I feel you-- I thought for a while I could just deal with it, alter might diet, etc. I tried for about
8 months, and it seemed I kept getting more and more sensitive to my triggers (stress, high fat foods, caffeine, sometimes alcohol). I also found very high processed sugar foods caused pain as well.
My pain under my right rib almost always feels like a bruised feeling, and when it is at it's worst it causes me sooo much pressure and belching-- which helps relieve pain when it is happening (pressure on gallbladder?). This usually starts about
an hour after eating a meal. I usually have morning nausea as well when this is happening. Also I can put 2 fingers on the
location of the pain under my right rib-- right where the gallbladder is located. I have never felt widespread pain across my whole liver region, it has always been in that specific spot (3-4 inches down from the sternum, along and under right rib). When the pain is not too bad it seems to mainly be a chronic ache in my back by my shoulder blade, sometimes extended up to my neck even.
My suggestion would be to have a HIDA scan if you have not had one yet. That is the only test (4 blood tests, CT scan, 2 Ultrasounds, 6 doctor visits, 2 ER visits, upper endoscopy, colonoscopy) that found anything abnormal. It also caused pressure and me to start belching during the CCK injection (hormone that triggers gallbladder to squeeze), and within 2 hours of the procedure my pain came on strong (I had been ok before going in) and lasted for 3 days. My results came back at 95%, and although they initially said "normal", the GI and surgeon agreed this is not normal and it was one of the higher ones they have ever seen. There is a bunch on new (past 5-10 years) literature on overactive (hyperkinetic) gallbladder issues and it can cause the same symptoms as a underactive (<30%) gallbladder, which they typically suggest removal.
So, my suggestion would be to have a HIDA scan. If you come out <30% or >80% (especially over 90%) you probably have something going on with the gallbladder. Although I am not a medical doctor (I am actually a doctor (PhD) in geophysics), this is the best suggestion I have and good luck!
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