I cannot believe it! We have the EXACT same symptoms!!! I too had more of the C before having my GB out last fall. Now it's somewhat better but over recent months I have that same bloating, almost like a tenderness sometimes with mild to moderate pain in the location where my gallbladder used to be. It never seems to go away, just varies in intesity. I am at my wits end with this. I function day to day but I never feel fabulous. I haven't dated in nearly two years b/c of this. I also am a single mom of a 6 year old who wants to go swimming! Despite the fact I run 40 miles a week (for some strange reason this is the only time it doesn't bother me - when I'm running - thank goodness for that at least - although this gets my bowels moving) anyway I have a bloated stomach and not real excited about a bathing suit.
I have been doing alot of research on the internet. I'm also a dietitian who works in a hospital which broadens my knowledge base. I finally went back to my GI doc a couple weeks ago and he thinks it's possible I may either have a stone left in the bile duct or possibly spincter of oddi dysfuntion (you may want to google that). We have been playing phone tag the past few days but in our next conversation I plan to add more drama (I tend to make it not sound as bad as it is and my Doc is on the conservative side) and demand at least to be scoped (EGD) What I think I need is ERCP (google that one too) as this is the only treatment for these disoders -it's basically an EGD that goes further into the biliary tree. There is a small risk of developing pancreatitis but at this point what is the alternative? I know my blood test were ok that he had me do a few days ago - he checked liver enzymes - however they can go back to normal when symptoms decrease. It's all about the timing I guess. With me it's never really excruitiating (once in a great while it's pretty bad) but mostly this CONSTANT dull ache and bloating. It's making me insane! I want my life back!
Talk to your doc about possiblility of a remaining stone or SOD. Let me know how it goes and I will update you on my plan of treatment after I talk to my doc, which will now have to wait until after the holiday . Another fun filled weekend of discomfort on a beautiful summer holiday. Can you tell I'm a little bitter about all this!