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I had a gall bladder attack a couple of weeks ago. After spending the night in the hospital, I was sent for ultrasound. The ultrasound showed that I did not have gall stones but I did have an inflammation of the gallbladder.

The pain has never stopped. It is not as bad in my stomach as it is in my back just below the right shoulder blade.

Every since my attack, and even before then I have been very careful of my diet. I am very sports active so watch my carbs and fats. I am in my fifties and wonder if this pain will stop. I don't want to go back in the hospital but I wonder what other things could go wrong with my pancreas or liver if I don't have this looked at.

I can't get into the specialist for another month, can the attack last that long. What should I do and what medications should I be looking for to control this besides my diet
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replied April 1st, 2004
Gallbladder Inflamation
You need to go ahead and have your doctor send you to the surgeon. It will only get worse. I just had mine taken out, went home the same day. Had no stones either., but the inflamation was so bad- I was on antibiotic alot in the year. It also made my white blood cell count go up and was sent to the cancer center... Now that is a scare and it was all due tothe gallbladder. I had the back pain also. It is awful. I wish you much luck, but please don't wait. It will get better Laughing
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replied April 23rd, 2004
Anonymous
Gallstones
I am 32 weeks pregnant and just found out I have gallstones. I hurt all the time mostly in my back under my right shoulder blade. I also have this constant burning under my ribs on the right side. The doctor told me that the best thing to do is have my gallbladder removed but he would like me to wait it out untill after I have the baby. Sometimes I feel like I should go to emergency room it hurts so bad, but am I being a weenie?
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replied July 23rd, 2004
Anonymous
Inflammation of Gallbladder - No Stones
Last year had a feeling of bloating under right ribcage, was sore to bend over so favored it, lasted about two weeks or so, then went away. Then this year happened again, although lasted much longer, two months, felt like a football below my ribs, not terrible pain, but lots of discomfort. Went to the dr, had an ultrasound..No stones, nothing looked unusual..Sent for a ct scan, nothing unusual again, white blood count good, everything else good, just this football under the right rib..Then got a hida scan done, showed my gallbladder only working at 11.5%, the bloating is almost gone by now (three months later) and just slight twinges here and there, but that's it. They said I could get it out as the walls of the gallbladder are inflamed, but they don't know what causes it or how to fix it, just get it out. I said i'd rather try to adjust my eating habits, get healthier first and see if I can save my organ rather than cut it out, so that's what i'm doing...Wish me luck Smile female, 34 yrs. If anyone has any helpful suggestions that have worked for them to save their gallbladder, please post. I'm going to go the opposite route of popping drugs for once in my life and try some herbal stuff etc! We'll see Smile *fingers crossed*
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replied July 25th, 2004
Anonymous
Gallbladder
I have the same thing. My uptake was 15%. I have a nagging pain in my right side almost all the time now. Some shadow pain in the left side. I've tried olive oil/lemon joice cleanes, altering my diet etc. But the pain just keeps hanging on. I was trying to save my gallbladder too, but now I wonder if I should give up. Confused
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replied July 27th, 2004
Anonymous
Gallbladder Inflammation
I have had this problem for the last 2/3 years. I thought I had it licked by watching my diet etc, but like you, had lots of niggly pain in my side but nothing too terrible so I lived with it, and blamed myself every time I got any problems. I had also been admitted to hospital that first time, and got a procedure called ercp where the stones are collected. It was noted that the gallbladder wasnt working fully but I still thought I could manage this condition, and did until this year. Out of the blue this feb I got another attack, and have had lots of them since. The worst one was 2 weeks ago, when I got re referred for the gallbladder surgery. I understand and admire youre efforts to try and manage this, but after the recent very severe attack (where I had eaten a fat free tofu stir fry) I decided enough was enough and went back to my doctor. Why suffer when there is a very successful alternative, namely getting rid of the little bleeder and being fully well again. Also dont forget the havoc untreated gallbladder disease can wreck in the pancreas too, as this can be very serious.
Good luck with your decision, whichever route you choose.
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replied April 28th, 2005
Anonymous
Gall Bladder Inflammation (cholecystitis)
I was diagnosed with cholecystitis about 2 years ago and have suffered ever since, the pain just under the ribs on the right hand side and the pain on the right shoulder blade. It has become unbearable so much so, the doctor has told me I cannot work until I have it taken out so, that's what i'm waiting for but, the nhs said the waiting list is six months so, i've got another 3 months to wait. I'm on all sorts of medication but nothing seems to help. My gp has said the pain will never go away until I have it removed and even then the pain may not disappear completely and this myth of recovering within 2 weeks is not true, she said it will take at least 3 months. Come on nhs get your finger and out and get me in to get it out.
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replied April 28th, 2005
Experienced User
Hi,
I just had my gallbladder removed 3 weeks ago. Even though you won't feel great after 2 weeks...You do feel tons better!!! I was going to the store a week after surgery. And yes the surgical pain can last up to three months. I had chronic cholecystitis...My gb was inflamed with adhesion's on it. I also had cholestrol polyps. As soon as the thing was out of me & after the first couple days of surgery...All the horrible pain was gone...Chest pain, rib pain, back pain, stomach pain/nausea--you name it I had it...& it was gone. If I had to do it again...I would!!!


