Patient Comments: Gallbladder Pain - Symptoms


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Comment from: Whitegirl, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 10

When my random gallbladder attacks would happen, I would suddenly just have to sit still or lie on a cold bathroom floor unmoving, sweat dripping off my face, for at least 15 minutes. Then I would be so happy but exhausted. The relief was awesome. Until one day, the pain didn’t stop. For two and a half days I was in the worst pain of my life. No gas but throwing up and I couldn’t lie still, I was writhing in pain. Worse than having kids. I finally went to the emergency room (ER). The pain is an easy 11 out of 10.

Comment from: Lady Shay, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 24

For about 5 days now, I have been having severe pain on my right side. Having no idea what it might be, I went to the doctor and she took X-rays. She said it can't be my appendix and she said it can't be my gallbladder because I'm not nauseous or anything. I'm having severe should pain, I thought I might be having a stroke or something until I read up on gallbladder problems… And I'm about to go to the emergency room (ER) because I bet it's my gallbladder.

Comment from: Hurting lady, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 18

I have had gallbladder pain for a month, severe pain under the rib cage and round to the back on my right side. Waiting for my gallbladder removal operation, but could be delayed. Hospital gave me Co-codamol tablets 4-hourly, but the codeine upsets my stomach so they are not good. I also have constipation and vomiting with hot and cold flushes. Can’t wait for the operation to get rid of it all.

Comment from: Via, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 10

The gallbladder pain is unbearable, it is a deep strong pain under the upper ribcage to the right side under my breast. The pain radiates to the upper back on both sides of my lungs. The pain can come and go, or it lingers for weeks off and on, more so after any meal. The pain can wake you up at 3 am or 5 am, and those pains take your breath away. I drink apple juice with apple cider vinegar which helps some but not all the way. The pain lingers slightly still but it is the worst nagging pain of all.

Comment from: Lia, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 18

The best I can describe the gallbladder pain is like the leg cramp you get when you stretch, except that pain is at the top of my belly, at the edge of my rib cage. It helps me to burp by drinking something carbonated (Eno, soda pop, etc.), but pressing on it to try and make me burp made the pain severely worse! It also helps me to make a groaning noise that is very deep and guttural (it vibrates, like an internal massage).

Comment from: Dhen, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: December 03

As of this time, I had a gallbladder attack waking me up this early morning. I took my remedy of a glass of warm water and Gaviscon. Thank goodness there is no more pain.

Comment from: Prayers-Pls-&-Thanks, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 18

For over a decade I had gallbladder pain 1 or 2 times a year. Now it's once or twice a month! Ultrasound showed gallstones. The doctor said my gallbladder needs to come out, but I require an MRI first, in order to determine if the stones are only in gallbladder, or if any are outside of it (and if there are, that it is another different procedure). Sigh.

Comment from: Lindyloo, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 04

I started with discomfort under my ribs which rapidly turned to excruciating gallbladder pain coming in waves. Nothing eased it. I've never felt such pain. I had lots of small gallstones and the doctor thought I was passing one. Gallbladder is removed now. Very relieved!

Comment from: shante, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 18

I have been diagnosed with gall stones for about 5 years now. In the beginning I didn’t have any symptoms but over time that has changed. Whenever I have an episode it usually starts with me having mild to extremely excruciating back pain within 5 to 10 minutes. My gallbladder symptoms are excruciating back pain, vomiting, nausea, profuse sweating, sometimes diarrhea, etc., and it lasts anywhere from 15 minutes to 5 hours. With time it is getting worse but I don’t like medicine and surgery has its risks so I just deal with it.

Comment from: Beanz, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 30

I had severe upper right abdominal pain that lasted for over 8 hours. I also had chills, nausea, and vomiting. I went to emergency and they did blood test, then ultrasound to confirm the cause for the gallbladder pain.


