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Comment from: BellaMama , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 04

I have had stomach issues my whole life so the heartburn and indigestion were normal to me. This went on for 2 years. The pain would wake me up and I would vomit bile. Then I experienced sciatic nerve pain from my lower back down my right leg. After eating Chinese food the pain would not let up and my stomach was distended on the right. After the ultrasound they said I had golf ball size gallstones and sludge. The doctor said it was the worst she ever saw.

Comment from: Anto , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 13

My first episode of gallstones pain lasted 2 hours and the pain subsided. Within a week I felt the pain starting and it got worse, accompanied by vomiting. It felt as if my stomach was being ripped apart. After 10 minutes of severe pain I went to the emergency room. The normal pain medication did not help till they put me on a morphine drip. I had a sonar scan done the next day, and had the surgery. I am still recovering. It is a pain I do not want to experience ever again.

Comment from: Pippa155, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 06

I had a few episodes of severe upper abdomen pain (like really bad indigestion) for which I had to go to Accident and Emergency three times over a one month period. Antacids did not help with this horrible pain. I was prescribed omeprazole initially but it still happened. I’ve now been told I have a thickened gallbladder which is likely caused by gallstones! A very similar story to others here. I’m hoping they’re going to remove it now, just waiting for next appointment. The pain really is unbearable.

Comment from: Shade, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: March 03

I was just diagnosed with gallstones that require surgery. Now my pain is increasing and I’m hurting at the opening in my rib cage. Now I feel like I’m dying, really sharp stabbing pains have started.

Comment from: Carren, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: February 10

I had been experiencing chest pain nonstop for 5 days, and then the dawn of the fifth day I went to the emergency room because of acute gastroenteritis and chest pains. They said I should visit a doctor for chest pain. So I went to a gastroenterologist. Told him of my symptoms and was told I had been experiencing acid reflux since antacids helped. They said I should take omeprazole but alas, 5 days after I went back and told them of back pains. They said I should take an ultrasound. The doctor thought it was my pancreas but actually they were gallstones.

Comment from: Aasma bibi, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 21

I had gallbladder surgery 6 weeks ago for gallstones, but I still have pain in my back between the shoulder blades when I eat; even if I just eat fruits and drink juice.

Comment from: Ang, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 14

I'm confused after reading comments here. I have the same pains on my right side under the rib cage but had a scan done, and it showed no gallstones. All the symptoms that have been mentioned here, I've had, but the general physician doesn’t know why I get these pains. My liver and kidney were checked and all fine.

Comment from: LeeM, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 18

I am a cirrhotic patient. I just had my gallbladder removed 2 weeks ago, because of gallstones. I am having chest pain like reflux and throbbing shooting pain on the right side like when gallbladder was still there. Wondering if I should be worried. I also went to the emergency room and the scan was normal.

Comment from: annonymouse, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 05

I am a 59 year old woman. Thursday at 7:30 PM my gallstone symptoms started with what felt like a muscle spasm around my entire body, just below my breasts. By 9:05 was in agony and went to the emergency room. CT scan showed an enlarged gallbladder. Onto an ultrasound which showed stones, and my gallbladder was removed at 7:15 the next morning. I have never had any symptoms before and did not have one-sided pain or any other 'normal' symptoms. Day 2 after surgery, I am still sore but this beats the pain that caused me to go in.

Comment from: Hannah, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 21

I was diagnosed with gallbladder sludge and have gallstone attacks every few months when not pregnant and up to several time a week when pregnant. After eating a heavy or sugary meal I start having a dull achy pain in the upper right abdomen that slowly intensifies and migrates through to my upper back. This pain is fairly severe and usually lasts for 5 to 6 hours or more. It prevents me from sleeping.

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Comment from: TayGD, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 16

I just got diagnosed with gallstones. My symptoms included bloating, then severe pain that started in my right upper side that ended up radiating to my mid to upper back. I then started vomiting bile. Not a fun time.

Comment from: Chris, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: December 04

I had severe pain on my right side which went up to my back, and also a really nasty burning sensation from under my breasts right down my stomach. I am 75, I had an ultrasound and have a gallstone. Worried if I will need to have my gall bladder removed. The pain was continuous for over 3 weeks and then it went off.

Comment from: abc, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 28

Wondering if anyone else have non-typical symptoms of gallstones. I have a feeling of something right under my right breast like a golf ball just sitting there. I have fever, chills, nausea and vomiting.

