Doctors wont listen

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I have been dealing with issues I now believe are gallbladder related, for 7 years. Symptoms have gotten worse over the years and are now:

Pain once a month or so (central upper abdomen, but it seems to radiate from below my right ribcage, lasting 4-12hours), problems with fatty foods, yellow stools, and a tender abdomen 24/7 (under right ribcage) and excessive gas.

I have had bloodwork done, three ultrasounds, endoscopy and colonoscopy done. They all came back fine. I cant convince them to refer me to a HIDA scan or MRCP. They are convinced that nothing is wrong and it irritates me so much.

Have you ever had doctors not listen? What did you do?

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    Hi

    I'm sorry you are going through this. If you are uk based then I think that is a common problem. Saying that I only had one attack and the hospital removed my gallbladder the following week. Think it depends on which ones you see. A and e are a good option if you are in serious pain though.

    Take care and be persistent

    D xxx

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    Hi there. Sorry to hear all this. I am also having exactly the same problems. Identical symptoms, have had one upper endoscopy, two colonoscopies, two ultrasounds and various blood test. All apparently fine! I hope someone has some advice for us!
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    Hi, Tomjohn, ultrasounds don't always show gallstones, especially if it's sludge, i.e., very small granular stones. The colonoscopy and endoscopy won't show anything about your gallbladder. Have they done a liver panel blood test?  That will show if your liver is stressed.  I suggest that you get them to refer you to a consultant, if you can.  If not, show up at A&E and exaggerate the pain you're experiencing until they listen to you. They are essentially forcing you to wait until it's a medical emergency. Keep going to different doctors until one of them listens.  Best of luck, and let us know how you do.
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    had the same issue for 3 years and drs. said I had acid reflux . Apparently the pain was due to passing gallstones. I ended up going to the ER when I had a pain episode, my gallbladder was about to burst, I suggest to do the same or have an ultrasound performed.
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    MRCP is the way forward I had tests for 6 months and daily pain was only this that showed anything wrong. Luckily my GPS has been amazing even though I don't fit their `stereotype' for someone who usually suffers from gallstones. Can you get a second opinion??
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    Thank you all so much for your replies! I really appreciate them all.

    I have had bloodwork done (incl. something for the liver. Dont know what exactly. Told it was fine though)

    I have been seen by my GP, a gastroenterologist and two radiologists. I feel im getting dismissed now, and dont feel like my GP wanna do more about this. I asked him about an MRCP and he just refused, because he said I have had so many tests now, and they all came back fine..

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