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Comment from: Ashlayy. , 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: January 15

Well, firstly I was admitted twice and sent home from the hospital due to the hospital just checking the heart. Then a relative told me she got the same symptoms with gallbladder problems and I am getting the same; pain on the right side under rib cage and dull aching. When I eat fatty foods it becomes worse and shoots to the chest and it squeezes tighter and tighter. The pain feels like you are having a heart attack, and this occurs for about 40 minutes. Then I just get a weird aching feeling on my chest and side.

Comment from: Huffrobin, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 31

I thought I had indigestion but when it didn't go away and the pain traveled to the right side of my body I knew something wasn't right. I just had my gallbladder removed on Friday. I'm in pain but it's manageable. Now I seem to be paranoid about a fever. I wonder if anyone had a fever after their surgery.

Comment from: Anastasia, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 24

I had a sharp pain in my side a few times, and I blew it off. Then, I had bad bloating and gained 13 pounds suddenly, felt like I was going to the bathroom all the time. My stools changed to a lighter color and thinner. My appetite is not good and I feel lightheaded, sick to my stomach, and weak. I am going in for an ultrasound. I was shocked to hear it could be gallbladder, so scared.

Comment from: Mk4mart , 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: September 14

I am still waiting for my operation. It has been 10 year since they diagnosed me with sarcoidosis which I had before the gallbladder issue and when I have gallbladder pain it runs with sarcoidosis so it can be very painful. It just been on and off really, I had no pain for a while then boom, it is back and staying, not going away. This year has been the worst, I’m literally having to eat Snack a Jacks because there no fat in them rice cakes. I was eating chicken for years and now can’t eat anything that heavy.

Comment from: Caz77, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 11

I’m waiting for my gallbladder to be removed in 3 weeks. I’ve lost a lot of weight through not being able to tolerate food be it fat free or not. I’ve also got the shivers and started with bad headaches. I feel rotten. I wonder if anyone else has had headaches associated with gallstones.

Comment from: Lorilo, 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 31

My symptoms associated with gallbladder pain are intense upper abdominal pain, nausea, frequent and profuse vomiting, especially with certain foods.

Comment from: Ann, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 23

The symptoms I thought were the stomach flu. Since it came and went for about a week, and with upper stomach pain and back pain, I went to the emergency room. After a CAT scan and MRI, I was told my gall bladder was full of stones. There was also a blockage of 9 marble size stones in my bile duct. I had to have my gallbladder out one day and the next day an endoscopy to remove the stones. I spent six days admitted to the hospital. I was on a liquid diet for six days, due to my pancreas and liver levels being off. Now, I am just sore and weak from not eating for so long.

Comment from: Len, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: March 14

I have gallbladder pain in the right side radiating to the right back. Blood pressure rise to hypertension levels, causing palpitations in my heart and fluttering in the chest.

Comment from: samm, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: March 22

I starting having my gallbladder pain when my daughter was 6 months old. The pain was under my shoulder blades and the stabbing pain is there constant. I get the shivers even though I am sweating. I have been on strong Co-Codamol and Buscopan as a gall stone goes into my bile duct. I have had an ultrasound confirming and I have had my MRI 3 weeks ago. If anyone is worried about the MRI, there is no need, 10 minutes is all it is. I got an appointment for next month and hoping they tell me when I am going to have surgery. What I found out that is best to ease the pain is, when you first start feeling pain, even little ones, use a hot water bottle and keep on for 5 minutes, then off for 5 minutes.

Comment from: prettyivet, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 10

I have been having these gallbladder pains for years but more frequent now. They found gall stones after they performed a sonogram. Pain feels like you are being stabbed repeatedly in the upper abdomen. I have continuous vomiting and shortness of breath. Pepcid alleviates pain slightly. Reglan helps nausea. It actually feels like you are about to die; worse that labor pains. I am going next week to have my gallbladder removed by The da Vinci robot technique.


