I have Crohns and having right quadrant pains...Do I need my gallbladder removed?

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   Posted 8/6/2010 1:06 AM (GMT -6)   
I have a question... I've been diagnosed with Crohns Disease approximately 10 years ago to which I've been managing with Pentasa, monthly b12 injections, iron and vit D supplements. But, a few days ago my upper right quadrant started hurting, I went to the emergency room after 3 days of pain and all they could tell me is that my tests were normal: labs, ct-scan, xray, and ultrasound. The dr prescribed vicodin and an anti-nauscea meds and sent me home telling me to call my GI dr to see if my gallbladder may need to be removed or if its something else (no GI dr in staff at emergency rm, I guess). I'm still curled over from the pain and it won't stop.
So, from your opinion, do you think I may need to get my gallbladder removed or is it something else?
Will the gallbladder removal really cause diarrhea?

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   Posted 8/6/2010 1:31 AM (GMT -6)   
it's possible it's something else. However I would get the 2nd opinion with your dr. I don't trust ER dr's much anymore... When I had my gallbladder issues that area hurt and I was extremely nauseous. I couldn't keep anything down. They did an ultrasound and it showed stones blocking the galbladder. I was told to do a completely non fat diet until I could see the general surgeon to take mine out. After that I started having more D and eventually bloody D and the rest is history...
Diagnosed with UC in February 2009.
Diagnosed with Crohn's December 2009.
Flaring since October 2008 with occasional spikes in symptoms
Possible Rheumatoid Arthritis

Medication: Imuran 75 mg, multivitamin, Vit B12 1 g, omeprazole. Sulfasalazine, Calcium w/vit D

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   Posted 8/6/2010 2:27 AM (GMT -6)   
me too, get another opinion. it could be refered pain from another area. it could be your liver, it could be a spasm in the bile ducts, lots of stuff.


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   Posted 8/6/2010 1:38 PM (GMT -6)   
I had been having gallbladder attacks for 6 years before I was told (after a test for something else) that I have gallstones. They missed it during 2 emergency room visits. 1 when I was pregnant, 1 after I had been diagnosed with chrohns....sending me home with pain meds. Finally the last time I went in with an attack the dr prescribed buscopan....it is amazing...relief within minutes. For me they come and go sometimes with years in between. "Curled up on the floor" sounds about right. The dr told me the pain comes when a stone gets stuck in the tract and the buscopan relaxes it enough to release it. I never had the pain last 3 days though.... My point is that maybe it is your gallbladder but you might not necessarily have to have it removed. Good luck.

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   Posted 8/6/2010 5:53 PM (GMT -6)   
ER's aren't the best place to get diagnosed with gallbladder issues. The ideal ultrasound is done when you haven't eaten, because the intestines can have air/stool in them and block the viewing of the gallbladder.

You should definitely get a second opinion. If they find your gallbladder isn't acting up, maybe something else is going on that wasn't detected on tests that needs to be addressed.

Sorry you're in such pain. I know how frustrating it is to go home from the ER in pain and with no answers....GRRR!

32 yr old female-dx with Crohn's in '97 after emergency resection and appendectomy, 2nd resection '05, Bilateral pulmonary emboli 10/09
Currently on Humira, Omeprazole, Effexor, Seroquel, Calcium, Vit D
Coumadin stopped 3/15/10!!!!

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   Posted 8/6/2010 8:31 PM (GMT -6)   
You didn't mention a HIDA scan -- that would measure the gallbladder's ejection rate, and can be really helpful if the ultrasound was normal.
Diagnosed with Crohn's in 2008 at the age of 22. Also dealing with gastroparesis & GERD.
Currently on: Remicade, Imuran, Pentasa, Tramadol, Welchol, Phenergan, Ambien, Reglan, Prilosec, Hyoscyamine
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