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   Posted 1/25/2010 1:57 PM (GMT -7)   
I know alot of people have talked about their Gallbladder, or had it removed. I have b een having pain at the top of my stomach on both sides. (not in the middle) I have a CT Scan scheduled for tomorrow and my Gastro Doc said it may be Gallbladder. From what i remember reading of those who had theirs removed it didn't help anyway...

What are the symptoms you had before having it removed? And if it didn't help what steps did you take after?
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   Posted 1/25/2010 2:15 PM (GMT -7)   
I had severe bouts of abdominal pain that could last for hours and could be bad enough that I would be literally on the floor. I went to the ER several times before diagnosis of gallbladder disease.

After they removed my gallbladder in 1992, I still had problems off and on although not usually as severe. My overall gastric health seemed to improve A LOT when I started eating gluten free (I have celiac disease).

So I've been better overall until a couple of weeks ago, when I was in excruciating pain again (felt just like gallbladder!) and ended up in the hospital. The current diagnosis is "capsulitis" which means the outer layer of the liver, called the capsule, is irritated or inflamed. I'm hurting there again today (right upper quadrant of abdomen, aka RUQ).

So I don't know what to tell you other than yes, the operation can help, but there can be other factors involved too. You may or may not be pain free after a gallbladder operation. I've heard that you can still form stones which can get stuck in the bile ducts in the liver; they actually did a CT scan and ultrasound to check for this when I was in the hospital recently.

Good luck!
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   Posted 1/25/2010 5:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks JoAnn, guess all I can do is wait and see what the CT Scan says.
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   Posted 1/25/2010 8:09 PM (GMT -7)   
I had to have my gall bladder removed about a year ago, & I have yet to have any more of those gut-wrenching pains. I do however notice that there are just certain things that I eat that will trigger some rather uncomfortable feelings, so I avoid those things.

As Nasalady pointed out, it will affect different people differently, as we all have different issues we have to deal with.

with that being said - I'm GLAD to have mine gall bladder out!!!!
It's been said:LD patients can be as ill as people w/ congest. heart failure & in as much pain as post-op patients.

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   Posted 2/3/2010 4:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi All,
Very recently I have been having pain on my right side just below my last rib.  Is this where you had pain when it was your GB?  I have wondered if this could be a new problem related to my GB.  My PCP asked if I was burping alot, and I am. Thanks, KO

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   Posted 2/3/2010 5:48 PM (GMT -7)   
I was told that I had enlarged or thick gallbladder walls around the time I got sick from Lyme. I think many of the folks on here have problems after doing meds for so long....but I suspect GB problems are caused by Lyme as well. Fortunately, I haven't had any problems with it yet. I hope your CT goes well. I know non-Lymies that had their GB removed and said that it wasn't much of a lifestyle change.


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   Posted 2/4/2010 12:02 AM (GMT -7)   
I had to have my gallbladder removed 10 years ago due to large stones. The thing that got me in to see the surgeon was knife-like stabbling pain under my right ribs, plus an UltraSound that showed the huge stones. I couldn't move the pain was so bad. I had not been diagnosed w/ Lyme or had any antibiotics at this point, so I know that the meds weren't a factor (but suspect the Lyme could have contributed).

After I woke up from surgery, 15 years of near-constant nausea was GONE! I was shocked. Gallstones run in my family, but I had no idea that constant background nausea could be caused by the gallbladder too. I didn't have the vomiting from fatty meals, etc.

The pathology report on my gallbladder said it was inflammed in addition to having the large stones. Good riddance if you ask me.

An allergy/parasite expert told me once that gallbladder problems can be caused by allergies (and I suspect Celiac/Gluten Sensitivity too), which I have a fair number of.

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