So, for the past 6 months or so I've been having pains in my upper right ab (like right under my breast), as well as a little lower. It usually happens on the right side.. and it also extends to my side sometimes.. and to my back. I went to the doctor for this before Halloween and she thought it could be my gallbladder, so she ordered an ultrasound to be done. The results came back perfectly fine. I still got the pains though but just have been dealing with it. She said if the pains continued, I should call back and have another test done (a HIDA scan, I believe). she said my gallbladder may not be functioning properly and a HIDA scan would show that. I called the office Friday and left a message for her nurse, teling her I keep getting the pains and I guess I will just have to go on and get this test done... but they never called me back!!
But to be honest with you, I kind of don't even think it is my gallbladder. A girl I work with had her gallbladder taken out and we were talking about my symptoms VS hers... I haven't thrown up or even felt nasaus. I don't have a fever and my shoulder doesn't hurt... it's just a pain in my side and to be honest, it kind of feels like a muscle. I have been doing loads and loads of research on this and have come across the intercostal muscle. I don't exercise or anything! I used to, but ended up hurting my knee and ankles because I was doing it improperly, so I stopped. (But my pain was before that, anyway). I do a lot of twisting at my work though, so I'm wondering if that could very well be it. It also seems to burn a bit at times... my back has also been hurting a lot lately, like my whole back, upper and lower. It was so bad today at work I could barely stand... I just wanted to collapse and sit down. My abs/side also hurt when I bend over, turn a certain way, lay on it... sometimes it even hruts when I breath or cough... it also hurts to be hugged! And I get tired very very easily now!!! Like, shopping exhausts me... carrying bags, etc... I also can't even do simple household chores without having to take a break and just lay down between them. It also hurts to pick stuff up or carry items... WTF is wrong with me? I don't even think it's my gallbladder now.... sometimes it does hurt when I eat.... but it's right when I first start eating... like chewing my food and swallowing.. could that just be the muscle hurting??? I guess I will call the doctor back tomorrow. I just don't know if I should see her or just schedule the HIDA scan because honestly, i don't feel like spending more money on tests if it's not my gallbladder.
I went through this. You can go and get a HIDA scan if you wish, but keep in mind that many people with no symptomatic gallbladder problems may show a GB that is not working up to 100%.
Your side and back hurting are classic signs of anxiety illness. And the more you focus on them the worse it will get. I know. I had the same symptoms and went from doc to doc, and nothing proved conclusive. In fact, if you do a search on the internet, which I would not advise, you will find post after post about right sided pain and intercoastal pain and upper/mid back pain, and in 99.9 percent of these cases they never find out what is wrong with them, or they are told that they have a bad gallbladder, a herniated disc, a "fatty liver" and on and on, and then they deal with these supposed diagnosis and the pain persists.
Because in those 99 percent of cases it was the wrong diagnosis. The right dx is anxiety, and anxiety and stress will cause a "fight or flight" reflex that will cause unconscious cringing and bracing and tensing, and eventually with enough of it your muscles tighten and remain that way, and then you become afraid of the symptoms.
Get the tests done to your satisfaction, but remember that if they do not show anything conclusive, or it is doubtful to you, consider that the back muscles tightening will refer pain to your chest and abdomen and of course cause pain when standing, walking, sitting and doing most anything.
Examine the stresses in your life and how you react to them.