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replied May 16th, 2005
Anonymous
Gall Bladder Removal
At last the nhs has got their finger out and booked me in for the 17th of this month to have my gall bladder removed after 2 years of pain. I will post a reply once i've had it done so, anyone waiting or suffering what I am will have an idea what it's like.
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replied July 30th, 2005
Gallbladder Issues
For the last three weeks i've had pressure and soreness at and under my sternum and a lot of belching. No pain, just feels like a lot of pressure. No back pain and very minimal right side pain. I have some stones and gerd. This has not stopped for three weeks. I take lots of meds for the gerd and my diet is really good, in fact I really don't feel like eating anymore. Water makes it worse. I feel better in the morning and best when i'm lying flat on my back. I'm supposed to schedule my gall bladder surgery next week, but am wondering if this is gallbaldder or something else or my gerd is turning into something else. Anyone have these symtoms??? Thanks!
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replied July 30th, 2005
Anonymous
Re: Inflammation of Gallbladder - No Stones
I've been going through the same thing and and also had a low hida scan 14%. My doc told me that I may never have problems or I may always have problems. I had no pain except naucsious for a week. I am also trying some herbs as i've heard that it can be worse to get the gb out. Let me know how your herbs are going, and what your taking. I really don't think it's my gb, as I went to a wellness person and they said my gb was fine, I have a bacteria and my digest system if messed up. I think people are jumping the gun in getting their gb removed. i'd love to hear how your treatment is going...
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replied August 17th, 2005
Anonymous
Gallbladder Inflammation And Estrogen
I just had to post after reading all your posts. I lived for 20 years with pain episodes that made me want to put a gun to my head. No hida was ever done on me and the tests never showed stones so they told me it was irritable bowel. Not! Finally my liver enzymes went thru the roof when they put me on hormone replacement therapy and they took the gallbladder out. It had stones, but it also showed chronic inflammation in the gallbladder, liver and peritoneum from the years of pain attacks.
Now, my pain was triggered by estrogen. Even natural estrogens like soy would trigger. I rarely had the pain except for a week before my period. As soon as bleeding started pain went away. They thought it was endometriosis in the liver area. I looked forwared to menopause and it did get better until they put me on hrt and it just became constant.

I can tell you that during my attacks I used a hot pad on my back and when the pain became too much to stand I would throw up and for some reason this eased the pain. I think it took pressure off or something but it always helped make it bearable. This pain was worse than having a baby and I was in hard labor 26 hours!

Bad news is that I still have some pain at times that is almost like the gallbladder pain and it is due to gastroparesis so some of you may be having that. It feels almost identical but it does not get nearly as painful although it is very, very bad. A good way to test if this is causing your problem is get the doc to give you some samples of reglan or propulsid. I only take the reglan or propulsid when I have an attack of pain and usually within an hour it has eased off. The doc may try to get you to take it all the time, but I can tell you that it will work only when you need it.

