“I had my gall bladder out due to back pain. An ultrasound revealed gall stones and multiple other testing turned up nothing. I woke up from surgery with ….. you guessed it – back pain.

As it turned out, I didn’t need gall bladder surgery. I had back pain from muscle tension. It took us several months and lots of testing and physical rehab and a pain specialist to finally get to the bottom of it. The bottom line was I was extremely stressed from work pressure and family problems.

Meanwhile, I had a six month backache, surgery, two weeks off work, and over $100,000 in medical bills. I know because the insurance company called me wanting to know what was going on. I think they suspected medical fraud by the professionals. That amount triggers an investigation. The specialist that operated on me did admit in a post operation appointment that I shouldn’t have back pain any more and likely the surgery didn’t fix the problem. But then I already figured that out 2 minutes after I woke up from surgery.

I try to look at it that I had gall stones and sooner or later I would have needed it out anyway, and at least I was younger and got it over with.

My point is that sometimes they think it is your gall bladder but it is possible it is something else. Consider the possibility that you have some other problem that the surgery didn’t correct – it could be anything from gastrointestinal to stress to something more serious (or less serious). Doctors are sometimes wrong, especially when the symptoms are vague and complex.

One who knows from experience…………..”