Diagnosis help please....possible gallbladder

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Posted: 10/5/2012 6:30:11 AM
So I have had this sharp stabbing pain under my right breast for about a week. Symptoms similar to gall bladder issues.

The pain is still there. Gets worse after eating especially in the morning, anti inflammatory not helping, vomiting and nausea. Had an ultrasound yesterday. No gallstones are present. That's good right?! so if no gallstones does that mean the pain isn't from my gallbladder? I am scheduled back at drs today to officially get ultrasound report and discuss this further. I am just hoping that all is well and it is just rib pain!

Thanks for any help you have

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Posted: 10/5/2012 7:10:30 AM
My symptoms were slightly different, but did include the vomiting and nausea and pain, more to center of my stomach right under my rib cage. The initial ultrasound didn't show a problem with my gallbladder. Many tests, months, and sick days later, I ended up with a test (that I can't remember the name of) that determined my gallbladder was not working.

I hope they determine what your problem is quickly. But no, no gallstones does not mean that the pain is not from your gallbladder.

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Posted: 10/5/2012 7:16:01 AM
Not having stones doesn't mean it isn't your gallbladder. I didn't have stones but my gallbladder was only working at 11%. I will say it was hard to get it removed but I did.



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Posted: 10/5/2012 7:29:22 AM
Stones don't always show up in ultrasounds.

My dh just had his gallbladder removed. Same symptoms as you. The ultrasound showed no stones (but surgery proved lots of stones). After the ultrasound, he went back the next day for another test (I cannot remember the name of it -- sorry). That test evaluates the function of the gallbladder (I think they use dye and watch what happens). The test showed the gallbladder was not functioning.

He was scheduled for surgery immediately. The surgeon came to me afterward and said his gallbladder was in much worse condition than expected. It literally "disintegrated" while she was trying to remove it. He wound up having to stay in the hospital a couple of days with a drain and taking IV antibiotics.

Ask to have your gallbladder "function" tested.

Good luck!

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Posted: 10/5/2012 8:58:32 AM
I only had a few small stones in my gallbladder. But it was full of sludge, which was affecting it's ability to work. I never had the pain last for a full week though. It was an on and off again thing. But, I'm guessing everyone can have different symptoms of gallbladder attacks. I think the name of the other test you want to have is called a HIDA scan. I think. I didn't have to have it, because my ultrasound showed sufficient amounts of stones and sludge to get it removed within a month or two of the ultrasound. Good luck!!! I know how much this sucks. I hope you get some relief soon. And if it is a gallbladder problem, you will feel a zillion times better after that sucker comes out!


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Posted: 10/5/2012 10:04:24 AM
Thanks everyone. I will say the pain is on and off but usually hits 15-20 minutes after meals but not every meal.

My doctors office called today and I am going for a gallbladder function test. They were calling the orders into the hospital this morning. I will have the test next week so will hopefully have answers.
Thank you again for all the info and advice!

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