I am so relieved that I am not alone in my suffering. I had my gallbladder removed in April 2005. For two months I had no syptoms whatsoever. Then they came back all of a sudden. Pain in the same place, radiates into my back and shoulder, even the sternum area. It seems to be worse when I haven’t had anything to eat for a while. Yesterday I was miserable, and barely got any sleep last night because of the pain in my abdomen and back! It helps to press on the area – does anyone else feel relief when they do that? The area is very tender to the touch.