In October of 2007 I went to the ER with severe pain in my upper abdomen. Never had I experienced anything like it in my life. I thought I was having a heart attack. They diagnosed it as heartburn and sent me home. A couple months later I had another major attack....I didn't go to the ER but had a day of intense pain, vomiting and then the next couple of weeks suffered queasiness, amber colored urine and intense itching. My doctor tested my enzymes and said my liver levels were way off...he assumed it was a viral thing. I had some other pain following that and insisted that something just wasn't right. He did an ultrasound on my GB and low and behold it was discovered that it was half full of small gallstones and mostly "sludge". My doctor prescribed losing a few more pounds and increasing the exercise. I did lose 10 more pounds, increased my running/walking and have really felt better. So I thought that perhaps this was the answer. I have continued to suffer small, mild attacks...pretty infrequently...but this past weekend I had a major attack. So, now I just want this thing removed! My question for anyone out there who has had theirs removed.....does it require an overnight stay in the hospital? How soon is one up and moving around following this type of surgery? I know it is a relatively simple surgery....but any advice would help me...at least put me at ease a little more. Thanks!
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