what was your gallbladder pain like?

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Hello, I've been suffering annoying burning pain on my right side lower rib area.  If I was to stand, it'd be where my elbow might hit my side, and move toward the front.  Last year, I had bloodwork, xray, ultrasound.  Gallstones were found, but I wasn't told to remove gallbladder.  It was up to me, I decided to wait.  Well the pain, disappeared for a bit, and returns.  I have it again.  It feels like mildly irritated, the area between lower ribs and skin.  I know this sounds like a weird explanation.  I just cant be postitive that this pain would be from gallbladder?  I do not feel pain in abdomen area.  Thank you for any information.

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    I am not a professional medical person so don't really feel I am in a position to advise you.

    All I can say is that I had my gallbladder removed 2 years ago because of gallstones.

    I would not say that I necessarily made the wrong decision but since having my gallbladder removed I now have a huge kidney stone. No idea if this is related or not.

    Sorry I can't be of any more help to you really.

    Take care and keep in touch

    Sarah

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    Hi I have had pain in right rib area since October 2016 ultrasound at Xmas showed gallstones. Exactly as you consultant happy for me to keep hold of gallbladder .. I asked for scan on side for peace of mind as unsure linked to gall bladder. Doc and consultant refused scan and said would only know if pain was related to gall bladder upon operation .. I am on waiting lost but could be months yet until op. So I am paying to have a private scan for re assurance .. But I have same rib pain hard to explain .. With hot water bottle pain subsides if exercise a little better but always there.
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      Thank you for your response.  Yes the pain is rather annoying.  But, only this pain on side of rib, no other, that I know of symptoms.
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      Yes that is the only symptoms I have no stomach pains or flare ups they passed when I altered my diet etc ... The only pain or nagging dull ache I have is my right rib area
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      When I had my ultra sound results back my doctor showed no concern at all for the fatty liver said it was very common. I'm not over weight only 9 1/2 stone but my diet I guess wasn't the best. But I've changed that now. He said not to worry at all. Like you I just have rib ache constant but I can put up with it . I often wondered if the ache was maybe a swelling of the liver or the gall bladder but my doc said can't answer this until they operate then they can determine what the ache is. But they won't scan me. Hence why I going private to put my mind at ease over the ache. But lots of people including doc have said not to worry about fatty liver. I hope that puts your mind as ease.

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    Kelan,

    ?It sounds like another Gallbladder attack.  You should go to the doctor and get it checked out.  You can risk infection of the Gallbladder and Kidney on that side.  Does the pain radiate to the back at waist level?  If so, the kidney could be involved.  Better to be safe than sorry.  If it is another Gallbladder attack, you may have to opt for surgery to remove it.  Gallbladder pain can be different in some people.  Pain is always a warning that something isn't right.  So, call your doctor.  Let me know how things go. smile

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      Thank you for your response, at times, my side waist is sore, then up toward, and to rib area, pain site is about the size of my palm if i place it over my rib area.  Ive had basic bloodwork for kidney function, and ultrasound of kidney.  They mentioned gallstones, mild fatty liver.  
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    Just like you describe mine. However Igot nausea and high temperature too with the attacks. Worst part is pain is still there 6 years on, been told its adhesions formed after op and when liver is stressed dealing with fat. Nausea and temperature gone though thankfully
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      So you also have the "rib " pain?  it's so wierd, just feels like mild swelling between rib and skin, a burning annoying pain.

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      Hi Adrian, yes mine's like that. I can't bear any pressure on it as its very sensitive. I'm just be diagnosed with sphincter of oddi dysfunction which causes similar pain. My gallbladder is out now as it wasn't working properly. It must be very difficult suffering 6 years later.

      Are you still seeing a doctor?

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      Hi Katherine,

      Have had tests and scans over the years, pretty much given up going to the doctor now as he told me it was life changing and something I had to live with. I also get dizzyness/light headed if I go too long without food and blurred vision at times which is very annoying.

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      Katherine, a person on the magnesium advocacy group on FB mentioned gallbladder removal once and the sphincter of oddi, she found she was so much better and no pain anymore, after using magnesium, maybe worth looking into?
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      Hi Star, thanks for that. I know someone else who's trying that who has severe sphincter of oddi dysfunction and is going to get back to me, she's also trying acupuncture. I've got an appointment at the pain clinic in June and they do acupuncture also so I'd definately be up for that. Another friend of mine has severe back problems and she's just had reiki to relieve her pain (she's got to have 2 hip replacements and she's only 50) she was sceptical but she says its definately relieved it so I've got another treatment to try. As this diagnosis is lifelong I need to use a variety of treatments to help, I think.

      Thanks for thinking of me. x

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      good luck, hopefully you find something works, I remember reading it the other day and thought of you, so been meaning to pop on to tell you smile
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      Just had gall bladder removed in January after atypical pain. But symptoms have got worse. Colonoscopy OK. So at a loss to explain pain. Don't know ugly if b

      ladder removal has made rectocele and cysto celebrate worse. Has anyone else had post cholecystectomy pain?

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      Hi, why was your gallbladder removed, did you have gallstones or  wasn't your gallbladder working correctly?

      Yes I have what they call post cholecystectomy pain but its actually sphincter of oddi dysfunction and I had this prior to gallbladder removal but my gallbladder wasn't working correctly which is why they took it out. The surgeon and physicial did say they thought I had this before surgery and said it wouldn't get rid of all my pain, which it hasn't by any stretch of the imagination.

      What have the doctors said to you?

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      I had chronic chronic abdominal pain prior due to twisted colonoscopy and constipation. Then hysterectomy and sacropopolexy and rectocele repair. Gall bladder removed because of gall stones. Since then had a colonoscopy and a scan and blood tests no abnormalities. But the pain has got worse since I did some strenuous work in the garden. Now concerned whether further prolapse. Long wait for further explorations but the pain is wearing me out. Sacrocranial massage has helped me.
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      Hi Adrian, did they refer you to a pain clinic? I've got an appointment to the pain clinic in June as the pain is getting worse and if its something I have to live with I need as much help as possible. The information they sent with it they don't do just medication but also treatments such as acupuncture. Which I'll try anything if it helps. 

      Perhaps you should see if you have a pain clinic in your area and get a referral, your gp can do this for you.

      Let me know how you get on.

      Take care

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