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severe abdonimal pain on upper right side - pain intensity builds then ebbs slowly over approx. 2 weeks

Jan 21, 2015 5:57 PM

The first time I experienced this, the pain was severe enough for me to go to the hospital where I was given a morphine drip. I have had numerous sharp pain attacks over the years, always in the same place, but they usually subisde over a couple of hours. Something has changed as I have had two episodes of severe pain on my right side, just beneath and up under my rib cage. Nausea and and slight diarrhea accompany the pain. I was told by one doctor it looked like in inflammed gall bladder, while another said it was a pulled muscle, and yet another wasn't sure. An ultrasound showed a perfectly normal gallbladder. I was checked for liver disease and bladder infections and nothing. Tyelonal and advil in large doses don't help, so this latest espisode has kept me from sleeping for two days. Thoughts?

Jan 22, 2015 9:39 AM

Suzenoob, I had the same symptoms you're describe for over 2 years. It got so bad I was at the er twice, from eating ribs once and tuna fish the other. After 2 yr of documentation and all "normal" tests I asked my PCP to send me to a general surgeon.

He suspected gallbladder immediately and did surgery. My gallbladder was gangrenous and an OR Nurse passed out it was so bad! Ask to see a surgeon for evaluation. My grandfather, sister, dad, & nephew's all ruptured and had emergency surgery. Adding you to my prayer list!

Jan 22, 2015 10:50 AM

OMG.... I can sure relate to this!!! I kept having episodes like that and in a year and a half timeframe, I ended up going to the ER and being admitted for 8 days each of 3 times. Each time being released saying my liver, pancreas and gallbladder were all fine. After the third admission and 22 hours of vomiting and stomach pain, I saw a general surgeon. My gallbladder was inflamed, infected and FULL of stones!! I saw the surgeon Wednesday and that Monday went in the hospital and had my gallbladder out. Go and see another doctor!! I was told I was fine as well.... I'll be praying for you.

Jan 22, 2015 12:39 PM

Sadly, women commonly don't have positive test results so too many doctors dismiss us, same as cardiology issues...told to me by my general surgeon who removed my gallbladder just before it ruptured.

Jan 22, 2015 12:40 PM

Sit was a male surgeon that said it.

Aug 24, 2015 2:18 AM

Hi FlappysLady81,
I would like to know what you mean by women don't commonly have positive test results? I know I was't showing the "textbook" signs of gallbladder problems yes
I have a gallbladder full of stones. And because my gallbladder lining is "healthy" and there are no signs of a "bad" gallbladder. But another problem I also have Neurofibromatosis type-1 and the chronic pain caused by it plus it's long term terminal (I have 3-5 years rather than 3-5 months) and the doctors are terrified of the illness. Coz it is an unknown illness if you want to know about it see here: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/neurofibromatosis/detail_neurofibromatosis.htm
could you email me and talk about the gallbladder? This pain app is new and I may not remember to look at your answer so vivacious.libra.4ever@gmail.com is my email.
Ariela Antonia (I am also on Facebook)

Aug 24, 2015 9:13 AM

VivaciousLibra, I'm sorry but I don't use email except for business or personal family. When I stated women don't normally have positive test results, I was sharing information about blood labs and nuclear biliary ejection tests. Multiple doctors who saw me stated that 60-70% of women have negative test results even though they have gallbladder diseases. I'm going by what they told me, which was over 12 years ago. And the world of medicine is constantly changing and going forward, so those statistics may not apply anymore. Hopefully they don't.

Aug 24, 2015 9:58 AM

Hi FlappysLady81
Humm well the surgeon on the ward when I went to the hospital refused to give me surgery because my gallbladder was "healthy" My blood tests are all "normal" they know I have a gallbladder full of stones and that pain makes my already deteriorating condition worse. Hopefully today I will see a better doc today!
Thank you for the info it's very helpful!

Aug 24, 2015 11:30 AM

I had my gb out, and continued tho have the same pain. It ended up being sphincter of oddi dysfunction. Have your liver enzymes been ok?

Aug 24, 2015 11:59 AM

Vivaciouslibra, my PCP documented every time I came in with complaints, and went to the ER from nausea & vomiting. It took two full years before my insurance would approve for me to see a surgeon or have surgery. I think it has a lot to do with insurance and rules made by Medicare and Medicaid services. Health care was much easier to see a doctor twenty years ago. I hope and pray you have better results this time! I had no idea about spinchter of odi. I still get similar pain in my upper right abdomen, especially when I eat fried or spicy foods. I should ask my GI doctor about it. Thanks for sharing the info & I'll keep you in my prayers! 🙏🌼

Aug 24, 2015 1:22 PM

Hi FlappysLady81,
My PC records everything but we were so caught up in documenting my Neurofibromatosis that we never thought it was as simple as a gallbladder NF causes back pain and I had the shoulder pain but we thought it was one of the Neurofibroma tumors! And I hate the insurance but they are fairly good. It was easier even 10 years a go with doctors their care was 50xs better! And I had an idea when you say you still get pain...ok you see my great grandma, My mother, and her 4 siblings and my younger half-sister have all had their gallbladder removed. Mom says there is always at least one thing you can't eat after you get the thing out! With mom it's ginger. I know someone else who can't eat sour cream! Maybe that's why! Thank you for talking to me!

Aug 24, 2015 3:02 PM

Suzenoob I would see a surgeon if I were you. I had gallbladder attacks at 9 pm 2 to 3 times a week because The surgeon wanted me to loose weight this was in the eighty . I had to eventually had to have the surgery the old fashioned way they found 64 stones. I did great. My pain circled all the way around my ribs, I couldn't lay down, I had trouble breathing. All that helped was Staal and Phenergan injections. They would knock me out for 13 hrs.

Aug 24, 2015 5:59 PM

Ariela, you're welcome. This community is truly a wonderful place to find medical knowledge and experiences our docs don't even consider. I wish you the best! But the way, mine is BBQ ribs... It sent me to the ER twice and I still can't eat it! Lol 🙏🌼

Aug 24, 2015 7:47 PM

Mine is McDonalds and greasy food. Don't get the abd pain anymore. If I eat it, I pay for it and it's been that way for 3 years.

Aug 25, 2015 4:19 PM

VivaciousLibra, if you have a gallbladder full of stones, it's anything but healthy!! That doctor is an asshole (excuse my French). I kept coming up with normal tests and was told I had a healthy gallbladder, by the time I saw the general surgeon, there were enough stones to make a necklace!!! I was furious because I went through years of that pain that was right where yours is and right through to my back and up under my right shoulder blade. I was dealing with that along with all of the other pain that I was living with on a day to day basis. That pain is like none other. It's really almost readily recognizable because most folks have the exact same symptoms. I hope and pray you find another doctor that listens to you. You need to tell them that with a gallbladder full of stones, the pain is unbearable and you need to be take care of. I had so many that they were outside the duct and there were several attached to my liver and in the general area. (By the way, I found out through personal experience that you can still get gallstones in what little bit of the duct is left after you've had the surgery. Just so you are completely aware, I wanted to share everything I know). You'll be in my prayers.🙏🏻🌻

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