I just wanted to know I had HIDA Scans done on my gallbladder that came back fine I had alot of CAT Scans done that didn't show nothing I've been having pain under my rib cage & pain between my right shoulder blade & lower back & I've thrown up several times could all of this be signs of a gallbladder going bad
It is possible that your symptoms to be due to gall bladder dysfunction. The âcause is âusually due to poor dietary habits, chronic liver diseases, obesity and a sedentary âlifestyle. â â
The common presentation due to gall bladder dysfunction include - Pain or tenderness under the rib âcage on âthe âââright side , Pain ââbetween shoulder blades, Stools light or chalky colored, Indigestion after âeating, ââespecially fatty or ââgreasy foods, ââNausea, Dizziness, Bloating, Gas, Burping or belching, âFeeling of fullness or âfood ânot digesting, ââDiarrhea (or ââalternating from soft to watery) and or âConstipation. â
Diagnosis of the cause would require imaging studies like a ultrasound and blood tests (liver functions). âIn case the tests are normal, a HIDA scan helps to determine a low functioning gall bladder. In case the HIDA scan, done shows the Gall bladder function to be less than 35%, then it will be conclusive about âyour symptoms being due to Gall bladder dysfunction.â
Improved diet (Avoidance of high fatty foods and grease), Physical exercise, weight loss provide the best results âin ââindividuals with low functioning gall bladder. Medicines to improve digestion and cleanse the gall bladder âcan also ââbe prescribed to help in improvement of symptoms. â
The definitive treatment of such conditions is cholecystectomy for patients who are able to tolerate surgery.â
In many patients, coexistent GERD is also a contributing factor for the symptoms. Hence in many individuals âwho ââundergo Gall bladder removal, the symptoms due to GERD will cause persistent symptoms. Hence it is âimportant to ââwork with a gastroenterologist and rule out Gastric Reflux disorder, and treat it properly. âEffective treatment of such ââconditions may negate the need for a gall bladder surgery. â
But in case, the symptoms are predominantly due to gall bladder, then treatment of both GERD and âgallbladder ââremoval may be needed. â
You might consider to consult your health care provider for additional information and seek proper advice.â
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