Gallbladder(?) Concerns

Posted by abopp2022 @abopp2022, Sat, Apr 27 10:01pm

So I’ve been having chest pain and pain in my ride side. My chest feels heavy like something is sitting on it all the time. It’s hard to breathe. When I cough and sneeze my side just under my rib cage hurts like crap. I feel really yucky and sometimes my left arm hurts. I have multiple panic and anxiety attacks. I’ve been to my pcp (April 26) and she said that it’s probably acid reflux and if not she’ll check for gallbladder issues. I ended up going to the Er that night because my chest and side hurt so bad at work and i felt like I was going to pass out. This morning (April 27) I woke up sick and can’t seem to keep food down. I’ve only had a few crackers and some chicken pasta. I do have family history of gallbladder problems. I’m only 18 years old.

Hi @abopp2022 those symptoms must be so scary.

I wanted to introduce you to fellow Connect members @claytamos @missdraggunn @maryschaffler @msb18 @christina315 @jelmo @woodsiechris and @psepski as they have all had gallbladder issues and may be able to offer you support and help you decipher your symptoms.

Back to you @abopp2022, what gallbladder problems has your family had?

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Hi @abopp2022 – Family history does mean quite a bit when it comes to gallbladder disease. I didn't have gallstones, though often that is the underlying cause of gallbladder problems. Instead, mine didn't function properly. That was diagnosed via a HIDA Scan. To look for gallstones, a sonogram is done when you've fasted.

In addition to family history, gallbladder problems can be triggered by rapid weight loss, substantial weight loss, pregnancy or being on hormone birth control. Given your family history, you should be seen by a gastroenterologist. Be specific with the doctor the way you are here – the kind of pain, the location, who in your family had gallbladder problems. If a sonogram is negative and you aren't improving, the HIDA Scan is next. With regards to my family, my dad and 3 of my 4 grandparents had theirs removed so it was just a matter of time for me to have a problem.

I hope you feel better ASAP. Document everything – keep a journal or use your cell phone calendar to track symptoms and what you've eaten prior to pain. If you run a fever, make sure you are seen as quickly as possible.

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@msb18

Hi @abopp2022 – Family history does mean quite a bit when it comes to gallbladder disease. I didn't have gallstones, though often that is the underlying cause of gallbladder problems. Instead, mine didn't function properly. That was diagnosed via a HIDA Scan. To look for gallstones, a sonogram is done when you've fasted.

In addition to family history, gallbladder problems can be triggered by rapid weight loss, substantial weight loss, pregnancy or being on hormone birth control. Given your family history, you should be seen by a gastroenterologist. Be specific with the doctor the way you are here – the kind of pain, the location, who in your family had gallbladder problems. If a sonogram is negative and you aren't improving, the HIDA Scan is next. With regards to my family, my dad and 3 of my 4 grandparents had theirs removed so it was just a matter of time for me to have a problem.

I hope you feel better ASAP. Document everything – keep a journal or use your cell phone calendar to track symptoms and what you've eaten prior to pain. If you run a fever, make sure you are seen as quickly as possible.

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Try a liquid only diet for 24 – 36 hrs. This helped me get relief from the pain in the short term. Ease into an almost zero fat diet and small portion sizes. Do this if it helps you while you wait for your diagnosis. My symptoms weren't as severe as yours but the moment you get feverish go to the ER and refuse to leave until they diagnose you and help you.

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@ethanmcconkey

Hi @abopp2022 those symptoms must be so scary.

I wanted to introduce you to fellow Connect members @claytamos @missdraggunn @maryschaffler @msb18 @christina315 @jelmo @woodsiechris and @psepski as they have all had gallbladder issues and may be able to offer you support and help you decipher your symptoms.

Back to you @abopp2022, what gallbladder problems has your family had?

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Hi, um not sure about everyones history but i know for sure my grandmother ended up having pancreatitis on top of gallbladder infection. She was sick in the hospital for days. Tomorrow May 1st im supposed to get a phone call about getting a special ultrasound. Im really scared as ive never been this sick before.

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@abopp2022

Hi, um not sure about everyones history but i know for sure my grandmother ended up having pancreatitis on top of gallbladder infection. She was sick in the hospital for days. Tomorrow May 1st im supposed to get a phone call about getting a special ultrasound. Im really scared as ive never been this sick before.

