Gall Stones

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I really need some advice, for many years I have suffered with stomach issues, never had a proper diagnosis but been treated for ibs, this as never really worked for me, but of late pain is really bad in my upper right side just were the gall bladder is, I get sudden pain  that feels like a spasm or cramp and some times have a temp, i always feel sick and my stomach is really bloated and not going down, I cant get comfy at all, this is now happening regular, I have mention pain to  my doc but he as just sent me for blood test, no mention of my gall bladder as yet, but its really getting me down, some days I cannot go to work, can anyone advice me if they think it is gall stones, thank you.

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    Sorry you're dealing with this. If you're having gallbladder problems, your gp probably doesn't know how to deal with them.  I suggest you get a referral to a gastroenterologist who is a specialist.  A gastroenterologist will know what tests to perform to properly diagnose and treat you for what's going on, including gallbladder disease, if that's what you have.  

    IBS is a catch all diagnosis for many conditions.  IBS-D means the chief symptom is diarrhea, IBS-C means the chief symptom is constipation,  Very few doctors, especially gp's, do much to find out what's actually going on.  They just give medication to mitigate the symptoms.

    If you get a referral to a doctor that specializes, you might have a better chance of finding out what's going on, and getting proper treatment.

    Best of luck to you! 

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    Sound likely that it's gallbladder. Ask for a referral to a specialist who can order tests to determine if it is gallstone related.

    Meantime avoid spicy and fatty foods and alcohol. This should help the symptoms if it's gallstones.

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    Hi these are some of the symptoms I experienced. Recently I had my gallbladder removed which relieved these symptoms. Keep going back to your doctor and insist on an ultrasound. I suffered for years not getting to the bottom of my symptoms until recently. Good luck.
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    My symptoms are very similar to yours! I have suffered with abdominal pain since I was a teenager and just last year after having a endoscopy done was diagnosed with IBS. My GP originally thought some form of IBD but my endoscopy was normal looking. Like you I have severe upper right side abdominal pain right under my right ribs that radiates to the back and to the right arm/ shoulder blade. Do you have yellow stools or yellow/ orange oil in your stool? And do you ever get severe abdominal attacks? I had one last week and my pain is still really bad in my upper right side under my ribs where the gallbladder sits. Hope you get some answers!
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      What you are having is related to your gallbladder as I had. My stools where a funny colour and texture. I would go to your doctor as you need an ultrasound to view your gallbladder. If you have another painful attack go to a&e or change your doctor for a second opinion good luck.

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      Hi Hedy,

      I had an emergency ultrasound yesterday but it came back clear. 😓 I have severe pain under my right rib and my right arm hurts/ is going tingly. Is that a GB related? I have an appointment with my GP tomorrow morning, I feel real awful.

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      Hanna, ultrasounds don't always show small stones and sludge.  Also depends on the machine and the tech's ability.  Don't give up.  Ask GP for a referal to a gastroenterologist.  That doc should be better able to diagnose and treat you!  Don't stop searching for answers! xx

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      Hi Lydia,

      Thank you, I will be talking with my GP tomorrow morning and will be asking for a HIDA scan and a CT scan to double check. I'm scared they'll find nothing as this always seems to be the case with me.

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      I understand how you feel. Unless your GP is experienced and knowledgeable about the digestive process, he/she might not think additional testing is warranted.  That's why I suggested a gastro doc.  Please let me know how things go! 

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      This is exactly how I felt and the gb was the last thing tested I had my op within 3months !! . It took me over two years to find the problem with so many tests for this and tests for that. Keep at it and be determined you will get there. 😊 

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