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I'm hoping someone can help me out or has experienced something similar to me...
On October 1, 2017 I started having severe abdominal pain that was intermittent and migratory. It moved all over but was sharp and concerning enough that a few days later I went into the ER. They did a transvaginal ultrasound to make sure I didn't have ovarian cysts (I didn't). They offered to do a CT scan on me, but otherwise didn't want to do much more at that moment. For the rest of the month, I was in and out of my doctor's office with continued, severe symptoms of abdominal and flank pain and the start of changes in my bowels (going from one of the spectrum to the other). I had stool tests done, which were fine. My blood workup was always normal and showed nothing alarming.
By November, I was starting to become extremely worried as nothing was getting closer to a diagnosis. I went to see my OBGYN to see if they had answers. They ran another ultrasound and discovered small cysts on one of my ovaries, but they said it was not what was causing pain. I went to see another primary care physician who started me up with new blood work and an abdominal ultrasound. Both came back normal. She had me start a medication for anxiety as she thought I had IBS. I started that, but that didn't help either (besides exacerbate other symptoms). I went to the ER again at the end of the month with severe pain and they ran a CT scan. The scan showed I had a good amount of sludge in my gallbladder, but they didn't think too much of it. I was referred to a GI by my PCP to explore that route.
In December, I started having a lot of pain in my chest - a lot of pressure, ache, and tightness. They ran all kinds of EKGs and said I was not having a heart attack but they didn't know what was causing it. They started me on a gluten and dairy free diet to see if that helped with the pain. It did help regulate my bowels, which has been helpful, but not any of the other pain. In January, I discontinued the anxiety medication as it wasn't making any difference and I hated taking it. My abdominal pain was through the roof so they performed a EGD. They found a benign polyp in my esophagus and stomach inflammation, but everything else was normal.
This past month has just been miserable. I'm supposed to be having a colonoscopy in May to rule out Crohn's and other IBDs, but I'm not too hopeful that they will find anything. My biggest concern is the gallbladder sludge that has been passed over. I have been doing a lot of research these past few months and I'm really wondering if this is where the problem lies this whole time. Here are my current symptoms:
- Chest pain (on both sides, but tends to be more of my right)
- SEVERE flank and back pain (that extends towards my spine) - on the right side, but occasionally on my left too
- Pain and pressure in my chest and upper abdomen after eating (within 45 minutes - 3 hours)
- Intermittent pain in the middle of my abdomen (centered and to the sides)
- Bowel movements have had a yellow tinge to them and are frequent (3-4 times a day when I used to go once every day or two before)
- Fatigue - all. the. time.
- So much nausea (usually following food after a bit of time passed)
- Low grade fever (hovering between 99 and 99.5)
Does anyone have similar symptoms? Does this sound like a gallbladder issue? I'm looking for help and any advice. I'm starting to get worried I have cancer or something
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