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Hello, I was told by the doctors I have thick sludge build up in the gallbladder. They told me to follow up with my GI, but I am still awaiting an appointment date. They advised me to eat a low-fat diet, and cut down on unhealthy foods, which I did. At first, I didn't take it seriously as I researched it, and it seemed common and normal in people and disappear on it's own. After that, since I didn't have much pain, I continued with my regular diet and that specific week, there were many events, that led to eating out and consumption of alcohol (moderate but it was 2 days in one week, which is very unusual for me). But after that week, I started having abd pain, in the right upper side. Before docs telling me about the sludge, I had the on and off pain since last May in the same general area. It started with constipation, then it was pain the right side abd, and I had an US and the doctor said it was normal, nothing bad. I also underwent an endoscopy because of the pain and discomfort. They said it was just a little inflammed, and gave me anti-production of acid meds. It seemed to help at first, but there was still pain in the area. Along, with thte medication, I started eating healthier with adding more fiber to my meals. The constipation would come and go, sometimes normal but other days very bad. Now after the ER visit, the constipation is BAD. And my pain has become more severe. Starting this week, I've been on a strict diet to avoid stressing out my gallbladder but the pain is still severe. Even if there is no pain, there is discomfort, as it's swollen. I don't understand if gallbladder problems can cause this severe constipation issues, or if it can be something else. I have read people's personal experience and the gallbladder remove may or may not fix the issue. I already had surgery when I was a kid, and I'm very afraid and anxious to have it again. I'd want to know if there is someone with similar symptoms. I'm a 20 year old female, and it's getting really worrisome due to my anxiety and it's getting in the way of my school. I'm going to follow a strict diet, but Im scared to even eat healthy as I don't know what foods irritate it. It seems like I'm too young to have problems and I don't know if it's serious. Are there are tests that I can do that might help in right diagnosis and any special diet to reduce the sludge on its own?
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