I had gallbladder surgery almost 3 years ago but I still have the back pain and diaphragm discomfort I did before I had the surgery. I had no gallstones but my ejection fraction was low. The pain is right under my diaphragm and is worse if I do any lifting or bending. The radiologist said that my diaphragm is flat. I have never smoked in my life but he said I have emphysema. It is a very uncomfortable feeling. At times I have a burning sensation like my insides are on fire. The pain also is in my back just below my shouder blades in the big muscles in my back. I have to watch my diet very, very carefully. I can not eat any red meat at all. I can feel the meat as it goes through my digestive system and it takes about 3 days for it to get through which leaves me with a very uncomfortable feeling for those days. These symptoms may be related and then again it may be something separate. I just don't know. Can anyone make any suggestions???
From your description, I'm not sure if SOD (sphincter of Oddi dysfunction) can be considered as a cause, but you might want to look into it. A decent place to read about SOD is via the John Hopkins website that has an overview that may be helpful: http://hopkins-gi.nts.jhu.edu/pages/latin/templates/index.cfm?pg=disease1&organ=3&disease=12&lang_id=1
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