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Comment from: Julie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 09

When I have a gall bladder attack it lasts days. I have immediate pain from my esophagus when I eat anything and I mean anything. Then above my belly button, then through to my back and then down my arms. It's horrible and I can't wait to have an MRI scan to differentiate between polyps or stones. A blockage is suspected as I had high amylase and lipase levels when I could stand the pain no longer and ended up in Accident and Emergency. They diagnosed that it must be my ovarian cysts which the gastroenterologist couldn't understand especially due to blood test results! Hopefully it will get sorted now as I can't eat at all without extreme pain and have pain if I don't eat. Sigh.

Comment from: Springfield Patient, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 16

I had severe upper abdominal (solar plexus) pain which caused sweats and short breathing, and nausea with dry heaves. I went to the emergency room and after 1 hour, they said gall bladder was enlarged with stones. After removal surgeon told me the bladder was black and had gangrene. Very little warning, don't fool around with this!

Comment from: Bella, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 28

I had shoulder and back pain with nausea and vomiting along with diarrhea. Every time I ate, within minutes, the pain worsened and nausea came on stronger. Headaches were bad, couldn't sleep, shoulder pain was worse than the gallbladder pain. After 5 days I went to the emergency room (ER). They did blood work, x-ray, sonogram and urine tests. Doctor came in and said the tests do not show gallstones and they can't admit me on the pain factor only, my tests having come back normal. He gave me Zofran for nausea and sent me home. All symptoms continue and I am feeling weaker with each new day. I guess it's time for a second opinion!

Comment from: arya926, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 16

I haven"t had much gallbladder pain except for intermittent shock-y pain in my upper right rib area in my back and occasional cramp-y pain in my upper abdomen. My main symptoms are inability to sleep, unbelievable nausea, anxiety, and headaches. The first time it happened I thought I had a stomach virus. After 5 days and no sign of contagion, I thought it was food poisoning. Then it got better. A month later, same thing. Only this time the promethazine did not work for nausea. I went to the emergency room (ER) and they found the gall stones and my white count was high. I still have my gallbladder and I"m trying to dissolve the stones naturally with barberry bark extract. I still can"t eat fatty foods without repercussions.

Comment from: turtle, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 11

I started with severe cramps in the upper abdomen. The pain came and went regularly for over 12 hours, proceeded with increasing bowel movements to diarrhea to blood and mucus. I ran a moderate fever and felt nauseated. The cramps eased and the bleeding finally stopped after 24 hours but the abdominal pain lasted for 4 to 5 days. I lost over 10 pounds and had no appetite. Worst cramps I ever had, felt like someone turning my stomach into a squeegee.

Comment from: valpaul, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 20

I have been a diabetic for last 35 years, under control with insulin. For the past 3 months, I started feeling pain (not continuous) at right upper abdomen area, sometimes radiating to right shoulder. Doctor felt that gall bladder area was slightly swollen. Ultra sound scan found gall bladder dissected, but found no stone or any other problem. I had no nausea, loss of appetite or indigestion. Liver is slightly fatty. I take simvastatin 10 mg and atenolol 25 mg as preventive medication.

Comment from: Hollywood73109, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: September 04

I have ever symptom listed under every gallbladder diagnosis listed, except no vomit and constipation nor diarrhea, but I had diarrhea five years previously. On their tests they said there was thickening of walls, and on CT and ultrasound they saw what could be sludge but not exactly like they normally see, so it is questionable. My pancreas are blocked by bowel gas, and some measurement in my liver is 17.4. Again, why not give antibiotics for infection and medicines for stone that may have not showed up, and ERCP (endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography).

Comment from: Ankush pandey, 0-2 Male (Caregiver) Published: November 06

My dad is suffering with a stone in his gallbladder and he is taking medicine also. He has pain in the gallbladder all of a sudden because of the stone.

Comment from: june, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 27

I have pain all the time and had lots of test for gallbladder and clogged artery in my stomach. They found nothing so I started looking for what else could cause the same symptoms as both of these. I found that anxiety and depression can cause the same symptoms as gallbladder problems, so I'm going to see someone. I have a lot of stress, anxiety and depression, so if you have these symptoms talk to your doctor.


