I have had the same problem! In fact about six years after GB removal I ended up with a blocked bile duct (back before they used stents w/the ECRP) and ended up w/pancreatitis! Lovely. I had horrible heartburn and tons of symptoms that replicated the pain/symptoms from the gb attacks- wierd. I still get the exact heartburn you are describing (lump in chest, radiates to back) when I am not watching my diet and not taking my Nexium regularly. This sounds odd but I have actually laid on a bag of frozen peas to ease the back pain after taking tummy meds. Probably just a mental thing as obviously not a muscle issue but I swear it works . . . . .best of luck with that. I have also had luck gulping something carbonated and getting a burp out- relieves some of that pressure. I swear it feels like I swallowed a golf ball and it is lodged in my chest sometimes- miserable.
“I had my gallbladder removed back in the fall of 2006. I have the pains in my abdomin ( right between the rib cage). I have to lay down from 15-45 minutes for it to pass. It takes the wind right out of me. I was in Florida on vacation about 2 weeks ago and the pain started in while we were out to eat. I got up and went to the restroom thinking I was gonna get sick, next thing I knew I came to under the sink. I had fainted, hit my head on the sink and then came to. I got up and went back out again. This time I took the bathroom stahl down with ( clean off its hinges ). I came to on the floor by the toilet and the door on top of me. I managed to get up and make out of the bathroom to get my husbands attention. He came to the bathroom and peeked in and about that time I was going out again. He caught me and I laid me on the floor. I to and he was on top of me holding me down. I started shaking ( they thought i was having a seizure). The parametics were called and I went to the hospital. They did tests (blood sugar, heart, cat scann, ekg.) and found nothing. Everything was normal.
I have had endometrioses in the past and had a full hystorectomy. Before the hystro. I was having these pells (3 in my lifetime), this was my fourth. The doctors have no clue on what causes it to happen. They want me to come in while it is happening but im at work or its late in the evening. I have never been this bad till our trip to Florida.. it is scary. I wish there was a reason for all this.”
My gallstones were asymptomatic and were found by accident during an ultrasound for another reason. I was told to leave them alone until 5 years later, when I started experiencing painful abdominal bloating and a GI recommended I have my GB removed. No tests of any kind were done to determine if the bloating was caused by anything else. I had my GB removed almost a year ago. Since then the bloating has continued and, in addition, I have terrible pain in my upper right quadrant just under my ribcage, especially after I eat. My doctor has admitted to me that having my GB out was a mistake. Tired of feeling poorly, I sought the opinion of another GI who diagnosed me with celiac disease. After total elimination of gluten from my diet, I still experienced the same painful bloating. I eventually determined on my own that I was allergic to carrageenan, a food additive, which is found in many dairy products and salad dressings. MSG is another culprit. Because of my celiac disease, I have many food sensitivities. If only my first GI had done a simple blood test to check for celiac, I would not have had my gallbladder removed. I recently found a new doctor, a holistic MD, who does not recommend having your GB removed unless it is absolutely necessary! Anyone contemplating having your GB removed, I urge you to get a 2nd and perhaps even a 3rd opinion from a holistic physician who has other ideas of how to treat gallbladder pain. If I could turn back the hands of time and reverse my GB surgery I would. I was in great health before my surgery and now I feel awful most days. I have found that eating a low-fat diet and taking a digestive enzyme and Cholacol help to relieve the pain somewhat.
I have had gallbladder surgery and the Nissan. And 20 plus years later I am suffering from choking, the sensation of food being stuck, and severe heartburn. I take 2 medications at night, yet still wake up and have to take Rolaids. How long can a person take these meds before nothing works. I have even used the cocktail lidiocain with maloox . I am lactose intolerent which causes multiple GI problems.. Any suggestions.
