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Stabbing pain in right arm and burps. Treated for gall stones, slightly relived. Cause for pain?

Last Friday, after eating some cookie dough with a lot of butter and ginger, I began having trapped air and pain in my right shoulder blade. I was burping a lot. It got progressively worse to the point of being unbearable. I would writhe in pain on the floor if I had to get up and walk, since being upright would cause it to worsen greatly. My right upper arm began to ache,and it feels dull and heavy down to the fingers. The pain in the shoulder blade is sharp, stabbing , burning and is in the right scapula and middle of back,more to the right though. I did a olive oil and lemon juice gall bladder cleanse last night, after discontinuing all solid foods, just drinking fresh juices. I passed a handful of gallstones today at 12:30, the largest being the size of a quarter, all others small. The pain has lessoned and I am able to sit and type and bear it, but it is still great. I have NO pain in my front upper abdomen quad. just right area between neck and shoulder, scapula, back, and right arm.
Asked On : Tue, 1 Jan 2013
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Gastroenterologist 's  Response
Hello, thegeeksmom,
I am really puzzeled by your description of passing gallstones .This is not
true gallstones showing up in the stool. Some sort of chemical reaction
between olive oil and lemon juice, forms oily balls colored green by bile
and comes out in the stool and floats . Real gallstones sink in the water.
This liver cleansing and gallbladder cleansing is a quackery.
What you probably had was an acute dilatation of the stomach due to
excess gas from the butter and cookie dough. Ginger facilitates some
digestive process and hence the berps. When the stomach is quite
distended, that causes pressure on the nerve endings and that is the
reason for shoulder pain (Pressure on the diaphragm ) and the back pain.
I am sure, when once the stomach empties and you expel all the gas,
you should feel better.
I suggest that you get an upper GI x-rays and also a sonogram of the
gallbladder to see if you have real gallstones.
Try to stay away from fatty and greasy foods.
I wish you well.
Answered: Wed, 2 Jan 2013
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