I had a spleen scan a few months ago and happened to mention to the tech doing it that the pain was on my other side. She took a look at my gallbladder, even though the Dr. didn't order it, and said it looked normal.
I'm not sure what a HIDA scan is. All I know is that I did have gallbladder pain.
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Saw a LLMD first time last week and he clinically confirmed my positive Igenex test for chronic Lyme. He also wants me to have a HIDA scan as I was a little tender in the area when he examined me. I would rather not have the HIDA scan because of the radioactive dye they inject (had way too many x-rays and CT's over the years). I have not had any gall bladder problems that I know of.
Anyone know of another way to determine gall bladder function?
The LLMD also said the gall bladder had to be working well prior to starting treatment. Have any of you been required to remove your gall bladder in order to start abxs?
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I think Lyme can affect the gallbladder.
My LLMD also ordered a HIDA scan at the beginning of treatment, I think because she sees gallbladder issues fairly often in Lyme patients.
If I remember correctly, I also had a low ejection rate at that time.
After I did a few months of IV Rocephin, the GB attacks started. Ouch. My gallbladder came out shortly after that.
But - here's the good part - after getting the GB out, I really turned a corner. LLMD said that she sees that often, and that the GB is one place that Lyme and co can "hide" from abx.
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Almost lost mine.... still holding on to it though.
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Can lyme infect the gallbladder? I don't see why not. It is something I've been exploring. I have no pain but a lot of nausea (regardless of whether I eat or what I eat). The nausea has subsided some with lyme treatment but it still lingers.
I had a HIDA scan done as well and had an ejection fraction of about 12%. CT scan and ultrasound show no sludge or stones. Doctors aren't sure removing the gallbladder is the answer for me and could even make my nausea worsen. I have looked into this quite a bit and some recent studies are suggesting that it may be normal for some to have a low gallbladder ejection fraction. Other doctors feel that how one reacts to the injection is a predictor of whether someone should have surgery. Other doctors/studies contradict this as well.
I'm not aware of any method that does not involve some kind of dye to assess gallbladder function.
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