Gallbladder Issues?

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Hello

Wanted to discuss some issues that I feel may be related to my gallbladder. I'm not diagnosed with gallstones and I suffer with severe social anxiety which makes me avoid seeing a GP like the plague and I've also never needed to go to a hospital.

I've suffered with acid reflux since I was 21 ( Now 33 ) and I've also had issues for maybe the past 3 years on and off. It started out for me with really severe cramping in my epigastric region and bouts of feeling extremely hungry etc amongst other things. Once in a while I'd get severe stomach pains too. Those issues are maybe not so prevalent in the past 12 months but this week I've had an issue underneath my right ribcage. My stomach there has felt very tender and I was struggling to move around basically without it hurting. Sneezing or coughing felt like being stabbed in that region. It's been about 4 days since it started and with my obvious reluctance to see a GP I've just lived with it. I'm unsure whether the pain is gradually reducing or whether I am just becoming accustomed to it hurting.

I was also wondering if gallbladder issues can cause problems with your back/muscles?

A few weeks ago my back muscles felt very tight and locked up which was really hard to move around with, that gradually disappeared but now 4 days after this gallbladder region issue has been going on my back is now once again feeling like the muscles are locking up on me.

I'm mortified at the thought of having to attend a hospital. Not so much because of the surgery but because of the social interaction and hearing you are not allowed to eat and drink for so many hours as such ( One of my coping mechanisms to try stop myself throwing up from nerves is to sip water ). F M L

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    Oh something I might add. I don't think I've noticed any sort of increase in pain from eating or anything. I can pretty much eat what I want and it's not giving me pains or stomach ache. It's just a constant sore feeling upon movement or applying pressure right now.

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      At the start I was still able to eat everything I wanted too. It gradually got worse though 👎🏼. I was told to eat foods with less than 7g of fat per 100g xx

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    Aw Gam I don’t know how you’ve managed to cope being in that much pain! I don’t pretend to understand your anxiety about social situations either. Just wondering if you have a family member or friend who could possibly go along with you to the GP and speak for you to begin with? It may be worthwhile explaining to the receptionist so you can get an appointment maybe at the beginning or end of the day when it’s quieter? Does it help to maybe put headphones in while you’re out? So that way no one talks to you if they see the headphones? 

    If you were referred to hospital they usually see you in a clinic so it’s in a room with usually just one other person. Again you’d be allowed to take a person for support. Maybe worth asking your GP for something to calm you down for these situations? (Again I don’t know what you normally take, if anything, and don’t want to make any assumptions or make you feel like I’m patronising you).

    Really hope you can get to see your GP and get the ball rolling with finding out what’s wrong with you! Love and hugs xx

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    I am sorry for your pain.

    When my gallbladder started to mess with me it would only hurt sometimes after eating not always,I also didn't have any stones it I had a polyp which was what was causing the pain.

    I had it removed this afternoon,and I am so glad I did even though I am really sore right now. Oh and the back pain I had no stop but mine was kinda in the lung area and it hurt so bad. Mine didn't get worse when moving at all so maybe your is muscle related? I really hope you feel better

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    Hi Gam,

    I  understand your suffering as I too   have social phobia. Scotty has explained things 

    very well.   Please go and see your  doctor.  If you do have to go into hospital   explain 

    your difficulties  to the nurse and They  should let you keep the curtains drawn around

    your bed  so that you have  privacy. 

    Best wishes 

    Linda

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    Thank you for the replies everyone.

    I don't know how but the pain and tenderness I was having has gone away. I was worried that it would not but somehow it has. I've also started to try to eat a bit more healthy this week also. I imagine it may not be the end of Gallbladder issues if it is indeed that. I will see how things go on.

    I'm not currently on anything for social anxiety, I approached my GP about it a few years ago but I didn't really get a sense of much care from him and he was trying to force me into counselling which I refused. But that's another issue.

    Once again thank you everyone for the replies and advice.

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      Maybe worthwhile seeing a GP to see if the pain could have been a gallbladder issue. That way they could get you booked in for an ultrasound to check it. 

      Are there other GP’s within the practice you’d feel more comfortable speaking to? I know there’s one GP at my surgery I refuse to see as she has no people skills and misdiagnosed my gallbladder attack as a Urine infection 🙈🙈. My GP is amazing though so always try to see her. Think if you stick with the one you get to know each other and build trust with them. Really hope you get some help with the social anxiety as it must stop you doing quite a lot of things you’d probably enjoy doing xx

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      I actually have no idea who my doctor would be right now. Bit of a situation at my current GP's where I live. All the doctors I knew have moved or retired in the past year and a bunch of new doctors are in there, the venue is also closing down as they are moving to a new location which is all open space and connected to a library and cafe etc... Obviously for someone with social anxiety that's turned into a nightmare for me. 

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      Have they already moved to the new premises? That does sound horrific as there will be so many people in the same position as you 😢😢. I know it sounds daft but is there a way to maybe have a telephone consultation with one of the doctors? Maybe phone and see which doctor they now have you registered to then always speak to the same one so you build a relationship and trust with them xx

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