Friday, November 14, 2014

Liver Lesions and Gall Bladder Sludge

Cool name for a band right?  Liver Lesions, and my rock name could be Gall Sludge.  Catchy, right?

In my last post I talked about visiting a Gastroenterologist.  After a couple months I finally have some results to share.  I have done one test on my own and he has done two procedures so far.

Lactose intolerance

In September I did the lactose intolerance test he recommended.  He said to buy some lactose free milk and some regular milk.  Then drink the lactose free milk every day for 5 days, and on the 6th day drink the regular milk then record my findings.

I found out that I felt kind of icky the whole time I was drinking lactose free milk.  Then I felt fine with the regular milk.  I'm not sure what to do with that information.

Upper GI Endoscopy

In October I had an upper GI endoscopy.  I went in the morning, he gave me some really loopy drugs and did the scope.  Here's a rundown of the procedure if you have never heard of it before.  You lay down on your side on a bed and they push drugs into your IV.  It doesn't hurt, and after about a minute you start to feel a little bit dizzy and all your pain goes away.  He put something in my mouth and inserted the tube.

That's all I remember.  You are fully awake the entire time, but the drugs make you forget because it's uncomfortable.  Honestly, I am fine with that.  He took some biopsies to check for bad bacteria and to see the condition of the villi in my small intestine.

About a half hour later you "wake up" and are ready to go home.  I was really tired from the drugs and I slept away half the day.  Chris was really nice and took care of everything that day.

Results:  I don't have ulcer creating bacteria.  My villi are damaged which could mean celiac or an infection (his opinion).  I have had celiac ruled out twice already so that's not it.  And I have had so many antibiotics that it's doubtful that it's infection.  My own theory is I am reacting to some other food.  Since it seems that everything is making me sick it's hard to imagine which one it could be.

Complete Abdominal Ultrasound

The last test was the ultrasound.  They did my entire abdomen and took pictures of all my organs.  Everything else looked fine I guess because the only things I heard back about were my liver and gall bladder.

My liver has two lesions, both in the right lobe.  One is 1 cm. and it is a hemangioma, which is a collection of blood vessels and is benign.  Completely not scary, and fairly common.  Doctors tend to believe that it is congenital (you are born with it) and they don't think they grow or change so there is no needed treatment.  The other one is 3 cm. and they aren't sure what it is.  So they have ordered a CT scan of my abdomen.  I will do that in a week and report back any findings.

My gall bladder has sludge.  Internet research leads me to believe that it probably means that my gall bladder is not working at 100%, but it's not really bad news either.  My gall bladder is not inflamed and does not have gall stones yet, sludge now could lead to stones later if not treated.  My plan is to go to an acupuncturist and take some Chinese herbs to support the gall bladder and get it working better.  There is a chance that the gall bladder is causing my symptoms.

So that's what I know for now, I will know more in a couple weeks and I will reveal all as I go along because I'd love to save someone else the hassle of not knowing.