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    A few days ago I had emergency gall bladder surgery. The pain preceding the surgery was most similar to that experienced in my hcm episodes, with the exception that the site was sore to the touch, which isn't the case with hcm, and the pain's intensity continued to increase. Dr. Link (NEMC) where I had the surgery, said that he is hopeful that the gall bladder problems may be linked in some way to my increasing hcm symptoms of shortness of breath and complete intolerance to exercise. Ironically, I have just entered the HCM Clinic at NEMC, after 15 years with Dr. Estes at NEMC, and the day of my first appointment I collapsed with a hcm episode so could not be completely tested. Within four days I was back in NEMC with the gall bladder. Seems coincidental. Is there anyone who can attest to some link between gall bladder and hcm, or better yet, anyone who has found that after removal of gall bladder, her hcm symptoms lightened up? I already searched the general forum with no results. As always, thanks.

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    Hi Faith. After years of having "stomach problems" I had my gall bladder removed last April. It was in awful shape. I have not noticed a reduction in HCM symptoms. But then what you describe as an HCM episode I have never experienced. My symptoms are more of a constant limitation. I only experience significant pain if I engage physically beyond a certain point. It would be interesting to know if there is any kind of correlation between HCM and gall bladder problems.

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    Leon
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    Nothing is as gentle as strength and nothing is as strong as gentleness

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      Hi,

      I doubt that there is a correlation because there are just so many people with gall bladder problems out there. Inevitably a lot of people with HCM will also have gall bladder problems. However, I do definitely think there is a similarity in the pain from both. I had my gall bladder out several years ago after having years of pain and problems and both pancreas and liver damage as a result. I was often writhing in pain on the floor. Not long after I got it out, I commented to the doc that I was still having pain, but he did not pay any attention until I reported that I was back to writhing on the floor. At that time, about 4 years ago, he did an ekg and found significant abnormalities. So, were all those pains gall bladder or were some of them HCM? Who knows, but I suspect some were HCM as I am now having that pain almost daily (but short of the writhing, I am glad to say) and can definitely see a correlation with exertion or arrhythmias.

      Rhoda

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        Re: gall bladder and hcm

        Thanks Rhoda and Leon. I think you're right. My symptoms have returned. I wonder why Dr. Link thought there might be a correlation? I'll find out when I go in to the clinic again. I do notice that I am more comfortable in the general chest region without the gb, however.

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