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For years now, I'm talking at least since law school, I've had this ache in my lower shoulder, right below my right shoulder blade. It's been a dull throb that occasionally got to be really bad and shot up my right arm all the way to my hand. I always assumed it was the result of the way that I had set up my computer in law school, so I had to turn my head to the right to look at the screen.

But now, it's gone. I sort of feel a phantom pain where it used to be, but the pain itself is gone.

So I think that the pain was the only real symptom of my gallbladder issues.

What's struck me about this whole mess is that I never felt bad. I never had any problems with my digestive track, I never had any issues that would have made me think gallstones before. But my dad said that he talked to one of the surgeons that performed the operation yesterday, and she said that she's never seen so many gallstones before. Obviously, this has been going on for quite some time, though since I don't know what kind of gallstones they were, I don't know what was causing them.

I think that my shoulder pain was related to the gallstones, and I think that I may never have to deal with that pain again. I also think that maybe a massage that I had two weeks ago may have sped things along. I told Oscar to really work hard on that shoulder, and I remember it hurting a lot more than usual after the massage. Maybe he moved things around such that one of the stones moved someplace where it started irritating a duct, things got inflamed, and all bets were off.

The start of this whole adventure was back pain. It was in a different location as my shoulder pain, but it was reminiscent of the shoulder pain.

At any rate, I'm going to be very interested to see how my shoulder is from here on out. And if that shoulder pain is gone for good, I'm going to be a very happy camper indeed.



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Apr. 23rd, 2009 04:42 pm (UTC)
I have gallstones....I would never know it except that a friend who is a sonographer was "Practicing " on me.....gallbladder, liver, carotid aorta, etc. He said that gallstones are caused by cholesterol. I don't know if thats absolutely correct or not...I didn't check. I just took his word for it.

Apparently you can be asymptomatic for years until they "Get You".
Apr. 27th, 2009 09:21 am (UTC)
That's really cool. It's weird when long-term pain disappears. I have back pain that stays around a few months, then goes for a while, then returns. If it's been around a long time, it's the oddest feeling when it ends.

OK, that was a boring comment. Sorry. Hope you're starting to feel better!
Apr. 28th, 2009 06:10 am (UTC)
I hope that pain is gone for good. :)
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