I had my GB taken out about 3 years ago. Before leaving the hospital I told the nurse that three out of the 5 incisions were seeping and they discharged me anyway as it was a laperscopic outpatient procedure. Two days later I was vomitting bile and couldnt move the pain was so bad. Was rushed to ER where I was given admitted for 4 days with antibiotics and etc. Now, I have been to my PCPhad x-rays, ultra sound, CT and a visit to the ER. Have seen my Gastro doctor as I have pain under right rib that goes into the back and also down about two or three inches below the right rib. I have also been having major diarrhea and havee lost a lot of weight. Have been nauseous and have had stomach and intestinal spasms. I will wake up with major back pain in the right rib area. All tests are negative. She put me on some more meds for the spasms but doesnt help the pain or the diarrhea. I have been complaining for well over a year and now all of this has me on the sofa married to my heating pad. I am very active and have just been down for about 8 weeks. Have a recheck appointment with gastro doctor in two weeks and she said I might have to go to a general surgeon as it may be scar tissue. Would that cause major diarrhea too? So tired of this. Yes literally tired also. Try to keep a smile on my face aroud my family but end up yelling at everyone as it hurts but I don’t mean to. Hope they can fix this and it is so nice to know I am not alone. I don’t take pain meds as I have a 26 year old autistic son and need to be alert for him. Have to say. I have been scared. Happy to have found this site
“dear friends–i’m new to this group & think i might have posted to the wrong thread, so am re-posting here–pls forgive duplication.
after 4 days of horrific pain in the upper left (yup) quadrant of my abdomen, my gallbladder was removed–they couldn’t do it via laparoscope because it was so inflamed so i have 5 incisions, 2 bandaid-size, 2 1 inch, & 1 that’s 4+ inches. the surgeon said both that it was 1 of the worst he’d seen, packed w/stones AND was extremely proud of how small the major incision was–said that his assisting surgeon was “”very strong”” which conjured up an unpleasant visual…i developed pneumonia & tachycardia, was in the hosp. 5 nights, am now almost a month past the surgery.
so in addition to having pain on the ‘wrong”” side, i’ve been a vegetarian for decades & am relatively slender. no explanation has been forthcoming about what caused the disease, altho’ my LDL & total cholesterol are rather higher than expected.
the pace of recovery has been maddeningly slow. i have zero energy/stamina & not much ability to concentrate. a one item shopping trip to target exhausts me–leaves me drenched in cold sweat & queasy. my appetite is terrible, with a constant bitter taste in my mouth–guess that’s where the “”bitter as gall”” image came from. mornings are esp. rough–some a.m.s i wake up w/diarrhea, which perversely doesn’t seem to be linked to fatty foods–i can tolerate ice cream fine, for example (& i go for the high fat good stuff…) i have a friend who thinks that adding supplements, in particular, digestive enzymes, would be a good plan. has anyone had experience w/doing so?
the other “”symptom””–or not–is an awful pain inside my right shoulder blade–which i had also experienced before the surgery, but it seems to have intensified significantly–which doesn’t make sense! i’ve seen references to gallbladder disease manifesting thru pain in that area–but mine’s gone.
i’m thinking of becoming a poster child for the platform that the gallbladder is NOT a vestigial organ–my body certainly seems to be functioning differently w/o it. any coping tips?
“Can anyone who thinks they have SOD tell me if you have constant pain even after drinking water ? I have pain for over 2 years upper right hand quandrant which also radiates to my back. Have had every test except an ERCP. Been told I have IBS-C. Nothing helps with the pain. I have had my gallbladder reoved in April 08 it did not help. All bloods have been normal. Liver and pancreas enzymes are normal. I have been to 3 GI doctors and USF. I do not have pain at night when I sleep. It begins after I drink anything or eat.
I am a 39 yr old female who had gallbladder removal surgery last March and since that time have been having increasing upper rib pain. At my 6 week check after surgery my gasto doc blew me off as having indigestion and had me take gas x…….the pain has only been getting worse. I went to my PCP in Nov and he said that I had iflamation in my rib joint and had a floater rib, take some steriods and antiflamatorties. I am still no better only worse! I went to the ER last week and they said that I had inflamation (inflammation) in my rib joint. If I move wrong or have a bowl movement it is almost too much. I am so tired of going doc to doc while my pain daily is getting worse and worse. I am taking extra strength tylenols to get through the day. any suggestions??? i am tired of the pain!!!
