Can blood tests detect if there is problems with gallbladder or liver?
I've had upper center and right stomache pains now for 2 weeks. It's under my center chest and upper right rib. It comes and goes, and the worst being maybe a 5 on a scale of 1 to 10. I've had this off and on all my life, but never lasted this long. I've been told before it was irritable bowel, because my bowels are also obviously very affected when this happens, and they are this time as well. However; I have never been given any tests. Certain foods, pop, or medications will triger my spastic colon. 4 months ago I had an extensive blood work up, for other non related reasons. My liver tests were all normal. I had a chest x-ray one month ago because the Dr. thought I had pneumonia, it looked good and I only had bronchitis and was given z-pak.
When there is no pain, I can push up under my ribs very easily and does not hurt. When the pain is present, it hurts bad to push. My question is, should I get blood tests done again as a starting point, or go straight to an ultrasound? I have no insurance and am very broke, so if there is any blood work that would tell me I would rather do that, although I know the only way to detect for gallstones is the ultrasound, is there blood work to show if there is a problem? I figured if it was bad, I would have known by now since it has been two weeks, but I guess the nagging ache is driving me crazy. Thank you anyone!! Michelle