Re: Right Upper Quadrant Pain
I've read quite a few posts about people experiencing IBS after gallbladder surgery. Some have problems with severe diarrhea and others have problems with severe painful gas. You may want to read through the posts under digestive disorders and the liver section.
I had my gallbladder removed in April 2003. I didn't have stones or sludge I had chronic cholecystitis. A HIDA scan also revealed a low ejection fraction. My gastro Dr. was certain that once I had the gallbladder removed it would take away my pain. However, I am still experiencing RUQ pain, that radiates into my back. I have had a lot of medical tests on my stomach. I had an endoscopy, colonoscopy, small bowel follow through, ct scan, mri, mrcp, ultrasound, endoscopic ultrasound, also a test that I can't remember the name of it (I had to eat scrambled eggs that contained a radioactive dye and then they did an xray every fifteen minutes to see how long it took me to digest them). Finally, I was referred to a research hospital and they did an ercp which showed I have Sphincter of Oddi dysfunction. They cut the Sphincter to enlarge it and put in a plastic stent. The stent came out after a few weeks. I still continued to have the pain. I had another ercp and they cut the sphincter again. I still have pain but have been able to manage it by following a low fat diet and not eating red meat. Do certain foods seem to make the pain worse? Does your pain feel the same or very similar to the way it did before the gallbladder surgery?