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A 23-year-old male asked:

If my ruq pain was gallbladder related, would consuming a large fatty meal at least sometimes replicate the chronic pain ?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Yes, it is often so.: Gallbladder basically is a small bile-storage bag which gets squeezed on demand--i.E when you eat, especially with high fat, the gallbladder squeezes harder to get the bile into the gut to help digest the fat. So if you have a small stone partially/completely blocking the tube/duct, the squeeze causes pain. Thus, fatty foods often make the pain worse. If you have recurring pain, consult doc. Gl.
Dr. Bac Nguyen
Dr. Bac Nguyen commented
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Provided original answer
U/s without stone--you may still have gallbladder trouble--not functioning well, medically it is called acalculous cholecystitis (basically means gallbladder inflammation without stone). IBS could also be your cause of trouble. Recheck with doc. Good luck
Dec 15, 2013
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 41 years experience
Yes: There are many possible causes of RUQ pain. Many people with RUQ have their gallbladders needlessly removed only to find their pain is no better afterwards. If one has symptomatic gallbladder problems it would almost always be triggered by a large fatty meal at times. I would see a good doc, preferably holistic, to try to determine the actual cause(s) (food allergies, parasites, spasms etc.).
Last updated Mar 9, 2015


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