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if it's not gallstones, what could it be?

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Old 11-01-2004, 07:14 AM   #1
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if it's not gallstones, what could it be?

all this started on october 20th. i had something that sure seemed like a gallbladder attack. sharp upper right quadrant pain after a meal that dissapated in about 30-60 minutes. i had a repeat episode on the 23rd of october that was almost identical.

i had an abdominal ultrasound last wednesday morning (october 27th). it was largely uneventful, except that i was very tender in my upper right quadrant. it was most uncomfortable to have her pressing there, and i cried out a couple of times.

the tenderness continues, but i haven't had a real "attack", but i frequently have mild pain and something that i can only describe as a sort of "burning" in the same spot. i also feel sort of full there, as if, when i don't sit up straight, my ribcage is pressing into something. i've also had a few acid reflux type episodes as well - no heartburn, but i could feel acid sort of gurgling at the back of my throat.

friday i got a call from my GP's nurse who told me that my ultrasound came back "normal." i asked if the sonographer had noted that i had a lot of upper right quadrant pain while she was performing the sonogram and asked how this could possibly be "normal." her response? "well, i guess we could send you to the gastro." thanks. GREAT answer. i told her i'd just be coming in on monday to speak with the doctor.

i want a physical exam, and i want to hear some sort of options as to why i might be still having this pain. pain is NOT normal. it is our body's attempt to tell us that something is wrong. all i know is i am not going to let this just go and pretend that i'm not hurting and nothing is wrong. but i dread doing the detective work to try to figure out what is wrong. i am SO sick of doctors.

if anyone could offer suggestions as to how to proceed now, i would really appreciate it.


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Old 11-01-2004, 07:32 AM   #2
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Re: if it's not gallstones, what could it be?

i would go see a gastro... its not something you want to wait around on. sometimes stones do not show on the US. Also ask for a.... hyda-scan (i think thats what its called.) Your GB could be functioning improperly. don't let them tell you its nothing! HTH

Old 11-01-2004, 12:26 PM   #3
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Re: if it's not gallstones, what could it be?

curly roller,
I STILL think it sounds like a gallbladder problem.

A good diagnosis is to have a big greasy breakfast...lot's of half done bacon with eggs fried in excess grease, lots of butter on toast and some heavy cream in your coffee.

A healthy gall bladder might feel a slight bid woozy afterwards but a diseased or stony bladder or bile duct will SCREAM in waves of pain that cycles on and off for around an hour.

That pain is diagnostic in my book.

If you DO get the pain, think about trying a liver/gallbladder flush!

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