Skip to content


    Exciting News for WebMD Members!

    We've been busy behind the scenes building new message boards for you. You'll have new and easier ways to find messages, connect with others, and share your stories.

    And, this will all be available on your smartphone or other mobile device!

    What Do You Need to Do?

    The message board you're used to will be closing in the coming weeks. While many of your boards will be making the move to our new home, your posts will not. Want to keep a discussion going? Save posts you want to continue (this includes your member profile story), so that you can re-post them in the new message boards.

    Keep an eye here and on your email inbox, we'll be back in touch soon to give you all the information you need!

    Yours in health,
    WebMD Message Boards Management

    Pain in Upper Right Qaudrant
    Samasaurus posted:
    Hello, my name is Samantha and I am 23 years old. In 2006 I had my gallbladder taken out. Since then, I have been slowly losing the ability to digest many foods. I know it is not rare for people without gallbladders to have some after-effects. (My mother and sister cannot have tomato sauce or tomatoes).

    I am aware that fried and fatty foods typically will cause an unsettling stomach, however over the years, and more recently I get incredibly sharp pains in my upper right quadrant. They do not go to my back at all.

    These pains are similar/if not more painful than before I had my gallbladder taken out.

    I have been tested for food allergies twice in the past 6 months (negative on all accounts- They tested me up to the 3rd/4th stage?- the injections).

    I am unable to have any dairy products without harsh repercussions. I have tried skim milk, soy milk, lactaid milk, and almond milk- all which leave me clutching my abdomen after a matter of hours, and running for the toilet the next day.
    Cheese has just started to have the same effect on me.

    Over the summer anytime I consumed meat (small portions with the visible fat cut off), I blacked out (which was quite scary- I had never passed out before), but would come-to within 5 minutes.

    I have refrained from eating meat since the Summer after multiple attempts with different meats. (Please note I do not put any salt, pepper, or sauces on my meat/food in general).

    I am aware that acidic foods can also play a number on people after having their gallbladders removed... strawberries, blueberries, grapes, apples, raspberries, pineapple and lately bananas all seem to make me really sick.

    As for vegetables I can eat green beans (sometimes), potatoes and peas, but other vegetables seem to make me sick as well.

    I have been to 4 specialists, and have had an endoscopy.

    Some of the listed are redundant but nonetheless this is what I have been diagnosed with:

    Acid Reflux
    Stomach Ulcers
    A hiatal hernia

    I exercise daily, and try to stay fit, but I know my diet of foods I am able to eat cannot be good for me long-term. Here is what I am eating:

    Plain white rice, plain potatoes, green beans, peas, bread, celery, cucumbers, ginger ale, and water.

    I miss fruit and vegetables very much. I have slowly tried to reintroduce these foods into my diet, as I love them, and they're beneficial to my health.

    I have been put on numerous (not at the same time) pills for Acid Reflux as well as probiotics.

    I have tried nexium, prevacid, and prilosec.
    And for probiotics I have tried culturelle and florastor.

    I tried each of these products for at least 3 months, and none of them seemed to help with my stomach issues.

    When I get the pains (depending on the food eaten) I usually get really hot, dizzy, and a horrendous pain in my upper right quadrant- each time I get the pain it lasts longer- it used to go away in minutes, but now it can last hours. I usually suffer one of two consequences- my bowels are screaming, and I spend my time on the toilet, or I get nauseous, and typically end up throwing up.

    I don't mean to sound like a hypochondriac, I just know that it's not healthy, or normal for my body to continuously reject food. I have decided to turn here to seek out help, and benefit in any way possible.

    I am not one to self diagnose, but I also would like to be able to enjoy foods again. I have been reading up on the sphincter of oddi- and brought it up to one of the gastroenteritis, and she said it was a possibility- but the test for that was incredibly particular.

    Any information or suggestions would be of great help.

    Thank you!
    chubby1124 responded:
    I can relate , i too have been getting sickened by many foods also , i get very nauseous after eating them , i have been eating alot of potatoes etc. Since having my non functioning gall bladder removed i have been also having alot of pain but in my upper middle to left side abdomen . Every few days i go through a horrible burning flare up which IS NOT ACID im i taking dexilant PPIs Which dont help with the burning i too think maybe it sod dysfunction also .
    apokemon responded:
    I have the same, went to the ER twice in 3 years. I was told at the ER it was a gallbladder problem but gallbladder turns out OK after tests. I have been diagnosed with: GERD, Acid Reflux, IBS, weak stomach valve and a hiatal hernia. I am still trying to find out if I can exercise with the Hiatal Hernia. Push ups and cruches? I have changed my diet much like yours. I have been given a lot of tests but quick no answers. Pantoprazole seems to help better than OTC meds, if that helps. I am going to post about exercise now as my Doctor doen't seem to want to call me with an answer.

    Helpful Tips

    Drinking waer everyday keeps my digesive going. More
    Was this Helpful?
    1 of 1 found this helpful

    Related Drug Reviews

    • Drug Name User Reviews

    Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

    FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

    For more information, visit the American Gastroenterological Association website