Digestive Disorders / Gastroenterology Forum
This expert forum is not accepting new questions. Please post your question in one of our medical support communities.
Avatar universal

Continued Upper Abdominal Pain

My problem with my stomach has been ongoing for about15 years.  I have seen several doctors about the problem.  The pain in my upper abdomen comes on suddenly.  It can last continually anywhere from one week to 6 weeks, usually the latter.  Then it suddenly stops.  About a week before the pain starts, I seem to be a little constipated.  This happens about 4 months later.  The pain comes on suddenlty and is continuous cramping, gasey, gurgling feeling in my stomach. Not severe just annoying& worrysome.  I also have pain in my back.  Alot of the time, the pain is right in the pit of my stomach.  Sometimes on the left & right sidesalso.  I don't have any reaction to any types of food.  The pain doesn't really worsen.  Just stays continuous.  I have had a CT Scan, colonoscopies and an Endoscopy.  Gallstones have been found.  I have been diagnosed with IBS in previous years but now the doctors think it may be my gallbladder giving me the problem and want to remove it but do not guarantee the pain that I have that keeps coming back will not come back.  My question is whether it is definitely my gallbladder causing the problem or is it something else?  How come the pain comes on suddenly, stays for a number of weeks & then goes away like it never was.  I eat the same things all the time so I don't think it is the food I am eating.  What brings this pain on? The last time I had my problem it was August 2007 which was 8 months ago, which is unusual.  I have now had the pain since May 7, 2008 and sometimes I am now getting lower abdominal pain.  I have never heard of gallbladder pain that is continuous and it is usually affected by what you eat.  Am I mistaken?
7 Responses
233190 tn?1278553401
The workup you have had is comprehensive and would exclude many of the major GI disorders.

The gallbladder can possibly lead to the symptoms.  Obtaining a HIDA scan with CCK stimulation can evaluate the gallbladder ejection fraction.  A low number can lead to abdominal discomfort.  

Other tests to consider would be a 24-hr pH study to evaluate for GERD or a gastric emptying scan to exclude gastroparesis.

This answer is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice - the information presented is for patients education only. Please see your personal physician for further evaluation of your individual case.

Kevin, M.D.
Avatar universal
Thank you very much for your answer.  I will show your comments to my dr before having my gallbladder removed.  He had never mentioned any of the tests you mentioned above.  The problem has been so mysterious coming and going every 4 months.  I think my dr thought that taking out my gallbladder as a last resort would solve the problem.  I am hesitant to have surgery without substanial proof that my gallbladder is the problem.
Avatar universal
I have had similar issues now for about a year.  I just had my gallbladder out, but unfortunately, it didn't cure the issue.  It still comes and goes colicky around my stomach.  Sorry you are feeling this way, I know it is very frustrating!  Good luck with the HIDA scan, it's a breeze, but very expensive if insurance doesn't cover  (near $3000).I hope all turns out well for you :)  
Avatar universal
Check for h-pylori.
Avatar universal
Sorry you still aren't feeling better.  I went to a surgeon last year who thought it "may" be my gallbladder but wouldn't guarantee my pain wouldn't return.  It sounds like your same situation.  I will look into that HIDA scan.  I heard that it was painful.  Is it not?  Did you have pain all the time or did you just have pain when you ate something?  My pain is all the time so I can't really tell if it is from eating.
Avatar universal
Thanks.  I will see what h-pylori is.  Docs never metioned this.
Didn't find the answer you were looking for?
Ask a question
Popular Resources
Learn which OTC medications can help relieve your digestive troubles.
Is a gluten-free diet right for you?
Discover common causes of and remedies for heartburn.
This common yet mysterious bowel condition plagues millions of Americans
Don't get burned again. Banish nighttime heartburn with these quick tips
Get answers to your top questions about this pervasive digestive problem