Gallbladder problems but gallbladder looks healthy?

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Hi All, about 1 year and 5 months ago, just after I graduated with tons of anxiety and stress, I started feeling chronicly bloated, and had heartburn. Doctor told me that I had GERD and prescribed me Omperazole. He also referred me for an endoscopy which returned normal results. I kept feeling bloated but tried to ignore these symptoms for some time. However about 6 months ago, I ate a large serving of fatty food and about 1 hour later I felt that I needed to rush to the toilet. I didn't poop, but a pain, which I can only describe as cramping started to radiate in the middle of my stomach area,increasing then decreasing for abit before increasing again. I couldn't lay down, sit nor stand up properly as the cramping was too much. Long story short, the pain continued for 7 hours after which I felt normal as If i didn't have anything. This happened 4 times more in the last 6 months with the cramping starting nearly always at 4-6am and lasting till 6pm. On the second attack I went to the ER and while they told me I had some small gallstones 1-3 and a polyp, there was no sludge,inflammation and the gallbladder "looked" normal. They also told me that gallbladder pain is normally felt under the right rib and shoulder, however I have none of these during an attack(altough periodically during the day I am starting to feel a mild pain under my right rib). I am also gassy,more than ever now. My gastroentroligist has now given me the choice to remove the gallbladder..however I wanted to know If anyone else has the same type of pain as I do before I proceed in removing one of my organs lol.confused . On a sidenote, my father had his GB remofved a couple of years ago, but his was visibly diseased.

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    Well, if you had an ultrasound it might not pick up small stones and sludge.  My gallbladder was brimming with 'em when removed, though the ultrasound said I was okay.  

    Not everyone has the classic symptoms of gallbladder attack, excruciating pain, nausea and vomiting.  I had mild nausea and horrible diarrhea.  When my gallbladder was removed it turned out that I had been quite ill, but the tests didn't reveal that.  I lost 30 pounds and knew it was my gallbladder all along.  

    Believe me, if you're experiencing what you're going through now, you don't want to wait till it gets significantly worse before you get it out.  Bad gallbladders don't improve, they just get more and more diseased.  

    Best of luck to you!

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    Hi yes that sounds like gallbladder but if I can advice if you can live with it then keep it as I had mine out and now have more problems than ever before.
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      I had mine out in 2009 as had stones and the pain was bad. Now about 2 years later I started getting the same pain just twice as bad as what the pain was when I did have gallbladder. So I had loads of test and cameras up and down. Being diagnosed with SOD Sphincter of oddi dysfunction. I lost 4 stone in 6 monthes. They can operate however my consultant said not to as I will end up with pancreatitis or it will be unsuccessful or even death. So have to learn to live with it. I am very restrictive as to what to eat and what not. It is also more common in females.
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      I am sorry to learn that you have SOD.  I know that it is more common than most doctors realize.  

      Have you thought of going to another consultant for a second opinion?  I've read others' posts on this site who have had the surgery and gotten relief, who have not got pancreatitis or died from it. I also understand that a specialist in London is using botox injections and had good results. xx

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      The consultant i saw did say he can send me to london to see a SOD specialist however i have read so many negative stuff on it that i dont want to mess with it and i just cope with it as and when i get an attack. I might look at the botox i have seen this a few time.
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      I had the SOD surgery . They can't really diagnosis you with SOD but they can do the surgery because if your symptoms . Unfortunately,I did not get relief after having the surgery. However ,I did get a small bout of induced pancreatitis from the surgery but it goes away. They were never talking about death with the surgery. Of course any surgery can cause death. Hope you feel better

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    Thanks for the comments, and I hope you feel better soon lynda. My gastroentrologist infact told me that I should do the OP as I'm still young(25) and things could indeed get worse. I also miss not eating anything but chicken,bread and potatoes for fear of having another attack! Since now i lost 10kg's due to my diet which is not that bad, however I actually had to stop any form of exercise as i don't want to lose much more weight!. I do intend to get it removed, hopefully my pain does indeed come from the gallbladder and removing it will make the attacks stop!

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      Hi there!  

      You're welcome!  I think it's best to have it over with, so one can start healing and adjusting to the new.  Alas, no more pizza or Italian food for me. smile  But I really don't miss it that much!  smile

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      Oh no, two of my favourite foods eek! My father and a friend of mine both had theirs removed and eat normally, altough I suppose it varies between individuals. Hopefully I may be able to eat the occasional pizza! smile
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