Am I having a gallbladder problem?

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I ate pasta on the 9th and within 15 minutes I had diarrhea, nausea and a fever. For the next week I suffered pretty bad nausea. Went to the emergency room for that they said I probably had an ulcer. Just had an upper GI done yesterday, no ulcer. I was talking to a boss of mine and she was telling me about how she had her gallbladder removed but she would have symptoms similar to mine before she did. I have been feeling better recently, only been eating cheese sandwiches and crackers, I ate a cookie yesterday that I bought at a store and I got sick within the hour feeling nauseous and hot. I looked up the symptoms of gallstones, I have a pain in my right side every once in awhile it's pretty dull though sometimes hurts when I move. I have light colored stools, nausea, I feel warm if I eat something other than bread/rice/crackers, I have been having chest pains. I really want to know, I'm scheduled for an abdominal ultrasound on the 3rd of June, will they be able to tell if I have gallstones? Is it possible to have a problem with your gallbladder without gallstones and how can they test that? 

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    I know it only took one attack for me and I was in my doctor's office the next day. It also sound like symptoms I had with my appendix and had to have it removed in emergency. You need to have your gallbladder ultrasound and that will tell them immediately if you have gallstones. You are eating cheese and not getting sick? With a gallbladdder problem (in some people) it would be against you.
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      Yeah I started thinking it might be my appendix earlier, and I am having symptoms of both I'm  not sure which one it could be. I have been eating cheese that isn't very fatty or heavy since most dairy used to upset my stomach anyways. I have been eating mostly bland foods and when I ate the cookie and got sick I knew something was wrong, would eating something cause symptoms like that if it was my appendix and not gallbladder?
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    A scan will show if you have gallstones or inflamed gallbladder. I had 15 years of gall bladder attacks but I was told they were food poisoning tummy bugs and ulcers. I am so pleased you are having a scan . I finally had a my first scan after 15 years and the technician showed me a whole load of large gallstones ... The pain I experienced each time was a stone being passed. I was sick repeatedly couldn't stop for 5 hours or more chronic agonising pain across ribs as if they were broken but also as if my intestines were so so painful and pushing up on my ribs... My attacks were halted by anti vomiting meds. ...As they relax the gut and stop the gallbladder spasming trying to push gallstone out... What was weird was once the pain stopped it stopped .... To stop symptoms of gallstones you can change your diet it's grim but works  no fat at all, no caffeine ,no sugar , no chocolate all these things make the gallbladder squeeze lots of bile out to digest and the stones get squeezed too and can get stuck or rub and inflame your gall bladder. I went vegeterian too as meat also made my gallbladder react... I had mine removed in February 2014 and feel great .. Felt a bit angry I had suffered for 15 years glad u r having scan will rule it out or diagnose .. It's treatable ...oh yes camomile tea really good and mint tea ..
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      Yeah I literally can't wait, I am already on day 14 of feeling like this and I've already broke down at least 6 times because I can't live like this. I hope it reveals something because if not I won't know what to think. If I don't have gallstones I know the hospital won't do anything unless it ruptures and I don't want to wait for that. Also the person above mentioned the appendix and I do in fact have a lot of those symptoms so it could be either.
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      gaul stones  Hi Sally!  i have been for my pre op asesment for having my gaul bladder removed, but in the meantime, can you give me any help as to how i can combat the terrible nosea i get sometimes?  i get really frightened of this, as i have a phobia of vomiting, and have had this since i was 5.  i would appreciate your help with this.  Val.
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      Hi Valerie 

      poor thing . My gp put me on omeprazole which prevents your liver producing about 99 percent of the acid it usually produces. I was given it when they thought I had ulcers but it helps with the nausea. Also gaviscon I munched those just don't take them an hour before or after any tablets as gaviscon prevents them being absorbed. 

      Then it's diet. No fat , so skimmed milk .no butter no animal fat eat very easy to digest foods so over boil your veg , eat mushy sloppy foods mash

       potato bisto gravy boiled veg and steamed fish or chicken . Red meat  too rich hard to digest. Fruit is acidic I found it triggered nausea. It's horribly boring but your gallbladder will settle down. 

      oh yes no caffeine that aggravates the gallbladder. Mint tea and camomile excellent. 

      If you can't get omeprazole off your gp . Get some gaviscon tablets you'll be amazed how they settle nausea. 