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@abopp2022 – can someone go with you to your doctor's appointments and the sonogram? Also, when the results come in, request a copy of the radiology results. This would prove helpful for you to have on hand if you need to see a specialist.
Does anything at all help mitigate the symptoms such as going on a fat free diet? I can imagine how fearful you are. Not knowing why you feel terrible is really scary. But, you're setting up the sonogram – confirm with them that you are to fast for 12 hours prior to the test. Keep track of everything – if and when you vomit, what you can eat that doesn't trigger symptoms, where the pain is, if it's full or sharp, non-stop or intermittent, if it takes your breath away. Does any activity make it worse? Can you sleep the way you normally do or do you have tender abdominal and/or back spots which make it difficult to sleep. Be sure to note any OTC and/or prescription medications you take including any vitamins, herbs or supplements. The goal is to provide as much information as possible to hopefully speed the time to obtain diagnosis. I hope you feel much better very soon.

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@woodsiechris

Try a liquid only diet for 24 – 36 hrs. This helped me get relief from the pain in the short term. Ease into an almost zero fat diet and small portion sizes. Do this if it helps you while you wait for your diagnosis. My symptoms weren't as severe as yours but the moment you get feverish go to the ER and refuse to leave until they diagnose you and help you.

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@woodsiechris Excellent advice, especially the part about immediately seeking help if a fever occurs. Most people think of gallstones as the gallbladder problem but, infections can also occur and any sign of infection – like a fever, extra warmth emanating from the abdomen, tenderness or reflexive guarding when the area is palpated are all signs that help has to be sought immediately.

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@msb18

@abopp2022 – can someone go with you to your doctor's appointments and the sonogram? Also, when the results come in, request a copy of the radiology results. This would prove helpful for you to have on hand if you need to see a specialist.
Does anything at all help mitigate the symptoms such as going on a fat free diet? I can imagine how fearful you are. Not knowing why you feel terrible is really scary. But, you're setting up the sonogram – confirm with them that you are to fast for 12 hours prior to the test. Keep track of everything – if and when you vomit, what you can eat that doesn't trigger symptoms, where the pain is, if it's full or sharp, non-stop or intermittent, if it takes your breath away. Does any activity make it worse? Can you sleep the way you normally do or do you have tender abdominal and/or back spots which make it difficult to sleep. Be sure to note any OTC and/or prescription medications you take including any vitamins, herbs or supplements. The goal is to provide as much information as possible to hopefully speed the time to obtain diagnosis. I hope you feel much better very soon.

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I've been in and out of the ER. Here's my full list of symptoms since my first post. Chest pain
Chest heaviness
Coming and going sharp pain under right ribs and occasional on my left side.
Lower and middle back pain
Headaches
Earaches
Panic Attacks
Not feeling like myself
Exhaustion
Feeling like I’m gonna pass out
Chills
Sweating
Hot flashes
Dizziness
Gas
Bloating
Not feeling right

I had a fever and was vomiting so i went to the er last night, where they did a urine test and a blood test which both came back negative for anything. I dont know whats going on and im scared. im supposed to get a phone call about getting an ultrasound test but these people are driving me crazy being so slow with their results. My dad's about to have a cow with Medicaid.

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@abopp2022

I've been in and out of the ER. Here's my full list of symptoms since my first post. Chest pain
Chest heaviness
Coming and going sharp pain under right ribs and occasional on my left side.
Lower and middle back pain
Headaches
Earaches
Panic Attacks
Not feeling like myself
Exhaustion
Feeling like I’m gonna pass out
Chills
Sweating
Hot flashes
Dizziness
Gas
Bloating
Not feeling right

I had a fever and was vomiting so i went to the er last night, where they did a urine test and a blood test which both came back negative for anything. I dont know whats going on and im scared. im supposed to get a phone call about getting an ultrasound test but these people are driving me crazy being so slow with their results. My dad's about to have a cow with Medicaid.

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You went to the ER with fever and they didn't do an emergency ultrasound? That is strange. I would demand one next time in. Unless it's because of financial constraints they should have done one. Make sure you go back and demand it and document everything. Good luck and I hope you get some relief.

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@abopp2022

I've been in and out of the ER. Here's my full list of symptoms since my first post. Chest pain
Chest heaviness
Coming and going sharp pain under right ribs and occasional on my left side.
Lower and middle back pain
Headaches
Earaches
Panic Attacks
Not feeling like myself
Exhaustion
Feeling like I’m gonna pass out
Chills
Sweating
Hot flashes
Dizziness
Gas
Bloating
Not feeling right

I had a fever and was vomiting so i went to the er last night, where they did a urine test and a blood test which both came back negative for anything. I dont know whats going on and im scared. im supposed to get a phone call about getting an ultrasound test but these people are driving me crazy being so slow with their results. My dad's about to have a cow with Medicaid.

