February 05, 2017

That Thing Called “Silent Stones”

If you are working, most of the companies offer Annual Physical Check-up for free. We all know that APE is not cheap so this is a nice employee’s benefit that you can take advantage because you can monitor your health. I stopped having this when I resigned from my work. 

Anyway, since my husband is an employee, he has yearly check-up. In the year 2014, he learned that he has gallstones. The hospital staff said “Sir, lumiit po yung gallstones niyo”. My husband was surprised because he didn’t know that he has gallstones. The staff said, yes po sir, last year po ito yung result.

Imagine, year 2013 pa pala yung gallstones and hindi niya alam. So we checked his past health records and we saw the cholelithiasis. Malay ba naman namin na cholelithiasis = gallstones. Sometimes, it really pays to read and research your test result, hindi yung feeling ok kasi wala ka nararamdaman. 

Cholelithiasis is the medical term for gallstone disease. Your gallbladder may have one or more gallstones inside. My husband has gallstones since 2013 which he didn’t know because he is not reading his test result. (skim and scan lang siguro) There are no signs or symptoms so we are just thankful that he has annual physical check-up so nalaman namin. 

His cholelithiasis is called silent or asymptomatic gallstones. It is very common but since there are no symptoms, people have no idea that they have it. My husband has silent stones and since he doesn’t feel anything, he did not mind it. Sino ba naman ang gusto maoperahan?

But in the year 2015, after his APE, the doctor advised him to undergo Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy. Don’t wait for any symptoms before considering the surgery at baka magkacomplications pa. Maybe because of the nature of my husband’s job, he is always out of the country and his gallstone is so big too, more or less 2 inches in size. 

According to medscape.com, here are the patients that need cholecystectomy.

Who Needs Cholecystectomy? 

1. Patients with diabetes mellitus.
2. Patients who have a solitary large gallstone. 
3. Patients who are going to be living or traveling for a long period of time in a location that is far from the basic medical care. 



So after few months, my husband finally decided to undergo Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy at St Lukes BGC. We went to the hospital last February 4, my husband underwent surgery on February 5, and we went home February 6. He was back to work on February 9, 2016. The doctor did not give him any sick leave, good thing that February 8 was holiday so at least nakapahings pa siya. (CNY)

I was so nervous that time because I was informed that it will only take 2 hours but more than 4 hours na sa operating room husband ko, so imagine my stress. I’ve kept on calling kung nakalabas na ba sa OR asawa ko. When the doctor visited my husband, we learned na natagalan lang kasi hindi mailabas yung stone. As I mentioned before, malaki yung gallstones niya and hindi mailusot sa pusod. 



Well, I don’t know how they did it but one big gallstone turned into several pieces. Do you have gallstones? 

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14 comments:

  1. Sa pamilya namin, madalas magka UTI, are they in any way related? Nakakatakot tingnan ung bato no? Imagine kung paano yan nabuo sa loob. On waiting for a loved one in the OR, I have to agree, nakakakaba talaga yan. Naalala ko tuloy nung nanganak ako, di rin daw mapakali kapatid ko at asawa ko. lol.

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    1. Not sure kung related kasi madalas din ako magkaUTI. In my husband's case parang nasa lahi na nila ang may gallstones. Yan din sabi ng OB ko sa kin, mukhang di mapakali asawa ko. hehehe!

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    2. This scares me. I really do not have any idea if any of my family members have gallstone problems. Nakakatakot lang as silent lang sya and yet the sight of those stones. I hope your husband is ok now and fast recuperating.

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    3. Scary din pag silent stones, wala ka kamalay-malay.

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  2. Awww that looks scary. I have friends who had this that also resulted to surgery. Mabuti at naagapan na din to avoid further complications.

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  3. Waaaah! I showed those silent stones to my husband. Nakakatakot. I guess it's in the lifestyle din ng tao and yung kinakain rin natin nowadays. Well, for me naman, when I was still working, whenever I get the result of my APE, I research on its every term pag hindi familiar. Minsan, nakakatakot din kasi magresearch since it makes you overthink din. So better yet talaga nagpapacheck-up regularly, nagbabasa and nagtatanong sa doctor. Still, prevention is better than cure. Buti na lang natanggal na yang gallstones kay hubby mo.

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    1. Agree, you can't help but overthink. Not just gallstones but they removed the gall bladder.

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  4. scary.... we shouldn't ignore talaga our health. My cousin has gallstone before and she had it remove via laser (I'm not sure if this is the same procedure). For her naman, it causes stomach pains. It's good to know na your husband has APE and no symptoms before he had it removed.

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    1. The doctor advised to remove it asap and don't wait for symptoms to avoid complications.

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  5. those are your husband's gall stones???? OMG ang laki! hayy as we get older, we really need to be more vigilant. my husband also needs to see a doc for something about his heart it's minor but mabuti na yung sigurado.

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    1. Yes, isang malaki yan e kaso need ibreak para mailabas. True, mabuti na yung sigurado.

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  6. Oh my gosh! Ang lalaki naman ng gall stones and you guys had no idea pa that they were there. So scary. Buti na lang may APE husband mo. Husband ko din may APE at work but I don't have one either. I think it's high time I get one for this year.

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    1. Yes, there were no symptoms, good thing my husband has APE so they discovered the gallstones.

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