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Comment from: Karen, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 19

I had gallstone pain in my back, likewise in my kidneys and also pain in my urinary passage.

Comment from: lalikini, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 17

It starts as a dull pain in my left lower back side and jumps over to the right side and radiates towards the front. Then it’s an intense, extreme pain from my waist to my ribs. I get a fever and either have to go to the bathroom with diarrhea or I have to throw up. This usually happens after midnight after having eaten fatty foods in the day. The gallbladder pain has happened about 20 times now over the last 7 to 8 months. I went to urgent care because I didn’t know what it was and I suspected it was my liver but my blood tests came back clear and so did the x-ray, so the doctor said it was my gallbladder and to get an ultrasound to confirm.

Comment from: Mamakittler, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 26

I thought I was having a heart attack. I got the full cardio work up from the emergency department. My WBC was elevated, my clotting factor was elevated and my blood pressure was stupid high. The doctors never did find out why it hurt or what was going on. But I did some internet reading and cut out all the fat in my diet. I am subsisting on fruit cocktail, Jell-O, and no fat milk. If I slip up and eat any fatty foods I pay for it instantly. Coffee doesn't seem to affect it but the creamer I love dearly does. I am purely miserable and can't seem to get medical help for my gallbladder pain.

Comment from: alyn918, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 21

I have not been to a doctor yet, but will soon. I usually think things will clear up on their own and I do not go running for no reason. This pain, however is fierce. It comes on rather quickly right in the center of my abdomen, under the breastbone. This pain actually takes my breath away, and sometimes radiates to under the right shoulder. Thankfully it does not last long, sometimes only a few minutes, but plenty enough of pain that I fear one day the pain will not just go away without some intervention. I suppose I should not be self-diagnosing as I do not even know for sure this is my gall bladder, so I should get some educated opinion.

Comment from: Judith, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 06

HIDA scan came back 46 percent. My gallbladder pain is horrendous but intermittent. I have fatty liver disease and under huge amount of stress trying to self-help pain without medications I have a history of gallbladder removal for brother and cousins.

Comment from: Christine, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 26

I have been suffering more pain under both rib cages the last few weeks. Last couple of days, I have been only drinking fluids during the day, eat dinner and then the pain rushes up towards the scapula bones. Very intense pain right across from shoulder to shoulder. I am going in the morning for ultrasound test. I have intense nausea each day, I think it is the gallbladder.

Comment from: 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: June 09

I have gall bladder pain and the urgent need to have a bowel movement and it occurs every night and early morning!

Comment from: glenn, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: January 26

I have gallbladder pain from right back around to front. I have burps, and now a rash on back and side. It has been 1 week today.

Comment from: irene, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: June 24

I had gall bladder removed, I am still suffering with pain on the right side; very sensitive to touch. It is located under the breast area over to my right side. Doctor is waiting to receive my x-rays, etc., from the surgery doctor. I also have gastric ulcer problem.

Comment from: kris, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: March 13

I experienced mild but constant pain in the gallbladder and an ongoing feeling of nausea, but without being able to vomit. I went to the emergency room, was admitted, and had surgery within a few hours. What really made me feel sick was the post-operative antibiotics.

Comment from: Ruth, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 20

With gallbladder pain I had severe pain under my right ribs which went through to my back right side, shortness of breath due to pain, sweating, couldn"t straighten up, the pain was unbelievable.

Comment from: koko, Female (Patient) Published: August 05

I have been having upper right quadrant pain for years. I have had CT scans, 2 weeks after symptoms, all the classic symptoms (coffee ground vomit, pain into back and shoulder). Not one health care provider has given a diagnosis of gall bladder disease! How frustrating is that! My daughter had the very same symptoms and the Navy physicians removed her gallbladder (had quarter and half dollar sized stones). I have just learned what to avoid and what not to eat. Funny thing is, I work for an internist!