Hi, I went to my doctor a few weeks ago because I have been getting bad stomach aches for about 8 months now. My blood tests showed that my liver enzymes were elevated, and even though my ultrasound showed no problems, I had a HIDA scan that discovered I have a gallbladder that functions at only 6%. Now, I have an appointment with a surgeon tomorrow to talk about getting it removed.
Do I need to get my gallbladder removed though? I'm a 20 year old female. I'm not obese, I exercise regularly, and I'm one of the healthiest eaters I know. Even though I get stomach aches just about every day, I only get very painful ones every month or two. My typical stomach ache is painful but not unbearable. The thing is, when I do get my typical stomach ache, it's not a pain under my right ribs. I get like a cramping pain mostly in my lower stomach. I've never had sharp pains where my gallbladder is, even when I get the really bad stomach aches.
So is surgery the only option for me? Can I find another way to manage my dysfunctional gallbladder? Also, what causes a low functioning gallbladder? Thank you for reading!