Pain where gall bladder used to be-except I had my gall bladder removed.

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I had my gall bladder removed 20 years ago. The experience leading up to the surgery was horrible--weight loss, no sleep, no food. Once I was admitted to the hospital (after going the ER), my gall bladder was removed the following morning. The recovery went well with ZERO pain since. Until now! About 3 weeks ago, it started. It is the SAME pain I recall having 20 years ago. Except, I don't HAVE a gall bladder. Anyone know WHAT this could be?

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    It most probably is gallstones in your bile duct.  I have the same situation and generate a large amount of gallstones.  You should have an MRI to confirm.  They will conduct an ERCP to clean your gallstones.  You need to find a doctor that is experienced in conducting ERCPs.
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      Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography.  It is a procedure that combines upper gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy and x rays to treat problems of the bile and pancreatic ducts. It is conducted to go into your bile duct through your mouth to clean gallstones in your bile duct.  You can google it as ERCP for bile duct gallstones.  You will learn more about it.
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      They you Marie, will do! (although the procedure sounds a little frightening; surely they put you to sleep?) smile
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      If you require an ERCP, yes, you are admitted and you are under anesthesia.  It will be all based on your MRI whether you have gallstones in your bile duct.
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    Hi

    I have the same. Gall bladder removed 6yrs ago and felt great. However the pains come and go with a vengence now.

    Nothing shows up on tests, the doctors say it is just rogue nerves. The pain is excrutiating.

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      Yes and nothing there. The pain can be triggered by " forbidden foods" or by periods of not eating much at all.
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    Kidney infections/stones OR Pancreous Issues, what side is it on? Your left or right?
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      Just under 1% of the Population has their Gallbladder on their LEFT, Same rings true for Apendix....... but with Apendix, 2-3% of the population has it on their Left............
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    HI Joe,

    Always a good idea to go in to the doc for tests, your pain could be telling you something. Not everyone reacts the same after GB removal. I had mine out in my twenties and they removed the bile duct at the time. Never had the same pain again. Yet many times rushed to the ER the GB symptoms mimicked a heart attack. After tests no heart problems so gave me pain meds sent me home. Took many years to discover it was gallstones. So glad to get it out!

    It could be something serious. I never take my health for granted. Sometimes the simplest things can be just that and then again we are not doctors.

     

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      They have taken your bile duct out ?  How was that done?  What are the consequences since you no longer generate bile? Have they restructured to go directly to your stomach?  Like to hear more about this type of surgery.
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      Hi Marie.

      my bile duct was diseased from stones stuck in it for many years.  I had open surgery the incision about 6" . It never bothered me since. At a very young age at 29 I'm sure my stomach muscles were in better shape than they are now after several children. For more info plz see bile duct removal with GB. 

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      What did they replace your bile duct with given that you need some type of path / tube ?  Where was it conducted ?  Any doctor/hospitals who conduct this you can share?  I have not found any topic regarding taking bile duct out.  If you have any links you can share, that would be terrific.

      Thanks

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