Comment from: Mrs wood, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 26

I'm in pain almost every day with gallstones. I don't eat much at all. I get pain in my chest, stomach, and back, indigestion, etc. I wonder if this is all due to gallstones or there is something else as well.

Comment from: Jimster, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: September 13

I had several instances of waking up around 6 am with a dull pain in my chest, alternate sweating and chills, and vomiting. Vomiting often resolved the pain, as well as a puff off of an albuterol puffer for lung congestion. Yesterday the pain was miserable, nothing helped and I finally went to the emergency room, thinking heart attack. Tests, scans and others showed gallstones sludge. Typical episodes lasted about 4 hours but I was sure it was my heart. Relief! I'm going to schedule surgery as soon as possible.

Comment from: SupaSwede88 , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 13

I get horrible pain from gallstones in the lower part of my ribs that radiates to my back. Any pressure on my stomach kills me. I throw up and can barely breathe due to the pain. Curling in a ball helps a little bit. During one of my bad attacks I elevated myself a little while curled into a ball until I was able to fall asleep to just sleep off the pain. Tylenol does absolutely nothing, and same with ibuprofen. I tried warm water with apple cider vinegar and it did nothing.

Comment from: Annee, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 16

I have had no symptoms of gallstones until today. Now I am having twinges in my left side back just above the waist.

Comment from: SeanMac, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 25

Seven years, 7 long years I wait, and at 3 am and it is like a giant claw squeezes me from center chest to center back in the middle. I breathe easy and sweat and it lasts usually 45 minutes. Yesterday it shut my lungs off out of the blue while watching TV. Luckily my aunt had her oxygen and I could only take short breaths, felt an elephant on my chest. In 22 minutes I arrived at the emergency room. They did blood work, heart is good, and ultrasound revealed 7 gallstones, 2 inches in size. I have referral for surgery. I’ll call Monday morning. Why so much torture!

Comment from: Biscuits , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 19

I started having severe pain, and it felt like my whole stomach, top to bottom was hurting. It was horrible, throwing up, gas, and diarrhea. I went to emergency care, the physician’s assistant was on, just thought it might be pneumonia, so I got antibiotics and it eased up after a while. A week or so later pain continued from night around 2 am until 11 or 12 noon. I went to have ultrasound done last week, got called and told there were lots of small gallstones. I have an appointment with the gastrologist next week, can't wait. Thanks for the comments, helped with my decision.

Comment from: Solo, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: October 02

I started getting abdomen pain when I was 15 (I'm 22 now). I suffer from gallstones once or twice a week, it always happens 5 to 7 hours after I eat and lasting between 1 to 9 hours, and 95 percent of the time during sleep. The only symptoms I have are severe abdominal pain and abdominal bloating, but once or twice a year it gets really bad and I get pain, nausea, chills and vomiting, but as soon as I vomit the pain fades away after 10 or 20 minutes. I am going to get surgery in a couple of months. Can't wait!

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Comment from: Jill , 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: July 31

I had an ache under my ribs. It wouldn't last long and would not come back for days. I noticed the ache or stitch more when I was sitting. I also had back pain which was severe at times. It was 2 years before an ultra sound was recommended and it proved to be gallstones.

Comment from: Rick , 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: July 30

With gallstones, I had pain in my upper right abdomen that spread to my back. I couldn’t get comfortable in any position. I was nauseous and had some vomiting. Antacids did nothing to help.

Comment from: amc723, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: February 02

My freshman year of college, I started to experience minor pains in my upper abdomen, under my ribs. I usually would just take tums, and try to fall asleep (it would happen at night). One night when I was home for Christmas break (January), the pain was bad enough to go to the emergency room (ER). The pain lasted until around 5 am, they gave me a 'GI (gastrointestinal) cocktail' and sent me on my way. I was prescribed omeprazole (Prilosec) to take once a day. I would get the same pain every once and a while that would radiate to my back. These pains started to get more severe and more frequent around late November, then started to happen pretty much every day. Finally, in January, (last month) I was referred to a GI doctor after going to the ER on Christmas day for horrible abdominal pain. They did an ultrasound and I was finally diagnosed with gallstones! My surgery is this month and hopefully it goes well. But seriously, if you have pain in your upper abdomen, it radiates to your shoulder blades, and you cannot eat anything fatty or unhealthy, do not just assume it is heartburn or indigestion! Get an ultrasound. I know how much gallstones can take a toll on someone; not being able to go eat pizza with your friends, losing sleep every night because of the pain, it is horrible!

