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Full Feeling under Right Rib Cage - Could this be Gallbladder?
I have documented gallbladder stones (via CT scan) for 15yrs and have been pain free/in remission from attacks for 3 years. Of course, next "attack" out it comes - there's no question/doubt in my mind.
The past 10 days I have had terrible bloating / fullness feeling under my right rib cage that feels like gas/fullness is lodged under the right rib cage and no place else. Lots of indigestion/burping. Having had full-blown gallbladder attacks in the past, I think this is my GB not working properly, but not sure and keeping an eye on things. No pain. just discomfort from the "fullness" feeling.
I'll definitely see my GI if this doesn't get better soon and/or changes course, but wondering if this could be my Gallbladder acting up, but not attacking yet?
Pretty typical gallbladder symptoms. The reason that symptomatic gallbladders are removed is that it is more likely to shorten your life than the surgeon. Patients with symptoms - even a single attack - if followed have about a one in three chance of developing serious complications such as cholecystitis or pancreatitis. Studies in the open cholecystectomy era demonstrated a hundred fold increase in the mortality rate when we were forced to take care of these folks in the face of one of these complications. The "I'll just wait til another attack" approach maximizes the chance of a bad outcome. Are you healthier today than 15 years ago? Few people are which further increases the risk.
You have everything there to strongly recommend a cholecystectomy with good reason. Please don't delay any further.
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