For almost four years I have had RUQ pain from front to back. It started as a really intense soreness where I could not even roll over in bed without pain. Originally I thought it was a result of overexercising (I did feel pain right after a serious workout), but things never improved. I went round and round with doctors, with the consensus saying it was muscular, and I even went for PT for the quadratus laborum. All tests were normal, including HIDA, although I did have some sludge. But the consensus remained the same. They told me all was normal, including the sludge.
Fast forward 3.5 years. I am dealing with it almost daily with occasional bouts of what I thought were "lactose intolerance episodes." I reach out to a new GI doctor, and we do tests again. This time my HIDA is 4%, I have an esophageal ulcer, gastritis and a bout of diverticulitis all within 2 months. The HIDA scan reproduces what I thought were "lactose intolerance episodes" with the spasms reproducing the sore chronic pain, which feels like a burn blister - tender and sensitive to pressure and movement. It sometimes feels like a pulling, pinching and/or burning. On my best days, it's just a pulling. I get bloated, resulting in huge pressure which makes it uncomfortable to breathe, especially when my progesterone levels increase near my period. I always feel like there is a foreign object in the area on a daily basis.
Would surgery be in my best interest? I don't really even mind the "episodes" because they are only about four times a year, it's the nagging soreness around the area which basically drains all my energy. I never feel comfortable and am in pain almost every day,and although it's does not make me immobile, it changes the quality of my life. Does an ejection fraction that low always indicate a necsessity to remove gallbladder? Can it reverse? Since it is not working, how will removing it make it feel better? Could the soreness be from scar tissue or some other pathology?
I really don't want surgery, but feel forced into this. I would feel better if I knew it was the right choice.