Re: Normal HIDA scan... could it still be my gallbladder?
I'm in pretty much the same boat. ALL my tests are normal. I have had multiple ultrasounds, 2 HIDA scans, liver function tests, etc., and nothing shows anything. I have upper right quadrant pain and some boring epigastric pain, sometimes it is so bad that I require narcotic painkillers. It comes in waves of attacks that recur daily for about 2 weeks, then sort of die down until something initiates another attack. My pain was worse for about a week after the CCK injection. I think it sort of irritated something. My next step, I've been told, is to be evaluated at a large medical center for more obscure things such as bile duct strictures, sphincter of oddi dysfunction, etc. I'm waiting for a referral, so that likely won't happen for another month, at least. In the meantime, I'm trying hard to avoid most fats and I'm supplementing with milk thistle, which supposedly "thins the bile". Won't hurt at this point! The surgeon I saw told me that he would not take out my gallbladder without at least one abnormal test. There are some surgeons who, if your case is convincing enough, will take it out; at least that is what I hear. The problem is, without any abnormal tests, the likelihood of surgery curing the problem is lower than if you had stones or a low ejection fraction on the HIDA. Best wishes to you, I hope you will feel better, and be sure to post and let us know how you are!