Also if you are having those inflammatory gallbladder attacks before your periods eat very small meals during that time. What I ate did not seem to matter, but if I ate at all after 1 p.M. Before my period I would be writing in pain by 2 a.M. I learned to minimize the attacks over the 20 years using that method.
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replied August 23rd, 2005
Anonymous
Gallbladder Pain
I finally broke down and went to see the doc today. Terrible pain under right rib cage and sore to touch for a week before I went. Heart burn everyday no matter what I eat. Nausea and low grade fever. Lab results showed no elevated wbc. I'm scheduled for us in 2days. I also mentioned pain in joints and muscles. He said likely caused from inflammed gallbladder too. Has anyone else ever heard of such?
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replied August 23rd, 2005
I'm only 16 years old and I had 15 gall stones and my gall bladder removed and i'm still getting extremely bad pains in my stomach. I've tried changing my diet and working out and i've gone for many examinations but nothing shows up. (apparently it is still possible to have gall stones when your gall bladder is removed!
Anyway, there is't really much you can do for a while I tried taking pills to reduce the acid in my stomach and that helped a bit, consider suggesting that to your doctor!
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replied September 2nd, 2005
Unbelievable!

I'm 18 and have the same exact pain! Right in the stomach, and the left shoulderblade!!

I've had a ct scan and they say that the gall looks "sludgy" (nice..Eww)..A "general term"...I might get an ultrasound tomorrow.

Creepy.

I also had an attack and spent the night in hospital. After 7 pills, 3 shots, and a nasty liquid medicine and 10 hours..I went home..Still feeling sloshy.

What next? I don't know. But it was great to read this!
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replied November 21st, 2005
Anonymous
Another Gall Bladder
I am 42 year old female. I had my gall bladder removed in 2003. Still having the same pain and symptoms for 2 years. Had another ultrasound and ct scan and apparently have another gall bladder! They can see where one has been removed, but down the bile duct there is another and appears to have stones!!! Is this possible?
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replied November 21st, 2005
I suppose anything is possible. The drs know best so you have to believe what they tell you. Keep us posted though
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replied December 13th, 2005
Anonymous
Pain In Stomach
anonymous wrote:
unbelievable!
I have my only in my left side and left back was really bad first couple weeks now it just always feels like there is something there. After several tests Dr.Said my gb was not constricting properly and I had chronic inflamation.Will try to live with it for now altho the last few days I have had pain in my back on the right side. After reading everyone's letters that sound norma. L

i'm 18 and have the same exact pain! Right in the stomach, and the left shoulderblade!!


I've had a ct scan and they say that the gall looks "sludgy" (nice..Eww)..A "general term"...I might get an ultrasound tomorrow.


Creepy.


I also had an attack and spent the night in hospital. After 7 pills, 3 shots, and a nasty liquid medicine and 10 hours..I went home..Still feeling sloshy.


What next? I don't know. But it was great to read this!
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replied January 11th, 2006
Anonymous
Me Too
It actually a relief to read these postings! I too have the constant nagging pain in the upper right abdomen just under my ribcage. I have had it on and off for years. (i just turned 50 in nov. 2005) I finally went to my gastro and after I almost punched him when he palpated my abdomen (i mean it folks... I've hab two babies and that pain was wopse!) and he ordered an ultrascan which showed nada... Zip. No stones, no thickening of the walls.
I'm scheduled for a hida tomorow morning and I guess i'll go from there.
In any event, it's nice to know i'm not alone! Joy
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replied March 23rd, 2006
Re: Another Gall Bladder
skh wrote:
i am 42 year old female. I had my gall bladder removed in 2003. Still having the same pain and symptoms for 2 years. Had another ultrasound and ct scan and apparently have another gall bladder! They can see where one has been removed, but down the bile duct there is another and appears to have stones!!! Is this possible?
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