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Monday I had an Ultrasound and the Hida Scan, everything showed up so pretty and glowy except the gallbladder. Techs called other techs, 4-5 radiologists looked at the scans and they couldn't find it either.

My doctor is baffled. The pain wasn't ever really that bad but in area that the gall bladder should've been. felt more like a pulled muscle.

I have since day I was born issues of severe constipation then runny, even it continues now. What I perceived as normal, isn't overly so. My doctor said his first thought was a blockage but yet I wasn't experincing any of the symtoms so now he's just stumped. But I told him that given my problems all my life and what i thought was normal, made sense now - to being born without one. I am also Lactose Intolerant and I suspect IBS and Doctor agrees.

IF the pain i experienced returns, he's sending me to a surgeon so that surgeon can go around poking around looking for something I don't think was ever there.

I do take a narcotic for pain and I know it can cause clogging issues as can tramadol. Also suspects the bactrim I was suppose to take for 21 days. I quit it after 1 wk cause it kept making me sick.

Anyone else ever discovered they never had a gallbladder?

Is your diet different ? Do you suffer IBS? Lactose Intolerant?

I'd like to know your imput Please.
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replied May 8th, 2013
OMG so today i went for an ultrasound as well and found i have no gallbladder, 3 tech and the actual radiologist himself searched and nothing he even looked over a past cat scan and it wasn't there... Sad I have had problems throughout my life which i as well thought were normal. I do have IBS as well as lactose intolerant, I was also diagnosed with GERD and have many aches in that area as well but haven't been given anything for pain. I have insulin resistance which was symptoms of my PCOS but i'm thinking now it could be from that or my fatty liver. Please help me I have yet to see my doctor and discuss my options but now i'm freaking out too.
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replied May 8th, 2013
OMG so today i went for an ultrasound as well and found i have no gallbladder, 3 tech and the actual radiologist himself searched and nothing he even looked over a past cat scan and it wasn't there... Sad I have had problems throughout my life which i as well thought were normal. I do have IBS as well as lactose intolerant, I was also diagnosed with GERD and have many aches in that area as well but haven't been given anything for pain. I have insulin resistance which was symptoms of my PCOS but i'm thinking now it could be from that or my fatty liver. Please help me I have yet to see my doctor and discuss my options but now i'm freaking out too.
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replied August 6th, 2013
Absent gallbladder
I also have found out that I was born without a gallbladder. Staying away for fatty foods usually helps, but not always. When I started kindergarten, that's when my pain began. I assume now that it was from the lunches the school provided. The pain lasts between 15 minutes and a hour and a half. When it hits, it's always within 5 minutes of eating. So, in kindergarten, the diagnosed me with lactose intolerance. I took pull for that a few times off and on for a couple years. By middle school, I gave up and just started to tell my teachers that after lunch I would need to be excused. Just walking around seemed to help keep my mind off it until it stopped. In tenth grade, I went back to the doctor. She sent me to have an ultra sound, which lead to another, an MRI and a CT scan. All showed that the gallbladder was missing. I proceeded to have a scope done. They took a sample from my stomach and tested it for food allergies and cancer, no answers. Then I went to a specialist and all she did was put me on some mess that did nothing. I have thought about going back to a specialist now that I won't be in the peds., it will be a different specialist. Basically, it's unexpected, extremely painful, and irritating! But, I just eat better and try not to worry about it too much an I can continue on with my life.
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replied November 10th, 2013
I also found out that I have been born without a gall bladder. I'm 41 and have never experienced pain or any other complications.
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