Can you have gallbladder pain - without a gallbladder?

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   Posted 4/10/2008 10:25 AM (GMT -6)   
I had my gallbladder removed when I was 23.  I am now 51 years old.  However, I will never forget that awful pain from just two gallstones.
Now I'm feeling it again, just not as severe.  I guess I'll do the usual and "hope" that it goes away.
  • Pancolitis since 5/06 at age 50, IBS since childhood
  • Degenerative Disc Disease/Spinal Stenosis - L4 and L5
  • Prescribed: Asacol, Atenolol, Zoloft, Synthroid, Menest
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   Posted 4/10/2008 12:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I had my gallbladder removed in 1986 and I still get pains once in awhile. I was told it was called phantom gallbladder. It is like when you get your leg or arm amputated, there have been reports, that people still feel there leg or arm occasionally. Can't explain it, it just happens sometimes
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   Posted 4/10/2008 2:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Bum Tum, you should post your question at the IBS board, there's a poster there, "Keriamon" that knows tons about the gallbladder...and there are a few gallbladder topics over there since there seems to be quite an issue with IBS-gallbladder problems for many.

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   Posted 4/10/2008 2:58 PM (GMT -6)   
You can still develop stones after cholecystectomy, only they lie in the common bile duct instead of the gallbladder. Symptoms are similar to those associated with cholecystitis. An abdo ultrasound would confirm their prescence or if there was common bile duct dilatation. Normally they can be removed endoscopically

Hope this helps
Current meds

Asacol Supps x 1 500mg nightly
Ferrous Sulphate 200mg x3 daily
Fish Oil 1000mg 1 cap
Acidophilus 2 tabs

Diagnosed '96 ?colitis?crohns (biopsies inconclusive)
Remission for 11yrs, no meds
Current flare since April 07, Scope Sept. confirms ulc. proctitis

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   Posted 4/11/2008 11:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Definitely get it checked out as soon as possible....could be something else going on. Sounds as though an ultrasound is in order.

The liver is also in the vicinity...something we as UCers need to get checked via blood tests.

*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... tapered to every 4th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol (6 daily) + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotic 3(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed ....zymactive 3 - 5x daily
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg;  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
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