• Elaine Norris Elaine Norris
    February 19, 2013
    Severe upper abdominal pain under ribs
    Elaine Norris Elaine Norris
    February 19, 2013

    I have been having severe upper abdominal pain at the ribs under my breast.  It feels like an attack. The pain scale is a 10 on 1-10 and lasts about 5 to 10 minutes.  I grab an ice pack from the freezer hold onto my abdomen and rock back and forth screaming and moaning in pain, then it finally subsides.  It scares me to death.  I have had gastric bypass two years ago and have never had this kind of pain before and have had no problems from my bypass.  The doctor just said it's your colon...  I don't want to have these attacks.  It feels like I could pass out from the pain. What could they be?



  • Amy Tudor
    August 01, 2014
    Amy Tudor
    August 01, 2014

    Hi there, Elaine -


    I know this is an old question, but I did want someone to answer it for you.  This pain sounds so scary! It sounds like a gall bladder attack to me, which is so painful that many women say it's worse than the pain of childbirth. Gall bladder problems can be very common in people who've had gastric bypass or who have lost a great deal of weight by other means. Did you ever go back to the doctor (or to another one) to find out what was causing it? You should have your gall bladder checked for sure. I'm only a layperson and can't possibly diagnose the problem, but this is what it sounds like to me.


    If you did get a diagnosis, perhaps you could come back and tell us about your treatment. It might be very helpful to someone else going through the same thing.


    Here are some links that you might find useful, in any case.  I hope you're better by now!


    Using Tylenol Responsibly

    Let’s Talk Pain Meds

    Gall Bladder Scan Results



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