Endoscopy showed gastritis. Negative HIDA scan but suspected gallbladder problems?

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Hi everyone.  I am a 30 year old female and have been having issues with bloating and reflux for the past three years.  The issues used to be off and on and less serious, but about five months ago I woke up severely bloated and it never went away.  Then I started experiencing abdominal pain.  The pain moves around but is generally upper abdominal pain-rarely lower.  Doctors did an ultrasound on my gallbladder and found nothing, then recommended a HIDA scan which showed normal ejection fraction of 53 % but there was some reproduction of symptoms (tightness felt on right hand side during scan).  Then they recommended an upper endoscopy which showed erosive gastritis and inflamed esophagus.  I have always had acid reflux problems so they put me on pantoprazole 20 mg and omeprazole at night as well as carafate to fill in small holes in the stomach.  Because I showed no improvement a month later they are suspecting biliary dyskensia.  I am hesitant to have my gallbladder out as it will cost me thousands of dollars and could cause more issues if they are not correct.  Also since my ejection fraction was normal I'm not sure if this is the right move.  Today I've been in more pain than ever--having severe reflux, pain in my esophagus, abdominal pain all over, nausea, etc.  I am out of ideas and don't know what to do.  I've already been to the ER, seen a GI, 2 general surgeons, and my primary doctor.  Thinking about finding another GI to get a second opinion but really don't know.  I can't seem to find any patterns in food triggers and no medicine makes it better.  Can gallbladder problems cause gastritis or reflux or should I just assume this is out of control acid issues?  Any advice would be so much appreciated. 

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    Firstly, I’m sorry to hear about this and the length of time it’s been going on. I have something similar, ongoing extreme throat and stomach pain. I lost a bunch of weight and was down to 94lb. Ultrasound, MRI, 2 CT scans, and endoscopy so far, all have shown normal gallbladder.  However an accidental finding of endometriosis has them also looking at that to see if it’s attaching to intestines - apparently rare but possible. The next test on the list is a gastric emptying test to see if there’s a narrowing or dysfunction in the spincher from stomach to intestines. Have you tried that test?  My doctor and specialist think it could be the issue on my end. Once they confirm with the gastric emptying test then they will investigate why. Might be an option to look into? 
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    I forgot to mention I’m also on the same medication as you. Pantaprozole 40mg twice a day. I pulled myself down to once a day as 80mg of that daily felt way too high. We will get through this!! Stay strong ❤️
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      Was the gastric emptying test expensive? I know my HIDA scan alone was 900 dollars even with my insurance. I’ve been thinking about going down to 40 mg on my pantoprazole too as I’ve read that PPIs can lower gallbladder function. I may give that a try!
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      I’ve heard of people doing this but have always been hesitant. I’ve been to to the ER for the abdominal pain before and they certainly didn’t whisk me into surgery. Just gave me pain meds and sent me home and told me to follow up with my GI. Is it different there?

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