Gallstones confirmed, please help :/

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Hello all I am new to the forum.

So I have had problems with my stomach for many years this as always been put down too IBS I was given lansoprozole and colofac to take for years.

Around the beginning of December 2016 I started with really severe pain in the left side of my abdomen just under the ribcage, through to my lower back and a sharp pain down the left should into my forearm, I didn't go to my go straight away but felt that it would be better for me to take a few days away from work as I thought the stress I had recently had whilst at work was causing my ibs to flare up, so the few days off I seemed to be having more frequent pain and it really didn't feel right, I went to my gp, I had blood tests and all was clear, had an endoscopy which was also clear, I was sent for an ultrasound scan and the scan showed stones in the gallbladder aswel as lots of sludge.

Ok so that's ok my gp refers me to a specialist, 3 weeks later I get the appointment through and go see him.

The specialist made me feel like I was at a job interview I truly felt like he didn't believe the symptoms I was experiencing was true, so he lays me on the bed and examines my tummy, he pushed that hard he reduced me too tears, and then said "oh is it that painful" hell yes it is 😳 So he then tells me that all though it has been confirmed that there are stones present he doesn't think it's my gallbladder causing the pain, so he sends me for a colonoscopy and says if this is clear he will look at removing the gallbladder.

The colonoscopy was clear and apparently is really healthy.

I am still in pain constantly at the left side, occasionally have a cramp sort of pain to the right of the abdomen but the left side seems to be constant, I'm a larger lady anyway so losing a few pound won't hurt me, I'm lost approx 1stone since December and I am taking oramorph 4 x daily, I am off sick from work and still not knowing what I am to do.

If anyone as any advice I would truly appreciate it, I feel as though I am being dramatic at times but the pain is controlling my life, please help 😪 Thanks in advance.

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    Sorry you're going through this.  Sounds like the "specialist" you were referred to specialized in being a jerk.  

    I would request a referral to another specialist. You need treatment for what's going on--it could very well be your gallbladder, and the doctor put you in an awful position, as if you had to justify being sufficientlly ill for him to offer any medical care. 

    Sounds as if you went to a surgeon, rather than a gastroenterologist.  A gastroenterologist might be better able to diagnose and treat you.

    Please let me know how you get on!

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    Hi Kelly

    If your on Oramorph then they full we'll know your in a lot of pain as they won't prescribe it easily.

    Your sadly going to have to fight for your rights to be pain free and treated, don't put up with the Drs attitude he is meant to be there as he wanted to help people remember that and remind them I did for my daughter. Seems some forget!!

    To help ease it a little try peppermint tea cut out dairy & eat free from foods, Kefir live probiotics.

    All of this helps the GB & body not to have to struggle with breaking down the fatty foods.

    It's not a fixer but it's helping my daughter a little bit & she is managing to get some food in where she couldn't before.

    Her GB is out & she has other issues after surgery but is seeing another specialist on Thursday.

    Just we have worked out what helps even if only a little.

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    Ask for another opinion! My GP tried telling me it was IBS even though the scan came back with gall stones on it!

    It was when I mentioned the words 'malpractice' I was sent to see another GP and lo and behold got an appointment to have it removed. 

    Also, to try and relieve the pain, get in a bath as hot as you can stand it, it always helped me.

    all the best x

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    Hello Kelly, Yes I agree with the other posts as this specialist sounds a right numpty.My husband had a car accident 40 years ago and perforated his small bowel and has suffered what the specialist states as IBS. He had colonoscopy etc and it found nothing . Over the past couple of years he got the classic symptoms of gallbladder problems the pain,bloating and gas.It took ages to get a diagnosis and  waited for a ultrasound, and they also like you found stones and sludge. He is still waiting for op. But you must make sure if you are in any doubt of what the specialist says get a second opinion. It's your body and you know how you feel. You are not being over dramatic you are a lady in alot of pain who wants the correct diagnosis.

    Good luck.

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    Thanks so much for all your replies, I truly believe it is my gallbladder causing the problem, it was a surgeon I saw and I believe he carries out "private" surgery too this is maybe why he is reluctant to operate on me.

    I'm due too see my gp next week so I'm going to ask for a second opinion.

    The thing that has frustrated me the most is that he said people with gallbladder problems don't suffer with the left sides pain yet I have gallstones confirmed and lots of people suffer with the same symptoms as me, I will keep you all updated and again thank you so much x

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      Hi, Kelly,

      Good for you!  Fight the good fight!  Your pancreas is on your left side and gallbladder problems distress the liver and the pancreas.  

      Each individual is different, and symptoms are different as well.  

      Please do let us know how you get on!

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