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I'm a 35 year old male and I have had heartburn and general digestion issues for as long as I can remember and usually taking a PPI will take care of it. Ive always blamed it on my diet because i would eat things like pizza contantly. Over the last 3 years I had been to the er a couple times with stomach burning and gnawing pain and my blood work etc always came back normal and was told it was gastritis. Usually id eat bland for a few days and be fine. Well about three months ago I started getting random pains throughout the day in my upper left side right were my stomach in located. They felt almost like when you push on a bruise. After three days they intensified and I got super bloated, burping constantly and the pain turned into a gnawing squeezing pain so I went to the er. Blood work normal but x ray showed I was constipated. They said I probably had an ulcer and gave me carafate for the pain and milk of magnesia for the constipation. I was told to make an appointment with a gastro doctor. Fast forward about a month Im still having the issues every day and i finally get to the gastro doc who soon after does an upper endoscopy which showed mild gastritis. No celiac and no h pylori no ulcer. I ditch fatty foods and dairy all together. The bloating is better but pain remains in my upper left side in my stomach. I see him for my followup a few weeks later and he's surprised and baffled im still not healed. He orders a hida scan which shows my gallbladder emptying at 33% and an ultrasound that shows sludge in my gallbladder. Apparently my liver and pancreas are ok. Im sent to a surgeon who says that my symptoms all make sense but my pain is on the wrong side and basically says its a coin flip if removing my gallbladder will fix the issues im having since they are on the wrong side. I am currently taking some time to think it over. I have pain a while after eating greasy or fatty foods and off and on constipation. I have indigestion and gas. But my symptoms are all on my left side. I occasionally get a dull ache on my upper right side but nothing too bad. Has anyone else had only left sided pain and issues and it turned out to be your gallbladder? Is that normal?
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