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August 18th, 2011
Left ribcage and back pain
Really nice to see people with my problem. Going on for 9 months now, I've had a constant pressure and pain under my left ribcage. Once in a while it feels like it's spasming. I've been to Dr after Dr, had an ultrasound and 2 CT's...came up with nothing. I'm really losing faith in the medical profession. Which hurts me to say since I'm a medical professional. If anyone figures this mess we have out, please let us all know.
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replied August 30th, 2011
I have the same symptoms. Pain in my back and side under my ribs, extreme nausea in the mornings, and urinary tract infection symptoms. I went to the doctor for urinary tract symptoms and had urine tested. The doctor said it contained high count of white blood cells, billirubin, and gases. Could this be gallstones?
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replied August 31st, 2011
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hm72 wrote:
I have the same symptoms. Pain in my back and side under my ribs, extreme nausea in the mornings, and urinary tract infection symptoms. I went to the doctor for urinary tract symptoms and had urine tested. The doctor said it contained high count of white blood cells, billirubin, and gases. Could this be gallstones?

The gallbladder wouldn't be the first place to look. High bilirubin counts can be caused by many things, almost any sort of liver disease and some other infections. Nausea before eating is usually not caused by gallstones. Urinary tract infections are not a normal symptom of gallbladder disease. High white cell counts are an indication of almost any sort of infection. Upper epigastric pain is a symptom of ulcers and gastritis as well as gallbladder disease. Left side pain is not usually the gallbladder. Gallbladder pain may be central, penetrating to the back, spreading around the right front under the ribs, and radiating up to the right shoulder. Similar symptoms on the left side are more commonly ulcers (once you rule out the heart!). Ongoing daily pain, nausea or pain on an empty stomach, and constant digestive issues are not normal symptoms of gallstones although they could indicate a less common type of gallbladder disease.
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replied September 17th, 2011
I want to tell my story, so that I can ask a question. I lost 50 pounds in a 6 month period by cutting carbs and being a 'better' vegan.
It was all good until one day my daily protein shake caused me soooo much pain right where an ulcer would be and along my left side.
After eating it would feel as though something was leaking from my stomach down my left side... all the way to my thigh.
Long story short, I thought I had a GERD flair up, so I started back on Priolsec. Didn't touch the pain.
Finally ended up in ER to find that I now had not GERD not an Ulcer, but GALLSTONES with 'reflective' pain.
My insurance wont pay for the removal of my gall bladder so I'm left with daily pain.
I have been taking IBP for pain because in my state you can't get pain meds ... only from ER... and you don't get them from ER unless they can 'find' something to give you pain pills for... which in this case could end having me cut open ... anyway... I'd rather just pop the IBP... (I've also started using a 'natural pain reliever ) anyway... bottom line is,
I eat, I bloat. I smell food, I bloat, I drink water I bloat and or vomit.
I don't eat so that there is no pain or bloating but now I've noticed that I've started to gain weight.
I'm constipated like crazy. Days and days go by without eliminating.
I walk, dance, ride a bike, (bearing the pain...) just to try to stay regular. I eat Fiber EVERY morning with coffee or tea... seems to make it worse these days.
It's like the only thing that saves my stomach from pain is to have it empty. But I have to STARVE to have it empty like that and well then I get different types of pain from not eating... GERD like pains, etc...
okay So I started drinking Senna tea to empty my stomach in about 12 to 14 hours after eating. Not real efficient. I don't want to use it as it cramps and hurts and is unpredictable.
What about Miralax? Before the colonoscopy it worked really well doing the emptying thing without any bad side affects.
But I'm hearing that people gained weight on it... what?
Has any one here added Miralax to their daily pain management regime... ?
What are you results. Weight loss? Gain? Relief?
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replied October 14th, 2011
Try flushing your gallbladder instead of miracle drug
First off, drugs will not cure and all drugs have side effects and many require the liver to break them down causing more gallbladder/liver/bile stone issues.

There are hundreds of websites extolling the virtue of gallbladder/liver flushes. Sure they take more time than popping a pill, but they are done with natural foods and cost very little and you're at a lot less risk than infection from surgery. One such site that I find to explain the process well is http://www.sensiblehealth.com/.

You don't need to buy any herbs/supplements to do the flush if you don't want, as I've seen many sites posted by sufferers as yourself sharing how much better they feel, and they aren't selling anything nor encouraging you to buy anything. Some of the sites do sell herbs and supplements they have found to help the process along, so you can decide if you want to assist it, but it isn't necessary unless you have trouble or fear trouble passing a stone. As most of these sites tell you, most stones aren't that hard to pass, they're mostly soft, but some can be hard, so you may want to use an herb to soften it just in case.

