Gallbladder issues,I think.......

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Hi all,new here........Have had these 'issues' for years: Starts with stomachache,indigestion,cramps from below navel to breastbone,a sometimes dull/ sharp pain,right side of abdomen,under rib cage.sometimes feel a painful convulsing-like feeling in this area.....Goes for 2-3 days or 2-3 weeks like this,no OTC brand of anything works.....Builds up to a point that makes access to a toilet FIRST PRIORITY,NOW!!!...... This explosive diarrhea that lasts all night long every 20-30 minutes is world class nasty,not even mentioning the 'accidents',no detail needed.......Afterwards,when it calms down (24/48 hours later),when I have a B.M.,loose but no pain,extremely dark greenish/brown....Feeling much better now,this is a cycle that has repeated itself for at least 30- 40 years of my life,1-3 times yearly....I had tests covering everything you can name (including a colonoscopy) this year,have had upper and lower GI's in the past,found nothing .They checked my gallbladder function with a blood test once,it was ok at the time.But,I have been told if it is working at time of blood test,it will show nothing....EVERY TIME,I recover fine-Until the next attack that is.Any thoughts??I have no bowel disease issues,colitis,polyps,but a little diverticulosis,and I avoid every food that  triggers that.ANY THOUGHTS??Thanks,Steve.

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    Sorry to learn you're suffering with this.  Have you had a HIDA scan?  That will let them know whether the gallbladder is releasing sufficient amounts of bile.  

    Would suggest that you start eating low fat and keep a food diary.  I was told that the intestines are about 28 feet long.  The large intestine is about 8 feet long--the small intestines make up for the rest.  

    It also takes about 3 days for your body to process food; not eight hours.  So if your stomach is upset, unless you have food poisoning, or something that you may be allergic to, what's causing the upset is what you ate 3 days ago, not the day before.  

    Finally, has your gastroenterologist considered that you might have pancreatic issues?

    Best of luck to you, and let me know how you do!

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    Tell the truth,my pancreas never entered my mind.I have never been to a specialist,I have just gotten used to dealing with it,and every time tests are run,being told 'everything looks great!!'.........

     

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      A gastroenterologist can (hopefully) consider how the entire digestive system works together.  Otherwise, with gp's you're just shooting in the dark.  In my experience, they tend to think, "maybe it's this" without considering the whole.  If they don't get evidence for something they suspect they move on to something else. And, they rarely consider that they might be missing the mark.    

      A gastroenterologist should carefully consider each aspect of the digestive process and run the appropriate tests, not point to one result and tell you everything's okay.  Best of luck!

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    I have a theory about green poop. My theory is that your bacterial genome is missing the bacteria required to breakdown the bile or activate the bile so that it may properly perform it's function. Without divulging too much about the reason I was investigating this, I was considering asking a friend of mine to perform an evaluation of the bacterial genome of my son's poop. Based on another paper which outlined specific bacterial actions on specific bile salts, I could maybe figure out which bacteria he is missing. Well, I have not followed through yet. However, a probiotic for children has come on the market and I was going to try it. But if you don't know what bacteria you are missing, then taking a probiotic is like a shot in the dark, in my opinion. The testing I am referring to is relatively experimental, it may not identify bacteria that does not she'd into the GI track, and it's defiantly not covered by insurance here. Its called next generation sequencing of the gastrointestinal genome. But I am just replying to you right now without really going back and thinking about your symptoms. Let me think about it overnight. There is some kind of syndrome I want to look up......a flashback from medical school....fast transit something...I will get back to you.

    Shalena

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    Update:Saturday,11/5/16,9;45 AM........

    WELL,I made it to Saturday,but: STILL,having these nasty dark greenish/brown evacuations,frequently.Not N controllable,but FREQUENT,all the time since the 'explosive' incidents Monday night....

    Pain,is not really an issue,although my whole digestive area is in a state of CONSTANT,low grade turmoil:Vague nausea,a feeling like trapped gas,but having none,just a feeling of unsettled nests.Pains just below my right rib cage,sore and tender to the touch.......My biggest gripe in all of this,is the weak/ drug out feeling,and needing the bathroom close at hand,ALL THE TIME,for the very sudden call of nature......Oh,I got a Dr. app't for 11/22,.Some have suggested going to the E.R.,before this,but......I feel a trip to the E.R. Is not warranted,being this has happened before........

     

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      If your pain gets to be intense, please go to the ER.  Gallbladders can rupture!  

      Once again, I suggest you get a referral to a gastroenterologist from your doctor.  Something is definitely going on and it needs to be treated!

      Let me know how you do!

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    Steve,

    Have they biopsied any part of the GI track? I am wondering if you have some abnormality of the nerve innervation. Perhaps too many autonomic nerve endings or too little or simply dysfunctional ones. There are GI track pacemakers that are sometimes used in diabetic patients with gastropathy. I am not sure which patients are deemed good candidates but it may be an option if in fact it is an autonomic nerve problem. You must rule out any infection as well. I know it's been 30 years but it's still a possibility. Shoot I just ran out of time again. I'm thinking about your case. .......... I will get back to you again

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