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Severe pain in stomach area, drinking lots of water, no relief. Could this be gallbladder or spleen?

Hi, on Thursday I had a terrible excruciating pain in my stomach area. This pain lasted from around 6p.m. until 9p.m. I finally got a heating pad in hopes it would help. Woke up several times (every 2 hrs) still feeling pain but not as was earlier. Later learned that it could be my gallbladder. the pain went away but today have pain next to my stomach (?) left side just under the first rib. Wondered if this could be the gallbladder or spleen or ?? Planning to get in touch with the doctor tomorrow. Am drinking lots of water, beet juice, applesauce. Anything I should be aware of?? Thankyou, Sue
Asked On : Thu, 11 Apr 2013
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General Surgeon 's  Response
Apr 2013
Hi and welcome to HCM.
It sounds like gallbladder stone or gastritis attack.It usually happens after meal but can occur at any time. Whatever it is further blood tests and abdominal ultrasound should be done. Till that, avoid alcohol,smoking, fat food,coffee and carbonated drinks. Eat easier food and milk products,drink water or tea. Speen cant cause such symptoms. SOme other reffered pain can be considered such as ureteral colics or pelvic infection,but in most cases this is related to stomach or gallbladder. If you have spasmex or msucle relaxants you may take it when experience pain.
WIsh you good health.
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Internal Medicine Specialist Dr. Prasad Akole's  Response
Dear friend, welcome and thanks for entrusting your query here at Healthcaremagic!
I am Dr. Prasad Akole (Critical Care Expert- and am glad to address to your query here.

Left sided stomach pain can be due to colon, spleen, stomach, kidney, pancreas, lower lung problem and not gall bladder.

We need a lot of info to diagnose on the net.
Could you tell if there is any nausea, vomiting, fever, loose motions, blood in stools?
Is there any hardening of the abdomen?
Is the pain increased on deep breathing?
How is the pain?- continuous or intermittent, dull or sharp, pricking?
Is there any problem with bowel/ bladder?
Do you have acidity/ heartburn/ regurgitation?

Please consult your doctor and get evaluated. A sonography can differentiate these causes.
Additional tests may be advised on examination.

You may take OTC paracetamol till doctor’s visit.

I hope to have answered your query satisfactorily. I would be glad to answer any further queries. Take care and please keep me informed of your progress at
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