Doctors will recommend surgery because "they say" people want a quick fix, (and some do, but rarely do they find it after they've paid with their money and their organ). The Dr. is pocketing quite a lot of referral money, and from what I've been told by every person who succumbed to the knife, they "still" have issues and they wish to hell they had at least tried the flushes and kept their gallbladder, They often still live with the same chronic issues (because you can still have stones in your liver) and/or to have to live by a special diet the rest of their lives.

You're on the web, research gallbladder flush! I've done coffee enemas (not the same thing), and they help me to relieve depression and get energy. I'll be trying my first gallbladder flush next week because of symptomatic digestive problems. Good luck!
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replied October 20th, 2011
Lots of posts but nobody does a follow up post. Everyone still alive?

I have the same issue that came and went for more than 7 years. Now it's constant with tenderness in the stomach and bloating. I'm about to get a hida scan.
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replied November 4th, 2011
Left side pain with gallstones?
I have similar pain to everyone else here. My pain started on the right side. Kind of a stabbing pain. It started right after I ate some greasy pizza. I was diagnosed with gallstones 12 yrs ago but was told at the time, they were silent stones & no need for surgery. So when this stabbing pain started, I thought, hmmm wonder if its the gallstones? My pain then was very typical of what all the websites, describe as symptoms. Right side pain. Well the right side pain lasted a few days, but had ventured over to the left. In the meantime, I am now getting diarrhea 3-4 times a day. Just great. SO I go to my dr, and he does an ultrasound. Tells me I have gallstones & gallbladder is contracting. So he says get it out. I am scheduled this Wednesday 11-9 to have it removed. But in the back of my mind, I just keep wondering about this left-side pain. I am praying that it is due to the gallbladder & once I have it removed, then everything will be ok. If anyone had gallbladder attacks or stones that caused left side pain please let me know. I am having panic attacks over this & I am afraid that I am going to have a nervous break down before I even have this surgery done. Good luck to everyone on here.
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replied November 4th, 2011
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Nothing exceptional about having gallbladder pain that refers to the left side, especially if the pain is longlasting, although it certainly isn't the standard symptom. Pizza is a brilliant way to set gallstones off, it should be on the diagnosis checklist. What is unusual in your case is that you say the pain lasted for days. Classic gallstone pain lasts for hours, not days. If a stone blocks the bile duct and gets stuck you may have pain that lasts for days but you will nearly always become very sick and need emergency surgery.

