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Gallbladder problem?

By Anonymous February 21, 2012 - 1:06pm
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Hi. I have had a pain under my right rib for a while. Felt like a dull ache and sometimes a pinching. Now it radiates around my back and sometimes feel like a knife stabbed in my lower back. I have had some dizziness and a bit disoriented like my balance is off a bit, nausea, still get hungry but dread eating, headache, fatigue. I am wondering if I should go to ER. I don't have health insurance and this is what I was recommended to do. I threw up a hamburger last week and a hot dog a couple months back. The greasy meat doesn't agree with me at all. Thanks for your help.

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If you do not have health insurance or a primary care physician, going to the emergency room of your local hospital is the best way to be evaluated, diagnosed and treated.

Reviewing your symptoms, you probably have either cholecystitis, which is inflammation of the gallbladder, or cholelithiasis, which is gallstones. Both are types of gallbladder disease.

Signs and symptoms include:
Pain, mostly on the upper right side of the abdomen
Pain following meals, intolerance to fatty foods
Nausea and vomiting
Loss of appetite

Inflammation causes a gallbladder attack. This usually happens because a stone is blocks the flow of bile through the bile ducts or passageways in the gallbladder. Gallstones develop in the gallbladder when substances in bile form hard particles. They can be as small as a grain of sand or as large as a golf ball.


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