I had an ultrasound and CT scan about 10 weeks ago after I developed nausea, dyspepsia and pain under my right rib. All tests were normal. But since then, my symptoms have continued. I don't have health insurance so I'm trying to figure out what to do. In the meantime, can anyone tell me whether these symptoms sound like they *could* all be gallbladder-related?
- pain and feeling of tightness over my right back hip bone, pain down the back interior portion of my quadrucep, right groin tightness and pain, knee pain, and sometimes shin or ankle pain (could be sciatic nerve related but I'm not sure)
- burning pain in my right upper back/scapula region that gets worse when I use my right arm (even typing at the computer can worsen the burning) or lay down on my back
- right arm 'fatigue' (feels like the constant burning nerve pain is extending to my arm, so, for example, cutting vegetables or throwing my dog's ball has become painful - when I do those things, I feel worsening burning in my back and arm that forces me to stop)
- continued pain underneath right rib (sometimes just interior region near sternum, other times running all the way beneath my rib out toward my flank), although this pain is not always present
- sometimes the pain feels a little lower in my back (just below my ribs so if I twist or raise my arm across my body I get a 'snap' of pain), but not always
- sometimes the pain feels a little lower and central in my abdomen (like in my intestinal region), but that's usually temporary
I have no urinary symptoms, no discolored stool, and my symptoms are NOT affected by what I eat (fyi-i've always been active, i'm vegetarian and don't eat high-fat or processed stuff). Although I have had episodes of nausea, the upper GI symptoms (dyspepsia, heartburn) that I originally presented with are not the dominating symptoms anymore. It's more pain now. Also, the symptoms are pretty constant, so I don't think I have stones because that would likely cause episodes of intense pain whereas what I have is constant pain that ranges from 4-9 on a scale of 10.
Could this all be related to a low-functioning gallbladder? Or something else?