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   Posted 10/29/2008 4:44 PM (GMT -6)   
ok so for a couple months Ive been in pain in the center of my chest right where my ribs come together all the way around my right side to my back. I went to the dr they did the tests for my gall bladder (ultrasound, HIDA scan) they all came back normal. So I had an EGD that was normal. He sent me to the surgeon who asked if I had the usual pain when I had my HIDA scan and I told him yes so he said I need my gallbladder removed.  I do think its my gallbladder but I worry about some of my other symptoms.  I have cramping (like i have to have BM)sometimes with the rib pain and sometimes without.  I also have a lot more gas than normal. I also have pain even when I dont eat.  Is this pain common with gallbladder?   I am scheduled for surgery on the 10th.

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   Posted 10/31/2008 11:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Those symptoms are not inconsistent with a GB, although most people present with worse problems before they'll take it out (especially without a positive test result). Worse problems including diarrhea (although sometimes constipation), vomiting, extreme nausea, a sense of being stuffed, even though you have barely eaten, indigestion or heartburn, pain in the right arm, severe cramping (some have likened it to labor pains), distinct pain or a lumpy feeling under the right ribcage.

Mind you, if your GB is bad, over time, you will get worse and have most or all of those lovely symptoms. I'm also of the thought--although I haven't any proof--that the longer you live with a bad gall bladder, the less likely you are to recover well after it. Some people seem to be perfectly normal after having it removed, although they seem to be mostly people who got theirs taken out very soon after developing symptoms. Then there are people like me, who have one bad for years, and who are never normal afterwards.

You do need to know that you may not be 100% normal ever again after having it removed. There are certain foods that I can't eat because of it (caffeine being #1), and I have to take medicine to keep from having diarrhea all the time. My MIL and a great aunt also have to take medicine to keep from having D all the time. A few people (10%?) have constipation all the time. And then some, like my mother, develop heartburn as a result. Even if you appear normal afterwards, you may still have a random period of sickness. A lady I worked with said about once a year she had a phantom gall bladder attack that laid her up in bed for a couple of days. But other than that, she was fine all the rest of the time; no dietary restrictions, no gut problems.

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Date Joined Nov 2008
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   Posted 11/7/2008 12:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm no doc by any means but I've had gallbladder troubles so I've read quite a bit about them. Some surgeons are skeptical of removing a gallbladder unless the patient showed a hida of under 35% AND the pain was increased when injected with CCK. The reason many dont do this is because there's an increased risk that unless the patient meets both of those criteria you might have a surgery that doesn't solve your problem. Plus, about 10-20% of people who have their gallbladder removed have trouble with diarrhea afterward. For some it may clear up, for others it doesn't. Not trying to encourage your decision either way but I wanted you to know the risks because some doctors act like removing the gallbladder is as unconsequential as an appendectomy and it's not.
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