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Caffeinated hot or cold tea / coffee causes right upper quadrant pain (near gall bladder/liver); very light throbbing pain. 2 out of 10. Why?!

Caffeinated hot or cold tea / coffee causes right upper quadrant pain (near gall bladder/liver); very light throbbing pain. 2 out of 10. Why?!

Abdominal pain: Most likely you irritation of inner layer of your stomach, I don't believe you have gallstone or gallbladder pathology rather you might have gastritis. try to avoid coffee, spicy food, fatty food, alcohol and medications called NSAID (motrin, ibuprofen, ...), if no better in 1-2 wk see your provider to check you for hpylori infection. ...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


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For the past couple of days I have had a throbbing pain in my upper abdomen right below/around the left side of my ribcage. What could it be?

For the past couple of days I have had a throbbing pain in my upper abdomen right below/around the left side of my ribcage. What could it be?

Abdomen/thorax pain: Most likely if this is a musculoskeletal injury it sounds like an abdominal muscle/rib cage muscle strain. This is usually caused from a twisting injury of the ribcage/upper torso. (commonly seemingly elliptical training with use of arms on the machine). If other abdominal complaints occur or begin to arise (diarrhea, constipation etc) then a thorough exam of the abdomen is recommended. ...Read more

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Real bad throbbing pain in lower right area of my stomach. What do you suggest docs?

Real bad throbbing pain in lower right area of my stomach. What do you suggest docs?

Stomach or Abdomen?: If stomach, consider taking an antacid/drink some milk (one time just for a diagnosis. Don't drink milk for this on an on-going basis). If symptoms resolve, feel better, maybe stomach related, and would see your GI doctor. If no relief, may be your heart, and would go to the hospital. If you smoke, have a family history of heart disease, are over-weight, would go to hospital by ambulance. ...Read more

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I have this throbbing pain in the middle of the my stomach toward the right at the top. It comes and goes. I am 25. What could it be?

ABDOMINAL PAIN: Could be nothing at all pathologically speaking; but two possibilities that come to mind are astro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD) and gallbladder disease (biliary colic). If your symptoms persist or get worse, you primary care doctor needs to know about it so they can help coordinate your next step. ...Read more

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What would cause bad cramping in the upper abdomen when bending over? It goes away after a min or two when I stand back up. Gallbladder already remove

What would cause bad cramping in the upper abdomen when bending over? It goes away after a min or two when I stand back up. Gallbladder already remove

Poss hiatal hernia: Dear 317, this will, of course, need a thorough workup and some imagery, but from your description, it could well be a condition known as "hiatal hernia" where the top portion of your stomach has "slipped" up through the diaphragm into your chest. It can sometimes cause pain, and usually has acid reflux associated. Get with your pcp to rule out - there is surgery to repair if severe. ...Read more

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Can you feel pain left middle of upper abdomen with gallbladder pain?

Can you feel pain left middle of upper abdomen with gallbladder pain?

Gallbladder pain: Usually is mid epigastrium or right upper quadrant. Left side is unusual manifestation of gallbladder pain. Consult your doctor for other possibilities. ...Read more

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I'm having throbbing pain on my right side of my stomach it come and goes.

I'm having throbbing pain on my right side of my stomach it come and goes.

Right side pain: My first concern with right sided abdominal pain would be appendicitis. Appendicitis pain occurs usually in the lower right side. Other causes of pain on the right side are be gallbladder, ovary, kidney and occasionally, the stomach. Abdominal pain is not something you should ignore, I advise being seen asap. ...Read more

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My upper abdomen is in severe pain and I can't keep anything down. I had my gallbladder removed years ago, what else could it be?

My upper abdomen is in severe pain and I can't keep anything down. I had my gallbladder removed years ago, what else could it be?

It doesn't matter: If you have severe pain in the abdomen and are vomiting, you should go to an er immediately.
It could be many things from just a viral infection to something more serious and even deadly.
Your question can't be answered without a physical exam.
Don't wait.
Good luck from nyc. ...Read more

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My daughter had her gallbladder removed years ago but she is still having pains like before it was removed. ..Sharp pains in upper abdomen. Why?

