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How do I know the difference between gallbladder pain and pancreas pain?

How do I know the difference between gallbladder pain and pancreas pain?

Gallstones may cause: ...both organs to inflame, but gallbladder pain is slowly crescendo, centered in RUQ, with radiation to right shoulder blade and around the right side to back WHEREAS pancreas pain is more mid-center of the abdomen, constant, and projects pain straight thru to the back. Of course, there's exceptions to every case. Lab tests are very helpful in pointing to which of these two structures is/are sick. ...Read more

Dr. Gary Pess
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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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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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How do I tell the difference between gallbladder pain & constipation pain?

How do I tell the difference between gallbladder pain & constipation pain?

Difficult: To tell without a medical history, physical exam & some tests. Usually gallbladder discomfort occurs a few hours after eating fatty or greasy foods with upper abdominal discomfort & nausea. Constipation can be various cramping feelings with cramps anywhere in the abdomen, not related to eating. Ultrasound tests the gallbladder. History of lack of bowel movement is constipation. ...Read more

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What's the difference between an appendicitis pain and a gallbladder pain?

What's the difference between an appendicitis pain and a gallbladder pain?

Location: Typically, gallbladder pain is in the upper abdomen (middle to right side), and radiates to the back. Crampy, comes and goes, onset 30' or so after eating. Appendicitis is in the belly button, then migrates to the right lower abdomen. It is progressive and unrelenting. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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How do I know the difference between heartburn pain and gallbladder pain?

How do I know the difference between heartburn pain and gallbladder pain?

You may not: It would help to see a doctor. I provided you a link for information on GERD.http://www. Webmd. Com/heartburn-gerd/guide/reflux-disease-gerd-1#1 ...Read more

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How can you determine the difference between muscle or cartilidge pain vs liver or gallbladder pain? Have heard can feel liver pain under ribs?

How can you determine the difference between muscle or cartilidge pain vs liver or gallbladder pain? Have heard can feel liver pain under ribs?

A good history: There are some different nuances with each type of pain. If you speak with your doctor, between a good history and a physical exam, your doctor can usually figure it out. An ultrasound or some blood tests may be helpful as well. ...Read more

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What are some home remedies for gallbladder pain?

None: There are all sorts of old wives tale remedies out there for gallbladder pain, but science shows that once a patient has symptoms from gallstones, these symptoms are very likely to recur until the gallbladder is removed. Delaying surgery makes surgery more difficult and risks/complications higher. Stones leaving the gallbladder don't just cause pain. They can damage pancreas and cause infection. ...Read more

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Which steps or tests should I look into next for gallbladder pain?

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 more

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I have classic gallbladder pain but testing comes back negative. What else could it be?

I have classic gallbladder pain but testing comes back negative. What else could it be?

Gallbladder: Ypu have classic gallbladder pain. Usually that implies pain after a fatty meal. If your tests are normal and you still feel it is your gallbladder then the duodenum should be evaluated next. Also sometimes patients end up getting the gallbladder removed and find out after that indeed the pain is gone, even though the tests were negative. Keep your surgeons card with you. ...Read more

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For gallbladder pain is it best to use ice or heat?

For gallbladder pain is it best to use ice or heat?

Maybe heat: Can help some with cramps caused by obstruction. Inflammation might cause severe pain that will improve only with stronger analgesics and many patients need surgery. If you have severe pain lasting more than 2 hours you should seek immediate medical attention. Also if you experience severe nausea, persistent vomiting or notice yellow skin, eyes or dark urine. ...Read more

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Which works better for gallbladder pain- ice or heat- heat doesn't work well?

Pain from: Gallbladder attacks, or biliary colic, is deep visceral pain. I don't think heat or ice or any combination would make it any better. ...Read more

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Is diphenhydramine for gallbladder pain?

Is diphenhydramine for gallbladder pain?

No: Antihistamines have no effect on inflammation or muscle pain from gallbladder contractions which are the 2 most common reasons for pain from gb disease. ...Read more

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Could gallbladder pain be caused by back pain?

GB pain: Gallbladder pain can be referred to the back. ...Read more

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What could cause gallbladder pain and distress?

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. ...Read more

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Gallbladder pain but ultrasound normal, what to do?

Gallbladder pain but ultrasound normal, what to do?

You may need further: Imaging and testing. You can still have gallbladder pain without evidence of inflammation (cholecystitis) or stones (cholelithiasis). Other tests can be done to evaluate gallbladder function and emptying including a hida scan. A discussion with your primary care doctor about your symptoms is warranted and you probably need a further workup. ...Read more

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What kind of gallbladder pain treatment options are there?

