Gallbladder flare up

Since my pacemaker was put in five weeks ago, I have had this pain between my shoulder blades. I have talked to many doctors and with much research,  I have finally come to the conclusion it's got to be my gallbladder. Has anyone had gallbladder problems since your pacemaker has been put in? I don't know if a wire is hitting a nerve that's causing an issue or what is going on. My blood pressure will rise up after I eat along with the pain. I am going to see my primary doctor tomorrow and see if I can get a referral. This has exasperated me trying to figure out what is going on. 


Possible Gallbladder Issues

by Marybird - 2021-05-12 18:40:36

No problems with the gallbladder here, but your PCP will probably order an abdominal ultrasound to check for stones or sludge in the gallbladder or biliary tract, and a HIDA scan to check for gallbladder function. There is no problem doing either of these tests with a pacemaker. 

Thank you.

by Rosenberger5 - 2021-05-13 22:43:00

Thank you Mary. This is just so new to me that I am not sure what is going on. I went to the primary doctor today and although I have him stumped, he agreed to a sonogram to check out my gallbladder. Of that is fine, then we go to plan B. I have got to get to the bottom of this soon. I just don't feel good. Tonight I even through some PVCs which caused my heart and back to pound for about twenty minutes. Very confusing. But thank you for responding. 


by Tulp - 2021-05-13 23:02:23


Pm installed in feb,  I will have my gallbladder removed sometimes soon because of stones. But the area you mention isnot at all the same aswhere my pain lies, right under the liver, on the right front side of the belly.

And ultrasound seems to be the best way ro know if there are stones ot other issus on the gallbladder.

Hope you will find answers soon

i agree with Tulp

by quikjraw - 2021-05-14 05:58:39

My mum (not a pacemaker patient) had many years of terrible pain in her gallbladder. In fact she said it was the worst pain she has ever experienced and often needed hospital painkillers. 

Her pain was at the front on the right hand side always. It was never in her back.

As Tulp points out the gallbladder is tucked underneath the liver at the front and I cannot see how any part of the pacemaker or leads could go anywhere near the gallbladder?

I wonder if the pain is something to do with you sleeping differently and causing muscluloskeletal pain in between your shoulder blades?

I hope you get it sorted soon.



Taking a beta blocker?

by TLee - 2021-05-15 20:53:43

The only reason I ask about a beta blocker is that I experienced severe heartburn/acid reflux when I started on mine. I read something about it being because of the way the drugs function, making it easier to move blood through the heart, can also make it easier for acid to move from the stomach to places it shouldn't. It's quite a bit better now, but I still have problems if I eat too fast or too much.

Beta blocker

by Rosenberger5 - 2021-05-16 12:23:09

Thank you all for your input. It really helps me sort through these uncertainties. TLee I have thought the beta blocker could be the culprit. I just am trying to sort it all out. Thanks again. 

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