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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.

Comment from: MrMAS, 25-34 Male Published: December 31

My pain started about 9:30 on a Sunday night. My back started to ache, but I didn't think anything of it since I get back pains constantly. By 10:00pm I felt the pain around my rib cage. I thought that it would go away but by 11:00pm I had all that I could handle. My wife took me to the hospital. I had never been taken to the hospital for anything....5+ car accidents, being kicked by horses and stepped on by cattle. This was the worst pain I had ever felt. It just wouldn't go away. At the hospital they told me I had gallstones and needed surgery. After a couple of morphine doses the pain started to subside at 7:00 Monday morning. It is now Wednesday night and I can still feel soreness below my rib cage. I have an appointment with a surgeon on Monday.

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