Hi I used to have some very intense sharp pains on my right side that started either in my mid back or stomach and would go through to the opposite side. Sometimes I couldn't tell if it started in my back or in my stomach by 2 minutes or so I could feel it going thru my body and coming out the other side.
I'd also feel nauseated and sometimes vomited. I might have sweating and I'd have diarrhea really bad at times, the pain was so intense I'd be in a fetal position and rocking back and forth to relieve the pain. Come to find out I was passing gallstones, every time I'd go to the ER and they would check my gallbladder there wouldn't be any stones. I was always told I was fine.
I spent one full year having attacks, they started out slow and I ended up having them just drinking water. At the end of the one year, I finally talk the surgeons into going in and looking and if my gallbladder was bad to take it out. I had severe jaundice and the only thing I could eat or drink was popcorn plain no butter nothing on it and water.
You see I was only 22 and they figured there was no way I could have gallstones. In Oct of 1987 I had my gallbladder removed and they discovered that one I was passing all of my stones and two I had severe gallbladder disease. The duct the stones would travel thru were all scared up from me passing them. The inflammation in my gallbladder was so bad, when they lifted up my gallbladder it fell apart.
My surgery was done the old fashioned way, I've got a beautiful 6" scar to prove it. It was a bit bigger than normal because they didn't know what was wrong with me so they did some searching in my belly. Plus they took out my appendix at the same time, even though it was perfectly healthy. My Rheumy believes that most likely my inflammation of my gallbladder was caused from my lupus. So, could lupus cause this type of pain, yes in my opinion it could. I guess it's going to depend if it's coming from your gallbladder.
Now I'm no Doctor and I can't give you medical advice but I'd suggest you see your Dr and let them know what is happening and get some tests done. If your pain is so bad that you can't stand it I'd suggest you go to the ER and be seen ASAP. If you can wait till morning go to urgent care. I'm sure they will run a lot of tests and figure out whats going on.
If your gallbladder is bad and you need surgery, today's surgery is pretty simple, most patients go home same day. They remove the gallbladder thru a tiny little hole. I believe you end up with 3 tiny little holes.
Several members on the forum have had theirs removed this way. Some have had it done the way I had it done. I'd call your Dr first thing and let them check you. Hope you get to feeling better really soon. Let us know what you find out.
Post Edited (Barbara Lee) : 7/10/2014 12:04:18 AM (GMT-6)