I have posted here before, as I, too have gallstones. They were revealed during ultrasound, though subsequent HIDA scan did not show any problem with the functioning of the GB itself.
I first had the ultrasound because of what was likely a 2+ hour severe stabbing abdominal pain attack a few months ago, unrelated to eating, by the way. The GI doc who had done a routine colonoscopy (nothing found there), suggested that with the combo of likely GB stone passage causing major pain, AND the fact that the stones are clearly in the GB, I should have an immediate GB removal.
Well, I figured I should be sicker before submitting to surgery, and wanted to wait until at least the fall, anyway, so have made the best of things.
Some of my symptoms, or likely symptoms, are: occasional indigestion/stomach pain; right-sided upper abdominal twinges/pains that come and go. LEFT-sided twinges too. One day I had left-sided twinges, was trying to "rub" them away, and in doing so that created pain in the GB region on the RIGHT side! Go figure!
I have NOT had the upper right back pain some describe; I HAVE had occasional pains exactly on my right side, near or above the waist.
The latest thrill was LEFT sided chest pains moving up into my shoulder and neck and down the left arm. It was not stabbing, but very hard to describe. It sounds like heart pain, but I KNOW the first few pains I felt were in the upper right abdominal area, near the GB; then everything changed and immediately moved to the left and up into the chest, etc.
I have read and heard that GB (and pancreas, etc.) can be major causes of chest pain that people mistake for heart pain. It's something about the nerves that control that entire region controlling what's going on in the chest, shoulder area as well.
So...despite the post-surgical problems many people have after GB removal, I will have to go for it soon and see how I feel afterwards.
I, too, am tiring of eating plain salads, etc., and would LOVE a good plate of Mexican food, or some excellent fried chicken, etc. I cut out so many things that I have lost 15 pounds! Actually, that's a good thing, but this is NOT the way I wanted to lose it. My internist says, "Oh, you put yourself on the gall bladder diet!" She is thrilled with the weight loss and said - lose 10 MORE pounds. If I don't have surgery soon, that will not likely be a problem
I have also had some problems with diarrhea, as have so many people here -- all of this has taken place over the past year, which seems to be about the length of time it takes people to get it figured out and decide to have surgery.
You probably do have GB problems -- as I've said, people experience different symptoms. Even if your GB is stone-free, that doesn't mean it isn't diseased/inflamed. Some people report that once it's out it is clear that the GB was very, very irritated.
Good luck with your situation!