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Hi guys, first time on here but I needed somewhere to find advice because I'm finding it hard to cope with.
I first had a twinge in my gallbladder region back in May at the same time as having pain in my lower abdomen. I got it checked out and the GP said it was likely to be IBS and spasms in my gallbladder. Prescribed buscopan and told to eat high fibre. I did this for a few weeks and things calmed down to the point where I was able to eat whatever I wanted again (with just odd twinges) which led me to believe there might not even be a connection between eating and the pain.
It calmed down for a good while. I was on a PPI for a month for the lower stomach pain, during which time, both pains left more or less. I finished the month's course and within a few weeks the gallbladder pain returned. It's difficult to say whether the ppi's were anything to do with it as the pain started a few weeks after stopping. This time however it was more painful than ever before and resulted in 111 referring me immediately to a GP and booking me for a scan with suspected gallstones. A burning/stab pain in my URQ that wasn't relieved by any pain killers. The attack lasted around 6 days before calming down. I had the US scan about a week later and the immediate response from the sonographer was that everything looked healthy. No sludge. No stones, which surprised me as I was convinced that it was going to have to come out due to the pain. Since then (about 5 weeks) I've been in constant discomfort of one sort or another. one day it will calm down to a discomfort, almost like a tight muscle feeling. Then the next, it can flare up and make it impossible to concentrate on anything else at work. Today is one of those days.
I have a follow up appointment regarding the scan, with my GP in a few weeks, but I don't know whether that will shed any light as everything looks normal. I'm finding it incredibly frustrating as a low fat/ low sugar diet doesn't seem to control it and just adds to the misery because I'm eating miserably for no reason. It's wholemeal bread, salad, wheatabix etc every day.
I have a further five weeks before I have an appointment with a gastroenterologist. But I'd really like to know if anything might be being overlooked. I'm trying to just put up with the pain, which is incredibly difficult at times. But It worries me that I might be overlooking something more serious, simply because I'm fed up with seeing GPs who can't easily diagnose the problem. I keep reading things about pancreatitis, chronic cholecystitis, acalculous cholecystitis, gallbladder pain from mono in patients with gilbert's syndrome (which I have), gallstones that don't show up on ultrasound scans, low functioning gallbladder. Sorry for the long description, I've gone from a super healthy, super fit, 6'5" guy in my late 20's, who was in the gym and playing competitive sport 5-6 times a week and running half marathons and obstacle races, to being unable to train because of the pain and discomfort, losing nearly a stone within the last three to four months as a result.
If anyone has any ideas or experience with pain without stones that was constant for a long while, I'd love to hear on where I'm headed with this?
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