Could I have a bad gallbladder?

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For the past few months I have been experiencing problems when going to the bathroom. At first it started off by seeing a lot of yellow excess mucus when I would have a BM. This month I began experiencing chronic diarrhea that lasted about 2 weeks straight. Now I am passing hard yellow floating stools. I have reocurring pain in my upper right abdomen, and upper stomach pain when I try to eat anything. I visited the er last weekend with these complaints and an ultrasound and CT were performed that both came back clear. My blood work was good all except for my liver enzymes being 16 points higher than normal. I see a general surgeon next Thursday, but am stressing to know what is  causing this. 

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    Side note: 'Liver enzymes 16 points higher'....points?

    Do you mean just a number of '16 U/L' higher than upper reference value (which would not be that much) and which liver enzyme (AST, ALT, ALP, GGT?). GGT very easily goes above, very sensitive to any little hickup. (even a glass of wine and up it goes)

    Imaging like basic abdomen ultrasound and CT do not show function of gallbladder and sometimes not stones or sludge (if not made of calcium).

    Are a good start though and the usual basic start.

    People in this forum suggested HIDA scan (hepatobiliary iminodiacetic acid scan), more invasive are EU (endoscopic ultrasound) and ERCP (endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography) to persevere in diagnostic tests for gall bladder/duct issues since they were diagnosed 'all clear' in CT and ultrasound too, but at the end did have a gallbladder or bile duct issue via sludge and stones.

    You need to have blood tests done also for bilirubin, not only liver enzymes if it looks like bile being not going through well enough.

    There is the possibility of BAM (bile acid malbasorbtion, wrong term, it is too much bile released into guts, the oposite)

    Just to give you some heads up in internet search and info prior seeing the surgeon, so that you can ask very specific questions.

    Yellow can also be from undigested fat. This can be due to too little bile getting out (or diet).

    Yes your bile ducts/gall bladder have to be examined I think.

    A backlog of bile into liver can stress the liver a lot. Must not neccessarily be a primary liver problem, just a physical bile flow problem, that then backfires onto liver.

    Good you see specialist soon! 

    But please be equipped with precise questions, wirte them down.

    Do your research please beforehand like certain tests and what to expect and which causes possible.

    It sounds a lot like gall bladder/duct problems for whichever reason and needs to be sorted.

    Best of luck and wishes!!!


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      but also keep ulcers in mind (if scopes were offered)
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    No thing bad with yiur gall bladder even me . Do surgery and have same symptoms like you bundle of blood tests and stool tests ultra sounds x ray Nd now recentlthave endoscopy no thing wrong in all of that don'tthink to much you are find

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      Sorry for spell mistake i write msg to fast bcoz . Have Ten mins break time you are fine don't think to much ok just take medicine for the liver enzymes to become normal other then that you are normal

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