Comment from: Cosmogirl, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: February 02

I had been going to the emergency room (ER) for about 3 years with very sharp pains, throwing up and almost feeling like I was dying. Every time the ER would give me pain medications and send me on my way. I had one not even a week ago and now after getting the dye put into my stomach I found out I have gallstones and also my gallbladder does not even work anymore. Luckily I get surgery next week.

Comment from: gracegirl76, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 24

I’m so happy I found this thread! I have known that I’ve had gallstones for at least the past 10 years. Never considered having surgery until I landed in the emergency room a few months ago. I’ve been fine pain-wise until a few days ago, I’ve felt bloating and back pain, and my gallbladder is hurting. Until reading this thread right now I thought maybe I was having a problem with another organ in my body. I’m glad to hear that others have experienced the same symptoms and that this is gallbladder related.

Comment from: Lisrodd, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 31

After a fatty meal my stomach would balloon with air/gas, and then the pain would appear on the center below the rib cage. The gallbladder attack would last approximately 6 hours. I would also have back pain and sometimes shoulder pain. I would feel nauseous and sometimes get chills. I found that walking briskly or even climbing up and down the stairs help the pain subside. Not sure if these attacks were because of gallstones.

Comment from: sarah, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 11

I was just in the emergency room today. For a year off and on I get severe pressure under my right rib-cage, I call it my rib baby. The last two weeks the pressure has gotten worse, and while there's no pain, it feels like a large softball is sitting in there just growing. I was told that they didn't find gallstones but the common bile duct was enlarged and I'd need more tests. I'm thankful it's not painful, but this constant pressure is very concerning. More tests soon.

Comment from: Josie , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 18

I got negative HIDA test as on today and now I am suffering a gallbladder attack. What is with this, the emergency room told me to call my doctor tomorrow! I have severe pain under my right ribs.

Comment from: Fallon , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 23

I have been to the doctor several times in the past two months for severe abdominal pain (upper middle and right), and horrible back pain. I’ve had an ECG, chest x-ray, ultrasound, blood work and so far the only thing that showed is fatty liver, which the doctor doesn’t believe is the cause of my pain. The pain is almost constant. I’ve had fever and chills, vomiting on an off as well. I’m almost positive it’s gallbladder but the doctor said ultrasound showed no stones.

Comment from: TracyEvora, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 10

I had intense upper abdominal pain with vomiting, chills, and sweats. I am now noticing that I have burps, bloating and some gas. This has happened to me several times and I thought it was an ulcer, and now I think maybe gallstones. I really need to be better about going to the doctor for things that are not normal for me.

Comment from: kl1234, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 01

I am getting my gall bladder ultrasound tomorrow. I have been having episodes of throwing up bile once a month for 10 months.

Comment from: Sally, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 03

I have had about 6 really bad episodes of waking up in the middle of the night with terrible heartburn, so bad that I end up throwing up. The pain is all through my chest and back area and unbearable at times. I too have started using a heating pad on my back and that seems to help some. I have an appointment in several days and will make sure my doctor tests for gallstones.

Comment from: lhelmick, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: December 01

When I was pregnant with my first child, I started having severe pain in my upper right abdomen. I mentioned in to my doctor and she said that it was probably indigestion. I had an "attack" about every two weeks during my pregnancy. The pain would wake me in the middle of the night. I would feel as if I needed to go to the bathroom or vomit. The attacks usually lasted anywhere between 30 minutes to two hours and usually involved me vomiting to get any pain relief. After I had my daughter, I didn’t have any problems for about two months. Then all of a sudden, they came back, at least one a week. I soon found out that I was pregnant again. So again I chalked it up to severe indigestion and started watching my diet. Over time, I realized and was able to eliminate certain foods that caused me problems: milk, hot dogs (processed foods), soda, chocolate, peanut butter, and many others. I mentioned it to my doctor again and asked her why those foods would be causing indigestion. She said that I may have gallbladder issues. After I had my son, again, all the pain went away for about six weeks. Then it all came back again. I went to the doctor and had an ultrasound performed, and they confirmed that I have gallstones. I was referred to a surgeon.

Published: August 27

Looking backwards from surgery date to symptoms, I had jaundice, uncontrollable itching, nausea, chest pain (that felt like someone took a belt and cinched it under my breasts as tight as they could), abdominal pain from under my breasts down to my lower abdomen, back pain from under my shoulder blades to my spine and then other times I would feel perfectly normal. Of all the symptoms, the only one that seemed to be consistent was the itching.

