Welcome to JustAnswer Health...and thank you for your question. I am a verified Expert and am delighted to help you today. Does the pain worsen after you eat?
I'm sorry.... you did say that it does. Gallbladder disease will cause pain in the right upper quadrant that typically worsens after meals....especially after meals that contain any fat.
The lower right may be unrelated... do you have problems with your bowels?
yes, worse after meals in upper ride side
not aware of bowel issue, but i did begin benefiber per dr's recommendation. Also, stool's have been light/clay colored for about 2-3 weeks now
if stools are clay colored this may indicate gallbladder irritation that may be causing irritation in the common bile duct, which is a tube that goes from the gallbladder to the liver. Sometimes stones and/or sludge can cause this. Is your pain worse than when you had your scan done?
If you have a fever it seems to me that you should go to the ER for an evaluation.... you may need to have your gallbladder removed.
yes, it is. it seems to be becoming more acute as time goes on, and is generally in the evening, or after I've eaten. as i mentioned, i removed alcohol, dairy, chocolate and caffeine, but it still continues. i also stopped using naproxen. I don't have acid reflux.
ok, thank you. i have an appt with primary on Friday, and have debated on whether i should just go to the ER...ultrasound was this past Friday, but then have to wait a week.
Are you still eating foods which contain fat?
this issue has been going on for 6 weeks now, so am a little concerned
yes, i was eating normally until dr said to avoid high-fat, spicy meals. have been eating a bland diet since
If you don't want to go to the ER tonight... stop eating any foods with ANY fat... see if that helps. But the fever is of concern... that indicate infection somewhere.
Can you call your Doctor?
and tell him that it is worse? He can get a wet read on your scan for faster answers
bloodwork came back normal (wouldn't infection make blood work irregular?)...i will try eating foods without any fat as well.
yes.. an infection would show in your lab results
i called today and let the front office person know the pain was worsening and they said results were in, but unless anything looked "out of the ordinary" i should just come to the Friday appt.
If the pain gets severe... or worsens.. please just go to the ER
to be on the safe side
do you get relief between meals?
thank you for your answers...i've been trying to avoid the ER as my work schedule is quite busy
however, i don't want it to get worse
I totally understand
yes, relief between meals, but then nausea is worse
If you still get relief between meals then you may be able to hang on a bit longer. Do you know what labs they did?
hmmm...not sure of the exact labs, but the dr did a physical...
he mentioned kidneys looked fine,
cholesterol good, no thyroid issue
white blood cell count normal (is there where infection would be indicated?)
I wonder if they looked at liver enzymes to see if there is irritation from the possible gallbladder problem. At any rate... if you feel like you are getting worse do go to the ER.. ok?
could the lower abdominal pain be related to the upper abdominal pain? i have had ovarian cysts in the past as well as a uterine fibroid about 2 years ago. could it "be back" or bigger? trying to decipher what the issue is with the lower ab
yes, i agree...2 days away is still 2 days away. I have a copy of bloodwork at home. what would the liver enzyme test look like?
The lower pain is likely not related.. this kind of pain can be due to a cyst,as well as fibroids yes..
Cysts come and go... so even though one may have resolved, another can form.
i will look.
thank you for your help
ok... you are very welcome. I really hope you feel better fast:-)