      Wont be long and you won't feel billious you will be able to eat anything and your problem will be self control and putting weight on 😳😁

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      hi sally!  i'm already on omeprazol twice daily, and also gaviscon advance.  when i was in hospital, my surgeon told me that i could have normal tea as thats what they were giving me she also said that i could eat leen meat, but to avoid cheese and any other creamy things. she said that i could use either skimmed or semi skimmed milk.  when i took a drink of water this morning i thought it hadn't gone down properly, and that i was going to throw up, but i took a giviscon and the nosea cleared. i'm so scared when it comes!  have lost so much weight because i don't have much of an appitite. can't wait to get the thing out, and hope it won't be too long!  thanks sally.  Val.
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      My gp said to take buscopan if I had a vomiting attack , and motilium 10 which is domperidon an anti vomiting drug you can buy over the counter. It calmed me to have them , the boring diet stopped the attacks and knowing if I had the attack I had drugs to settle it down helped me to keep calm. 

      As nerves make you request acid/ bile more from your gallbladder to your tummy. When you eat fatty or rich food your tummy requests concentrated bile from your gallbladder . Your gallbladder sqeezes the bile out the stones rub together and your gallbladder becomes inflamed sore like a mouse gnawing on your ribs ... If the gallbladder sqeezes and a stone gets stuck in a bile duct you get the agony colic vomiting attack until the stone passes or dislodges. Buscopan is anti spasmodic stops the squeezing. So eating the bland food stops your tummy requesting extra bile. I just read that caffeine makes the gallbladder contract . And I found mine settled . The bland boring diet will settle it . But you need it out cos who wants to live on that diet forever ... Hang in there be sorted soon.. 

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      Hi Sally!  i've got domperidone here as my gp gave me them a few months ago, i had to stop taking them when she put me on to solpadol for the pain as you can't take domperidone when your taking that. i've had to come off of that because they were making me feel sick. when i had to call the out of duty doc out about a month ago for the pain, he gave me codeine fosfate, but again i've had to come off of that because of making me feel  sick. my gp has given me a suppository which i've to take as well as paracetimol when the pain comes. i've got that i dread having an attack!  since having your gaul bladder out can you now drink normal tea and eat anything?  were you sick after the anisthetic, and when did you start to try something to eat?  i'm really dreading the anisthetic incase i have any after effects!  i'm going to tell the anethetis of my fear of vomiting in the hope that he'll put an anti cemedic in with the anisthetic.  when you got the gaul bladder out, did you still have nosea?  sorry to bother you with all these questions.  thanks for all the help.  Val.
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      Hi I told the anaesthetist I am sick with anaethetic so they gave me a anti sick injection. I woke up no nausea no pain... Well operation pain. You know where your stitches are. But the next day I just cried with relief I felt so much better. I didn't realise how Unwell I had been feeling until it was removed. I was careful with food the first two days eating my bland food but I felt great . Then visitors bought chocolate I couldn' resist no side effects then I tried eating chips ...ok butter on toast 👍 and within a week I was stuffing myself. I did have pains (wind) from the gas they inflate your abdomen with but paracetamol took that away. 

      I drink caffeine tea, chocolate, fatty foods curry spice in fact anything and guess what put on a stone and a bit since February 2014 when I had my op. But I am happy. And yes dieting now . 

      The operation is very safe of course nothing is 100 percent but they do it as day surgery. Rest up till you heal inside 6 weeks no lifting etc and you'll bee a new you smile now eat bland and settle down till your op. smile 

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      Iv been feeling awful for a week now,iv lose nearly 7 pound an keep shivery all the time.cant eat ne thing an pain not relieved with painkillers,waiting for ultrasound
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    Remember if you are in absolute agony you can call emergency services . If you do they will take u to A and E and get to the bottom of it quicker. If I had over the 15 years of on off attacks about once a year gone to casualty I would of got sorted much much quicker... But I thought it was food poisoning and didn't want to be a nuisance. Sometimes we have to be a nuisance ..... And  remember your gp will expect you to call an ambulance if you are in distress.... 
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    Hi i have gaul stones and have had an ultra sound and cct scans, and they all say the same thing. i have been in hospital with the pain twice over the past 8 weeks.they are going to remove the gaul bladder, and i have been for the pre op asesment, but in the meantime, can anyone suggest how i can combat the nosea i get? i have a fear of vomiting, and have had this since i was 5.  please someone help i'm desperate!  Val.
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