“Hi, I recently had gall bladder surgery(1/08/2008), and I am experiencing many of the symptoms that you describe. I had a major anxiety attack the day after surgery. I had never had such an attack before. I have difficult breathing as well. I am sorry to hear about your experience, and like you I believe God will see us through this.
I have been searching for a cause of the symptoms. Were you given antibiotics intraveneously? You may be surprised at the side effects of a commonly used antibiotic.
Also, were antibiotics prescribed for you to take home? Please let me know, and I will share with you what I have found out.
“I am so glad i decided to search heartburn and gerd tonight i had my galbladder out a year ago i thought i was just developing a major case of heartburn on a nightly basis so now it is nice to know that i can pinpoint it possibly to the removal of gb although i do have other ongoing conditions i am a mess but trying to get myself in order just had a hysterectomy in may i suffer high blood pressure,edema high cholesterol so looks as if maybe a diet change for me is a good start thanks for all the tips this forum is great at 6am when you can sleep lol
Well, I had mine out almost 3 years ago. I rarely get nauseous, but I have been tired/fatigued ever sense. I’ve tried to get back into working out, but I never have any energy. I feel like I’ve gotten no sleep in months and feel like I weigh about 300 lbs (I’m 5’5″ and 162).
having your gallbladder out is the wordt thing that you can have down i had mine out when i was 17 i am now 38 years old and i am still having a hard time with my stomach ever sence i had it removed i ended up getting irratable bowl syndrome i have had it all these years i have to wacth what jobs i work at how do you tell your boss that when i have to go i have to go there isn’t give me 5 min it is now and i have really bad pains i can eat and in 2-5 mins later i have to run sometimes i can have a bowl movement up to 7 times a day other peole that i talked to that has had the surgury has had the same problem so think long and hard before having some thing removed it was put in oyr bodies for a reason i am living prof of that!!!!!!!!!!!
Well, I just found this place by accident. I had my gall bladder removed about 7 years ago, I was supposed to have had keyhole surgery for gall stones but for some reason they had to slice me open and take out the whole gall bladder. I too have the problem of having to take a dump after eating, diarrhea most of the time, a pain just below the sternum and a generally uncomfortable stomach. Sometimes I only shit once a day, sometimes 4 times but it’s always the same. I have not lost weight, in fact I’ve gained over a stone over the 7 years. This could be my age though, I’m 58 and male. I have tried cutting down on fatty food but it made no difference. I had no idea why I had this poop problem but having read some of these posts, I now know what it must be. By the way, I was curious to see what my stones were like and bought them home, the largest one was the size of a marble and I had a couple of smaller ones but they were broken up.
“I’ve been in pain on and off since I had my gallbladder removed 3 years ago. 3 weeks ago I got a bad pain in my upper right side and bile starting coming up…I knew what that meant. I was at work and I fought like heck not to throw up. I couldn’t sit up because of the pain. I wound up leaving work. This past Saturday (10/2/10) I woke up with intestinal pain. I had a couple of bowel movements and then the bile again. I threw up 5 times and then I was taken to the hospital. I’ve had an Ultrasound, Endoscopy, ERCP while in the hospital. All the tests came back negative. One week prior I had an MRI and that also came back negative. Yesterday (10/6/10) I saw the GI Specialist that performed my Endoscopy and that was a waste of my time. He did schedule a SBS with fall thru for tomorrow. I saw my Primary Doctor today and I vented my frustration. She thinks it’s a nerve problem (gallbladder area) and prescribed me a medicine for seizures!!! I’m sooo sick of this!!!! I want some answers!!! Thanks for letting me share.