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gallblatter stones

By Anonymous September 2, 2011 - 8:26am
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i think i have gallblatter stone what are some symthomes of haveing them?

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Hi there Anon,

Many people have gallstones without symptoms, called "silent gallstones." In some cases, these are treated.

Gallstones may cause pain in the upper abdomen. This is sometimes called an attack because it begins suddenly, often after a fatty meal. The pain is severe and may last for 30 minutes or several hours.

Other symptoms include:

Intermittent pain on the right, below the ribcage
Bloating, nausea, and vomiting
Belching, gas, and indigestion
If you have the following symptoms, see your doctor right away:

Abdominal pain
Low-grade fever
Jaundice (yellowish color of the skin or whites of the eyes)
Clay-colored stools
The doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history, and perform a physical exam.

Tests may include:

Abdominal x-ray —a test that uses radiation to take a picture of structures inside the body, about 15% of gallstones can be seen on plain x-rays.
Ultrasound —a test that uses sound waves to find gallstones
Magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (MRCP)—an accurate and non-invasive means of evaluating the pancreas and gallbladder
Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) —a test that uses a combination of endoscopy (the use of a flexible fiberoptic camera to look into your digestive system) and x-rays
Cholecystogram or cholescintigraphy—x-rays that show movement of the gallbladder and any blockage of the cystic duct that carries bile to the bile duct
Blood tests—may be used to find an infection, jaundice, pancreatitis , or an obstruction


Hope this helps,


September 2, 2011 - 8:33am
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Anonymous (reply to Rosa Cabrera RN)

My Galbladder was removed 3 years ago. Pain in higher on rib cage near lower pectoral muscle and radiates through my body to the my back. It seems to feel like like a straight line from the front to to the back of my body and is intermittent but very painful. I cannot seem to link it to any movement, lifting, twisting etc. No fever, cold, illness of any type. What could this be?

September 24, 2011 - 6:30pm
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Hi Anon,

Have you seen your doctor about this? If your symptoms involve: Sudden and rapidly intensifying pain in the upper right portion of your abdomen
Sudden and rapidly intensifying pain in the center of your abdomen, just below your breastbone
Back pain between your shoulder blades
Pain in your right shoulder

Then you may have a blockage from gallstones (which can unfortunately recur)


September 25, 2011 - 10:55am
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Anonymous (reply to Rosa Cabrera RN)

I had an ERCP but continue to have pain under the rib cage on my right side. Why is that?

September 19, 2011 - 10:45am
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