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i have severe itching all over due to high bilirubin levels

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i have severe itching all over due to high bilirubin levels i have gallstones plus i had 7stones in the bile duct i had these removed 1month ago and m booked in for gallbladder surgery 7october will the itch leave when i have my surgery and have u any remidies i have been on 4 different antihisimines plus creams im at my wits end can u help
Submitted: 12 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  911DOC replied 12 months ago.

911DOC :

I feel bad for your terrible itching.

911DOC :

And yes, when your gallbladder is removed and your bilirubin returns to normal you should no longer itch

911DOC :

I am a bit confused as to why the surgery is not sooner

911DOC :

and if you develop fever and pain, at least here, you would be getting your gall bladder out right away.

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the fact is that if you have jaundice because of gallstones you should have a very low threshold for going to the Emergency department if you have any worsening, particularly worsening pain in the right upper area of your abdomen, or fever.

911DOC :

Unfortunately, there is not much to offer you for the itch besides antihistamines.

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And I only wish they were having a better effect for you.

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I don't know how much you can push for your surgery to be sooner, but if it were me that is what I would be doing.

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I wish you a full and speedy recovery.

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