Post # 1
I’ve been having some weird right-sided pain. Sometimes it feels like a dull, throbbing ache coming from right under the back of my ribcage, sometimes it feels like it’s radiating down to my appendix. It’s not debilitating, so I haven’t gone in yet. It comes and goes, but today it feels like it’s been worse than it has been (although I’ve been thinking about it more).
Originally I thought it was a kidney stone. I’ve had one confirmed stone in the past (that was INCREDIBLY painful), but I know that you can have kidney stone issues that don’t completely knock you to the ground. A friend today mentioned that the pain was more likely in a place that would indicate gallbladder issues. My mom had her gallbladder out years ago, so it runs in the family. I’ve also been having other GI issues, so this option seems to make more sense than kidney stones.
I was petrified last week that I was pregnant. I just switched birth control pills and I was having all of these weird aches and pains and was just sure that I was pregnant. Luckily I got my withdrawal bleed right on time, but the aches and pains have remained. Right now I’m just assuming it’s gallbladder, and unless the pain gets much worse I don’t plan on going in for it. Not a lot they could do anyway, unless the pain gets unbearable.
Has anyone else had any experience with gallbladder issues or similar symptoms?
Post # 3
My SIL currently has gallbladder stones but hers felt more like indigestion or heart burn. She is getting her gallbladder removed which is a minor surgery but a 6 week recovery time.
Definitely see a doctor.
Post # 4
I had gallstones when I was 8. I dont remember where it hurt though.
Definitely go see a doctor!
Post # 5
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You have two options: 1) See a specialist now to get it checked out; or 2) wait until you are hit with excrusciating pain and have to go to the ER and then wait for surgery. If you have medical insurance and time to go to the doctor I recommend that path. Kidney stones and gallbladder stones have a way of getting worse overnight.
Post # 6
I had gallbladder issues a couple of years ago and the pain was similar. Sometimes it’d be really bad, sometimes it’d be mild. I’d definitely get it checked out. I ended up having all normal test results, but when they took it out, it was full of scar tissue.
@Swizzle: 6 weeks?? That’s crazy! Did they do it laparoscopically? That’s how mine was done and I only had a week recovery (the doctor said up to 2 weeks total might be needed).
Post # 7
I wouldn’t be surprised if you are having gallbladder issues. I had many gallstones and have since had my gallbladder out. I would recomend seeing a doctor, because once it gets bad it is the worst pain I have ever had!
Good luck 🙂
Post # 8
I waited for a long time with similar pain and about 6 months to a year of it dropping me on the floor at work and home and my SO begging to take me to the hospital before going to the doctor.
Don’t do that. Go to the doctor and the specialist, get the nuclear testing and find out what’s up.
Post # 9
I had similar pain for over a year. Every time they checked my gall bladder it came back fine. I even did the 2 hour $5,000 test. Long story short, I ended up in the ER in July. I had an inflamed pancreas. That was a several day hospital stay.
Post # 10
Thanks everybody — my dad is a doctor and I ran things past him. He says that it sounds more like gallbladder than anything else. He also said if I went in they probably wouldn’t be able to do anything for me at this point. I had Fiance do “Murphy’s sign” on me, and I think I’m still negative on that.
When my mom had her gallbladder out, her tests were all borderline and I’m pretty sure her gallbladder looked normal. Luckily she knew the surgeon, and once the gallbladder was removed she never had pain like that again.
I think I’m going to wait through the day and see how things go. I’m a graduate student, so I can use our student health clinic almost as a walk-in clinic and they tend to be pretty good. I’ll give them a call if this is still going on tomorrow or if it gets worse today.
Post # 11
I made an appointment for this morning — no use in waiting I suppose.
Post # 12
Hope you get some idea whats going on and that you’re feeling better! Let us know how it goes!
Post # 13
Turns out it’s a kidney stone (or at least they’re pretty sure it’s a kidney stone). I started peeing blood (sorry TMI) yesterday morning. They offered me a CAT scan, but I don’t need the radiation to tell me that I have a kidney stone. The doctor was surprised because I didn’t present with classic kidney stone pain, but the blood in the urine (without presence of bacteria) was a pretty good indicator.
Right now, all I can do is push fluids and wait it out. Thanks everyone for your advice and concern!