Published: August 27

The first episode began gradually with a burning pain and a lot of pressure just beneath my ribs on the right side, straight down from my breast. The pain and pressure got worse over the course of an hour until I could hardly move or take a deep breath. When I tried to manipulate the area (thinking it must be trapped gas) I could feel a hardening and enlarging of (what I now know was) my gallbladder. After a couple of hours, the pain slowly subsided. The second episode began the same way, same spot, but this time it radiated to my back. I tried to burp, thinking it would relieve the horrible pain, and I immediately and violently vomited until my throat bled. Two days later, an ultrasound showed two small gallstones.

Comment from: auto, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: September 17

I had my gallbladder because of gallstones removed over 9 weeks ago. Now it feels like there’s something stuck in my throat most of the time, and I am burping for about 6 to 8 hours a day. It is really uncomfortable. I am going to a consultant this weekend for camera job.

Comment from: Chyenne, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 13

My abdomen and shoulders are burning after gallbladder surgery for gallstones, 2 weeks later. Every day I am getting the burning sensation, wonder if this is normal.

Comment from: Dianna, 45-54 (Patient) Published: August 13

I have burning on my right side where my gallbladder is. I think it may be gallstones.

Comment from: Anonymous , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 30

I experienced pain in my upper right rib area and figured it was gall bladder pain. It was the middle of the night so I got up and looked in my cupboard. I saw I had dandelion root tea and lemon juice, mixed the 2 together and it worked like a charm; wow, within 5 minutes I had instant relief. I also had the infrared sauna so went in there for 10 minutes and also had immediate relief. A must try dandelion root tea with lemon juice, it really works. And if you don't have infrared heating pad a regular one is fine too. Place where pain is and lie on your right side. It helps with bile flow. Good luck!

Comment from: Britt, Female (Patient) Published: November 10

Apple cider vinegar and 100 percent apple juice took my gallbladder pain away within 15 minutes. I took 4 big drinks of vinegar and chased it with apple juice. Nothing has worked before, and I'm relieved I have finally found something that will work quickly.

Comment from: Issabella, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 12

I am 36 years old. I am suffering from gall stones and thyroidism. It is frustrating, especially with the symptoms. I am not sure if I should have my gall bladder removed because some people say they have more problems after their surgeries. I have pain quite often. Of course, at times it’s worse than others. I am really at a point where I don't know what to do.

Comment from: 1sttimeundertheknife, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 06

I am 49, female. I have been suffering from heartburn, and chronic neck pain for years (disc disease). This past year I have gone to the ER twice for long drawn-out chest pain. After cardiologist cleared me, I called the dr. and said I know my heart is not the problem but please do something about this chest pain, often lasting hours, noticeably after eating. Sonogram showed 2.5cm sludge in my gall bladder. After my surgery, actual stones were discovered and there was inflammation from blockage.

Comment from: bluegirl, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 22

This article is very informative, as are the comments from patients. I have suspected I may have gallbladder issues for some time now but never could find a clear description of the symptoms. I am quite sure now. I was always afraid of the possibility of having my gallbladder removed. I know now that I was misinformed and it will not be as bad as I thought if it turns out that is what I need. I'm still not looking forward to it. But I guess it's better than the alternative.

Comment from: Jesus A., 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: February 16

I have had gallstone for more than a year and a half going to the ER, but they just gave me medicine, but it didn’t help. I had stomach pain, vomiting and fainting. I couldn’t breathe and I had this really awful pain, but I’m finally getting surgery. Thanks! Jesus A.

Comment from: cactusbob, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: February 16

I have no symptoms, but my doctor, in investigating the cause of my tiredness, found liver functions elevated. They had been normal for many years. He had me have an ultrasound and multiple small gallstones were found. He believed that the stones may be interfering with proper flow and affecting the liver. He has to rule out the gall bladder by removal before proceeding further. I am planning to have surgery before it becomes an emergency, although after three abdominal surgeries I'm not looking forward to it.

Comment from: danny, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: February 10

I suffered from gallbladder attacks for the past 9 months. I went for two different ultrasounds and neither showed signs of gallstones. After a severe attack, I finally went for a HIDA scan and it was determined that my gallbladder was functioning at 24%, 11% lower than acceptable. After surgery my symptoms disappeared immediately! I have had no further issues and can once again enjoy eating things other than rice and bread!!! After surgery they found an 8mm stone and evidence of chronic cholecystitis. I’m wondering how two different ultrasound scans miss an 8mm stone. I was told that stones that size stand out in an ultrasound. This one didn't. I kind of wish they had saved it to see what makeup kept it hidden from the ultra sound.