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@abopp2022 I'm not a doctor and don't know your medical history but, the panic attacks could be because you feel awful and you're scared not knowing what's wrong. Again, it could be gallbladder and there are specific tests for it. I would hate for a doctor to chalk this up as a panic attack so do concentrate on the physical symptoms. No, you shouldn't have to exclude it from the symptoms list but, reality is that you don't want an improper diagnosis. You'll need to deal with anxiety obviously and most people with either acute or chronic illness develop anxiety from the fear of the unknown or fear of the next attack. It's good you had blood work and urine analysis to rule out infection. And you'll have the sonogram. It's easier said than done but, try to focus on the fact that you'll get the sonogram and that other tests exist to get to the root of the problem. I know when you're sick that it's hard to focus but, you're at the beginning of trying to figure out the cause. That means someone is likely to run a test to nail a diagnosis.

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@msb18

@abopp2022 I'm not a doctor and don't know your medical history but, the panic attacks could be because you feel awful and you're scared not knowing what's wrong. Again, it could be gallbladder and there are specific tests for it. I would hate for a doctor to chalk this up as a panic attack so do concentrate on the physical symptoms. No, you shouldn't have to exclude it from the symptoms list but, reality is that you don't want an improper diagnosis. You'll need to deal with anxiety obviously and most people with either acute or chronic illness develop anxiety from the fear of the unknown or fear of the next attack. It's good you had blood work and urine analysis to rule out infection. And you'll have the sonogram. It's easier said than done but, try to focus on the fact that you'll get the sonogram and that other tests exist to get to the root of the problem. I know when you're sick that it's hard to focus but, you're at the beginning of trying to figure out the cause. That means someone is likely to run a test to nail a diagnosis.

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I've never been this sick before. And I'm scared that something is really wrong. But Medicaid(Summit) is being a dick and being slow about getting my referral/permission for an ultrasound. Its ticking me off and not meaning to i went off on the nurses. I work at Dollar Tree and my customers see me grab my side and they ask me whats wrong. I tell them and all of them said that they refuse to go to the hospital that I went to because the hospital didnt do anything right. A nurse from another hospital said that this is my gallbladder and i need to get it checked right away. But again waiting on insurance for "permission"

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@msb18

@abopp2022 – can someone go with you to your doctor's appointments and the sonogram? Also, when the results come in, request a copy of the radiology results. This would prove helpful for you to have on hand if you need to see a specialist.
Does anything at all help mitigate the symptoms such as going on a fat free diet? I can imagine how fearful you are. Not knowing why you feel terrible is really scary. But, you're setting up the sonogram – confirm with them that you are to fast for 12 hours prior to the test. Keep track of everything – if and when you vomit, what you can eat that doesn't trigger symptoms, where the pain is, if it's full or sharp, non-stop or intermittent, if it takes your breath away. Does any activity make it worse? Can you sleep the way you normally do or do you have tender abdominal and/or back spots which make it difficult to sleep. Be sure to note any OTC and/or prescription medications you take including any vitamins, herbs or supplements. The goal is to provide as much information as possible to hopefully speed the time to obtain diagnosis. I hope you feel much better very soon.

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Hi- Almost three weeks ago I had gallbladder surgery. I knew I would be in pain. I handled the pain fine until A week ago and I had the worse pain hit me I have ever had in my life!!!! Childbirth was mild compared to the pain I had. I went to the Er, they gave me pain meds, I had a temp, my breathing was compromised from the pain, I had pain in my right arm like never before, I was shaking the pain was so intense. They treated me with morphine, fentinol, dylotid, (please excuse my spelling) then lastly, Torodol. The only one of them that worked for the pain was Torodol. I know none of the pain meds are spelled correctly. Sorry. They sent me home. I got home, had my sister call 911 and went back. I was admitted. My surgeon admitted me. Now I’m on a pain medicine because I had back surgery on L4-L5, 4 years ago. It went fine until about 3 weeks later. Three weeks later, I woke up feeling sick to my stomach, chills , achy, took my temp and had a 102.7 temp. I had my sister come over to look at my incision and she did, there was a almost tennis ball hematoma on the incision and much gross stuff I won’t mention draining from the incision site. Long story short I ended up in the ER, then admitted, to surgery, doc did a debridement. I was treated for 5 days in the hospital, sent home with IV antibiotics for five months. I had a rare bone device infection. One that has haunted me. So I have take pain meds for the rest of my life. The reason I went into great lengthy detail is that’s me-Lol! But most of all because my gallbladder surgeon came to my room the next day after my whole night in ER and has accused me of being a drug seeker, told my son I was just seeking drugs , that I wasn’t in pain I was just seeking drugs. 😥 To shorten this story, I’m not a drug seeking person, if I am then I would have a hx of going to numerous Er’s to get them. Now about 3-4 months prior my family physician had mentioned to me about trying a pain patch in that it would control my pain for the whole day for three days, then I change the patch. Well, my son found out I tried the patch, screams at me, threatening if I didn’t get off so many drugs he would disown me, which he has disowned 😥me since yesterday, because I wouldn’t go back on the patch that the surgeon ordered now while I’m in excruciating pain. Oh I pray you all understand what I’m saying. I just want to know if anyone has had this type of attack after gallbladder surgery? Could it be pancreatic Cancer, pancreatitis, bile duct leak or what? Please help me 😥 I’m not a drug seeker just a excruciating pain relief seeker. Ask any questions you’d like because this story is super lengthy- if you read it- if you don’t, I get it, but I pray for just one persons response. Thank you, God bless you all- I am praying for all of you. 🙏🏻💕

