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How can I tell the difference between pancreas pain and gall bladder pain?

How can I tell the difference between pancreas pain and gall bladder pain?

Location, type: Gall bladder pain tends to be right upper quadrant to middlle, below breastbone), achy to spasmy (colicky), may radiate to top shoulder or between shoulder blades. Panc pain tends lower, around belly button (periumbilical) to left upper quadrant, typically constant, can feel like it bores straight thru to back. Both can have vomiting aasoc. Fever, dark urine, pale stool: er, not: md asap.

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Can gall bladder pain feel like it is coming from the pancreas?

Can gall bladder pain feel like it is coming from the pancreas?

There is no: Specific type of pain associated with problems w/the pancreas. There are commonly associated types of pain experienced with ball bladder disease: moderate to severe pain under the right side of the rib cage. Pain may radiate through to the back or to the right shoulder. Severe upper abdominal pain (biliary colic). Nausea. Queasiness. Vomiting. Gas. Burping or belching. Attacks are often at night.

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How can I tell the difference between gas pain and gall bladder pain?

How can I tell the difference between gas pain and gall bladder pain?

Depends: Gas pains hurt throughout the abdomen and can be very severe, usually made worse with conditions that increase bowel gas such as drinking soda, or even milk if you are lactose intolerant. Try avoiding these things and take simethicone (gasx to see if that helps). Gallbladder pain is usually in the upper abdomen, often right side through to the back and comes after eating. Get a check-up to see.

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I want to know what is the difference between gall bladder problems and pancreatic cancer?

I want to know what is the difference between gall bladder problems and pancreatic cancer?

Different organ: Different pathophysiology. One condition has nothing to do with the other. The only link is that either condition can cause jaundice when the common duct is obstructed by stone or by tumor.

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How do gall bladder problems differ from pancreatic cancer? Are there any similar symptoms?

How do gall bladder problems differ from pancreatic cancer? Are there any similar symptoms?

See below: Some symptoms can be similar such as upper abdominal pressure discomfort, sometimes nausea & yellow jaundice can occur with both. Painful jaundice is likely from gallstones & painless jaundice more toward pacreatic cancer. Gallbladder issues more common than pancreatic cancer. Gallbladder pains in abdomen & nausea mostly occur after eating. Pancreatic pain more in the mid back with weight loss.

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How can I make gall bladder pain go away?

How can I make gall bladder pain go away?

Gall bladder: Inflammation of gall bladder such as in gall stones or in anorexia nervosa. Should be differentiated from liver disease, peptic ulcer, pancreatitis, intestinal obstruction, hiatus hernia, colitis, kidney stones, appendicitis. Your doctor can run thorough workup & give advise. Treating the cause is a way to bring relief.

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Was wondering where is gall bladder pain located?

Was wondering where is gall bladder pain located?

Rib Cage on right: You want to know where gallbladder pain is located. Most often people with gallbladder pain describe pain in the right upper quadrant of the abdomen. It may be colic type which comes and goes. It may be initiated by a fatty meal and can occur shortly after eating (30-90 minutes). An ultrasound and laboratory test will help correlate with the symptoms.

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Does gall bladder pain hurt worse when laying down?

Does gall bladder pain hurt worse when laying down?

Not usually: Gallbladder pain (biliary colic) is a noncramping, nonburning, steady pain, typically in the right upper-or upper middle abdomen. It typically lasts for an hour and then goes away completely; it often occurs after eating (esp fried/fatty foods). The pain is unrelated to activity or position, although people often try to "walk off" the pain. It is often made worse by taking deep breaths.

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What causes gall bladder pain after the gall bladder is removed?

What causes gall bladder pain after the gall bladder is removed?

Post surgery care: There are several possibilities, including passing a gallstone from the lower duct. If your pain is not controllable with your prescribed pain regimen, okay to call in to your surgical team. Be well.

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I am having gall bladder pain. When should I go to the emergency room?

See your primary car: You should see your primary care physician. There are tests to check if that is the problem. Why wait until it is severe or dangerous to go to er?

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How do you control gall bladder pain in the middle of an attack while awaiting surgery?

How do you control gall bladder pain in the middle of an attack while awaiting surgery?

Strong pain meds: Gall pain can be extremely severe and require strong medication such as toradol, dialudid or morphine for someone who is awaiting surgery. Low fat diet etc. Is good but you need something strong if you are doubled over in pain. You may even need to visit an er if pain is out of control.

