I had a painful attack about 3 months ago right below my sternum. The ER people guessed it was gastritis, but I thought it was a gallstone passing so I went to a doc. He recommended an ultrasound. No inflammation, but there were some tiny stones and some sludge. Since then I've decided to eat better and lose some weight in hopes of avoiding surgery. I'm dropped 15 pounds and stay away from fast food and don't eat massive quantities of food like I used to.
Now my problem is I still am having digestion issues such as chronic indigestion, dull stomach pain, and that full feeling even with a moderate meal. I'm eating a near-vegetarian diet which helps a lot and keeping my portion sizes small.
At this point I don't know what to do, because while its not enough to put me in the ER, its very annoying to have near constant stomach discomfort. My stool habits have changed dramatically. I used to evacuate up to 3 times a day, now its once per day. Overall I've been lucky, my blood work seems fine, no jaundice, and any pain I have are just minor twinges on the right and sometimes on the left side.
I want to avoid surgery if at all possible, but I have a feeling the ol'gallbladder isn't what it used to be.