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Phantom Gall Bladder Pain

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I had my gall bladder remover 5 years ago and I still wake up every night will phantom gallbladder pain. It goes away for a couple hours when after I drink something. I've see 2 specialist, had numbers of tests, and my doctor is currently trying me on different medications to see if anything helps, but we haven't found anything yet. Has anyone had anything similar??? I'd love to get a full nights sleep again.
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replied July 16th, 2008
Me too...
I am going through the same thing, my gall bladder was removed in March '08 and I am still having the same pain, I've had Ct scan, I'm scheduled for UGI, endoscopy, colonoscopy and I've had blood test for H pylori. My Ct scan showed everything was good and gall bladder is gone, the H plyori came back negative. So now I wait for the other tests. I am frustrated to say the least and like you would like to get a good night's sleep again.
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replied July 16th, 2008
hello
I have been having pain on my right side above my ribs for about a yr but in the past 2 weeks it has gotten worse the drs told me i may have gallbladder disease.. they have given me a cat scan, ultrasound, and did blood work but they havent found anything. I usually get pain acouple of hrs after i eat and have the pain for about 3 or 4 hrs. I was wondering are these the symptoms for gall bladder disease?? I also usually get the pain during the night and wake up with it. Thank you
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replied July 16th, 2008
sound like it could be
I had similar symptoms but they did decide it was definitely my gall bladder till i had a hida scan, from all I've heard since I had mine removed try whatever you can to not remove it
Let me know how you do...
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replied April 3rd, 2009
I had my gall bladder out early 1999 and I continue to have pains just like I had when I HAD my gall bladder. It got so bad 3 weeks ago I went to the ER. Of course-they could find nothing gthat was causing my pain. My H-Pylori test came back negative as well. The doctor just diagnosed it as heart burn. But anyone that has had these episodes know that it is not heartburn. I have an appointment with a specialist-but am concerned they will just look at me like I'm a freak
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replied October 21st, 2009
Phantom Gallbladder Pain
I have had gallbladder symptoms since the beginning of February this year and after three months of continual pain and stomach spasm attacks, I had it removed. That was back in June and even since surgery I have constant pain 24/7 in my middle abdomen as well as in the upper and lower back (behind the shoulder blades and also the kidney area). The pains I get are very sharp and are crippling to the point that you can't even move.

Anyone have any suggestions. Only thing I've been given by doctors are Di-Gesic painkillers which I don't like taking as they make me drowsy and unable to concentrate at work.