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Are there any relations between gall bladder pain and bowel movements?

Are there any relations between gall bladder pain and bowel movements?

Absorption of fat: When the bowel can't efficiently absorb the nutrients passing through, those undigested products speed up the bowel movements. Gb pain, may be from stones or dysfunction of the gallbladder. The gb assists in absorption of fat. Fats consumed usually provoke gb pain and may also increase bloating and bowel movements as well.

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Can Crohn's disease cause cholecystitis? And what can I do to manage gall bladder pain?

Can Crohn's disease cause cholecystitis? And what can I do to manage gall bladder pain?

Yes: Crohn's disease (especially ileal disease) can be associated with gallstones and gallbladder disease. Need to see md if having cholecystitis, especially if taking cd meds that affect white blood cells or immunity. Generally, should remove gallbladder once episodes of gallbladder attacks, to avoid complications like infection of bile duct or pancreatitis (inflammation).

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Having xray & tests for kidneys and gall bladder Pain getting worse & now have a burning sensation in vigiana Is this a symthon of 1 of the 2?

Having xray & tests for kidneys and gall bladder Pain getting worse & now have a burning sensation in vigiana Is this a symthon of 1 of the 2?

Vaginal burning: It seems like you are having right abdominal/flank pain. Kidney/bladder pain at times may refer to the vagina. Have you had a urine test for bladder infection? In your work up now that you are having vaginal pain consider a pelvic exam and pelvic/transvaginal ultrasound as I have seen vaginitis by mycoplasma/ureoplasma cause lower abdominal pain as can PID.

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How do I know if ruq pain is worth a trip to er. I have no ins. No $$. history of k.stones, fear possible gall bladder. Pain is sharp mild intermittent.

How do I know if ruq pain is worth a trip to er. I have no ins. No $$. history of k.stones, fear possible gall bladder. Pain is sharp mild intermittent.

Depends: Well... This is a tough one. If you are in enough pain that is unrelenting then Er is a good idea. If you have had any combination of fevers/chills/nausea/vomitting that is making you unable to preform your regular day to day activities then get checked out. If the issue is mild, intermittent pain without anything that I have mentionned then you can be seen as an outpatient.

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MRI of gall bladder showed something between gb and pancrease (pancrelipase). Said it might just be a lymph node but repeat mri in 3 months. % chance of cancer?

Should repeat exam: There can be lymph nodes near gall bladder. Lymph nodes can be reactive to infection, inflammation, trauma, neoplasm etc. Observation for short interval will determine whether grows, is stable, or regresses. It sounds like the radiologist was not very concerned. If worrIed I might repeat examination in 6 weeks rather than 3 months.

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Could you tell me what are signs of gall bladder problems?

Could you tell me what are signs of gall bladder problems?

Pain: Fifty % of persons with g.B. Stones are asymptomatic, main sx. Are pain in upper belly, or toward the right side with irradiation to the back, pain can be severe, biliary colic, or moderate, fullness, intolerance to fatty food, the best test is an ultrasound and the operation resolves all the symptoms secondaries to the diseased g.B. Because the sx. Could be from gastric, duodenal or pancreas.

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How can I tell whether I have acid reflux or gall bladder problems?

How can I tell whether I have acid reflux or gall bladder problems?

Type of pain: Reflux (gerd) typically causes burning pain localized to the mid chest. Gallbladder pain (biliary colic) is a noncramping, nonburning, steady pain, typically in the right upper-or upper middle abdomen. It typically lasts for an hour and then goes away completely. Antacids will often help gerd but have no effect on the gallbladder. Both may be associated with nausea and vomiting.

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Pancreas (Definition)

Abdominal organ. It is digestive organ: it secretes enzymes into the small bowel which break down food and help its absorption. It is also an endocrine organ: it produces hormones involved in sugar control and control of digestion. Insulin is one of these hormones. Diabetics either lack Insulin (type 1 diabetes) or have inadequate ...Read more


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Gallbladder (Definition)

The gallbladder is a sac-like structure located under the right lobe of the liver. It is attached to the common bile duct via the cystic duct. The gallbladder can store bile when the bile is not needed, and can squeeze bile into the bile duct and intestine for digestion when a person eats larger ...Read more