It is incredibly disappointing that I have not found out how to treat my health issues yet. Last night I was really upset about this and I decided to ask myself, “when was the worst I ever felt?” I scrolled through the memories in my brain and then I found it. It was that time I had a gallstone!
What is a gallstone?
These are little hard stones that form in the gallbladder which is located on the right side of our bodies. This can cause excruciatingly uncomfortable symptoms if the gallbladder becomes inflamed(Christian Nordqvist, https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/153981.php)
The symptoms that people can have include extreme pain under ribs on the right side, back pain and nausea. Treatment is necessary if experiencing these symptoms. Risk factors for getting gallstones include being overweight/obese, having diabetes, being a female, consuming a lot of cholesterol and being over 60 years old (Macon, Nall, Yu, https://www.healthline.com/health/gallstones#pictures).
How I think I got a gallstone
Around the time of me having the gallstone I had been trying to treat my PCOS with a variety of supplements that I had read about on forums. I was just knocking them back everyday because I was desperate to control my symptoms. I am not entirely sure what I was taking but I know it was too much.
In terms of diet, I also was not doing well. Way too much junk. I do not know how I expected to have any control over PCOS when I was eating the way I was.
So basically, these two things combined are what I believe to be the cause of me getting one of these nasty buggers!
How it felt
This was the absolute worst pain I have ever felt in my life. It was even worse than my labor contractions. The intense pain struck me like a thunder clap! I was on the floor screaming and crying at work.
My husband took me to the ER and I was there for a few hours. They gave me something called a “GI cocktail.” This is a disgusting, chalky “drink” that has a mix of things that are supposed to treat stomach issues. It was so hard to choke it down.
A while after I drank the cocktail, I began to feel a tiny bit better. I was sent on my way almost immediately after that admission to the doctor. When at home, I was out of commission for the next couple of days due to the pain I was still experiencing.
Moral of the story
Try to watch what you put in your mouth because it can lead to some bad consequences. I am not perfect with my diet but I do make an effort to watch what I eat more than I did before.
Also, I would encourage people to really research and be careful about supplements. Do not be like me and take a ton of stuff in hopes that it will lead to positive results. I would not wish my horrible experience on anyone else.
Have any of you ever had a gallstone before?