So, I went to my doctor, and he too thought it could be either my gall bladder or muscular-skeletal problems. He gave me a NSAID, meloxicam 15mg x1 daily, to try for 7-10 days to see if it helps with the back/shoulder/right side ache. He doesn't think it is Gallbladder stones because I haven't had any violent gall bladder attacks after eating, especially fatty meals. He thinks it may be possible that maybe my gallbladder isn't functioning correctly. So, if the NSAID does nothing, we are going to do a HIDA scan.
I am not too sure what it is either. THe pain seems to be mostly isolated on my right shoulder blade, and it sometimes feels like it radiates down my arm. Given, this pain is not severe in the least. It is a mild, dull ache, and prior to going to the doctor about it, I was not taking any pain relievers. I would use a heating pad, and that tended to make it feel better. Actually, it got rid of the pain mostly, until I removed the heat, then the ache came back. I feel like the pain was in my lower back as well, above the hip and it seemed to wrap around my right rib. I don't know if I would consider it Right Upper Quadrant pain, but is something is going on in that region. THe aching pain is really dull, and pretty much constant.
Also, I am no doctor, but it kind of feels like my shoulder has some knots in it. Don't know though. It isn't terribly painful when I touch it, although, I imagine a good massage might help.
What I need to know is, for people who have had Gall Bladder issues, whether stones or non-functioning GBs, can you tell me about your Right Upper Quadrant pain? How painful was it? Where did it hurt?
I can push along the edge of my rib ribcage, all up and down my stomach, and it is not really that tender. Were you all in severe pain in that area??? I imagine it varies, but want to get a general consensus.
Other than that, I have intermittent heartburn, mild nausea, and lots of gas. No vomiting, no diarrhea. I ate a greasy hamburger and fries today to see if it would set me off, but all it did was give me a little gas and mild heartburn.