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I have been diagnosed with a 2cm gallstone which gives me BIG trouble and defered 3 operations. However, I have heard of a condition called Sphincter of oddi dysfunction which has the same symptoms. Problem is how do you differentiate between the two? If I do go ahead and have my gallbladder removed and have SOD, then I am left without a gallbladder and still in pain!! So, can anyone tell me the best way for me to eliminate SOD.
My pain always starts in the centre of my stomach (just below breast bone) , raitates left then to right and then goes around my right side and up to my shoulder. I am most tender in the centre as opposed to the right side.
I can still eat most things but black coffee, cordial, melted cheese, pastry warmed and eating too much brings on my attacks. Funny thing is that I can still eat Fish & Chips (only from certain shops), hard cheese, butter, plain crisps and most things that contain fat....but if I eat too much then thats when I will have an attack. I also find that after having my evening meal (which can contain fat) and lounging on the sofa seems to bring on an attack. So really confused.....is it SOD or Gallbladder.....its over to you for some help! Thanks
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