really quick. Like, a week or less. I feel so much better now. I don’t really have any problems with digestion or anything. Honestly, I was in so much pain that keeping my gallbladder just wasn’t an option for me, even before they said I HAD to have it out. I’m glad you’re finding a way to cope with it without having surgery, though. I hope it keeps working for you. Dealing with the pain is the worst and I feel like people without gallbladder problems don’t realize how much of a toll it can take on a person. Physically and emotionally.

    I hope you continue to feel better! 😀 <3

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