You already knew you had gallstones, but for 12 years they did nothing. Now you have a pain so they decide to take your gallbladder out? I think you have good reason to be unsure about the surgery, but then I'm not your doctor and don't have access to all the details. Have you had blood tests, HIDA scan, endoscopy? Do you have a fever, unusual stool colour, or any jaundice?
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replied November 5th, 2011
When they found out I had gallstones 12 yrs ago, they were actually looking around for something. Turns out at the time, my stomach was hurting due to acid reflux. I got on meds for at the time, and felt great afterwards. By the time I had gotten in to see the surgeon, I described the pain I had had etc. He said that sounded more like acid reflux than gallstones. Although my ultrasound did show stones. So, he said I didn't really need to get them out unless I wanted too.. Who wants to have surgery right? So over the last 12 yrs, occasionally I would maybe get a little twinge in my side here & there but nothing that ever had me going to the er. Here I am 12 yrs later. The only test that they did was an ultrasound of the gallbladder & liver. They told me I had stones & showing contractions. No fever, no jaundice. Although I have had ( not to be gross) yellow colored diarrhea. I've read on a few websites, that can be bile? I guess I am pretty fortunate that I have not had a full blown attack. After I ate that pizza, I started getting some pretty intense pains on the right side. They lasted through the day but they would come & go. Since then I have not ate anything greasy at all. I eat only cheerios, toast, bananas , soup & ramen noodles. So perhaps that may be why I am not getting the full blown attack because I am eating fairly bland. I don't have severe pain in my right side, but its kind of a dull ache. For the most part, the left side kind of feels as if its gas pains. Sometimes I notice that the pain is gone, but for the most part. it seems to be present. Im scheduled to have the gallbladder taken out Wednsday, so I am praying this clears up all the pain issues, if not then I guess its back to the dr.. and here we go again. I will post after my surgery if anyone with similar problems needs answers. Thanks for you reply.
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replied November 9th, 2011
I have been having the pain under my left rib cage also for a few years now however its getting worse I dont have any back pain or heartburn though...It feels like I just got done running a marothon almost 24 hours a day...The pin is getting more and frequent..
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replied November 10th, 2011
gallbladder removed, left side pain gone
I just had my gallbladder removed yesterday. So far all the pain that I had on my left side is gone.
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replied November 17th, 2011
Left side pain, nausea, fatigue....gall bladder?
I have all the symptoms, but all pain starts on left side. Feels like there is something in there filling up space that shouldnt be there. Pain gos into my back sometimes. This has been going on about 6 months. Every few weeks I have a day of complete nausea, vomiting, the cha chas (tmi), bloating. I am always tired with dark circles under my eyes. NO libido...broke up with bf in July for this reason. Headaches, body aches, hot flashes with clammy and pale skin. This is NOT fun! I have an US set up for the 28th. A few posts ago someone mentioned irritated pancreas. I hope thats not it. My oldest brother went in for an appendectomy for pain in side and they found Pancreatic Cancer...he lived 48 more days. He was 46 and I am not 42...so Im freaking myself out about it. I HOPE its gall bladder that just hurts on left cuz my body is whacky!!!
What can ease the bloating?
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replied November 18th, 2011
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Try not to panic & freak out. I know that's hard. Trust me.... that's all I did was panic. I will tell you in all honesty, that most of my pain was on the left side. My gallbladder pain was nothing like the symptoms that all the websites say are typical gallbladder. I seriously was thinking mine had something to do with my colon. Trust me I started praying ... and I mean a lot. But I did have my gallbladder removed just last week on the 9th. And it seems for the most part to have cleared my symptoms up. I have noticed now, that if I eat a big meal or something greasy, I get similar pain to what I had before I had my gallbladder removed. The dr warned to not do that. I guess your body still reacts like it has a gallbladder for awhile. When I eat what I am supposed to & smaller meals, I am not getting the pains. Maybe check out the gallbladder, like I said my pain was mostly on the left. Started on the right with a sharp pain here & there, but it ALWAYS went to the left & stayed there. I drove myself insane, because all I kept thinking was that why would the pain be there, when the gallbladder is on the right? Our bodies can do weird things. I hope this helps you to ease your mind a little. Good luck at the dr's. I will say a prayer for you. Kim
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replied January 3rd, 2012
eg1970 - what did you find out? i am having the same symptoms you describe.
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replied January 21st, 2012
So sorry to hear about your brother, I too have all these symptoms. My doctors think mine is thyroid related because my Thyroglobulin Antibodies are high. I have been waiting for 3 months to get in with an Endocrinologist. Thyroid somehow can affect the spleen, causing this left side pain. Please don't worry,I'm sure it is nothing serious. Get your thyroid checked and let us know how you are doing. Prayers.
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replied November 29th, 2011
post gallbladder surgery pain
I had been suffering with occasional attacks for about the last three years. Now and then when i ate something exceptionally spicy or greasy I'd get very sick with intense pain in between my shoulder blades, down my left arm and sometimes my right abdomen. Then along w the pain i would get diarrhea which progressed more recently to vomiting. For a solid week before my emergency surgery i vomited up everything i ingested within an hour. I lost 13lbs and was miserable. I finally went to the er and ended up admitted and scheduled for surgery. My gallbladder was completely full of stones all the way into the bile duct and severely infected. Surgery went well and two days later i came home. Then the real pain started. Its been one week since i had surgery and the last three days i havent even been able to get out of bed im in so much pain. All on my left side which is of course opposite of the actual surgery. Nothing makes it go away including the vicodin and morphine they've given me. I go to get my drain out today and am praying he can decipher what is causing this new pain. It is ten times worse than any pain i ever had from my attacks. Has anyone who had the surgery also experienced this after effect?
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replied November 29th, 2011
