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Early last year I was diagnosed with several small gallstones following 2 ½ days of non-stop stitch type pain, nausea, dark orangey/red urine (despite lots to drink) and several urgent needs to open my bowels. That went off but a few weeks later I got the stitch pain again which spread across to left side, like a tight band squeezing me. I found it went off quickly if I lay in a foetal position or the (yoga) Child Pose. It occurred occasionally and then went away. By the time I saw the specialist (3 months later) I’d had no further symptoms of any kind and felt a bit blasé about it all so he recommended taking no action at present re GB removal due to high incidence of problems afterwards.
I was okay right through the summer, no matter what I ate, but the rt sided pain and ‘tight band’ symptoms started up again in September for no apparent reason and have become far more frequent since, on average every 2-3 days now, generally late evening or sometimes at night. It’s often resolved by passing wind or opening bowels, taking up the positions mentioned above or just walking around.
It’s puzzling me that none of the medical websites I've seen mention much about bowels in their list of GS symptoms apart from saying that opening them doesn’t relieve the pain (which it does now) and that stools are pale (which they’re not). They did say that GS cause flatulence, which certainly occurs. I should really go back to my GP about it but have been putting it off as I'm scared that, as soon as I mention bowels, he’ll just treat it as IBS and refer me for a colon scan. (I had a barium enema years ago which left me with pain and diarrhoea for a while afterwards and don’t want to repeat the experience.) I wondered if anyone else has had these symptoms or whether they are a form of IBS after all in addition to the GS.
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