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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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