Had gallbladder removed in 4/2007. No gallstones but gallbladder functioned at 15%. Have been diagnosed with GERD and mild gastritus. Take Nexium 1x/day for a little over a year now. My symptoms began approx. 4 days after my surgery and still happening today (2 months). I am experiencing severe upper abdominal pain that shoots into my back (mainly between shoulder blades). Feels like pressure. I can belch and feel somewhat better but not all the time. Pain lasts about 15 minutes and mainly occurs first thing in morning on empty stomach. I can eat something and feel better almost immediately - most of the time. Once the attacks subside it is like I never had one - all is normal. The past 2 days the attacks have caused vomit of small amount of bile. Has anyone had this experience either with/without gallbladder removal? or know what these symptoms might be related to? Is this GERD gone wild?