I say gallbladder attack. Right abdominal pain that cuts through to back, throwing up after I ate cheesecake with family last night followed by hours of pain. Periodic fever. Pain after I eat today. Hydrocodone to deal with abdominal pain. Recent weight loss, liver enzymes actually up again. They are more out of range now, says the rheumatologist. No, the ER did not check bloodwork or make recommendations for follow-up except with adjusting the heart medicine, though the doctor said my pain is where the gallbladder is.
The internist declines to see me since this is a "cardiac issue" (low bp). Mmkay. I have an appointment with the cardiologist next Monday.
In the meantime, I'm going to try milk thistle and maybe marshmallow, which some studies show help. It's the best I can do, and some information indicates the typical liver-gallbladder cleanse doesn't really work. I'd rather be well than right and hope to recover from this on my own right now and will do what I can. There's no reason acute inflammation might not calm down on its own at least for now.
Maybe the ER doctor must have thought I was faking it or exaggerating or something. I don't believe in overtesting or overtreatment, but when I think my gallbladder hurts, when you think my gallbladder hurts, when my liver enzymes are up, and it's been several days, let's not pretend there aren't horses somewhere, at least possibly.
Just because I use a scooter and have spine problems doesn't mean I might not have the same common ailment to every other mid-30s woman whose weight has yo-yoed. No, I don't want my gallbladder removed and I'd rather postpone if it is for personal reasons, if possible, at least for a few months. I'd rather be wrong and have all of this calm down soon.
I'd like to make a diagnosis too. Sexism.