Originally Posted by ceeveg
I am overweight and have recently started dieting. Last night, I ate a fairly large meal, and woke about half-an-hour ago with severe upper back pain and upper right abdominal pain. This has happened before. The abdominal pain has mostly subsided, but the back pain is still intense. I searched for the symptoms, and came up with gallbladder/gallstones issues.
If this is truly the problem, what should I be doing? Can I do anything to relieve this? Should I be going to the doctor?
I just had my gallbladder taken out November 23rd 2010. I had mild gallbladder pain for about a year, but as soon as I started trying to lose weight, that's when the real problems kicked in (I have NO idea why!). I ended up going on a diet of less than 5 grams of fat per meal, and less than 20 grams of fat per day. I HAD to do that to keep the gallbladder attacks to a minimum. I still had a lot of nausea, and I still had gallbladder attacks but they werent as severe as when I was eating whatever. The only thing that helped me was percoset and gravol, and I really hate taking meds. I went to the naturopath but it opened up about 10 different windows that I couldn't handle, emotionally. I tried accupuncture, nothing. I tried going to the chiropractor, and was in more pain than ever! So I did the surgical route and I don't regret it. I still have occasional nausea when I eat something that's too high in fat or a very large meal, and if I eat french fries I get REALLY bad acid reflux, so I stay away from deep fried anything which is better for me anyways! But if I could go back, I would still have the surgery. No regrets.