I am a 48 year old female and have been experiencing what I thought was gallbladder symptoms for a few weeks. They are bloating, cramping/pain in the upper right quadrant (near my right breast, under the rib cage, sometimes goes to my back and also has given me intense chest and shoulder pain), constipation, feeling of fullness, acidic feeling in throat/esophagus, feeling like food is crawling back up my throat. I would not describe the pain as unbearable, but a couple times, when the pain radiated to my chest and back, I literally thought I was having a heart attack. It is very similar to the pain I felt after I had my tubes tied and the anesthesia was wearing off, that pain you get in your chest and shoulders, and I'm told that was from gas. It does not hurt me to lie down and I am sleeping fine, but wake up exhausted! Bowels are extremely unpredictable, sometimes when I go they are thin and pale and sometimes they are large and very dark. I'm constipated and can usually only go to the bathroom with the aid of an herbal tincture that I got from my naturalist. My appetite is low and the discomfort is greater right after I eat. Just returned from the hospital where an U/S was done. Gallbladder is not enlarged and there are no stones. Can anyone help me?????
Other possibilities include biliary dyskinesia (which can cause symptoms identical to galsltones), severe acid reflux (GERD), pancreatitis, and irritable bowel syndrome, among other possibilities. Biliary dyskinesia can be diagnosed with a test called a CCK-HIDA test. If that test is normal, then endoscopic (scope) exam of the esophagus and stomach should be considered.
I just went through this, last week had my gall bladder removed. Ultra sound showed no stones but some sludge. I had a HEDAscan which shows the functioning of the organs. it showed that my gall bladder was functioning at about 13%. I waited 2 weeks for my surgeon to return from vacation (miserable, had liquid bowel movements if I ate or drank anything, nausea, head aches....yuck). After surgery...constipation (almost preferred the diarrhea) Now I am recovering and still a bit sore at the incisions but have found as I move around I develop sharp back pain on the right side below my shoulder blade near the bottom of my ribs. I see on the boards that this is not uncommon but have found no professional reason. I would get the HEDAscan in your case. Good Luck!
Why sometimes gallbladder stones cant be detected.
Hi, sometimes typical scans and tests can show cholestrol based stones but they can detect the calcified ones. That is because the mass of cholestrol based stones is similar in nature to tissues in the body. But these stones cause symptoms just the same. I had gallbladder problems for years and tested negative for stones. Then I found out about this through a friend. I was able to dissolve these stones and my gallbladder problems went away. There is a good article about why people have these here: gall bladder symptoms
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