Gallbladder? Pain & sickness

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WhereDoWeGo Sat 06-Jun-20 20:01:11

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goose1964 Sun 07-Jun-20 00:11:56

I've had both gallbladder and a pain in the right side. They weren't link and the doctor said it was probably run pain.

WhereDoWeGo Sun 07-Jun-20 03:23:52

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Tabithha Sun 07-Jun-20 03:34:12

I’m not sure it’s your gallbladder. When I had issues with mine I was on the floor sobbing as I was in agony. I thought I was having a heart attack at first. I ended up in hospital for over a week and eventually had it taken out. I hope you manage to get it sorted eventually

WhereDoWeGo Sun 07-Jun-20 03:44:03

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ThanksMateThanksMate Sun 07-Jun-20 03:56:52

One of the first gallbladder attacks I had made me think I was having a heart attack.
(Sharpness and huge wave of pain)
Not side-specific at the time.
When I had subsequent attacks (awaiting surgery), they felt upper centre, down to the right.
Since the op (2007) I have constant right-side pain
It sounds like you wed to rule out other left-sides conditions.

WhereDoWeGo Sun 07-Jun-20 04:05:10

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TenShortStories Sun 07-Jun-20 04:07:05

If it's under the left side it sounds more likely to be something like gastritis than gallbladder related. Does it wake you up at night with a gnawing sort of pain, almost like hunger but much, much worse?

WhereDoWeGo Sun 07-Jun-20 04:31:56

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Chicchicchicchiclana Sun 07-Jun-20 04:42:48

I've had several gallstones episodes since last August and had my gallbladder removed in January. All my pain was central and under my right ribs (and in my back and shoulders). So I would guess your pain might be something else .... but am not a doctor! I hope they can see you soon as it sounds not very nice for you flowers.

OverseasTeacher99 Sun 07-Jun-20 04:47:11

Diverticulitis?

WhereDoWeGo Sun 07-Jun-20 04:50:36

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nogooddeedgoesunpunished Sun 07-Jun-20 05:01:34

Sounds painful. My gallstone pain was on the right side but also in my back. It was the most excruciating pain I have ever felt and I have had 3 major operations. It felt like I was having a heart attack and I needed major pain relief to function. I'm not medically qualified but your pain doesn't sound similar to my experience. I was told by my GP and hospital A& E ( many visits before having gallbladder removed) that my symptoms were textbook for gallstones. Hope you get to the bottom of it soon

WhereDoWeGo Sun 07-Jun-20 05:10:36

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Ispywithmycynicaleye Sun 07-Jun-20 08:03:59

I'm waiting for surgery to remove my gallbladder and the gallstone attacks do feel like you are having a heart attack, like your chest and back are being crushed and it's hard to breathe. My gallbladder was inflamed so when not having an attack I had this constant feeling like I'd been kicked hard in the ribs, like a dull ache. But that was also on the right side.
Do you have any pain on the right side? Could you have damaged your ribs on your left side? Sometimes a sneeze or cough can crack a rib and the pain can last months.

WhereDoWeGo Sun 07-Jun-20 08:18:34

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Ispywithmycynicaleye Sun 07-Jun-20 11:41:43

Just had a quick google and pancreatitis matches what you describe. The pain is on the left side and can be caused by gallstones.

Pancreatitis
The pancreas is a gland located near your small intestine in the upper left part of your body. It secretes enzymes and digestive juices into the small intestine to help break down food. Pancreatitis refers to inflammation of your pancreas. This can be due to:

an injury
alcohol abuse
gallstones
Pain caused by pancreatitis usually comes on slowly and intensifies after eating. It may come and go or be constant. Additional symptoms of pancreatitis include:

nausea
vomiting
weight loss

WhereDoWeGo Sun 07-Jun-20 12:12:10

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Tabithha Sun 07-Jun-20 15:27:42

@WhereDoWeGo it is much better thanks. I’m not sure it’s pancreatitis either though as I suffered with that as a result of my inflamed gallbladder. If I remember correctly that pain was in more of a central location and I was vomiting a lot. I was mainly throwing up bile 😳 and I was given antibiotics to treat it before the surgery to remove my gallbladder. However everyone is different and I’m not medically trained so it could be pancreatitis. If the pain is unbearable do you think a trip to A&E might be worth it? I understand that’s probably not ideal with covid but they’d have to asses you and could maybe give you a scan?

WhereDoWeGo Sun 07-Jun-20 15:54:43

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Tabithha Sun 07-Jun-20 16:48:42

@WhereDoWeGo thank you, it was a relief when I had it taken out. I was in hospital for just under 2 weeks and could barely eat the entire time I was there. The weight loss was the only good thing about my stay! I’ve read your op again and I honestly don’t know what it could be. My gp once said pain on the left side of the abdomen is usually related to constipation/gastro issues but I doubt that’s what your issue is. I honestly don’t know sad living in pain isn’t fun so I personally would go to hospital although I realise that’s easier for me as I don’t have kids. I really hope you manage to get it sorted. My advice would be don’t let anyone fob you off. If you have to exaggerate your pain levels a little then so be it. You shouldn’t have to live with it especially if it turns out to be something that’s relatively straightforward to fix

WhereDoWeGo Sun 07-Jun-20 17:46:37

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onlinelinda Sun 07-Jun-20 23:22:32

Pancreatitis can be very dangerous. See a doctor.

WhereDoWeGo Mon 08-Jun-20 00:00:01

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