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would removal of the gallbladder be recommended?

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My stomach problems started about 6 months ago...well maybe even a year ago, but the more frequent problems have been during the past 6 months. I have been having what I thought was acid reflux. I had some omeprazole prescribed to me in November but that didn't help. I usually get this attacks in the middle of the night where I feel this very dull pain in the center of my abdomen just below the sternum. The attacks last anywhere from 3 to 8 hours. Last week I had to be taken to the ER because they were getting so frequent and I was getting so sick of them. The next day they did an ultrasound and found I have gallstones. My mom and dad have both had their gallbladders out and believe that the pain is due to this. My upper right side of the abdomen has been tender and I have this pain (dull but not severe) that won't go away. Could this be because of gallstones? And if so, would removal of the gallbladder be recommended? I'd like to also point out I'm taking treatment for H. Pylori.

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replied March 26th, 2012
Gallbladder Disease Answer A33238
Welcome to e health forum.

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.

Your symptoms are probably due to the presence of gall stones, as indicated by the ultrasound findings.

And, since your symptoms are very severe, surgery (cholecystectomy) would be the best treatment.

Hence you should consider to follow your doctors advice and undergo proper treatment at the earliest.

I hope this helps.

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