This year we brought in the new year at our good friends Matt and Arianna’s house. I was 26 weeks pregnant, and that night (actually early morning 3am) as Chris and I were getting in the car to leave, was the first time I experienced a gallbladder attack. Now we were under the impression I was just having horrible heartburn. I mean, pain up and down my esophagus, under my breast bone and in my back, what else could it be? It was excruciating. I remember ripping off my jacket, and my bra, and laying in the snow to relieve some of the pain. Chris freaked, and said I would freeze, but he doesn’t understand the sweats and heat I was feeling. We ended up going back inside and I layed on Matt and Arianna’s bed for a good half hour with Arianna rubbing my spine as I was leaning over pillows. Finally it subsided and Chris and I went home.
The attacks came on every week to every two weeks, getting worse and worse each time. Considering we thought it was heartburn, I would take Zantac daily, gaviscon tablets when it came on, and liquid gaviscon if those didn’t work.
Obviously they didn’t. It wasn’t acid reflux.
Fast forward to me being 38 weeks and 6 days, and I had one of the worst attacks yet. It came on the Sunday night(38+5) at 10:30 in full force. Vomiting, sweating, crying, more vomiting, dizziness, hot flashes. It was horrible. Usually it would subside in a few hours, however this time it was not going away. I managed to fall asleep, but I woke up every hour or so still in so much pain, just crying my eyes out in bed. I feel so bad for Chris who had to deal with me, because nothing helped.
When morning came around, and I was still in pain, I knew I needed to go to the hospital. I was insanely dehydrated. I called my midwife, Kate, and she said to meet her there at 3pm, because she wanted me to see the Doctor and discuss being induced. Come 3pm I was still in pain. This was the longest attack yet.
They hooked me up to a non stress test (NST) and also an IV so I could get some fluids. I was so dehydrated that Kate could not find a vein in my arm. When she took the needle out after trying, I didn’t even bleed. I felt a lot better after the IV, and the pain started going away at 3:30. This is when we made a plan to try and get me induced. We were certain that it would stop after I delivered the baby. They took some blood tests, and when my results came back it pointed towards Gallstones.
Now, one of the main symptoms of Gallstones is the pain in your abdomen or chest, and mainly on the right side. I always thought it was heartburn because I never got pain on one side, I only had it up and down my esophagus. Don’t ignore the back pain! If you ever experience this kind of pain, and it does not subside with antacids, go to the ER and get checked out. Gallstones can be dangerous if one gets blocked in the bile duct (what causes some attacks) and gets infected.
Since having William the attacks have not stopped. ?
I has a very bad experience at two weeks PP which landed me in the ER where I got an ultrasound booked, and we finally discovered the gallstones. I was good for 2 weeks until tonight.
Now tonight’s attack was short. THANK GOD. But extremely painful nonetheless. It came on very very quickly, starting with a sharp heavy feeling in my chest, then in my back, and then on my right side (first time feeling it there.) I was literally rocking back and forth sobbing from the pain. My mascara was sexy. I was sick to my stomach for a while, and then the Apple Cider Vinegar kicked in
I believe it was so short was because of Apple Cider Vinegar(ACV). I’ve read about this softening stones and thought to try it out myself. 2 weeks ago when I had the attack, I was so far into it that that when I had the ACV it just lessened the pain but didn’t make it go away completely. Tonight, I took some as soon as I felt it come on. It had to be one of the most painful attacks to date.
What I do is take 3 table spoons of ACV with about a cup of water and down it. It’s gross. You need to drink it fast. I then follow it with about 2 glasses of water. Within about 15-30 minutes the pain starts to subside.
I am so relieved now that the pain is gone, but I am exhausted from throwing up. At least I am enjoying some cuddles from William.
I hope this post helps somebody who is experiencing Gallbladder problems! I also hope the ACV trick will work until the surgeon gets ahold of me. Wish me luck!
edit.. the pain came back.