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   Posted 9/17/2007 4:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I cannot remember if in my intial post to the group I mentioned this. I went to my primary care doctor because I was having an ache (of sorts) under my right rib cage. We both thought with the increased nausea and this ache (not really even pain per se, more of a bothersome ache if that even makes sense) that it was my gallbladder. She sent me for a sono which came back normal. I then went for a HIDA scan and that came back normal. No blockage and the ejection fraction was 47 percent. I was then referred to the gastro, who did a upper endoscopy and colonoscopy. Both came back fine.
The thing is I am still getting the ache. I feel like my doctors think I am making this up. Anyone have any suggestions? Is there another test I should request? Maybe the capsule endoscopy? What else could be causing this ache? Help!

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   Posted 9/17/2007 11:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Erin,
I don't think your doctor thinks you're making it up.  There are a lot of things out there that can cause pain that doctors just never figure out.  It doesn't mean you're just "imagining" it.  Don't worry about that.
How would you describe your pain?  Constant, intermittent, burning, achey, sharp, dull, etc.?  Do you notice a pattern with any particular foods?
If your gallbladder is working okay (which it sounds like it is), this could be a musculoskeletal problem.  There's a lot going on in that part of the body other than the gallbladder.  Does it feel worse after you eat, drink, sit, stand, etc.? 
I find it's helpful to see patterns if you keep a "diary" of sorts of your symptoms.  When the pain occurs, how bad it is, where exactly you feel it, etc. and then you can show that to your doc.
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   Posted 9/18/2007 12:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Also, if you have been particularly active. I have a friend that has a pain across the middle of her body. She did have gallstones so they took out her gallbladder but they found a lot or scar tissue from a previous operation years ago and removed that and seemed to be cured and now about a year later it is all back and they just don't know. I agree, keep a very accurate diary of what you eat, drink and what you do. You may be doing something that is irritating a muscle. It could be something costochondritis. Have you tried any anti inflammatory meds?

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   Posted 9/18/2007 12:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sarita~
I do not notice a pattern. It is not a sharp pain, or even pain really. It is more like a bothersome ache. The last time it really bothered me was after I had eaten a very light (a muffin and orange juice) breakfast, so definately does not seem food related (as in high fat). When it bothers me I feel the need to push up under my rib cage, though this does nothing to relieve it. It normally does not last long. I also notice it more when I am sitting vs standing. Color me clueless.

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   Posted 9/18/2007 9:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Orange juice (and most other fruits, especially in juice form) gives me gas; you may be having gas aches.  Muffins sometimes also give me a bit of indigestion (and oatmeal gives me heartburn--I'm just not cut out for much in the way of grains for breakfast).   
Also, my first two HIDA scans came back negative.  Took a third HIDA scan and a total of 5 years to figure out my gall bladder was bad.  Make sure if your symptoms change any--especially if they start to be even more in line with a bad gall bladder--that you go back and get another HIDA scan. 
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