Why the pain?: Usually, when the problem is the gallbladder, removing the gallbladder removes the pain. There are other causes of upper abdominal pain. Some are related to the bile tract and some are not, but a new workup is in order. While the pain may be the same, the cause may be from the same area or it may be a new problem. Hopefully, further testing can sort it out. ...Read more

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Pain in upper abdomen under ribs and between shoulder blades. Feels like a gallbladder attack but I had mine removed in 2008 what is this?

Pain in upper abdomen under ribs and between shoulder blades. Feels like a gallbladder attack but I had mine removed in 2008 what is this?

Stones: Still you could developed stones in the bile duct without having your gallbladder, albeit uncommon it is possible. Contact your doctor if pain persist. ...Read more

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Can gallbladder issues cause your upper abdomen on both sides to feel bloated and slightly tender? Dr says no stones going for hida scan soon.

Can gallbladder issues cause your upper abdomen on both sides to feel bloated and slightly tender? Dr says no stones going for hida scan soon.

If your doctor: Has ordered a HIDA scan, he/she strongly suspects gallbladder disease. US is highly sensitive for detection of gallstones, but no diagnostic test is always 100%. If CCK injection re-produces your symptoms, it is highly likely that cholecystectomy would be advised. ...Read more

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My gallbladder hurts all the time now and my upper abdomen is sore. Is this the natural progression of gallbladder disease?

My gallbladder hurts all the time now and my upper abdomen is sore. Is this the natural progression of gallbladder disease?

Probably: Repeat obstruction of the gallbladder leads to more symptoms and eventually complete blockage of one of the ducts, leading to an emergency. Seek surgical care soon. The source of pain may be different. ...Read more

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Stabbing pains from back straight through to upper chest, chest, upper abdomen. Intermittent and last just seconds. Gallbladder removed already. Ideas?

Stabbing pains from back straight through to upper chest, chest, upper abdomen. Intermittent and last just seconds. Gallbladder removed already. Ideas?

See doctor now: You should seek medical attention to address this. It cannot be answered easily with the information provided or in this forum. ...Read more

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I am a healthy 40 y/o woman. Have had my gallbladder removed a few years ago. I have lots of burping and pain in upper abdomen/through my back area. Even in shoulder. Sometimes hurts to bend forward. Any ideas?

I am a healthy 40 y/o woman. Have had my gallbladder removed a few years ago. I have lots of burping and pain in upper abdomen/through my back area. Even in shoulder. Sometimes hurts to bend forward. Any ideas?

Many possibilities: If the burping and upper abdominal pain occur with fatty foods, it may be because of lack of a gallbladder. Sharp pains into the back suggest possibility of stones in the common bile duct, or pancreatitis, or ulcer in the duodenum. If this persists an exam and additional testing may be needed. ...Read more

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I had my gallbladder removed 1yr ago last three days I've been having Lots of green and watery bowel movements lots of pain in the upper abdomen.?

Probably not related: If, after your gallbladder removal one year ago, your GI tract was functioning normally, then the current symptoms are more likely related to some type of gastroenteritis. Start with clear liquids and if tolerated, progress to soft, bland foods, such as toast, broth, apples, bananas, and rice. Avoid caffeine, fatty foods, and alcohol. If this persists for more than a few days, see your MD. ...Read more

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Is mid back pain that stretches around the ribs to the front a sign of serious stomach problems? Dull achey throbbing pain

Yes,: Yes, that could be a sign of a serious problem. If it is in the flanks then there could be a kidney problem, such as a stone or infection. Gallbladder pain can also cause pain on the right abdomen/back. Also, if you have any rash, shingles can cause pain that goes from the front to the back. Please be medically evaluated. If you have persistent pain, vomiting, fever, or feel light-headed then you need to be seen as an emergency. ...Read more

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What can swell up in right upper abdomen!? Kindey, gallbladder stones where ruled out, pancreas is normal too no hernia or cyst liver is good too

What can swell up in right upper abdomen!? Kindey, gallbladder stones where ruled out, pancreas is normal too no hernia or cyst liver is good too

RUQ anatomy: Anatomically, the right upper quadrant (RUQ) of the abdomen includes: liver, gallbladder, pancreatic head, bile ducts and ampulla, c-loop of the duodenum, stomach antrum and pylorus, the hepatic flexure of the colon. Don't forget the diaphragm and lower chest are pretty close by. The abdominal musculature, ribs, and skin can all contribute as well to localizing RUQ pain. An exam is appropriate. ...Read more

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My mom has really bad stomach pain and I don't know what to do can you help me? She has throbbing pain when she walks and its in the center of her stomach.

