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    I'm newly diagnosed with IC. I seem to have similar symptoms to everyone that posts on here. I try to watch my diet and it seems to be working. The only thing I haven't seen yet is gallbladder pain. Does anyone know if it is related? I've had an ultra sound and HIDA scan. My gall bladder isn't working at 100% but I have no stones so they probably won't take it out. I'm wondering if my IC is causing the pain around my gall bladder, I have all the symptoms of a gall bladder attack, without the stones.

    Thank you in advance to anyone who responds.


  • #2
    When my gallbladder acted up (2 decades ago) I had gallstones and it had to be removed. But the pain from the gallbladder was mid chest area. Like you're having a heart attack. It lies under your liver, under your ribcage, so I doubt the issues are related in any way. Just my opinion though. I hope you get better soon!


    • #3
      Thank you for your reply Tula. I understand about the chest pain. I thought I was having a heart attack and asked my doctor for an EKG. That was normal. My surgeon was sure it was my gall bladder but when my ultra sound and HIDA scan came back normal he referred me to a GI. I'm getting desperate now, I can't eat anything and the pain is terrible.

      Word of warning to others with IC that have a HIDA scan, I had a terrible flare after the test. I'm thinking the medicine they use to activate the gall bladder hurt my bladder.


      • #4
        Have you had an Endoscopy to check for a duodenal ulcer? After my gall bladder was taken out (cholescytecomy) I contined having pain and finally had an endoscopy done and I had massive ulcers up and down my digestional attack. It gives chest/right side pain similair to the gallbladder?
        Diagnosed April 2009 with stage IV endometriosis
        Hysterectomy 2009 - lost both ovaries to endo
        Dx with IC sept 6th, 2010

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        • #5
          I had my gallbladder out about 8 years before I was diagnosed with IC. :-)
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          • #6
            Thank you for your reply Omaklackey. I actually go today to a GI doctor so I made note of your ulcer to ask him. My surgeon suggested I go to this GI doctor for an Endoscopy so I'll have to wait and see what he says.


            • #7
              I had my gall bladder removed years ago, but I had stones.

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              • #8
                I went years with gallbladder like attacks but had no stones so they never did anything about it except give me antispasmodics to quiet the gallbladder. I finally had a gallbladder emptying test done and found my gallbladder wasn't functioning even though I had no stones. When I had it removed it stopped the pain attacks I had been getting.