Topic: New member - not diagnosed
Hi! I'm a new member and looking for information.
I have not been diagnosed and don't have any jaundice or itching, etc. But my doctor is suspicious for cancer and has me scheduled for tests.
Last Christmas I had pretty painful bouts in my right side and upper right back. I went to ER and they did an MRCP and came rushing in saying I had stones in my bile duct, sludge in my gallbladder and a bile duct stricture.
Actually I wasn't concerned because I had had a bile duct stricture 5 years prior. The doctor did an ERCP and snipped it open and that was that. I didn't have any factors that they could say why I had the strictures. I have my gallbladder, no chronic pancreatitis, etc. the GI after first stricture said it was odd but I would never have it again. Well, obviously that was wrong.
So I had ERCP and they took stones out and opened stricture.
But in the meantime, they sent in liver, pancreas, bile duct surgeon. He feels I need another ERCP and do some brushings. He had another MRCP done and I have a stone in bile duct - new since Christmas.
He wants me to have my gallbladder out and then possibly put in some stents.
I feel that if I had another stricture 5 years ago, it's not a big deal, especially since I don't have jaundice or itching.
But I'm doing research and hoped I can get done good advice here!