Post Edited By Moderator (MMMNAVY) : 11/4/2007 2:31:57 PM (GMT-7)
Yes, I had my gall bladder taken out 4 years ago because I was having very frequent, severe attacks. The surgeon said I had one giant gallstone. I read somewhere after I was diagnosed with CD that gall bladder disease is sometimes associated with CD, but I don't remember where I saw it.
I had occasional mild nausea but otherwise the only real symptom was the pain -- very severe referred pain in between my shoulder blades that could strike at any time but was most common at night. Nighttime pain is actually a big indicator of gall bladder disease. So is pain shortly after eating a fatty meal. The pain was bad enough that even Vicodin wouldn't cut it and I would sit up for hours at night rocking and pacing to try to deal with it. Hot baths helped some.
The pain can also radiate into the chest. I called the hospital once because I was sure I was having a heart attack. The nurse assured me it was my gall bladder but it was very scary.
An ultrasound will show the stones but most people do have some stones without any symptoms so the diagnosis is made on your description of the pain and the lack of any other apparent cause.
I hope you get it figured out soon.
I'm really sorry to hear that! Just make sure that it IS gallstones. Most times if someone isn't having pain or doesn't plan on having children (for women) the doctors will use medicine or not remove the whole gallbladder.
Hang in there and I hope you feel better soon!