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Gall Bladder or just PMS?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • February 3, 2007
  • 05:48 AM

For the past year or so, I have experienced mild to moderate (and occasionally severe) sporadic pains in my abdomen and side below my ribs that take anywhere between a few minutes to a few hours to cease. I always just wrote them off as cramps or PMS.

In the past months, though, a few things have gotten me worried.

I started getting stomach pains more often (at least once a week) and lately I've had constant pain in my right shoulder and between my shoulder blades. Most alarmingly, I have also been noticing an orange oily rectal discharge. My mother had gall bladder trouble a few years ago, so I looked up the symptoms just to see, and I have every symptom of chronic inflammation of the gall bladder (chronic cholecystitis).

Does this sound serious enough to see a doctor right away, or could it just be a false alarm?

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  • Last year I had my gallbladder removed. I was experiencing the same types of pains you described, most often at night and so severe they drove me to tears. I also experienced diarrhea most everytime after eating, no matter what the food, and sometimes after not eating anything. So, needless to say, I couldn't live like that so I saw my general physician who referred me to a GI specialist, who then sent me for an ultrasound of my gallbladder. Being the little online-researcher that I am, I had already pretty much deduced that I had gallstones, and the tests proved just that. I had a TON of them, and I am only 24, 23 at the time. So after having the surgery to remove the gallbladder and stones, I no longer have that stabbing pain in my back, and the diarrhea has subsided. Apparently, however, it is common to have lactose intolerance after having gallbladder surgery, which is what causes the occasional spout of diarrhea. My advice to you: go to your doctor and tell them your symptoms and that you think it might be gallstones, especially considering your family history. I hope you get some answers and relief!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 8, 2007
    • 01:26 AM
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  • I would definately go to your doctor and ask him if he thinks that might be the cause and if he does he can send you to a specialist. I had the same pains and I went to my doctor a lot about them and he just always thought I had the flu or something? I was only 14 so he didn't think it would be my gall bladder! Finally after going and complaining like 10 times he sent me to a specialist and they ran a lot of tests to see what might be the problem.. Well my gall bladder was only working 16% and the doctor said that it needed to be working atleast 30% so they removed it! Its helped a lot but I still get stomach pains almost every time I get done eating!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 17, 2007
    • 08:30 PM
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