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Hi I am going to see a consultant on Friday as my doctor thinks I may have gallstones. I get a pain under my ribcage on my right side which is severe but not as bad as some seem to say. I also get gnawing feelings in my whole stomach and hunger pangs! Did any one else get this? The other symptoms I have is sweating alot which I am not sure if it is related or not! My liver function test was abnormal does anyone know if this is normal if you have gallstones? I am also concerned as I have some blue/red discolouration of my abdomen wall which my doctor commented on but didn't go any further in explaining. Has anyone else experienced this?

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    Hi, I have just been referred to the hospital for an ultrasound scan after my doctor suspected I have gallstones. It has proved difficult to diagnose as the symptoms are about the same as pleurisy - which I have had several times in the last 4 years. I don't have pain all the time, but the attacks are getting more frequent. It starts with a 'stitch' like pain under my ribs on the right hand side and then the pain moves to my right shoulder, it can last up to 4 days (and still counting with my curent attack!)When I am having an attack I feel absolutly STARVING like I've not eaten in days, despite eating 3 meals a day as normal. I also burp a lot, and have recently noticed that an attack is preceded by excessive wind from the other end!

    I also seem to be sweating a lot more than normal, although I don't have a temperature. I'm not sure yet if the pain is definately gallstones, but next time I see the doctor I will mention this and if he has any ideas I will let you know.

    Just one point though, if you are running a temperature don't mess around, if the gallbladder gets infected it can cause long term damage to the liver - so get to the hospital sharpish!

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    Hi thanks for this, that is really interesting as I do get chest infections and have been in bed for the past 2 days with a severe one! I had a scan on Monday and it showed no gallstones and no problems with my gallbladder. I am pleased but now left wondering what is wrong with me!

    Do let me know how you get on as I would be interested in any suggestions!

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    My bloods have just come back normal, so no indication for another scan. It seems daft to be disappointed at normal results, but I can't understand how nothing is showing up! Having spoken to many people over the past week, everyone seems to have a story about gallstones not being detected for ages. This is only anecdotal evidence, but very interesting! I also have a grotty chest at the moment - hadn't related it till reading above entries!

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    Hi, I thought I would give you an update! Went to see my consultant last night and my liver function bloods are still abnormal even though no gallstones! He said it could be viral and I have to go for repeat blood tests next week. If these tests do not show a virus and the Liver function is still abnormal he is going to refer me to a liver specialist! I am a bit scared about that prospect I have to admit! Would rather have gallstones and just be able to have them out!smile:yikes:

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    I really sympathise with you all. I have had several bouts of stabbing pains under the right side of my rib cage, so severe that on two occasions I nearly went to A & E. I scared my daughter and husband and they got me into the car to go. About half way there the pain subsided and I insisted they took me home. Then another time I had been out for fish and chips with my girl friends and the sharp stabbing pain occured on the way home. I had to get out and let someone else drive. They too wanted to take me to A & E but I persuaded them to take me home and after half an hour the pain went. I also get pains on the right hand side of my back shoulder. I have been sweating about 4 times a day, feeling really nauseas - and it's definitely not menapause. Went to the nurse and she thought it could be my thyroid. I now have no faith in going to her again. I'll just have to watch my diet.

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