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robin_wachs
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Who has had surgeries, especially on abdominal organs that they feel were caused or necessary by the presence of Lyme? Do you think it is from the bugs living in that organ or general inflammation or autoimmune being triggered?
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Gallbladder removed, but I think the main cause was sludge. My LLMD had me on high-dose ceftin at the time.

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I really don't know. I have had 13 surgeries, 11 between 2001 and 2006 so it is hard to say. I'm basically new to all this, so what surgeries would Lyme cause you to have?

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I had my gallbladder removed. The post-op biopsy showed a thickening of the gallbladder wall, which the surgeon said was indicative of inflammation.

I didn't use IV rocephin, and I never had any gallbladder problems until I got Lyme.

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My gallbladder was removed. I am thinking that Lyme was responsible. It was removed while we were trying to figure out what was wrong with me when it really was Lyme.

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I blew a cervical disc (no injury was sustained). It did not heal - had to have anterior cervical disc fusion. I think it was all due to Lyme and company - inflammation and weakening that area.

I still have neck pain; the surgery provided no pain relief. Just my experience. TS

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Count me in with the gallbladder, too.

Besides that, had exploratory surgery for chronic pelvic pain. They found no endometriosis, and I was sure it would be growing on my colon and my bladder. Since no endo, doc said maybe interstitial cystitis, but I'm just up in the air with the whole pelvic region. Kinda' gave up on getting answers about it.

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Gallbladder. No stones but hida scan said only working at 5%. Hadn't been diagnosed and thought this would help with pain.

After removal surgeon said it was inflamed and diseased.

If I had known I had Lyme, Babs, Bart, I would have waited to have it removed to see if treatment improved things.

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Two abdominal laparoscopies to search for the cause of pain--only varicose veins on uterus found first time and scar tissue from first lap the second. Hernia repair that I blame on lyme causing extreme IBS-C that led to hernia. I have never recovered from that surgery and it led me to a diagnosis.

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Probably hysterectomy and gallbladder for me.

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I was bit in June of 2009. I didn't have any Lyme issues pop up...except I got a uti, then needed two surgeries for abdominal scar tissue ( which I have had at least eight of those in my life time). The last surgery I could not recover from. I was still horribly tired with continuing pain-welcome Lyme.
My best guess as a medical professional (LOL) is my immune system was shot from a ten year stress filled job and other infections and Lyme slipped in.
I really believe in my heart that if I had not allowed myself to stay in such a stressful workplace I might have slipped by Lyme. Just my humble opinion.

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I also had my gallbladder because of sludge. A couple months later when I was still having recurring issues, I had a ERCP with monometry. I am pretty sure I came close to death with it because the surgeon's face was apparently white after he came out and said I was the last patient he would do it on. The procedure didn't work because apparently my pancreas is hooked shaped, and there was too much inflammation. Those are just my abdominal ones. I have had 5 surgeries since January alone. Stupid Lyme...
Yes, I did do IV Rocephin.

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Thyroid removed 06. Goiter over 9cm. on each side. Never felt like myself after.
07 first lyme test neg...
09 Igenex pos...

I think the bugs were attacking it and it kept growing to compensate...Wish I knew now what I didn't know then...I would have made them leave some, instead they took it all to avoid cancer.

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So to summarize, sooner or later lymies will loose their gallbladder due to inflammation? I used to think iv rocephin was the cause. But now i think it just hastens the damage to the gallbladder as the drug itself also has side effect to it.

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gallbladder, long before any lyme tx. I didn't have any of the "usual" signs so they put off my surgery and my gb almost exploded due to being so full of stones. If it would have I would not be here now. No explanation of why or how, so I now believe it was lyme, not knowing anything about it at that time.

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Gallbladder. Set off by excrutiating pain, trips to the ER, unable to eat, lost 20 lbs in one month. Ejection fraction was not functioning properly.

The gallbladder dysfunction and surgery was the crisis that initiated my Lyme disease symptoms. So it had been pretty much latent in my body until that time.

It then took five years of debilitating illness, and going doctor to doctor, to finally get the Lyme and Co. diagnosis.

Three years after the gallbladder surgery, I was diagnosed with breast cancer, and had surgery and treatment. I feel that the havoc on my body, immune system, chronic inflammation, all contributed to getting cancer. I can't say that it "caused" the cancer, but I do believe it was a contributing factor.

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robin_wachs
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My goodness, the gallbladder and pelvic issues seem to be predominant with or without Rocephin. since I started this thread I should say that I know that Lyme et al was responsible for my gallbladder being removed 1998, Endometriosis 1999, Total Hysterectomy 2002 and severe abdominal adhesions/appendix 2010.

Thank you all, I don't feel so alone now.
Robin

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I never took Rocephin, but any of the oral cephalosporins can do the same thing. Some say that the Lyme itself destroys the GB.

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Gallbladder removed. Didn't know I had Lyme at the time. Was full of stones, and the pathology report said my gallbladder was very inflammed. Good riddance. Getting rid of the gallbladder ended 15 years of near-constant nausea, and improved my colonic motility. I believe Lyme to be responsible for my losing my gallbladder. I know Lyme is responsible for all the gut troubles I have (inflammation, dysmotility).

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