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Old 03-11-2012, 08:40 PM   #1
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Is it my gallbladder? Help, please!

Sometime last fall, I started getting intense pain in my abdomen with constant nausea, but more prominently underneath my rib cage. The pain often radiated to my back, but it was not nearly as intense. It felt sharp, and I could pinpoint exactly where it came from. Last October, I ate at a buffet and soon after, the pain was unbearable. It came out of nowhere. My whole abdomen was in pain. It lasted a few hours. I went to see a gastroenterologist and had an ultrasound & endoscopy performed in December. He didn't see anything suspicious. Soon, the pain disappeared, but the nausea stayed. I also have IBS, but I doubt this is related. Anyway, 4 days ago, the pain returned all over my abdomen. It wasn't too bad at first. I thought it was my IBS. After I had eaten some creamy spaghetti dish, the pain came full force and did not let up. I was also experiencing intense heartburn. I tried taking probiotics and OTC painkillers, Tums, acid reducers, etc. I was desperate. The pain underneath my ribcage was way more noticeable, especially on the right ride. I felt bloated, in pain, and had sharp pains along with nausea. It lasted for about 2.5-3 days. The heartburn and acid feeling lasted about a day and a half. I woke up yesterday morning, and the pain was just gone. Everything was just gone. Right now, I feel an occasional quick pain underneath my right ribcage. I thought it had been something I ate, but I tried the same foods I thought made me ill, and I'm fine.

I can't afford to go to the doctor's on a whim. I'm not sure if it's serious since the doctor ruled out my gallbladder. Does anyone have any thoughts on this?