Surgery + Life Update Vlog

Okay it’s time for the life update, let’s get into it.

For the last six months or so I have been so fatigued, and I’ve been on the phone with my doctor about it that’s generally what started everything.

I’ve been having stomach acid issues for around five years, which is what led my doctor to find celiac disease, then my gastrointestinal doctor suggested a no fat diet which worked fantastically for the stomach acid, even after years of being on ppi’s (proton pump inhibitor medication) that did not help.

After I went gluten-free, life was good for about a year.  Then I did my gluten challenge (which means i had to eat gluten for six weeks), still had stomach acid and since then I’ve been fatigued and just fighting through it.  At times I honestly thought this is just aging, because it was going on for so long…. but then about six months ago it started getting much worse.

We were about six months into Covid, a lot of people were getting depressed and fatigue is common with depression, so I talked to my doctor about the fatique and she suggested it must be just depression and not getting out of the house so to try exercising. I remember that phone call, sitting on the couch feeling so tired that I didn’t have the energy to explain to her that this is like a new level of fatique.

That was three months ago. After that, it got to the point that after eight hours of good sleep, an hour later I would need a nap. I couldn’t do anything. I was a shell of myself.

Then I ended up in the emergency room. One night, there was an intense pain under my ribcage on my right side I could barely walk or talk.  I’ve had pain in my stomach for most of my life being having celiac disease that was undiagnosed so unfortunately it’s more usual to me to have pain than not have pain.  But the pain went away after six hours.  I checked with the nurses who said since I’m no longer in pain it’s up to me if I’d like to stay or not. So I left.

The next night I landed in the ER again, but it was really busy so I didn’t end up even checking in because my pain did decrease as I waited.  This night I also had pain in my chest (probably from acid reflux) and also pain under my right shoulder blade. I had been googling since the first night in the ER and found gallbladder issues related to shoulder pain.  The next day I did a phone appointment with a virtual doctor who also said it sounds like gallstones, and to try going fat free until I could talk to my regular doctor. I followed her advise, and the intense pain went away! It was such a reprieve, plus I had more energy finally.

When I then spoke with my regular doctor, who has long been convinced I also have IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), I had to say this is very different. It’s a 9 out of 10 pain (apparently gallstone pain is comparable to women that have gone through labor). I can’t live like this.  Which convinced her to send me for ultrasound. They found a gallstone and fortunately I was booked in surgery about a week later.

gallstone in cystic duct

They removed my gallbladder laparoscopically, no complications and they found a gallstone in the cystic duct (see the blue dot above) before removing it all.

So here we are three weeks after surgery and about six months since the fatigue and intense pain has started, and I’m so happy that it’s gone. It wasn’t as easy a recovery as i thought it would be but it also hasn’t been too hard.  I was up and around the same day as surgery and the incisions are very small (see video for footage of my 3 week scars). I’m still inflamed on one of the internal stitches but that should go away very soon.  Am I glad I did the surgery?  Definitely.  Very happy that it happened so quickly once they figured out what was wrong. 

Thank you guys for sticking around uh with us while we haven’t been creating content because i have been sleeping the whole time and in pain but i really appreciate you sticking around and uh there’s lots of fun stuff to come if you want to check out more stuff hit that subscribe button blah blah as always there’s going to be more stuff and our about life done me as always has everything else see you guys next time

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