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Euby
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Re: gallbladder?

Hello there

 

Hope you are well. I also have gallstones prior to my diagnosis and have suffered for years with dull aches and only had a few acute attacks of intense pain. I have also experienced various levels of tenderness. My main issues is spasm and wind however not sure of the underlying cuase of this.

 

In case this helps you to identify if it is a gallstone issue I have laid out a few of my experiences.

 

 

- I noticed it started after a period of sudden weight loss and a change in my diet (I was being generally healther)

- I noticed an intensity of pain at some point after eating, particaurly eating fat rich foods - e.g. Macoroni cheese, pate, indiain take away.

- On occasion (sometimes when I have been in pain) I have noticed change of apperence to my bowl movements indicating bile is not getting through to digest the fat in my diet.

 

I try and eat low fat if possible to help control the sypmtoms. My last acute attack (was a month or so before my BC diagnoisis) the Doctor felt I had a build up of bile that can lead to infection as I had severe tenderness in my gall bladder area and a temp for no apparent reason. I beleive gall bladder pain can present quite high also (upper back) but I am not 100% on that so would check that with a professional.

 

Perhaps consider discussing with your GP (It was my GP that referred me) and perhaps they will refer you to see consultant/surgeon. They will usually do an ultra sound on your gall bladder looking for stones and thickening of the gall bladder wall. End result may mean you require surgery. I would recomend you start this process if you are able as the referal and ultrasound could easily take 4 - 6 months, surergy even longer.

 

My surgery was postponed due to BC treatement and luckily I do not have acute issues at this point but that can effectively change at any point. It would just be a case of a stone moving and getting stuck in the bile duct.

 

Hope this is helpful and might even give you some peace of mind.

Ali49
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My pain was comstamt some days but mostly came and went. It was like crippling wind pa8ns sometimes. The are under my breast - the ribs, was tender and went round to my back xx
elliemc
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I also get slight right near shoulder ache that comes and goes, i can’t work out of its related to the herceptin or right upper quadrant ache.
elliemc
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Thanks Ali49, i’m going to ask for a us.
Was your ache constantly bad or did it just feel like discomfort sometimes? did you have any tender to touch area or like your bra would annoy you?

I have no pain tonight for instance, even the tender to touch point is nowhere to be found tonight which happens sometimes. I take milk thistle, i was kind of overdosing on cider vinegar and having some unusual ache around my right kidney so i stopped, it doesn’t happen on milkthistle.

I’m hoping the fact it comes and goes means it’s more bilary colic related from some sort of issue with gallbladder and not liver! ugh, i hate this worry!!!
Ali49
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I have had gallstone pain for a whilebefore diagnosis Ellie. It os on myright side under my ribs and feels as you said, like a bad stitch that goes through to my back. I take spasmanol that really helps. I have also heard that coder vinegar also helps. Can you ask for an ultrasound to help with diagnosis x
elliemc
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Also my onc said the same about the blood tests. Mine have been fine too, and i’ve had this pain about eight months at this stage with no change in bloods.
elliemc
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Thanks for the reply Slowski, mine is definitely not from bone, definitely i’m the soft abdomen and the tender point is if you were to go to breast bone and about four inches down to the right and press there, it’s seems to be digestion related, can get worse after eating sometimes etc

it’s so hard not to worry about the liver. i would do somersaults if it’s ‘just gallbladder’
Slowski
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Hi,

I have just completed 18 Herceptins and have also been troubled with a right side pain similar to your description, over recent months. At one point I was very stressed about it and have discussed it with onc who referred me for a nuclear bone to try and stop my anxiety. The scan was clear and the team have maintained that its due to letrozole and maybe Herceptin too. I also worried about my liver but they assured me the regular blood tests would pick up any issues there. Maybe discuss with your BCN or raise at next appointment?

elliemc
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I should say, i was diagnosed in June, had surgery a week and a half later, started chemo about seven weeks later and have just had my fourth herceptin alone!
elliemc
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gallbladder?

hi everyone,
i’m a bit worried,
since just before chemo, i had a very very slight dull ache in my right upper abdomen almost all the time! It kept up all through chemo, a bit of flank pain during A/C that seemed to improve with wind, and this right side discomfort, almost like a really very light stitch (not bad at all, just knew it was there). Then during Taxol and herceptin, that discomfort kept up, but i also started to feel a point of soreness sometimes when i wear an underwired bra, like a tender bruised feeling when pressed, looks to be exactly where my gallbladder is on diagrams. I have not had any bad gripping pain like i usually read with gallstones though, so i don’t know, and these aches come and go now!

I just wanted to see has anyone else experienced anything like this? I had a 2cm tumour with negative nodes and no vascular invasion! I got no scans, and my oncologist said he’s not worried!

thanks