Could this be gall bladder problem ?

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Hi could anyone tell me if this sounds like a gall bladder problem please. I have terrible acid indigestion,bloated, constant burping and sometimes get sore area at bottom of ribs on right side. I sometimes get a brief stabbing pain between shoulder blades and a couple of days ago i got a sudden shooting pain down my back and felt a popping sensation as it happened.  I have been seeing an endocrinologist previously as they discovered i have slightly raised blood calcium and after a year of visits they decided i may be hyperparthyroid. I have now been told i have vitamin D deficency and have to take vitamin D to address aches and pains i have, but they want to keep doing regular blood tests to check my blood calcium level does not shoot up. The acid/heartburn has got worse since i started taking vitamin D and not got my calcium results yet so am wondering my calcium level could be aggrevating my gall bladder.

I have been taking Gaviscon for acid although i have been told it contains calcium so not good for me really. And i have read that some gall bladder stones contain calcium. I am terrified of the idea of having stones as i read that the pain is excruciating.

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    Do you ever lose your breath? With my attack (it just took one for me!) I lost my breath and the pain was on right side, shoulder blades, stomach and was awful. Stones is calcium. Looks like you may have surgery in your future for gallstones.
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      Hi Angela, i have not had the problem of losing my breath but years ago i did have a sudden sharp pain between my shoulder blades that made it hard to take a full breath. At the time i was worried it was my heart and my son in law took me to A&E who ran test but could not find a reason for it. 
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    Hi,

    I was having really bad heartburn, indigetsiion and acid reflux and had various tests done. They found a gallstone on an ultrasound scan. I get wind, bloated and burp a lot along with many other symptoms.  I get a really bad aching pain on my left side  and on my left collarbone area which lasts for hours and days at a time. Most people have the pain on their right but you can have it on the left like I am. You also can suffer with constipation with gallstones and need to eat more fibre and fruit to help it.

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      Hi Anita, I have recently had bouts of constipation so maybe it is connected to gallstones.  I asked doctors before if i could gave gall bladder trouble but they dont seem that interested. Its only because i saw an endecronologist about my raised blood calcium that i may finally be offered a scan of gall bladder. Its good to get other peoples opinions on here as it helps me work out what could be causing my problems. Do you ever feel nausea with gall bladder trouble ?
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      Hi Frances. Yes I suffer with really bad nausea which can last all day sometimes. I now don't like to go out incase I get it whilst I am out. I also now suffer with really bad migraines which have since found out could be connected to my gallstone.

      I drink ginger tea and eat ginger biscuits when the nausea is really bad.

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      Hi Anita, thanks i will ask doctor for scan to see if i have gallstones as my symptoms seem to fit the description. Yes i heard ginger is good for nausea, thank you. I need to get it sorted as it could cause me problems at work.
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      I was told at the end of January and my symptoms have got worse since then despite my lower fat diet. I really don't want the op but the last 2 years I have felt nothing but ill and would like my life back again. Hope you get it sorted out ok.
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      I know how you feeI. I am having loads of episodes with my gallstones which can come on really quickly and I am go anywhere very far.

      Fortunately I am not a worrier so do not mind having the op. Just want to get my life back on track.

      Good luck with all this.

      Take care

      Keep in touch

      Sarah

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    I would go to GP and ask if they think this may be acid in the stomach. My GP picked up very quickly on this, I only had to describe the symptoms to him once. I said one sentence and he was straight onto it. He prescribed me Omeprazole which help.

    I have a gallstone and am waiting to have my gallbladder removed. I said to GP that symptoms seem to be worse after I had eaten but also first thing in the morning on a empty stomach which I found confusing.

    He immediately said "First thing is not gallstones it is acid in the stomach"

    Yes pain with gallstones is bad but I would advise you to have ultrasound scan to find out if it is gallstones. Then at least you know what it is and can be put on a list to have your gallbladder removed.

    Hope this settles down

    Take care

    Sarah

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      Hi Sarah, i have been troubled with acid indigestion on and off for years and some foods seem to trigger it.  I have tried to keep it under control with Gaviscon or Pepto bismol, recently i have taken Baking soda in water to neutralise it. Also tried Cider vinegar with warm water and honey which soothed my throat straight away but it keeps coming back and now i am showing symptoms of gall bladder problems 

      My doctor has kept offering Omeprazole which i tried and stopped on the 2nd day after getting flashing lights/visual disturbance which A&E said could be one of the side effects. I know a lot of people have bad side effects from ppi's and acid suppresants so am reluctant to try anymore. I will ask for an ultrasound as need to know if gallstones are the problem.  Hope you get your op soon, best wishes Frances

       

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