I think my run with natural methods is coming to an end.
To recap, I had ZERO gallbladder issues prior to taking oral bile acids (Jarrow Bile Acid Factors) for 3-4 days. On the 4th night I woke with severe flank pain, nausea and agonizing pain and tightness in my chest. This passed when I took a large dose of vitamin C to flush out my bowels. I continued to have flank pain after this and wasn't quite sure what had happened so I did a Dr. Schulze 5-day liver/GB cleanse.
I was still feeling OK at this point but was having some mild flank pain. After about 2 weeks of this I thought that maybe the incident was a kidney stone or something and I tried taking 2 bile acid pills with a fatty meal. Well, 2 hours later I was balled up on the floor with unbelievable nausea. These nausea episodes started happening 3-4 times per day and were hellish after just those 2 pills again. (I don't know what the hell happened with them)
At this point I realized this was definitely a liver/GB thing and starting taking various herbs and liver flushing.
I was generally feeling OK but had to avoid fatty foods or else the nausea (but no pain) would return.
Finally, I was walking with my wife one day and was hit with unbearable nausea that never left. This was about 4 months ago. After that in addition to the nausea, I started having fullness under my right rib, sharp pain in my back and continued flank pain. Very classical gallbladder symptoms.
An ultrasound found a small 2mm polyp in my gallbladder but nothing else. Liver and pancreatic enzymes were normal.
In the last 4 months I have become too ill to work and spend most of my time in a daze, laying in bed feeling flu-like and nauseous.
I have tried Liver Flushing perhaps 20 times with no relief in symptoms. I've tried more herbs than I can count. I tried the Chinese herbs from Julia Chang. I've tried Chanca piedra and in tincture form (2 bottles) and lots of other things. I've got acupuncture treatments and custom Chinese herbal formulas. Nothing changes. Herbs that stimulate bile (dandelion, etc.) make me feel much worse. If there is a blockage in my gallbladder it isn't going anywhere...or maybe that polyp is the issue, or perhaps it's just so inflammed it's ceased to work anymore. I don't know.
I think I'm ready to throw in the towel and tell them to take my gallbladder.
Nothing is working and my health is rapidly failing. I don't know what bile acids did to cause this, but I've apparently destroyed myself.
If anyone has some 11th hour suggestions, I'm all ears.