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@abopp2022

I've never been this sick before. And I'm scared that something is really wrong. But Medicaid(Summit) is being a dick and being slow about getting my referral/permission for an ultrasound. Its ticking me off and not meaning to i went off on the nurses. I work at Dollar Tree and my customers see me grab my side and they ask me whats wrong. I tell them and all of them said that they refuse to go to the hospital that I went to because the hospital didnt do anything right. A nurse from another hospital said that this is my gallbladder and i need to get it checked right away. But again waiting on insurance for "permission"

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God bless you sweetie you sound like you are having a gallbladder attack, but of course you won’t know until the you get the US results. Sounds like me when mine started acting up. I’m praying for you 😊🙏🏻

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There are a few other names it's called like biliary dyskinesia but basically where a person has symptoms of gallbladder problems but ultrasound and labs show normal findings, no gallstones or bile sludge build up.
If I watch what I eat, basically like a person without a gallbladder has to, I don't have any problems. I learned this through trial and error over the past 2 years.
I'm turning 74 this year and I'm hoping my gallbladder won't have to be removed and will last me for the rest of my life.
I'd be interested in hearing from others that might have this problem and any tips you have.

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female

white

200 pounds

5'0

Ok onto the question

I have had this come up before when having something wrong with me. but when ever a dr or someone presses on my gallbladder, it HURTS.
And I am not exaggerating. I mean gripping onto the side of the bed with tears in my eyes.

The most recent time was Thursday night/Friday morning, I went into the ER for severe pains in my upper stomach, and part of it was they wanted to check for gallstones. They touched my gallbladder and I almost jumped off the bed. it just hurt so badly.

Now if it was just this one time, i would dismiss it, but its not, I have had my gallbladder checked 3 times in recent memory over the years, and every time it is touched even gently its hurts like hell.

I do not have gallstones, per both a ct scan and a ultrasound (the ultrasound had me in tears) , so, what else could this be.

I asked the er Dr but he seemed baffled. (never figured out the cause of those pains either)

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@remmem

30

female

white

200 pounds

5'0

Ok onto the question

I have had this come up before when having something wrong with me. but when ever a dr or someone presses on my gallbladder, it HURTS.
And I am not exaggerating. I mean gripping onto the side of the bed with tears in my eyes.

The most recent time was Thursday night/Friday morning, I went into the ER for severe pains in my upper stomach, and part of it was they wanted to check for gallstones. They touched my gallbladder and I almost jumped off the bed. it just hurt so badly.

Now if it was just this one time, i would dismiss it, but its not, I have had my gallbladder checked 3 times in recent memory over the years, and every time it is touched even gently its hurts like hell.

I do not have gallstones, per both a ct scan and a ultrasound (the ultrasound had me in tears) , so, what else could this be.

I asked the er Dr but he seemed baffled. (never figured out the cause of those pains either)

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Hi, @remmem – welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. Since you talked about your gallbladder always hurting badly when pressed, I moved it to this existing discussion on gallbladder concerns so you could interact with others discussing this topic. If you click on VIEW & REPLY in your email notification, you will be taken to the site with the whole discussion, which you may find interesting to read.

That sounds very painful with your gallbladder feeling so sensitive. I had my gallbladder out when it nearly burst several years ago, and the pain was far worse than childbirth — knock-you-over type pain.

I'm trusting other members in this conversation will weigh in on what might be causing this type of severe pain in your gallbladder region minus gallstones, like @cndythomp @tennbee @abopp2022 @cndythomp @msb18.

Is your gallbladder fine if not touched, remmem? Are you considering seeing a gastrointestinal specialist for further evaluation?

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