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I have had on and off pain in my upper right quadrant, 30-60 minutes after I eat, starting moderate and graduating to brutal, with nausea. These flares happen randomly, sometimes every three weeks, sometimes every 6-8 weeks. When they happen they are so bad I have considered going to the emergency room on multiple occasions. However, last year I saw a GI doc who spent about 25 second listening to me and quickly concluded it was IBS. I read online and I have no symptoms of IBS. I had a CT of the abodomen 1.5 weeks following one of the attacks and it showed nothing. I wondered if this was because the attack had passed and I wasn't in a symptomatic phase. It has happened now 6 times in the past 12 months, the last three being severe. The attacks sideline me completely. They are debilitating and wake me from a sound sleep. I followed up with my doctor who ordered an abdomen ultrasound. Again nothing showed up. Friday I am due to have a HIDA scan. I just recovered from my last flare. It was about 5 days - intermittent throughout each day with most of the severe pain late afternoon throughout the night. No amount of pain medicine, acid reducing medicine etc. helps. I tried heat and ice. Nothing. My fear is that on Friday I won't be in a flare stage so I won't have any symptoms. I know the HIDA scan is supposed to mimmick symptoms but that's not the same as whatever originally starts a flare up. I would appreciate any thoughts anyone might have on what this could be, what you think the HIDA scan can detect when not in a flare up. Anything. I can't keep going throught this. Thank you.
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