Hi there MPlus,
I can totally understand you concern and fear of either option....the flushes and surgery.
I will tell you, several months ago, one of my very best friends was in your exact same situation....Daily excruciatingly painful attacks, couldn't eat anything remotely fatty without getting one, just feeling miserable overall. Had an ultrasound that showed a full gallbladder. Doctor scheduled for surgery saying that was his only option and nothing else would work. HAving had two hip surgeries and 2 knee surgeries in a 1 1/2 year period, he was over being operated on and desperate for an alternative....Oh and did I forget the testical the was removed after being diagnosed as cancer that turned out not to be!!!
Well, me being the resident alternative medicine 'got to' friend for the last 25 years, I ws summoned to find the alternative. So, he addressed his diet....Staying away from fats (temporarily of course), started taking Chanca Piedra (Stone Breaker) & drinking malic acid and apple juice. Well, the first 2 weeks he had 2 attacks (he had been getting them daily). Now about 3-4 months later he has had zero and is just overall feeling so much better. He has also just ordered Julia Chang's combo - see http://www.sensiblehealth.com
(very interesting and informative site) - If you haven't already perused that, definitely do so. Also, see this online version of Andrea Moritz's book
for what to do if you do get a gallstone stuck.
Back to my friend though, he has yet to do the flush (We both decided patience and a lot of prep work with the stone breakers was best even though he most likely would not have any issues) but the most important thing is that the gallbladder attacks have totally stopped indicating that what ever he has done has sent him in the right direction and without removing anymore body parts. He most likely would be totally fine to do the flush now being that the other day he tested himself (at the Olive Garden) eating over a cup of herbed olive oil with bread in one sitting....And no attack. So, I'm sure he will do it soon. Will post his results.
Anyway, good luck making your decision. Quiet your mind. Follow your gut. Your are being guided! (:
PS - Forgot to add, I am on my 3rd flush. Was really nervous with the first two and I hadn't even had any attacks. Actually just drank the oil about an hour and a half ago. Am lying on my back with my laptop on one of the laptop scooters from Frontgate that pull over the bed. Have a Castor Oil pack on my stomach and a hot water bottle over that. Have had zero nausea or pain with this or either of the two previous flushes. Did not get many stones with first one but literally thousands with the second. They varied from walnut sized to lentil size and then some chaff. I also just ordered Julia's combo pack mostly for the Chinese Bitters though being that I think most of my health issues are due to liver congestion.