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What causes gallbladder dysfunction?

Hello, I have been diagnosed with a slow working gallbladder . Just 2 days ago I had a full feeling before dinner but ate anyway, fried chicken. About 12 30 am I woke with a feeling of food in my chest. I eventually vomited. Then the next day just felt lethargic and had the URQ pain, it was also sort of in the middle of my chest (behind my breastbone) along with heartburn. That lasted the whole day, and in the middle of the night I started diarrhea. That lasted most of that day. Diarrhea and vomiting have subsided. Still have some pain in my back in the ribcage (right side). If I see my Dr now that the worst is over what will happen?
Mon, 21 Mar 2016
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hi.

noted history of gallbladder condition. is it secondary to an obstruction like a gallstone or polyp? these are the common pathologies that could cause your epigastric and right upper quadrant abdominal pain, with radiation to the flank area and back. it is best if you consult with a doctor, preferably a gastroenterologist or a general surgeon, for physical examination and clinical evaluation. diagnostics (such as ultrasound, liver function tests, bilirubins, etc.) and management (medical and/or surgical if indications are found) will be directed accordingly. if it is indeed of gallstone in origin, definitive treatment is cholecystectomy or surgical removal of the gallbladder, which could be done laparoscopically (goldstandard) or thru open technique. low fat diet is also recommended.

hope this helps.

good day!!

~dr.kaye
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