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Thu, Jan 23 8:38pm · Pain in old gallbladder surgery site in Digestive Health

@ryanrayna1 It could very well be an adhesion. It's a type of scar tissue that can attach organ to organ, organ to abdominal wall. My first one was found when my gallbladder was removed. It was sitting on top of the organ which had suffered acute attacks for 7 years before anyone realized what was wrong. That adhesion was removed, then the gallbladder. Six months later, I developed nauseating pain in my upper left abdominal quadrant. Test after test was run. Another adhesion formed (once you get one, you'll be prone to more any time trauma occurs, especially surgery). At times, it feels like a sharp knife, other times, like something is tearing. It can be palated because it's close to the surface. It presses on my stomach (the organ) and my diaphragm. Unfortunately, unless an adhesion is causing more than pain, it will be left alone. This is because, as of now, there is no technique or mechanism to prevent a new adhesion from forming. There is a powder that can be sprinkled which I believe forms a temporary layer meant to prevent an adhesion from forming but, the statistics the last time I looked weren't great. Early on, when I had my surgery, statistics regarding cholesectomy adverse events were very much lacking. Within the recent years, an updated, very detailed list was released.

Unfortunately, the only certain way to diagnose an adhesion is to open the body. That, of course, creates a possiblity of another adhesion occurring. Based on location, it can be felt. But in terms of scans (eg sonograms), not much is particularly useful.

Thu, Jan 23 8:21pm · Post-cholecystectomy or gallbladder removal surgery in Digestive Health

I'm so happy for you. You've been through a lot. You had doctors who listened and you were proactive in your care as well. No one can fathom what chronic pain and illness does to the body and the mind unless they've experienced it. I wish you great health.

Jul 31, 2019 · Post-cholecystectomy or gallbladder removal surgery in Digestive Health

@woodsiechris It's wonderful news that you're doing better. I hope that you continue to improve. Feel well.

Jul 14, 2019 · Post-cholecystectomy or gallbladder removal surgery in Digestive Health

@woodsiechris I am so, so sorry for all that's happening. I opted to leave my post cholesectomy syndrome alone and try to control it with more frequent, smaller meals and avoid fatty/greasy foods. We do need a certain amount of fat for the body to use protein but, I try to get it from things like olive oil or a scrambled egg made without butter, spray oil, etc.

I was put on Bentyl early on – and discovered the hard way that it knocked me out (I slept through the alarm and called out of work after 11am). I don't think it was particularly useful. My dad was prescribed it too for 'spastic colon.'

Will the Crohns or Colitis calm down after your body recovers from the trauma? My cousin has ulcerative colitis (genetics sucks in my family) and when my dog began to have symptoms of colitis (dogs can have it too), she suggested Flagyl. Technically it's an antibiotic but, a helpful side effect is it's anti inflammatory in the digestive system. It helps my cousin and works wonders for my dog during his flare ups.

I do hope this stops once you heal. Are you showing other symptoms of that like rashes or arthritic -type aches?

Jul 8, 2019 · Migraine - Aimovig and Cardiology or Pulmonology in Brain & Nervous System

@quazar There is a headache device sometimes called the
'migraine pacemaker' – it's a neurostimulator. It appears to be useful with certain headaches like cluster headaches. Has your doctor discussed this device with you? The device is implanted most often in the chest (not deep) with leads going up to the temples and forehead. Some patients have had excellent results. It's a same-day procedure. I looked into it for my chronic intractable migraines but, stats show it works better for other types of chronic headaches.

Jul 8, 2019 · Migraine - Aimovig and Cardiology or Pulmonology in Brain & Nervous System

Hi @lisalucier – the Calcium Score is a week from Friday, the echocardiogram is in early August. Depending on results, the cardiologist will put me on a medication prior to the stress test. As for migraine prevention, nothing is left. The list of prevention and treatment meds that I've been prescribed is long. One worked perfectly (Cymbalta) but, screwed up my blood sugar. Botox stopped the migraine head pain but, no other migraine symptoms. I am finished with CGRP antagonists. The more I read, the more frightening the class is because CGRP is crucial to the body. While searching last night about shortness of breath (the cardiologist is hoping that reverses once Aimovig is out of my system), I came across info about the neuro-immunology nexus and how long doctors/researchers have known that CGRP is vital to the immune system (including T-cells). I'm pasting the link directly below. I think that doctors who specialize in one branch of medicine or another, tend not to look at the impact of treatments on other body systems. Below that link, I'm posting an item on possibly using CGRP as an asthma treatment.

"Calcitonin gene-related peptide is a key neurotransmitter in the neuro-immune axis" –

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3924554/

"The neuropeptide calcitonin gene-related peptide affects allergic airway inflammation by modulating dendritic cell function" –

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/21752117/

Jul 2, 2019 · Migraine - Aimovig and Cardiology or Pulmonology in Brain & Nervous System

Hi – The cardiologist ordered an echocardiogram and the calcium score. Then she'll order a stress test after she sees the results of the calcium score. I'm including a link to an explanation of that test.

She said she's hopeful the shortness of breath and palpitations will stop once Aimovig leaves my system but, given that my father had a heart attack and I'm so winded with palpitations, she wants these tests run. She said she'd surprised that these meds are prescribed to people with family history of heart disease and that it doesn't exclude patients with heart disease. I have to call tomorrow to schedule the calcium score test and the echocardiogram is in August.