I found out I had gallstones from a CT Scan for another purpose. The radiologist reported that my gall bladder had an unusual appearance so my gi ordered an ultrasound. He said that CT is not the best for diagnosing gall bladder problems. Sure enough, I had gallstones. If only my other problems were diagnosed as easily as that *once* the right test was done.
I've had all kinds of pains over the years, none of which neither I nor my doctors thought was caused by my gall bladder. I was worked up for heart disease (cardiac cath!) because of pain typical of that problem- chest pain, left shoulder pain, under arm pain, in between shoulder blade pain. Coincidentally I also had a slightly abnormal scan of my heart, the only reason they didn't anything as invasive as a cath. This pain did respond to nitrates (later learned that the gall bladder is smooth muscle just like the blood vessels and smooth muscle responds to nitrates) I had what I call a vise like pain around my rib cage. My gi doctor told me that was typically gall bladder. Huh? Why didn't anyone think of this? I've also had right sided pain and middle pain that you are describing. I used to describe it as "an elephant sitting on my abdomen". But no time could I link it to anything I ate. Maybe if I had been able to they would have thought of my gall bladder.
It was removed by laparoscopy, in at 6 am out by 1 pm. Very little pain and back to normal in about 2-3 weeks. I've noticed no change in my gi symptoms. All the other pain I described above have not been a problem in the last 1-3 years (the years I've been treated for crohn's)
My gi told me that the thinking is "when all else fails, look at the gall bladder"
35/f proud single mom of 2
Diagnosed with GERD/Acid Reflex 2002
Diagnosed with IBS 2007
Diagnosed with UC, then Crohn’s 2008
Dx CD 2003 but probably had it 10 years prior
Dx Primary Sclerossing Cholangitis 2006
GB out '95, Appendix out '96, Kidney stent '02/stone removal '02, Resection '04, fistulectomy '06 2x, tubal '05
Currently on 100mg 6mp-50 mg, and Remicade every 8 weeks, Ambien, predsnisone, humira 1x wk, flagyl, cypro, diflucan, probiotic