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Is the burning sensation due to the absence of a gallbladder?

Q: Since the age of 21 years, I have frequently suffered with jaundice, and later it was diagnosed as due to gallstones. I was operated for gallstones and the gallbladder was removed. From there onwards I am all right. Now for the last 4-5 years, I am suffering with gastric trouble. Sometimes I do feel some burning sensation in the stomach. If I drink water early in the morning, I feel like vomiting; the vomited thing is bitter in taste and yellow in colour. Are all these symptoms are because I don't have a gallbladder? Do I need to take care for not having a gallbladder? Will this affect me in my old age?

A:Your symptoms are not due the absence of the gall bladder. You probably have gastritis or an inflammation in the stomach or the lower end of your food pipe (oesophagus). You should see a gastroenterologist who may need to perform an endoscopic examination of your stomach to diagnose the problem. Once it is diagnosed, it can be treated effectively.

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