Crushing pain in ribs? Linked to my Crohns?

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I have been diagnosed with Crohn's Disease since 2014. 

Before I was diagnosed i had a feeling like there was something pushing and crushing my ribs!. 

I have it on and off since 2014. People have suggested Gallstones but When I have been to my doctor (every 6 month for my check up) they never really give me an answer for it?! 

It isn't always happening just comes from time to time, and always seems to happen whilst I have really bad reflux as well ( Which I take Omeprazole for) 

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    I have Crohns and suffered with gallstones which resulted in having my gallbladder removed. The pain used to come on every few months and would feel like I had something lodged under my ribs on the right hand side. The pain was excruciating and often resulted in a bout of vomiting which lasted several hours and was usually mainly bile. Worth asking your doctors about it again. An ultrasound scan can give you the answer. Never had any symptoms again since removed.
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    Hi Beth89439

    I have experienced the crushing pain in my rib area which you have reported, and I was told by my Gastro specialist who was a great friend and Supporter as well as my Doctor, who knew it was no good just palming me off with silly reasons, that it was referred pain from my bowel. I did have a gallstone op because of this but there was only gravel no stones, but I do have the odd infection in my bile duct which is most uncomfortable and makes you feel very sick, but it is one of things that you can't get at and have to learn to live with. I have had Crohns since I was 21 which is now 50 years ago, but things do get better sometimes, so don't get too depressed about that. For a lot of the time it has left me alone, but you do have to learn to live with it and if you are poorly or down just rest. Your health and wellbeing is more important than housework.  Best wishes.  

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      Hi thanks for your reply sheila

      It's nice to know it's not just me as when I've explained to other people they just give me funny looks!

      People don't understand that feeling unwell does get you feeling low and sometimes irritatable aswell!

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      Hi Beth  i know how you feel. Believe me if they had to suffer what  you are suffering they would know and would not deal with it as well as you. It's a horrible complaint and when you think you have got everything sorted it hits you somewhere else. A lot more media attention is being given to Crohns and the more this happens, the more it will help us. I tend to have always been a bit private about how I felt, but my husband use to get irritable with me when we planned an evening out and by the time the evening came I just wanted to go to bed, Then he developed a very nasty bowel cancer himself which he died from, but he couldn't believe how terrible you feel when all you want to do is roll up in a ball and not speak to anybody. Hope this helps but be kind to yourself, you deserve it. Best wishes  Sheila
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    I suffered with terrible crushing pains not long after having my daughter, which turned out to be gallstones. I ended up having my gallbladder removed. Then few months ago I started getting the pains again. I always felt bloated and had bad acid. At first they said it could be gallstones in the bile duct but after a gastroscopy they found I had inflammation In my stomach and gastritis. They've prescribed lansoprozole, which I've been on for about 8wks now. It seems to flare up every month or so. The pain was the same as when I had gallstones.
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