About a week ago I was happily getting ready for work. Handy Man happened to be home because we were having a new refrigerator delivered. I had drank about half my smoothie, went to rouse Dancing Daughter out of bed when the most excruciating stomach pains had me doubling over.
At first I thought it was gas even though the pains were very high, so I laid down on my stomach on the floor (weird I know but that sometimes helps me relieve gas pain). Not one bit of relief. I crawled on to the sofa and told Handy Man there was something very wrong with me. I was doing "labor breathing" (anyone who has given birth knows what I'm talking about) and trying very hard not to moan or cry out in pain. That didn't help either. And I did end up moaning and crying.
It became evident very quickly that I needed to go to the ER. DD found a ride to school and Handy Man took me to the hospital, which is luckily very, very close to our house. They took one look at me, got a wheel chair and took me to a room, triaging me on the way. They hooked me up, asked me a bunch of questions, gave me some pain meds, which did not work, gave me an EKG and had me try to go pee, which I couldn't do.
All this time I felt like I was dying... Oh and Handy Man had to run home so the refrigerator could be delivered.
Finally they brought me this GI "cocktail" which tasted horrible, but I was very thankful for because it took my pain away immediately. My blood work came back and they said everything looked fine, it wasn't my heart, liver, kidneys or gall bladder. Because of how I responeded to the GI cocktail the ER Doc said he suspected an ulcer, prescribed prilosec, told me to go see my Dr asap and I was on my way.
My Dr scheduled me for an ultrasound where they found lots of gall "gunk" and a gallstone. So is it gall bladder disease, an ulcer or both? Gah!
Now I'm scheduled to see a GI Dr next week, meanwhile I'm not eating anything that might bother my gall bladder or an ulcer, which is interesting because aside from nuts and alcohol (mostly just wine on the weekends) I haven't been eating anything that should have made my gall bladder angry. Handy Man and I have still been following the Detox diet.
After doing some research I found out that millions of people have gall bladder disease without knowing it, they never have symptoms or an attack. I also learned that losing weight too fast can trigger an attack. Being that I lost 15 pounds in 3 weeks I'm guessing that if it is my gall bladder, that's what caused it.
I can tell you that I hope I never feel that pain again. It was truly the most pain I've felt since being in labor. Not a good time.