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Comment from: 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 04

I discovered a pain in my stomach and I was vomiting a lot. I couldn't stand the smell of food and all I could do was sleep on the floor on my tummy to ease the pain. I went to the doctor and he said it might be gall stone. He suggested that I go for an ultrasound. I haven't gone yet, but with the medications he gave me, the pain just comes every now and then.

Comment from: cassie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 16

I suffered excruciating and sudden pain in my chest. I thought I was having a heart attack. I was admitted to the hospital, where I was found to be fit and I was sent home. I had another attack after eating one day, and I was admitted again, where they did a scan and found the gallstones. I had surgery the next day, which gave me instant relief, but two years down the track, I still have some minor aches. Previously, I did suffer with occasional indigestion.

Comment from: Dorothy, 45-54 Female Published: December 09

My name is Dorothy, just diagnosed with stones in gallbladder. I have had two attacks thus far that were really unpleasant; with upper abdomen pains radiating to the back from the neck down to both shoulder blades always at night. Both times I received medication and after vomiting got some relief. Doctors say I need go for a surgery, but am currently taking water therapy to see if that can reduce the size of the stones and eventually flush them out.

Comment from: inmygarden, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 07

I am a 54 year old Caucasian woman who has had 6 pregnancies. I am also a little overweight and recently went on a diet. My symptoms started just below the breast bone and radiated to the back between my shoulder blades. I thought I was having a heart attack and went to the emergency room. They did chest X-ray and all the blood tests and told me that my heart didn't seem to be the problem but my liver enzymes were elevated. No one mentioned the possibility of gallstones. I followed up with my doctor who tested for all the hepatitis... all negative. Almost 3 weeks after the first episode I suffered another. Both episodes each lasted about 4 hours and came on at night. I did a search on the internet for "pain between shoulder blades" and found out that this is a classic symptom of gallstones. I called my doctor and he ordered an ultrasound... sure enough... lots of gallstones. Now I'm scheduled for surgery in a couple of days.

Comment from: Kristen, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 06

I just had my gall bladder removed about a week and a half ago, after having to be admitted to the hospital for acute pancreatitis. I had seven gallstones which apparently ended up blocking my pancreatic duct. I cannot say that I had jaundice or itching, but I definitely felt the pain in my lower rib cage/abdomen. For those of you that feel the pain in the center, you may want to get an ultrasound, because pancreatitis is life-threatening. I know, I spent 9 days in ICU. But now that the gall bladder is gone, I feel like I have a new lease on life.

Published: October 06

I had one gall stone attack about one year before I became pregnant and when I went to hospital that evening I was advised I had trapped wind and to go home. I severely suffered that night with no sleep! I then became pregnant and experienced no attacks at all, but about 3 weeks after giving birth I suffered the worst attack ever it was after eating Chinese! I took medication, but nothing helped. I was awake all night and suffered it out. I could not stay still just had to keep moving the whole time, holding a water bottle to give a tiny bit of ease! These attacks then came every 2nd night. I had even starved myself just eating tea and biscuits as any food brought on an attack. By this stage I had been for an ultrasound where gallstones were confirmed. Every 2nd night I was getting injections of tramadol to relieve the pain. Eventually I was prescribed Tramadol and it was the best pain relief and the only thing that took my pain away when suffering an attack. I met then with the consultant who advised me I should really be on a waiting list but due to the extent of my attacks every 2nd night, he would operate asap. Eventually 2 weeks later and loads more suffering, I finally went in to get my gall bladder removed. I was very sore after with 4 incisions and staples on my stomach but at least I could eat again! When I got out of hospital I had a steak and garlic potatoes as I was soooo looking forward to it!

Comment from: 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 02

I had my gallbladder removed in June of 2009 after having continuous heartburn for years which was attributed to gastric reflux and took many antacids which seemed to relieve the heartburn somewhat. I also had a dull continuous ache in my upper right abdomen just under the ribcage. At night it felt like I was laying on a deck of cards. I was unable to eat greasy spicey foods. After having golfball size gallstone and gallbladder removed, I have not used any antacids and have no pain.

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