Post # 1
I was wondering if any bees could help.
Last night, I had the WORST pain – right below my sternum, radiating to my upper back on the right (just to the right of my spine/edge of my shoulder blade) and to my shoulder tips. This has happened 4 times before, the pain starts out kind of dull, but comes in waves until it’s excruciating – can’t stand up straight, can’t get comfortable. The pain lasts usually an hour, and has woken me up in the past. Another time, I was just sitting on the couch. When it disappears, I am just totally drained.
The following day after the last episode, I saw a doctor. He referred me for a contrast CT. no gallstones (very strong family history of them though). The only thing of note was a ruptured ovarian cyst that was still bleeding. He said this was unrelated to the pain (Although in the lead up to the pain, I had had some shoulder tip pain).
Any bees been through something similar? It’s the worst pain I’ve ever had, and I’ve broken a rib and my sacrum before!
I was thinking – maybe it’s reflux? Although antacids make no difference, they just make me burp a lot. I just have to wait it out until the pain eases 🙁 I’m thinkin maybe I should ask for a referral to a GI specialist?
Any help would be appreciated.
Post # 3
It does sound like gallstones, but especially in women right sided pain can be so many things. It is possible to have gallbladder-related pain without gallstones. There are other parts that can malfunction and cause the pain. The ovarian cyst could be responsible – those can HURT! – but I would expect the pain to be lower.
Post # 4
Based on your symptoms and family history, I would ask for an ultrasound. CTs don’t always show the presence of gallstones. Feel better!!
Post # 5
I had the exact same pain with gallstones. Hope they get it figured out for you soon!! I know it’s no fun.
Post # 6
@Deejayelle: I’m an RN on a GI/General surgery floor and it sure sounds like gallstones or sludge to me. The CT may or may not show the sludge in the gallbladder and as a PP said an ultrasound would be a better diagnostic tool for gallstones. It doesn’t sound like reflux to me, and we do a lot of surgeries to correct that too. Usually the pain from reflux would be more localized and feel like chest ache/heartburn. I would recommend seeing a GI specialist for follow-up. Hope you feel better! If you do end up needing your gallbladder removed, rest assured; it really is a quick and easy surgery with a very short recovery time.
Post # 7
I have had an inflamed pancreas. For over a year they said it was my gallbladder but could never see stones. I even had the $5,000 2 hour test done (wothout insurance). Long story short, inflamed pancreas mimics gallbaldder issues. A simple blood test could tell you.
Post # 8
You need an ultra sound of your gall bladder, in the mean time don’t eat really fatty foods.
Post # 9
@Deejayelle: thanks everyone for your input! I will make an appointment to see my doctor. I was talking to the dentist at my work and he said maybe it was a hiatal hernia. apparently my maternal grandmother and great grandmother had that. I also get similar pain when I run – I thought it was because I’m unfit with bad posture. My sister is worried it could be my heart! Too many things it *could* possibly be, hopefully my doctor will refer me off to the appropriate person.
Post # 10
@Deejayelle: I had the same pain when I was running too before I had my gallbladder out! I don’t hear too many people say that. My doc just looked at me like I was nutso when I told him that. 🙂
I am glad you are going to get it checked out! Keep us updated!!