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Last night I ate a healthy portion of a gelato I sometimes purchase and within an hour I was in pain, stomach (center upper abdomen) not under right rib cage. Pepto Bismol helped but I awoke 90 minutes later pain was bad enough to keep me awake. I noticed that the gelato seemed to be misshapen in the container and think there might be a chance it had melted and re-frozen before I purchased it (bacteria??) Finally I vomited the ice cream (dinner had already gone its merry way) and (gross) it looked just about the same coming out as it had going in! The worst part was my heart, it began to beat very rapidly and unevenly and I was terrified by that. It would not stop. About two hours in, I asked a friend to take me to the ER (I'm in the USA). By the time we got there, the rhythm had returned to normal. Oh boy tons of tests, all kinds of blood work, x-ray of chest, ultrasound of internal organs, 12-lead EKG, the works. BP and heart rhythm were normal, no sign of tachycardia or arrhythmia and Dr. had no answers but told me I had gallstones and should have my gallbladder removed. This is the third time my "stomach" has reacted to something in this way (except for heart rhythm after violent vomiting this time) in about 8 months but it always goes away. Lots of people have gallstones and indigestion also, don't think I want to remove my gallbladder unless absolutely necessary, more worried about the arrhythmia (so sent a message to the cardiologist). Is it possible the ice cream was "bad" (blood work does indicate body was fighting some sort of inflammation and infection)? Or am I fooling myself? Doctors seem to leap to conclusions awfully quickly and then you're left without an organ! I dunno what to do. Advice or similar story, anyone? TY.
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