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Old 01-23-2013, 11:11 AM   #1
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Question Single Gallbladder attack? No action?

Hello Board,
New member here... I'm a little confused and would love some insight. Over the weekend, I had something that most definitely seems like a gall bladder attack. Upper right quadrant, with pain between the shoulder blades, that came in waves. Some nausea. The pain was crippling! it went from 0 to 10 in a matter of seconds, and it came in waves over and over. (NOTE: that day, I didn't eat anything out of the ordinary... no overly fatty food. I did have a handful of olives earlier that day, but besides that, it was a low-fat / healthy eating day for me).
I landed in the emergency room... they gave me pain meds, and the doctor there said that it all sounded like gall bladder. Blood work revealed my liver enzymes were elevated. After 24 hours I had an ultrasound.

I have the results and the ultrasound revealed nothing. No stones (and I'm guessing no sludge since all the PA -from my gastro doc office- said was that they didn't see anything wrong).

Now on day 3 after the attack, I have nearly NO pain at all. It did hurt last night a while... but the pain was only a 5. Right now, it's like a 1. I'm hoping it will be completely gone tomorrow.

Anywho~ it didn't seem like the doctor wanted to do anything further at all. The PA wasn't very informative. She just told me to follow up with my primary care physician for some of the other symptoms I had during the attack (shortness of breath and chest pressure). I just thought that was due to the pain... anyway~ what I want to know is: Is it possible to just have a random attack? And if it was just a random attack and some sludge that was "passing through" should I just let it go and only seek further medical help if the pain becomes chronic?

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Old 01-26-2013, 12:16 AM   #2
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Re: Single Gallbladder attack? No action?

They can tell from the Ultrasound if your GB has issues. Could it have been caused by gas?? Olives are really hard to digest, they are very fatty and oily and who knows what they put in there to keep them better longer. Liver enzymes elevated....??? I would definitely follow up with your primary care and ask what that means.....

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Re: Single Gallbladder attack? No action?

Yes, you should follow up and ask for a HIDA scan. It will test for gallbladder function. If your score is below 35% or about 75%, it is time to have it removed as it is not functioning properly due to damage or disease.

Old 01-28-2013, 06:58 AM   #4
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Re: Single Gallbladder attack? No action?

Thanks so the suggestions folks. I'll start with the PCP and go from there... Don't want to pay for additional scans if I don't have to, y'know?

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