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Hyperactive/overactive Gallbladder - Advice?

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I have been gluten-free since June, no cheating with only a handful of CC problems. I went gluten-free due to a migraine that lasted several weeks without relief, and that went away within 24 hours of going gluten-free. I have also experienced relief from other symptoms (anxiety, depression, joint pain from my lupus, less fibromyalgia flares, etc), so my doctor won't label me celiac without positive tests, but agrees with me on a gluten-intolerance/allergy diagnosis.

Over the past few weeks, I have been experiencing discomfort and URQ abdominal pain. All the symptoms that I got rid of going gluten-free returned with a vengeance, as well as continuous nausea. Another weird symptom is numbness, tingling/pins and needles feeling on the right side of my abdomen, going up to my face as well.

I was plagued with terrible C, no movement for 12 days, so I went to the ER after trying every single home remedy (and some prescription lax) for C I know about. The doctor was dismissive, only did an X-Ray, ordered an enema and sent me home with a prescription for Milk of Magnesia. The C resolved itself, but the pain in my URQ intensified, spreading to my right shoulderblade. The pins and needles sensation also got worse, and I felt dizzy after every meal (regardless of fat content).

My family doctor ordered a HIDA test, and it came back with a high ejection fraction (80%, I believe), and my gallbladder had started contracting before they even ejected the CCK. The last 30 minutes had me forcing myself to remain still through the pain of the obvious spasming and incredibly pain from the CCK injection. I ended up in the ER the next day, where this time they did all tests (CT scan, X Ray, blood work for clots and CBC, nuclear medicine imaging) but they sent me home with a referral to a GI doctor and a prescription for Protonix.

I found this while searching for answers http://www.pontowebti.com/gallbladder-problems-common-in-celiac-disease-may-be-missed-by-doctors-because-of-normal-tests but the ER doctors said they'd never heard of an overactive gallbladder, so they couldn't help me. And they wouldn't admit me for a GI consult "just" based on pain.

I was able to schedule an appointment with a GI but it's not until Nov 4th. I'm planning to print the article out and bring it with me, but I'm afraid he will also dismiss the symptoms especially since I wasn't "properly" diagnosed with celiac.

Has anyone else had problems with a hyperactive gallbladder and finding a doctor who "believes" it's a real issue?

Newbie - Trying out the gluten-free diet since 6/08/10.

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im sorry you're not having great luck with your doctors... i hate that they're so dismissive and so NOT FULL of answers when we pay them so much money- *especially in the ER.

i dont think ive had hyperactive GB. i have done Liver flushes in the past and purged many gall stones- 400 at one time. but i do totally believe in a hyperactive organ. i just went into a clinic for horrible abdominal muscle & diaphragm cramping- and i was lucky enough to get an osteopath. he felt around, and also adjusted my back- he said that he could tell that my intestines were "hyperactive", and that a really tight back can send too many signals to the intestines and make them "hyper". i believe in all of that stuff. the body is so integrated.

i also suggest you look at GCG (Gold Coin Grass)- i get mine from:


its a tincture that helps to soften and dissolve any gall stones. this might help you.?? but please read instructions and only take 3-4 weeks at a time.

i think that you may be on to something- because i know the GB can refer pain to the shoulder blade.

?? good luck

1986- Elevated Speckled ANA/no Lupus.negative Sjorgens

2008- AntiGliadin IGA/IGg~ Negative,TTG IGA/IGg~ Weak Positive, Endomysial Antibody~ Positive, IGA Deficient.

no biopsy (insurance denied)

6/2010- Enterolab Gene Test:

HLA-DQB1 Allele 1 0302

HLA-DQB1 Allele 2 0302

HLADQ 3,3 (subtype 8,8)

7/2010- 100% Gluten Free

8/2010- DH

10/2010-Hypothyroid dx-> 12/2010 Hashimoto's dx + 1/11- Graves dx :(

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Check into this. I don't know if you suffer from diarrhea, but Habba syndrome is a condition of the gallbladder in that it is dysfunctional and produces excess bile resulting in diarrhea and other symptoms. Here is the website. http://habbasyndrome.com/_wsn/page2.html

Celiac disease(positive blood work/biopsy- 10/2008), gluten free oat intolerent, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis/Disease, Raynaud's Disease

DS2(age 9):
celiac disease(positive IgA tTG, no biopsy- 11/2010)

DS1(age 13):
repeated negative bloodwork and negative EGD/biopsy. Started on a gluten free trial(8/2011). He has decided to stay gluten free due to all of the improvements he has experienced on the diet.

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