What kind of gallbladder pain treatment options are there?

Surgery is best: In general, once you start having issue with your gall bladder, it will keep bothering you until you remove your gall bladder. Laparoscopic cholecystectomy has become the standard of care for symptomatic gallbladder problem for 20 yrs. ...Read more

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Please tell me can gallbladder pain be caused by back pain?

Please tell me can gallbladder pain be caused by back pain?

Yes: The gallbladder tends to lie in the back portion of the liver and tends to refer pain to the right shoulder and right lower back. The pain associated with the gallbladder usually occurs shortly after eating fatty or fried foods. It can also be associated with nausea and vomiting. You should see your PCP and will likely need an ultrasound of your gallbladder depending on your symptoms. ...Read more

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I'm having gallbladder pain under right shoulder, what do I do?

I'm having gallbladder pain under right shoulder, what do I do?

Yes possible: Gall bladder disease some times manifests as right shoulder pain, see your doctor to investigate, to find out due to gall bladder problem or some thing else, and get treated appropriately ...Read more

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Can you tell me about gallbladder pain, boils, oil in the toilet?

Can you tell me about gallbladder pain, boils, oil in the toilet?

Sounds like: You have fat malaborption, which can mean pancreatic insufficiency. Ask your doctor for a referral to a GI specialist. ...Read more

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Are there any specific treatments that help with gallbladder pain?

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. ...Read more

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Why would I still have gallbladder pain after gallbladder surgery?

Depends: I do not know how long ago your surgery was. The first few weeks after gallbladder surgery there may be some gas and bloating or discomfort, possibly worse after eating fatty foods. That usually resolves. If pain is late after surgery recovery, may need to see your doctor. If the pain is getting severe and associated with nausea or vomiting early after surgery, then call and see your surgeon asap. ...Read more

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Could gallbladder pain radiate across the top portion of your abdomen?

Yes, typically: Mid upper abdomen and right upper quadrant, after you eat a large or fatty meal. It lasts for six hours or so. ...Read more

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Is it possible for gallbladder pain radiate across the top portion of your abdomen?

Is it possible for gallbladder pain radiate across the top portion of your abdomen?

Yes: Gallbladder symptoms can be variable. Commonly right upper and upper mid abdomen pains after eating, gas bloating and indigestion. Pains can go into the right side or upper back, sometimes pain into the chest. ...Read more

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Should I go to the E.R.? Severe Gallbladder pain, diagnosed with stones and sludge-balls. Awaiting surgery date.

My God, OfAllThe Gall: If you are hurting so much the pain medication you are taking isn't helping (assuming you're taking it as directed) &/or you are vomiting everything or most things you are eating or drinking &/or you have a fever &/or you are urinating less &/or your urine is getting darker & darker &/or your eyes are getting yellow &/or a large black crow flies in and impales itself in your stomach, go to the ER ...Read more

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Can gallbladder pain be present only in left should blade and localized near where a rib would attach to the spine?

Can gallbladder pain be present only in left should blade and localized near where a rib would attach to the spine?

Gallbladder pain: If you are feeling pain on your left side, then the gallbladder is an unlikely culprit. The gallbladder is best felt under your right ribcage in the front. Pain from infection or blockage can result in right shoulder blade pain, mid belly pain or even right lower quadrant pain (valentino's appendix). Increased gas, foul diarrhea and pain worsened by fatty foods are common symptoms. ...Read more

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I had a HIDA scan without CCK and it came back normal, but I am having severe gallbladder pain. Would the CCK have detected something else?

Maybe: HIDA without CCK looks for bile duct or for gallbladder blockage. Do you have gallstones on ultrasound? If you do have gallstones, then CCK testing may not be needed. Testing with CCK is used to identify how well the gallbladder is emptying. The CCK injection can be replaced by the radiologist having you drink fatty high calorie drink instead (like Ensure). ...Read more

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What can I eat while having liver and gallbladder pain?

What can I eat while having liver and gallbladder pain?

Nothing fatty: You want to avoid greasy, fried, fatty meals. Usually if you stick to a bland diet you will have less pain, but it may not be possible to completely avoid the pain. ...Read more

Dr. Louis Gallia
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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


Dr. Tracy Berg
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Biliary Colic (Definition)

Biliary colic or gallbladder attack pain occurs when a gallstone temporarily gets stuck in the bile duct. The pain is mainly in the right upper abdomen and can radiate to the shoulder. Biliary colic occurs with fatty meals. Pain can ...Read more