Comment from: gallstoner, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: February 10

Symptoms I experienced were extreme dull pain in abdomen area 30 minutes to 1 hour after eating a meal usually stronger pain if greasy or fatty meal. I also had back pain between the shoulder blades, indigestion, and pressure in the chest I think due to bloat in abdomen area. Hope this helps someone.

Comment from: Krissy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 08

I often would have heartburn that would wake me up during the night and antacids always helped. The next symptom I started getting was that I'd again awake in the middle of the night with the feeling my entire mid section from below the breast to waist in front & from shoulder blades down entire back area were "cinched tight" as if I'd really pulled something in my back. It was difficult to even draw a deep breath and unrelenting. I had very random attacks like this one, maybe 4 times over 4 yrs. I always thought it was a pulled back or overuse. After going to the ER the last time it happened because the pain wouldn't let up no matter what I tried, I was told I had many gallstones after a CAT scan and surgery was necessary. They did it that day & I am soooo happy it's gone!!! The recovery was very quick and next to no pain after so please don't be afraid to have the procedure done.

Comment from: ktopf, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 26

I had severe pain right under my rib cage on the right side, also a burning sensation. It was constant. The only thing that helped was holding a heating pad on it. One day it was so severe I went to the ER, they told me I had a stomach ulcer. No medication helped at all. Two years later I went to another doctor who did an ultrasound and confirmed I have multiple gallstones. I will have my gallbladder removed in two weeks.

Comment from: Amelia, Published: January 20

The gallstones may cause pain when the stones react to fatty meal. This pain can be said as attack which occurs every few weeks, days, or months. The pain is usually severe, dull, and constant & can last from one to five hours. The removals of the stones are temporary. The gallstones can be prevented by low fat, low-cholesterol diet.

Comment from: lilmessedup, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 19

My pain started a year ago. I thought it was heartburn at first and it has progressively gotten worse. Heartburn meds did not help. I would wake up in the middle of the night in excruciating pain in my abdomen and into my back. It would hurt so bad I would cry and pray for the pain to stop. The pain initially lasted a couple hours and progressively got worse. My recent episode lasted 3 days. I saw a doctor several weeks ago and I have an ulcer as well as gallstones. Not a good thing. I will soon see the surgeon about taking the gallbladder out. The only things that got me through the pain were a hot pad on my stomach and a tens unit on my back. I am looking forward to feeling myself soon.

Comment from: Holsa, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 15

Whenever I am having a gallstone attack, I have sharp stabbing pains on the right side of my rib cage and also have pain in breathing. Some mornings I wake up and it feels like I have taken a beating all night. There is also pain and discomfort under my right shoulder blade and back. I try to limit the movements of my right arm when the pain is severe. When the pains are not sharp and stabbing, I experience a steady ache and there isn't much I can do to get comfortable. My attacks usually last at least two hours and a few times have lasted a couple of days. The attacks make it hard to function at work sometimes and make me miserable. They wear me out. I also experience lots of burping and nausea when under attack. Sometimes I feel very bloated and have a heavy full feeling in my abdomen. It is exhausting and draining going through the cycles of the attacks.

Comment from: Johnathan, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: January 05

I have had pain in the upper and right abdomen during various episodes over the last 3 years. After researching keywords: gall bladder diet on the Internet, I found a non-medical treatment involving a solution of Epsom salts and water to induce a flush of the intestines, and drinking a mixture of olive oil and grapefruit juice followed by a period of sleep. I've used this when symptoms became severe, such as abdominal pain and nausea. The treatment has been successful, and has not needed the removal of the gall bladder. This procedure should be considered with medical advice due to unforeseen side effects involving the Epsom salts causing possible changes in mineral levels in the body. I hope this advice will give hope to those needing a non-surgical treatment.

Comment from: 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 04

I discovered a pain in my stomach and I was vomiting a lot. I couldn’t stand the smell of food and all I could do was sleep on the floor on my tummy to ease the pain. I went to the doctor and he said it might be gall stone. He suggested that I go for an ultrasound. I haven’t gone yet, but with the medications he gave me, the pain just comes every now and then.

