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Intermittent Gallbladder Pain
I suspect I have gallbladder problems, intermittent pain for 1yr, sharp underneath right shoulder, pain lower right ribs, nausea, stomach cramps, tired?
Gallbladder symptoms: "biliary" symptoms are sub-acute onset of right upper quadrant abdominal discomfort (radiates to right shoulder blade, crescendoing over several minutes, resolving over 6-8 hours +/-nausea/vomit. This typically occurs after a fatty meal due to a gallstone becoming impacted in the cystic duct (connection of gallbladder to biliary tree). Acalculous cholecystitis is a sick gallbladder without stones. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Take it out: The only definitive treatment for gallbladder symptoms is surgery to remove your gallbladder. If your symptoms were not that bad and less frequent you could try to limit your fat intake and your gallbladder might contract less which might cause less pain, however, if your attacks are really bad and becoming more frequent or even constant then the only option is surgery. See your doctor for exam. ...Read more
See below: Gallstones can cause mild symptoms such as upper abdominal gas bloating and pressure discomfort after eating. Sometimes there can be more pain in the right upper and middle upper abdomen with nausea and vomiting, worse after eating fatty foods. Sometimes the pain will go into the upper back. Sometimes yellow jaundice with abdominal pain could happen if the gallstones move into the bile ducts. ...Read more
Can gallbladder pain ever be on both left and right sides? Are there any signs of a non-functioning gallbladder to look out for?
Usually R, but can B: felt on the L. Signs that U may notice intolerance 2 fatty foods. That's a common complaint. Other than that U need studies 2 B done. ...Read more
Pressure Pain: Gallbladder attacks will typically cause severe, pressure-like, non-cramping, non-burning pain, well-localized to the right upper or midline upper abdomen. The pain does not wax-and-wane: it is usually steady and unrelenting, and may go away as quickly as it started, typically within 1 hour. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Most common: First evaluation for pain is a complete medical history and physical exam. Blood tests. Ultrasound is common to evaluate the gallbladder. Ct scan can be used for abdominal pain evaluation, but not specific for the gallbladder. Hida scan can evaluate gallbladder function. Seeing a gastroenterologist for endoscopy to look for causes of pain. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not unusual: To have typical gallbladder type of pain for 4 to 6 weeks after cholecystectomy, until your system gets accustomed to surgical absence of gallbladder. Your bile duct system needs to enlarge just a little to accommodate this absence. If it lasts more than a month or so after surgery, consult your surgeon who performed the operation. ...Read more
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