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lizper
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I just had given you all news that my Mom came out ok. from a number of tests including a abdominal pelvic CT scan.. but she continues with pain, but now it is more pronounced under her right rib (were the liver is) the other day the pain didn't go away and she even woke up with it so had to take a pain killer and that helped, yesterday she felt fine. So the Dr. ordered an ultrasound of her vesicula. I asked him that in case she has something how come it didn't show in the CT Scan he says you can't see that organ well and the ultrasound is to see it from the inside. I can`t believe it. You have lots of tests they look ok and suddenly your not sure again. I'm going crazy.. I'm having a baby in a month and have no peace of mind, Can anyone comment? Could it be something else?

mopar
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I'm sorry you're going through such anxiety. I wish I had an answer for you as to what it could be, but I'm pretty much in the same boat. I've had the right side, below the rib pain for some time and all my tests came back okay. So now I have to wait till I see my doctor at the end of this month to elaborate the situation with him and see what he says. I will definitely ask about what you mentioned (ultrasound of her vesicula) to see what he thinks. In the meantime, hang in there. My prayers go out to you. My daughter is getting married in April so I'm also a little anxious to be sure everything is okay.
Hugs and prayers,
Monika

lizper
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What tests did you get for this pain. The Dr. said to get the ultrasound of the vesicula beacuse in case something is wrong there then the the liver could be swollen causing jaundance. That was because I told him I thought I saw her a little yellowish. I hope this helps..if you get an idea from your Dr. please let me know. Hugs. Liz

mopar
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I had the CT, which was actually my usual OVCA follow-up. But the technicians and the doctors always tell me they see EVERYTHING. However, when I had this pain a few years back I had an ultrasound for the gall bladder. When I complained again about 6 months ago I had a HIDA scan which is also for the gall bladder. My doctor always checks my upper and lower abdomen, and never suggested anything for the liver. That's why when I asked for a complete blood test I had the liver enzymes checked. It didn't seem to be a problem. I was also looking at my eyes for yellowing - nothing there. So, again, when I see him this month I will ask about the liver.

I will also mention to you that my mother-in-law had gall stones some years ago. It was so bad that it blocked the duct to the liver and she was really yellow. So, I'm offering some hope that maybe your mom's situation is a gall bladder problem also, and not the liver, and can be taken care of.
Praying, hoping and hugging!
Monika

paula2
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Joined: Oct 2005

Thankfully, your Mom found relief from a pain pill for now...you should too. Take it from someone in pain and now existing on time-released pain meds, lots of relaxation techniques, weekly chemo, high ca125 numbers, lot's of doubt and uncertainty, the relief of pain is #1 in my consciousness. When the results come in from the ct, you'll have more to think about and you will deal with that too. I honestly urge you to shift your focus to having a healthy, wonderful birthing experience. Your Mom actually needs that from you more than anything else, whether she sez so or not. If there are any wellness groups in the area you live, support groups are a fantastic place to go through these week to week changes and all the emotional ups and downs that she will have in common. I use this board to see that others are going through almost identical issues to my own, and find that, yes, I can deal with this, I'm not alone.

Best for everyone if you opt out of this tension level and bask in the joy of creating this new life....no guilt in doing that, it's a baby that needs you now...and there really is no other person that can provide what that babe needs.

My first grandbaby was born 6 mos. ago. He is the light of my life now, with my son, of course. There is so much love there, it is the physical manifestation of love and joy. This gift you will give to your Mama, soon. She will live longer and stronger with this new grandbaby to love.

lizper
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Joined: Nov 2006

Thank you so much for your words Paula.. I`m glad you have experienced being a Grandma, no one can take that away from you. I`m sorry to here you are in pain I will keep you present in my prayers. I hope chemo lowers your maker and you feel not so bad. Liz

paula2
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Joined: Oct 2005

Also, lizper, are there Hospice Vounteer Services in your town? These is not the medical branch that we usually associate with Hospice, but a trained group of volunteers who will come in and provide some services to give the family time out. This can be light housekeeping or rides to the doctor or just hanging out while the caregiver gets a break. I go to the wellness support group at Hospice, once a week, and now will be able to ask volunteer services for a ride to get there because I've had to stop driving for awhile, due to pain meds. Hope this helps. Perhaps there are other services in your area like this one, so you can bring some focus back to you and the baby. Deep breaths, all the best of good energy sending your way.

lizper
Posts: 199
Joined: Nov 2006

Thanks for your advice, the thing is we live in Mexico and things are different here. There are not communities of people with cancer, only in the big private hospitals which are far from were we live. Liz

floridajo
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Joined: Sep 2006

Lizper,
I'm so sorry to hear that your mom is in so much pain. I also have something going on there, and through all the ultrasounds,ct scans and another test I can't remember..I tested excellent, however, my last scan showed that what ever is in there it is progressive and becoming largeer. WhenI asked my onc. about that he said that even with all the neg. results on my tests, there could still be something there, that is being missed. So go figure???? Right now please try not to worry too much for the sake of the baby....it could be gall stones. Concentrate on the good results that your Mom has had so far..she has clear ct scans and low ca-125!! I agree with Paula...you having an easy pregnancy and the birth of that baby mean more to her than anything right now...it's a new and beautiful life that you are giving her. I'm sending prayers to you and your Mom...I know that what I'm saying is very hard to do, especially when it's your Mom...but try...((((hugz))))..Joanne

lizper
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Joined: Nov 2006

Joanne I'm so sorry to hear you are going through this again. It's so hard to understand that things don't come out o.k. in one test. My Mom is very depressed and frustrated she thought all was ok then something new comes up. We an ultrasound tommorrow. I will be praying for you too. Big hug Liz.

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Cindy54
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Hello lizper. My Mom had the below the right rib pain for about two weeks in the fall of this past year. A heating pad and meds did nothing to take the pain away. We went to her doctor and he did a CT scan. Nothing there except for some back up in her intestines. Mom had a colostomy that had a tendency to move slow at times. We "unclogged" it and no more pain. I too thought it might be a liver problem and watched for yellow eyes and all, but her liver checked out okay. Her gallbladder had been removed years ago. Just another thought on how we always focus on one problem and it could be something else. I hope your Mom has just a simple problem like my Mom had. Hope you find time to relax a little before the baby comes. Cindy

lizper
Posts: 199
Joined: Nov 2006

Thanks Cindy I do hope it's a minor problem. My Mom hasn't had colostomy nore has she had her gallbladder removed... I try to be calm.. we have ultrasound tommorrow to discard a problem.

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