I have been to so many doctors all of which now believe that the whole thing is a psychologically induced problem because they have no idea. I started going to a naturopath a few weeks back but I wish the results could have been a little more positive. People just think you're a freak or a hypochondriac.
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replied January 28th, 2010
phantom gall bladder attacks
I had my gall bladder out in October 2009 and started having what has been said to be "phantom pain/attacks" since as early as four days post-op. I am so frustrated. I think this is a load of crap. These are definitely NOT heartburn episodes. They are crippling painful. I just had and EGD done to see if there was an ulcer. Nothin much to report, big surprise! The doc talked about some kind of anti spasm meds and I'm supposed to go back in 3 weeks, but I'd like to get on it yesterday to see if it will help. I've had 2 attacks in the last two days, one being right after I left the office after having my EGD. I have two small children to take care of, I can't take this anymore. And it's not in my head! I'm starting to get pissed.
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replied July 25th, 2010
Phantom Gallbladder Pain
I am having the same problem with the "phantom gallbladder pains". I had my gallbladder removed in Feb. 2008 (six weeks after i had my second child). I tried to save it by doing a cleanse and yes that worked but then my gallbladder completely shut down a week later.Im wondering what to so anymore with my phantom pains....another question for everyone is since you all have had you gallbladder removed do you get a very irritated stomach that basically whatever you eat you get a very bad stomach ache and have to run to the bathroom right away. I feel that somedays i cant even leave my house! I dont know what to do anymore.
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replied June 28th, 2011
Also experiencing "Phantom Gallbladder pains"
Thank goodness I am not alone. I had my gallbladder removed in Sep 2002. I have been experiencing phantom gallbladder pains for the past 3 years. Unfortunatly I have had other health problems with surguries, with another pending surgury soon. So I haven't spoke to my doctor about this. I remember hearing of a friend of a friend, you know how that is, having their gallbladder removed then the duct from the liver being blocked by a stone, I wonder if this is what is going on for us? Not sure, but with me, yeah the pains are intense at times, but not ready to prosue (sp) another adominal surgury, at this time. Sad
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replied January 9th, 2012
Gallbladder Ghost Pains
I had my gallbladder removed in 1998. The first six months afterward I was having ghost pains on a pretty regular basis. Almost always at night, they would wake me from sleep. The pains would only last about 5-10 minutes...they would build in severity and then descend. My doctor gave me a prescription of vicadin which I would take as soon as I woke with one. Eventually, I got to where I would only have them once a year....however I just had one a couple of days ago that worse than anything I have ever experienced. I was sick with bronchitis and had just layed down after coming home from the doctors office. I fell asleep and then woke to the pain...it kept getting stronger and stronger until I could hardly walk...I managed to get upstairs to my husband and he called 911 because I could hardly breathe. By the time the ambulance came the pain had subsided and I felt stupid for letting him call...but while they were still at our house a second round of pain hit me and they decided to take me to the hospital. I had this happen to me about 6-7 times that day, the hospital have me heavy pain medication and a CT Scan of my abdomen. They couldnt find anything wrong and said my blood work was perfect. They sent me home with a bottle of vicadin. Now, I am in fear of that happening again Sad
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replied July 25th, 2012
Phantom Gall Bladder Attacks
I'm sad that there's so many suffering from phantom pains, but relieved that I'm not the only one. I have also had the same symptoms. I had my Gall Bladder taken out in April of 2010. It was covered in 72 stones, and functioning at 40%. I was looking forward to being free from these pains after removal! I still get the phantom attacks, about 2 times a month. They get really intense, to the point where I cannot breath, I go pale white, I get intense nausea, feel like I am burning up, pouring sweat. I sweat so bad, I have to change clothes after the attack is over. In the last 2 weeks, I have had 7 "attacks". They will start very intense, into the upper right part of my stomache, then head around the back, and up into my shoulder. Then, like a switch, it's gone after about 20-30 minutes. I have also gone to the doctor about this- I have been tested for a bleeding ulcer, IBS, c-dif, even salmonella! The ultrasounds, bile duct, blood work and cultures all came back great, except that my Iron was a little low.. I feel my Dr. thinks i'm nuts, and the next step is to go to a GI doctor.. I know it sounds weird, but sometimes when the attacks start, if I get in a bite of something sweet, like a Zebra cake, they stop much sooner... With so many like me, why is there still no information on the cause?
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replied December 3rd, 2012
Phantom gb
In 2003 I had by gallbladder removed. I felt good for about 1 month. Then the attacks started again. Since then I have had a hiata scan, ercp, 6 scopes, a colonoscopy, lab tests 3 ct scans, an MRI, and NO answers. We have tried steroids, probiotics, regan to help digestion, all with no relief. During the ercp I ended up with acute pancreatits, which felt just like an exagerated attack. Every time I eat I hurt and I have actually been asked by the dr. If it could be psychological! Almost ten yrs and no answer. So I hope someone gets an answer so they are not suffering like I am.
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replied November 2nd, 2013
Phantom gall bladder pain
I have had the same experience but then switched to a dominantly vegetable diet and cut out all animal fats - it works brilliantly. Have a look at the you tube video "fat sick and nearly dead" it will change your life.
You are what you eat so look critically at the rubbish you put in your mouth and decide - seriously - if that is what you want to be
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