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Symptoms started late December 2016:
complete loss of appetite, Strange lymphnode swelling/pain in neck and armpits, TERRIBLE nausea that lasts for weeks on ends, vomiting only bile/foam at least once a day, constipation, severe RUQ pain within minutes of eating ANYTHING, rapid heart beat, drenching night sweats, feeling feverish, chills, very pale skin, dizziness/disorientation, slow thinking, etc. It is now April 2017 and I have lost more than 30 lbs since Christmas.
I have had blood tests and ultrasounds that all come back pristine. Finally my doctor sent me in for a HIDA scan, They didn't even have to test me for as long as they usually do, I have no visible stones and my Gallbladder Ejection Fraction was at 0% (I'm told normal is 40% or greater)

Should I be pushing for GB removal??

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replied April 24th, 2017
Gallbladder Disease Answer A60953
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The common presentation due to gall bladder dysfunction include - Pain or tenderness under the rib cage on the right side , Pain between shoulder blades, Stools light or chalky colored, Indigestion after eating, especially fatty or greasy foods, Nausea, Dizziness, Bloating, Gas, Burping or belching, Feeling of fullness or food not digesting, Diarrhea (or alternating from soft to watery) and or Constipation.

In many patients, coexistent GERD is also a contributing factor for the symptoms. Hence it is important to work with a gastroenterologist and rule out Gastric Reflux disorder, and treat it properly.

In case the HIDA scan, done shows the Gall bladder function to be less than 35%, then it will be conclusive about your symptoms being due to Gall bladder dysfunction

Improved diet (Avoidance of high fatty foods and grease), Physical exercise, weight loss provide the best results in individuals with low functioning gall bladder. Medicines to improve digestion and cleanse the gall bladder can also be prescribed to help in improvement of your symptoms.

If not controlled , Surgery would be the best option.

Consult your treating doctor for a proper advice.

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