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Old 05-09-2013, 07:29 AM
 
Location: North Texas
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Tuesday afternoon, my stomach started to hurt. I ignored it and went to the gym after work and pushed through a pretty standard workout for me, which was 10 minutes of HIIT, 30 minutes weightlifting, then 30 minutes of cardio. By the end of it, my stomach was hurting pretty badly. More like a diffuse ache than a sharp pain. It subsided after about another hour but my abs were sore the following day.

Yesterday, I started to get very sharp pain in my abdomen...all over the place really, but as time wore on it seemed to focus on the right upper quadrant under the ribs with referred pain in the lower back. I found I could alleviate it somewhat by leaning back as far as I could. It got very bad while I was driving home so I was stuck in an upright seated position not able to move very far forward or backward. By the time I got home and out of the car, I was no longer moaning and groaning. I was literally shouting, on the verge of screaming, because the pain was so bad. It takes a LOT of pain to make me even make a noise other than a sharp intake of air through the teeth.

To get the pain to pass, I had to lie flat on my back stretching my arms over my head, basically making myself as 'long' as I could. I did this for several minutes, then rolled over onto my front and did a cobra pose from yoga, where you lift your upper body off the ground but your hips are still on the ground. (This helps to stretch the abdominal muscles if you're not familiar with the move.) I repeated this a few times, i.e. stayed stretched out on my back for a while, then rolled over and stretched the abs.

After about 20 minutes of this the pain had subsided enough for me to resume my normal activites but I've felt bloaty and gassy since Tuesday.

Could this be gallstones?
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Old 05-09-2013, 07:43 AM
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In the absence of an actual sonogram of the area or a doctor visit, you can take your right hand, locate the end of your lower rib cage around the area of your liver/gallbladder, and apply pressure with all four fingers in a cupping fashion up and around your ribs - if you have a gallstone or stones, this action will cause acute pain.

Hope that helps! Go see your doctor and see if you need to have it removed. And don't worry too much about letting it go - you won't even miss it. I had mine removed a few years ago and it was an outpatient surgery. Mine was preemptive, as I hadn't had any attacks but during a liver sonogram the technologist discovered a fairly large stone. Why wait to have a full blown attack, where you feel like you'd like to just fling yourself from the highest cliff to end the excruciating pain?
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Old 05-09-2013, 07:57 AM
 
Location: North Texas
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In the absence of an actual sonogram of the area or a doctor visit, you can take your right hand, locate the end of your lower rib cage around the area of your liver/gallbladder, and apply pressure with all four fingers in a cupping fashion up and around your ribs - if you have a gallstone or stones, this action will cause acute pain.

Hope that helps! Go see your doctor and see if you need to have it removed. And don't worry too much about letting it go - you won't even miss it. I had mine removed a few years ago and it was an outpatient surgery. Mine was preemptive, as I hadn't had any attacks but during a liver sonogram the technologist discovered a fairly large stone. Why wait to have a full blown attack, where you feel like you'd like to just fling yourself from the highest cliff to end the excruciating pain?
I tried that action and it made me ache worse...I'm achey right now...but it didn't cause a sharp stabbing pain like I had yesterday.

I think if I have a repeat of yesterday's agony I will definitely see a doctor. I googled around on gallstones and they said sometimes acute attacks happen but do not recur. Here's hoping!

Thank you for the advice...reps given.
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Old 05-09-2013, 08:02 AM
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I tried that action and it made me ache worse...I'm achey right now...but it didn't cause a sharp stabbing pain like I had yesterday.

I think if I have a repeat of yesterday's agony I will definitely see a doctor. I googled around on gallstones and they said sometimes acute attacks happen but do not recur. Here's hoping!

Thank you for the advice...reps given.
You're welcome - I hope everything works out for you. Nothing can replace a bonafide doctor visit, but you can definitely figure out if it's time to make an appointment. Again, no need to worry if you do need to have it removed, very simple common surgery with immediate detectable improvement post op.
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Old 05-09-2013, 02:05 PM
 
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Considering the pain passed with stretching, I'm gonna guess it's not gallstones. I'm thinking it's musculature, or gas. Don't mock gas, it can hurt like hell and cause some major symptoms.

Let us know what the doctor says!
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Old 05-09-2013, 09:21 PM
 
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It could certainly be gallstones or just your gallbladder. I had to have my gallbladder removed a number of years ago because it was in really bad shape, but I did not have gallstones. If the pain continues I would definately go to the doctor and not keep waiting.
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Old 05-10-2013, 08:41 AM
 
Location: North Texas
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Considering the pain passed with stretching, I'm gonna guess it's not gallstones. I'm thinking it's musculature, or gas. Don't mock gas, it can hurt like hell and cause some major symptoms.

Let us know what the doctor says!
That had occurred to me as well, since after the pain passed I had this very full bloaty feeling like I needed to fart, but couldn't.

No pain yesterday so hopefully whatever it was won't happen again whether it was gallstones, gas, etc. Hopefully just gas. Gas I can handle, long as I can coax it out.

Thanks everyone who responded....reps given where possible!
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Old 05-10-2013, 08:25 PM
 
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My sister and I were just talking on the phone about her recent trouble with gallstones. She went to a chiropractor and a acupuncturist. They recommended her eating beet greens daily. The beets can be eaten as well, but it is the beet greens that are supposed to help dissolve gallstones. I don't personally know if this is for real, I just know she is no longer in pain since she began doing that.
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Old 05-13-2013, 08:01 AM
 
Location: North Texas
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My sister and I were just talking on the phone about her recent trouble with gallstones. She went to a chiropractor and a acupuncturist. They recommended her eating beet greens daily. The beets can be eaten as well, but it is the beet greens that are supposed to help dissolve gallstones. I don't personally know if this is for real, I just know she is no longer in pain since she began doing that.
I've heard conflicting advice on swiss chard; a lot of sites say it's good for gallbladder patients whereas others say it isn't because it's high in oxalates (and gallstones are comprised of cholesterol and calcium oxalate).

(Swiss chard and beet greens are practically the same thing!)

Luckily whatever this was has not come back...no repeat of those symptoms since I posted the thread.
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Old 05-13-2013, 08:52 PM
 
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When you have gallstone pain, it is on the right hand side under the ribs and it bores through or around to your back. It is very painful, enough to cause vomiting, and it is "labor pain" bad! You may get another attack no matter when or where... but they eventually start coming more frequently. I had 3 before I got tested. First I thought it was food poisoning. Second was 6+ mos later, third was 3 mos after that... So if you have a second attack, get the sonogram!
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