I had my gallbladder removed in 2008 and my life has never been the same since. I had to adjust my whole way of eating and had many problems with digestion. I had belching, gas, acid reflux and other problems no matter what I ate. So in 2009 I had tons of test - endoscopy, colonoscopy, several xrays to see if I had any type of blockage, blood test to see I have any immune diseases. I saw a liver specialist to see if my liver was causing the problem and I have fatty liver. I am overweight and exercise daily. I am 44 years old. My liver specialist told me liver does not cause pain. I am so worried about my liver because it takes so much stress after you lose your gallbladder. I am due for a physical. I just hate to go through all the testing which took me a year and they found nothing but fatty liver. So I am left with pain under my right rib that comes and goes. I belt sometimes and the pain goes away. I had to change to many acid reflux medicines because one will work for awhile and then I have to change again.
Your Dr. is correct, fatty liver should not cause pain. The best solution for fatty liver is to cut back on carbohydrates and alcohol if applicable.
After the gallbladder is removed, cholesterol and bile flow freely from the liver into the digestive system. In some cases small stones can form in the ducts causing problems. The free flowing bile can also create acid reflux problems if the valve at the bottom of your stomach has become weak.
As always you are in charge of your health. If you don't think your doctor is up to the task, fire 'em and find a new one. There are answers.
I am sorry to hear you are still in pain so long after your gallbladder surgery. It is very frustrating not to have answers, I hope your doctor can help you or refer you when you have your physical.
So you had the ERCP and I take it you do not have SOD? Are you taking any medications, especially any meds with codeine? I remember reading that for those of us with no gallbladder, codeine can cause horrible stomach pains?