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Gall bladder problems and gray stools - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Very Good Posted in: Liver and Gall Bladder
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User :   my father in law has lost over 25 lbs, stool is skinny and gray in color, exhibits with fever, fatigue, diarrhea and nausea. he is 81, his dr says he has to get his gull bladder removed....he is now waiting for tha procedure...should he be asking for more tests?
Doctor :   Hi
User :   hi
Doctor :   I am Dr.
User :   do you need more information regarding his symptoms?
Doctor :   so basically weight loss, diarrhiea
User :   for over a month and a bit
User :   also his urine has been orange in color as well
Doctor :   OK
Doctor :   Was the ultrasound done
User :   he is not himself, sluggish, sore lower back now, sleeping lots
User :   yes
Doctor :   Did he has any lab work?
User :   not too sure what was checked in his lab work
Doctor :   he needs many tests
Doctor :   OK
Doctor :   I will few tests
Doctor :   CBC to know anemia
User :   XXXXXXXX (father in law) didnt know
Doctor :   Liver enzymes to look for Gall bladder and liver
Doctor :   Ultrasound Abdomen to look for Gallbladder and liver
Doctor :   FOBT to look for bllod in stool
Doctor :   Stool analysis -stoll for ova/cyst/prasite. white cells to look for infections in colon
Doctor :   Ultimately he needs colonoscopy because he is old
User :   his dr simply stated he needed to remove his gull bladder
User :   I am worried that he will not handle the surgery
Doctor :   He is not a doctor
Doctor :   If he said so.
User :   2 valve replacements and an AA in his stomache
Doctor :   OK
Doctor :   This is the work up for weight loss and fatigue
User :   what are you thoughts around the gull bladder vs pancreas?
Doctor :   I dont know
Doctor :   I need the tests
Doctor :   Only tests will revela the problem
User :   I will have to get all this information with specifics and contact this again.
Doctor :   ok
User :   Thanks for your initial information.
Doctor :   you welcome
Doctor :   Thank you for contacting me
Doctor :   Bye
Doctor :   Take care
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