I had been suffering with occasional attacks for about the last three years. Now and then when i ate something exceptionally spicy or greasy I'd get very sick with intense pain in between my shoulder blades, down my left arm and sometimes my right abdomen. Then along w the pain i would get diarrhea which progressed more recently to vomiting. For a solid week before my emergency surgery i vomited up everything i ingested within an hour. I lost 13lbs and was miserable. I finally went to the er and ended up admitted and scheduled for surgery. My gallbladder was completely full of stones all the way into the bile duct and severely infected. Surgery went well and two days later i came home. Then the real pain started. Its been one week since i had surgery and the last three days i havent even been able to get out of bed im in so much pain. All on my left side which is of course opposite of the actual surgery. Nothing makes it go away including the vicodin and morphine they've given me. I go to get my drain out today and am praying he can decipher what is causing this new pain. It is ten times worse than any pain i ever had from my attacks. Has anyone who had the surgery also experienced this after effect?
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replied November 30th, 2011
My surgery was laproscopic. I didn't have any drain tubes. My mother had the open gall bladder surgery, she had a drain tube with hers. I don't believe she had any pain with it though. Definitely tell your dr. I'm praying for you everything is ok. Please keep us posted.
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replied December 20th, 2011
gallbladder troubles????
ive been having all the same symptoms and yet my other doctors tell me that it was nothing or just a mild stomach condition....however, i know my body and its more than a mild stomach condition and even my mom thinks its something more, i have had an abdominal ultrasound waiting on results from my new doctor and shes suspecting my gallbladder as well so heres hoping that they find out what it is and remove it i dont care what it takes as i am dying with pain(or feels like i am anyways) again tonight.
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replied January 25th, 2012
Pains only on left side
Recently I have been getting sharp pains on my left side below my rib cage. It has made me throw up, not be able to sit, stand, or lay without it bothering me. Yet I am always hungry and actually have weight gain. Answers?
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replied January 26th, 2012
I am having an ultrasound in morning due to same symptoms for over a month now but I hurt on left side, right side, back on both sides & sometimes it even hurts on both sides of pelvic region. I'm also extremely fatigued and have nausea that comes & goes. Saw Gi doc & he said gallbladder wouldn't cause fatigue which didn't make sense to me. I would think if there is inflammation in body it could make you fatigued? Also has anybody experienced the pelvic region pain? Thanks
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replied March 26th, 2012
worrie-d Hi all my pain is below my rib cage is like a burning pain not that strong but so hard to describe no other symptoms though .at times it feels like gases only on that area. Any ideas?
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replied March 31st, 2012
Hi,
So I'm glad to see this board, I had a CT Scan several weeks ago,mainly because I had lower pelvic pain on my right side which sometimes radiated from both sides. Went to GYN, polyp removed, biopsy done, blood taken, everything fine. CT scan revealed stones in the Gallbladder, sent to GI, GI not sure why I have lower pelvic pain. 4 days ago I couldn't sit the pain in my abdominal area was so bad, they said to go to emergency, I didn't. NOW I have a pain in my chest primarily on the left side. This is crazy. I'm not sure if I'm having a heart attack or if its the stones. Sharp stabbing pain in lower pelvic. No nausea, not sweating, fever in the mornings. I don't know what to think. If I press down on my right side the chest pain dies down. Has anyone dealt with lower pelvic pain in addition to the chest pain? Upper back feels tight too. ugh
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replied April 2nd, 2013
Im a 22 year old male, I'm average weight and height healthy until recently. I am having horrible chest pain that comes and goes and the pain is mostly on my left side and it goes up to my shoulder blade on the left side, lightheadedness, dizziness, I almost feel drunk at times (I haven't drank or smoked since january this year and when I smoked it was only occasionally hookah) the doctors had me on a heart monitor for 24hrs and he said it seemed normal but my liver showed low bile? i don't know what that really means and i am going to be scheduled for a stomach ultra sound. My doctor thinks that it is gallstones, has anyone else had pain on the left side and ended up being gallstones?
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replied April 28th, 2013
Rib Fracture is the most common cause of pain involving the rib cage. Fractures happen during trauma like vehicle accidents, falling from the stairs, and even physical contact. The intensity of the pain varies with the severity of the fracture. In worst case scenarios, the ribs may even puncture the heart or lungs. This is diagnosed using chest X-rays to confirm the break in continuity of the bone. The pain may also be accompanied by swelling, inflammation, and difficulty in breathing. Treatment will definitely include non-steroidal pain killers to provide fast relief, warm compress, rib pads, and bed rest. It usually takes 6 weeks before rib fractures can heal.
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replied May 21st, 2013
I am a 26 year old female, healthy with the exception of a 'rottem' gallbladder and gallstones. Since late November I had been suffering from severe pain radiating from my back to my left side and my upper abdomen. It occurred once every week. Then in early January, it began to get worse and happened more frequently. The pain would get so bad that I couldn't get comfortable no matter what I did. Laying, sitting, or standing. Finally (on my birthday) in mid January, my husband took me to the. ER where they did an X-ray. The doctor ruled out the possibility that it was gallstones or even an ulcer and just assumed it was Gastritis. For three months I was under the impression the was what I had but it was when all of the antacids, acid blockers, and prescription medine I was taking failed to remedy the problem that I felt it w
as safe to say it was not in fact Gastritis. In all actuality, everything I was taking made the pain and nausea so much worse. Finally, in April I had an attack that lasted 16 hours and it was accompanied by pain in my left shoulder and chest and shortness of breath....needless to say I thought it was a heart attack.. We went to a local emergency express care facility and the dr ordered a ct scan and then an ultrasound. This is when they discovered my 'rotten' gallbladder as they so gently put it. The dr said that my symptoms differ from. The normal because of my age and weight. He called it reflective pain and sent me to a specialist.
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