My mom has really bad stomach pain and I don't know what to do can you help me? She has throbbing pain when she walks and its in the center of her stomach.

The: The pain may be related to many conditions. Stomach pain usually in high up in the abdomen, so it depends on what you mean by "the center of the stomach". Perhaps you mean near the belly button. In any case, pain associated with walking may not be gastrointestinal in orgin, but rather due to muscle pain, sometimes involving the rectus abdominus due to strain. However, if she is having nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, fevers, chills, blood in the stools, weight loss, or loss of appetite, GI problem is more likely, and will need to see her doctor to get a complete physical examination, blood work, and perhaps some x-rays. ...Read more

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I have right side pain in upper abdomen going into back lots of gas and my bili test for liver is1.8 I had gallbladder removed 2014&burning pain rib?

I have right side pain in upper abdomen going into back lots of gas and my bili test for liver is1.8 I had gallbladder removed 2014&burning pain rib?

Biliary stones.: Since you have had your gallbladder removed, you are less likely to have biliary disease due to gallstones, however that does not discount the possibility. Your elevated bills do point to a possible early obstruction. I would suggest that you have an ultrasound of the biliary tree or MRCP. If you have been having any fever/chills, Nausea/vomiting you should go immediately to the ER. ...Read more

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Constant achy/throbbing pain under right rib and back. Feels like a ball under rib at times. Worse at night. Ultrasound of gallbladder etc normal?

Ultrasound: Of gallbladder provides a picture of anatomy but not function. A HIDA scan with cholecytekinin gives function of the gallbladder. Gall stones obstructing outflow of the cystic duct is much more common as a cause but some women develop acalculus (no stones) cholecystitis which can be demonstrated by a HIDA scan. The liver and the right middle lobe of the lung need to be clinically evaluated also ...Read more

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Last week I had removed my gall bladder but still I am having pain & a lot of acidity between ribs in the upper abdomen, where I used to get gall pain?

Postop check: 31 year old woman s/p cholecystectomy (laparoscopic?). You need to visit your surgeon for a postoperative evaluation. You need a full exam. After an operation fluid collection infection other factors need to be ruled out. You also list leg pain and csection 7 days ago? You need to call your surgeon asap and visit an emergency room. Good luck. ...Read more

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Gallbladder removed 2009, now having dull throbbing pain lasts few seconds. Had it for a day now, 15x atleast. I'm not curled in pain. What to do?

Gallbladder removed 2009, now having dull throbbing pain lasts few seconds. Had it for a day now, 15x atleast. I'm not curled in pain. What to do?

See a gastroenterolo: You should see a GI doctor for an exam and bloodwork. You may need a f/u ultrasound to look for retained common bile duct stones or an mri. ...Read more

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Cholecystectomy clips seen in right upper abdomen in lumber X ray taken 4 years after gall bladder removal. No symptoms. Any problem?

Expected finding: Clips related to prior surgeries are frequently seen on follow up imaging done for other reasons and usually of only incidental note. ...Read more

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I sometimes have a burning pain in my upper abdomen. Could this be caused by gall bladder. It seems to happen after I eat. It also burns in my back.

Low hydrochloricacid: Low hydrochloric acid cause indigestion which creates putrification of food - causes burn due to production of lactic acid. Suggest when you eat before food take betaine hydrochloride 1000mg and after food take phosphatidyl choline this will help with digestion. To heal burning pain take bromelain plus cla will heal pain in epigastrium. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Gall Bladder (Definition)

Sac like organ that serves to store bile, a digestive detergent which is made in the liver. Typically contracts after eating and sends the stored bile down ducts to ...Read more


Upper Abdomen (Definition)

Draw a transverse line through the umbilicus and the upper abdomen includes every part of the belly above this line and below the ...Read more