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I'm hoping someone can give me some advice! About three weeks ago, I suddenly started experiencing nasty stomach pain - which initially started in the upper centre of my stomach, then spread out to the right-hand side. Over the last few days, I noticed it had spread to my back - again, right-hand side.
Docs straight away said gallstones, then said they'd book me for an ultrasound. Fast-forward three weeks, and it's been constant pain every day. Some days are manageable, others I struggle. I can hardly eat - I haven't had a proper meal in days and am currently surviving off baked beans, cottage cheese, dry toast and grapes. I've lost quite a bit of weight already - which I couldn't really afford to - given I'm 5ft 6 and now down to 8st 6. I don't want to lose any more!
Doc did a blood test - all was fine, so no infection. But after this, I felt that they labelled me as an unimportant case - which isn't so good for me having to cope with this daily.
Apparently I'm 'in the system' for an ultrasound (though they cocked it up to begin with and put me as a routine case - which meant the earliest I could be seen was May - yikes!) but I'm aware that if gallstones are found, it could take months to have surgery, and even then, it might not be successful.
To be honest, I'm rather concerned. Occasional attacks I can manage, but persistent pain for weeks on end is a daunting prospect, not least if I can't eat. The docs have given me Naproxen (useless) and Tramadol (not much better, just left me spaced out and constipated lol) - and I'm presuming there's not much else they can give me.
I guess I wanted to ask people - does persistent pain tie in with gallstones? Everything I've read online says that it's occasional pain? i'm worried they're barking up the wrong tree, then I'll have to wait ages again for an endoscopy or whatever other tests they'll need to do.
And is there anything else I can do to relieve the symptoms? It's so miserable! Thank you x
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