Gall Bladder or Virus?

Updated on October 14, 2010
S.K. asks from Castle Rock, CO
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I dont know whether to think that what i have is just a bug or if i should be more concerned here's what ive been going through. Yesterday morning i started getting mild cramps that lasted all day, about 8pm they got pretty bad, 1 am diarrhea kicked in and has been going strong along with severe cramps that take my breath away and make me want to cry. No vomiting or nausea. for about the past 3 months or maybe longer i have been very sensitive to foods i eat. If we go to a restaurant i usually have to use the bathroom once before we leave. i get bloated feeling and very gassy usually followed by a bm they are hardly ever solid. should i go to the dr or just see how it pans out for the next day or so?

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answers from Chicago on

Do you think you could have a gluten allergy? Sounds like a food allergy or sensitivity. Sometimes these can get worse with age.

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answers from Washington DC on

If you've been having the problems on/off for a while, then there probably is something going on with your gall bladder. If its just been 2 days, then probably a virus.

For me it was a gall bladder discovered after a year and a half. I had gallstones and I had my gall bladder removed. That got rid of the pain and headaches, but I still have the food sensitivities/bathroom isues.

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answers from Norfolk on

I wouldn't rule out gall bladder, but it could be any number of other digestive problems. Irritable bowel, diverticulitis, colitis, chronic appendicitis are possible, too. A gastroenterologist would be able to help you figure out what is going on.

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answers from Salt Lake City on

I recommend going to the Dr and having them run a full series of tests to rule out Gallbladder, appendix, thyroid, allergy, celiac, and other fun things.
But to be honest it sounds like my early symptoms with my Irritable Bowel Syndrome before they started treating it and controlling it.
Suddenly I would get sharp, intense gas pains that would leave me in a fetal position on a couch ...they could go on for days until I would break and go to an ER. Bloated off and on.
If it didn't hit at the restraunt, it hit at the store or mall we went to afterwards and it was an absolute RUN to the bathroom (quite embarrassing)
If that is what it is there will be certain foods your more sensitive to than others, especially high in fat foods, stress.....will all aggravate the problem.


answers from Jacksonville on

I ended up having a severe attack of heartburn (the kind that makes you think you are having a heart attack) at about 8:00 pm one night. When I went to the doctor, one of the things he asked about was if this was sudden, or had been going on for awhile. I was worried what i was having (at that point) was a gall bladder attack, but the doctor told me that it would be really unusual if that were the case, because with gall bladder problems, they don't usually come on suddenly. They gradually worsen over time (like perhaps you are describing with your food/restaurant sensitivities?)... Gall bladder attacks can be very painful.
I'd def see your doctor and find out what is going on.


answers from Denver on

Gall bladder is a pain on your right side just below your rib cage. Depending on the severity it can radiate into your back.

Because you mentioned cramps and bathroom issues it could be IBS or diverticulitis. Go see the doctor. I'd guess IBS. Until you see the doctor cut out the dairy and stay away from anything with fake sugars. You really want to see a GI specialist but depending on your insurance.........



answers from New London on

Could be a anything! I would definitely tell your doctor. Could be something in your colon ... do you have any swollen lymph nodes? I would get some tests run.



answers from San Diego on

Does not at all sound like Gallbladder to me. At least those were never my symptoms when I had a bad gallbladder. I do not know anything about IBS but, could it be that?

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