Comment from: cassie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 16

I suffered excruciating and sudden pain in my chest. I thought I was having a heart attack. I was admitted to the hospital, where I was found to be fit and I was sent home. I had another attack after eating one day, and I was admitted again, where they did a scan and found the gallstones. I had surgery the next day, which gave me instant relief, but two years down the track, I still have some minor aches. Previously, I did suffer with occasional indigestion.

Comment from: Dorothy, 45-54 Female Published: December 09

My name is Dorothy, just diagnosed with stones in gallbladder. I have had two attacks thus far that were really unpleasant; with upper abdomen pains radiating to the back from the neck down to both shoulder blades always at night. Both times I received medication and after vomiting got some relief. Doctors say I need go for a surgery, but am currently taking water therapy to see if that can reduce the size of the stones and eventually flush them out.

Comment from: inmygarden, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 07

I am a 54 year old Caucasian woman who has had 6 pregnancies. I am also a little overweight and recently went on a diet. My symptoms started just below the breast bone and radiated to the back between my shoulder blades. I thought I was having a heart attack and went to the emergency room. They did chest X-ray and all the blood tests and told me that my heart didn't seem to be the problem but my liver enzymes were elevated. No one mentioned the possibility of gallstones. I followed up with my doctor who tested for all the hepatitis... all negative. Almost 3 weeks after the first episode I suffered another. Both episodes each lasted about 4 hours and came on at night. I did a search on the internet for "pain between shoulder blades" and found out that this is a classic symptom of gallstones. I called my doctor and he ordered an ultrasound... sure enough... lots of gallstones. Now I'm scheduled for surgery in a couple of days.

Comment from: Kristen, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 06

I just had my gall bladder removed about a week and a half ago, after having to be admitted to the hospital for acute pancreatitis. I had seven gallstones which apparently ended up blocking my pancreatic duct. I cannot say that I had jaundice or itching, but I definitely felt the pain in my lower rib cage/abdomen. For those of you that feel the pain in the center, you may want to get an ultrasound, because pancreatitis is life-threatening. I know, I spent 9 days in ICU. But now that the gall bladder is gone, I feel like I have a new lease on life.

Published: October 06

I had one gall stone attack about one year before I became pregnant and when I went to hospital that evening I was advised I had trapped wind and to go home. I severely suffered that night with no sleep! I then became pregnant and experienced no attacks at all, but about 3 weeks after giving birth I suffered the worst attack ever it was after eating Chinese! I took medication, but nothing helped. I was awake all night and suffered it out. I could not stay still just had to keep moving the whole time, holding a water bottle to give a tiny bit of ease! These attacks then came every 2nd night. I had even starved myself just eating tea and biscuits as any food brought on an attack. By this stage I had been for an ultrasound where gallstones were confirmed. Every 2nd night I was getting injections of tramadol to relieve the pain. Eventually I was prescribed Tramadol and it was the best pain relief and the only thing that took my pain away when suffering an attack. I met then with the consultant who advised me I should really be on a waiting list but due to the extent of my attacks every 2nd night, he would operate asap. Eventually 2 weeks later and loads more suffering, I finally went in to get my gall bladder removed. I was very sore after with 4 incisions and staples on my stomach but at least I could eat again! When I got out of hospital I had a steak and garlic potatoes as I was soooo looking forward to it!

Comment from: 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 02

I had my gallbladder removed in June of 2009 after having continuous heartburn for years which was attributed to gastric reflux and took many antacids which seemed to relieve the heartburn somewhat. I also had a dull continuous ache in my upper right abdomen just under the ribcage. At night it felt like I was laying on a deck of cards. I was unable to eat greasy spicey foods. After having golfball size gallstone and gallbladder removed, I have not used any antacids and have no pain.

Comment from: MrMAS, 25-34 Male Published: December 31

My pain started about 9:30 on a Sunday night. My back started to ache, but I didn't think anything of it since I get back pains constantly. By 10:00pm I felt the pain around my rib cage. I thought that it would go away but by 11:00pm I had all that I could handle. My wife took me to the hospital. I had never been taken to the hospital for anything....5+ car accidents, being kicked by horses and stepped on by cattle. This was the worst pain I had ever felt. It just wouldn't go away. At the hospital they told me I had gallstones and needed surgery. After a couple of morphine doses the pain started to subside at 7:00 Monday morning. It is now Wednesday night and I can still feel soreness below my rib cage. I have an appointment with a surgeon on Monday.

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