I have never had tenderness during a Gallbladder attack .. the tenderness, for me, comes the next day. If it's infected, then probably you'd have tenderness immediately but I'm not a doctor. Sounds like, from the symtpoms of drinking and the center chest pain that maybe you have bad GERD going on & the doc has you on meds for it. Gallbladder can also mess up your GI tract and cause these symptoms, too. It's a double edged sword. . If Prevacid helps, it most likely is related to the liquor and reflux/gerd is my guess as a non medical person ..... One can have gravel, sludge and grit w/o stones and still have a Gallbladder attack.
Maybe stop all liquor for at least a month and see if anything settles down. It may be helpful for you to make a decision.
Looks like a doctor was able to answer your question on our Ask an Expert Forum: http://www.medhelp.org/posts/Gastroenterology---Digestive-Disorders/To-Gall-Bladder-or-Not-to-Gall-Bladder/show/1616201#post_7351563
Thanks, Actually I had stopped beer for over a month and that was the first time drinking. I had to stop the other drinks quite a while ago to keep from having those attacks. I can have the same attacks from real greasy food or garlic or oniony foods. The nausea attacks are few and far between but Im getting tired of all this running my life.
For me I had no stones, just a chronic inflammation... my tenderness was also usually after the attack felt bruised inside the URQ. I had severe nausea, pain, were my biggest symptoms, couldnt eat anything fatty, alcohol, grease, red meat was terrible, dont always believe what you read on here, I had mine out in January and am sooooo glad i did, it was a miserable 7 months trying to figure it out.