Gallbladder vs. Crohn's

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rocket31
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   Posted 2/6/2009 10:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I am hoping someone can give me their opinion on what is wrong with me. I am waiting on my gi doc to call me back but in the mean time... I am a 25 year old female and have been in remission since 2005. I have been having pain off and on just under my right ribcage for about a year now. In december the pain got really bad and also started going thru to the left of my right shoudler blade. It has never left since. I have also had alot of nausea and lost 8 total pounds, 5 in the past week (I started having diarreah). My dr thinks it is my gallbladder even though all my tests (HIDA scan, blood, ultrasound, CT scan) come back normal. I talked to a surgeon yesterday who thinks it might be my Crohn's even though my gi dr saw me in nov. and said my crohn's was still in remission based on the MRI she took. The ct scan i had in the er in december showed no inflammation. So I don't know who to believe. Is it my gallbladder or can Crohn's not show on tests a month prior and suddenly be raging through my system? Thank you so much for your advice.

Nanners
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   Posted 2/6/2009 10:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Rocket31 and welcome to Healingwell. First off, yes Crohns can decide to make an appearance at anytime. But your symptoms sound alot like gallbladder. When I had mine removed (any many of us have) there were no stones in there, but a very thin layer of tissue was separating my gallbladder into two.

When they did the CT scan did they say anything in the ER about your gallbladder? In the meantime, I would keep your diet as fat free and non greasy as possible. That will help to keep the pain away some. Hope you get this figured out soon.

Hugs,
Gail *Nanners*
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Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission.
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rocket31
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   Posted 2/6/2009 11:10 AM (GMT -7)   
The ct was normal for both my gallbladder and crohn's. Thank you for your help, I have found that eating fat free food has helped some. I am just getting frustrated. I keep missing school and work and the surgeon won't treat me like i was any other patient and do the exploratory surgery to take out my gallbladder. I understand her point of view that if it is my crohn's then there is no point in doing the surgery but still.

kimberlayn
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   Posted 2/6/2009 11:19 AM (GMT -7)   
You could try another surgeon, there is nothing wrong with getting a second opinion, and you know your body better than they do. Good luck!
diagnosed w/Crohn's 11/06. 34f with 2 boys, a lovable dog, and a wonderful husband. <S>150 mg Imuran</S>, bentyl, entocort, vicodin as needed, Humira, metoprolol for orthostatic hypotension and heart palpitations. Bowel resection 9/07. Active disease back, darn it 8/08. 11 year old son with IBS-C, on Bentyl.


Margie11
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   Posted 2/6/2009 7:35 PM (GMT -7)   

rocket,
   The surgery may not be the answer. If you remove a healthy organ, it could have a negative impact on your digestion, and cause your Crohn's to flare. You might visit your health food store, and try some enzymes with bile and some herbal stone buster or stone free product, in case it is your GB, and just not inflamed enough yet to see on a CT. My daughters co worker avoided surgery this way.  Crohn's sometimes causes unexplainable residual pain. I had stabbing chest wall pain, long after my Dr's proclaimed my remission.

I Hope you are feeling better soon.
              Never go faster than your guardian angel can fly!                  
     Be Patient And Tough, Someday This Pain Will Be Useful To You 
 
 Crohn's for life, symptoms included terrible joint and soft tissue pain, just met first cousin who suffers from Reactive Arthritis-explains sooo much. Great control on SCD (when I'm good) and I get by with a lotta help from my friends!
                                                Margie11


Irishmom4
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   Posted 2/6/2009 7:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Rocket,

I too have the lower rib pain and the back pain by my shoulder blade. I never thought they were related, until you mentioned it here. I was having a flare when the pain begain. At first I felt fatigued and just generally ill. Then came the D and the pain. Like you all the tests came back normal. I had blood work, CAT scan and a small bowel follow through. After steroids it is better and the back pain has subsided but I still feel ill. Thanks for the post.... I guess I'm not crazy after all.

Elizabeth.
dx'd with Crohns 1984, I was in remission for 12 years
Bowel Resection surgery 2006, Now weaning off  Predisone after another flare. Started taking my Asacol again.


Margie11
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   Posted 2/7/2009 7:46 AM (GMT -7)   

Rocket,

 My scope from two days ago showed a normal healthy gut. I still have the rib, chest, and shoulder pain. I think this is the residual pain I mentioned. Family members who have had various surgeries tell me it takes time for the nerves to heal from inflammation. This is more painful than I would have expected. Hope you are feeling better.


              Never go faster than your guardian angel can fly!                  
     Be Patient And Tough, Someday This Pain Will Be Useful To You 
 
 Crohn's for life, symptoms included terrible joint and soft tissue pain, just met first cousin who suffers from Reactive Arthritis-explains sooo much. Great control on SCD (when I'm good) and I get by with a lotta help from my friends!
                                                Margie11


rocket31
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   Posted 2/7/2009 8:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Irishmom,
I didn't think the shoulder and rib pain were related either until I saw my doctor who said there was a nerve that connects the two in some way so that people with gallbaldder problems often have shoulder pain too. Later, my friend told me that the shoulder pain was her only symptom for a very large gallstone. Anyhow you might want to at least talk to your doctor about the possibility of an ultrasound.

Margie,
I have an appointment with my gi dr on wednesday so I will wait and see what her opinion is on the matter. But in the meantime I will do some reasearch on the natural remedies you mentioned to see if it might work for me or not. Thank you very much for your post.
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