I had a HIDA scan last week my doctor wants to remove gallbladder, need second opinion?

I am a 25 year old female. A few months ago I started getting upper right abdominal pain when I ate. It would move to my side and back. I lost my appetite and lost about 10 pounds. It went on for about a month before I went to the doctor. He sent me for an ultrasound of the gallbladder, which came back normal with slight sludge in the gallbladder. I decided to wait a few weeks to see if it would improve, but noticed at least one each week I would have an episode when I ate a large meal. I had blood work to check for H. Pylori, which came back normal, so was sent to a gastroenterologist. While I waited for an appointment, the pain improved some, but I would wake up with what felt like morning sickness most mornings. Eating would help some, as long as it was something light. I had a HIDA scan last week, which came back as an ejection rate of 76%. Technically this was viewed as normal, though my doctor still wants to refer me to a surgeon to see about having it removed.

My question is does this sound like it could be gallbladder related issues? I am young, work out at least three times each week, and have never had health problems. I have been getting frequent cramping feelings in my stomach, and it constantly makes noises (gurgling sounds). Of course I have asked around, and several people have mentioned that it sounds like IBS, stomach ulcer, etc. I will say my bowel movements over the past three months have gone from regular (everyday) to every three days. If i drink coffee, it is more regular. Sometimes though I will have four bowel movements in one day. My upper abdomen hurts when I press it. I had a fatty meal (fried chicken, fries, and a biscuit) last week, and I hurt for hours after.

3 Comments on “I had a HIDA scan last week my doctor wants to remove gallbladder, need second opinion?

  1. Hi
    This is gall bladder related, I recommend an ultrasound and CT scan to recheck your gall bladder to identify sludge nature
    Good Luck

  2. hi,
    seems more of a IBS. I suggest not to undergo gall bladder.

    After all the usg was normal with minimal sludge.
    this does not warrant gall bladder surgery.

  3. In my opinion you are suffering a gall bladder related symptoms plus IBS ,generally avoid fatty foods,chocolate and caffeine ,eat a lot of fibers and get and try to eat smaller meals during the day instead of three large meals. You should eat a small breakfast every morning to help prevent the bile that has been sitting in the gallbladder all night from having a chance to separate once you are up and about. You should also limit the number of calories you eat a day and limit drinks and foods that are high in fat content.
    abdominal USG and CT scan are recommended..
    If the sludge has turned to cause complications then gall bladder must be excised.

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