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.
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?