Thursday, April 10, 2014

Chronic Acalculous Cholecystitis Gallbladder Disease

Yes that title is my official diagnosis that I got today.  I had a HIDA scan and they found that my gallbladder is actually not even working.  It won't release the bile and we watched it sit in there for almost 2 hours and not empty, though at the time I didn't know that was an issue.  My doctor called today to have me come in and I knew that meant it wasn't good news.

There are no gallstones, no sludge, no obstructions of any kind - just that my gallbladder decided to up and die.  Usually very sick people (cancer, HIV, terminally ill, etc.) get this or those who were injured in an accident or during a major surgery.  Me?  Well, they have no idea why I have it and there is nothing I can do to make it start working again - or at least science hasn't advanced enough to find a way.  The doctor said it has to go.

This type of gallbladder disease doesn't come from fatty food supposedly, if I had a problem eating too much of the bad foods, I would develop gallstones or other things.  That is good to know at least.  Now, I can't eat fat, or at least stay around 3 grams or less a meal and I've done this for a week and guess what?  I've lost 8 pounds!  See, there is my silver lining in all this!

I don't really have an appetite most of the time, I feel full before I even eat, which is strange.  I also can't eat much before I feel like I will explode, so all this is helping with the weight loss aspect.  If I was to eat a high-fat item, I will most likely be vomiting and end up in the ER again with pain and have to get it removed it right away.  So......my life sort of depends on not eating fat and when it comes down to that, you find your motivation to keep your diet!!

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