Gallbladder pain

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I was just reading up to see if anybody had similar issues to me so thought I'd sign up and post on here! So after about 2 years of having a horrible pain that last from anything from 10 mins to an hour just under my breastbone they found I had gallstones. The consultant and doctors when undecided whether it was causing my pain and I heard conflicting ideas however they eventually decided to take out my gallbladder.

I had this done on November the 12th and for about a week and a half I had no similar pains then it started and I was getting the pain again just not as frequently as before.

I don't really know what be causing it or if it's just common to still have pains just not as frequently but I'm finding it the same as before when I actually get the pain I struggle to walk and sometimes become breathless. I don't really know what to do any suggestions!??!

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    Hi, Chloe,

    Sorry you're going through this.  Have they checked you for a hiatal hernia?  Just wondering.

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    I'm having in and off pain in my mid chest area like you , it scares me . I'm 5 weeks post op and no where near normal yet like everyone says I should be . Anyway I'm praying for everyone to feel better real soon. I'm trying really hard to get back to normal

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    Have you seen a doctor to tell them about this? Has anyone done any blood work or ultrasound test for you to make sure all is okay with your liver?  Did you have stones in your GB before removal or just wasn't it working well?  I am nearly 2 years post-surgery and still have these pains from time to time, too.  Are you trying to stick on a low fat diet until things settle down a bit for you? It couldn't hurt-

    Pulling for you-

    Jonna

    PS Like other contributor said - coudl it be hernia? We are just offering things to check into- it may be none of these-

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    Thank you for the replies! I saw a doctor the first time I had after my op as it was the worst most intense pain I'd had even before having the surgery...they had told me to leave it for a fee more weeks until everything had settled down but I'm over 2 months on now and it seems to not be getting any better! I had an ultrasound where they had found I had one single stone (couldn't quite believe that was causing so much pain) but after going back and forwards to hospital and hearing some consultants say they were 99% sure it wasn't that causing it as it was not in the usual place of a gallbladder attack and not really same symptoms, to some saying they were sure it was! I was undecided whether to go through with the op but felt like I would have taken any option to solve it but seems I am not completely fixed!

    I am on slimming world and have been for the last 3 weeks so been eating very healthy (although I've always had a reasonably healthy diet previous to this anyway)

    Other than an ultrasound I've had blood tests and an gastroscopy (camera down throat) which found nothing other than the gallstones!

    Thank you so much for replies it's helpful to know I'm not the only one dealing with this!

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      HI, Chloe,

      You might need a CT scan.  While ultrasounds are generally good, CT scans reveal more.  Did your doctor do a liver panel when you had the blood tests?  And when you say consultant, do you mean a gastroenterologist?  

      I'm in the US, and our terms aren't always the same as yours are. So, I'm trying to clarify.  Thank you! xx

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      If I'm totally honest I'm not really sure sometimes all the medical terms go straight over my head! So the consultant was just the doctor at the hospital who discussed what to do once they had found I had gallstones.

      Although even the surgeons on the day of the op repeated a few times that it was never a guarantee (I know nothings ever guaranteed) but they seemed so uncertain.

      I'm thinking that I'm going to get myself back to the doctors. I've had the same pain twice since I first posted the message once very bad in bed curled up so I definitely need to do something! Thank you

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      Hi, Chloe,

      Thanks for letting me know.  A surgeon would know a bit about gastrointestinal subjects, but not usually a lot, because his focus is removing and repairing. A GP might know a bit more, but sometimes not enough.

      A gastroenterologist is a doctor who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal disorders.  More than a GP or a surgeon, he or she would know better what might be going on, what tests to conduct and what to do to help you.

      In my own experience, my gastroenterologist is more interested in finding out what's happening.  The same cannot be said for the the others.

      I would urge you to to start to learn more about what's going on with you.  You need to be your own best advocate, and have enough knowledge to know when someone, yes, even a doctor, is not treating you properly, such as fobbing you off and not giving you enough information.  

      Currently, a patient can trust, but verify. To do that, you have to have enough information.  

      I hope that things get better for you!   

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      Thanks so much for the advice! I know what you mean because for over a year various doctors were saying it was acid reflux but I had various tablets and none made a slight bit of difference! Funnily enough since I had my gallbladder out I occasionally get heartburn now but the pain I get is definitely not heartburn or acid reflux! Like you say you know your own body. I'm just hoping to get some kind of resolution to this I have booked a doctors appointment now so hopefully I will get referred for some more tests! X

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      Hi Chloe & Lynda, I'm in the UK and I just wanted to assist in the type of doctors you probably saw. The doctor you see at the hospital that generally puts you in for tests, will be a consultant physician and he/she will be a gastroenterologist with experience on upper gi issues including the biliary system, the surgeon is a consultant surgeon who will be a specialist in the biliary system and probably performing laparoscopies as most seem to be over here and the gp is the first point of contact for the referral process. Obviously in A&E you could see any doctor and not know what their backgrounds are. I hope this makes it easier, I've learnt from this forum that both countries do things very differently.

      Chloe, I know that the doctors that I'm seeing are on my local hospital website so you can look at their specialities and get some reassurance that they know what they are doing.

      I haven't had my gallbladder out yet, (1st March) due to it not functioning properly but they have already said to me that they believe I have sphincter of oddi dysfunction because I'm in constant pain so I think its not always cut and dried with removing a gallbladder that all pain will go.

      I hope you get some answers soon. Let us know how you get on. 

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      Thanks, Katherine!

      By way of explanation, in the US people generally see a primary care practitioner who is usually a general practitioner; a family physician.  Some insurance plans require that a general practitioner refer a patient to a specialist, who will be, for instance, a gastroenterologist, or a gynecologist.

      If some patients don't get a referral, their insurance plans won't pay for a specialist.  That means it can take a long time to get to the doctor you really need to see. Some doctors specialize in surgery for a specific area. 

      Also, we have medical plans that have doctors with all types of expertise workng for them, but a participating patient has to use the doctor within that network.

      It can be a mess, frustrating, and a patient can expect to encounter different levels of competence--just like in the UK.

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      Hi Lynda, thanks for that. I know that I get confused sometimes as the referral system is very different to over here, but I think I'm getting use to it. We don't have the issue of insurance for payment over here as it done through the nhs which can take longer if it doesn't seem urgent. Out initial referral seems to be similar to you where a gp starts the process to a gastroenterologist. I was lucky initially as because I'm within the age group for women to have gallbladder issues and I'm not overweight that that had to look as massess within the body so was on a 2 week plan , meaning I was seen by a gastroenterologist within 2 weeks and the test he referred me for was in 2 weeks (gastroscopy) and then a 2nd test (ct scan) until they ruled out massess that shouldn't be there luckily. We can go privately here but it does cost alot but you can choose which consultant you wish to see, you'l find that most nhs doctors also see private patients especially in the county I'm in as there's only 1 main hospital which does everything, several cottage hospitals and only 1 private hospital so its very limiting if you want to see someone different. I've seen you respond alot on this forum and gallbladder issues to seem to be a minefield as there are so many things it could be.

      Hope to speak to you again in the future.

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      It's can be unsettling, I know.  Sometimes similar, yet different.  I've read about incredible delays in treatment, and some of the decisions made, and what tests to do or not to do on a person seem purely arbitrary to me.

      Thanks for letting me know how it is where you are!  I also hope to speak to you again!

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    Hi sorry your feeling so unwell ive got gallstones and will be having surgery soon due to gallstones and maybe gallstones stuck in bile duct. have you told your doctor what symptoms your having now? Hope you feel better soon from carmella
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