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Since January this year I have had 10 \"gallbladder attacks\" I think! It starts usually the early hours of the morning with a dull ache centre of my midrife, just under the breastbone and through to the centre of my back well between the shoulder blades really. This escalates to being quite severe and I always end up vomiting about 5 or 6 times. The episodes lasts anything from 2 to 4 hours, never less than 2. The last time i ended up in casulty after an unusal bout of pain for approx 7 hours, I just couldnt couldnt take it anymore. All they did was give me some type of antacid to drink, which i threw up 15 mins after. Strangely about 10 more minutes passed and the pain subsided. However, because it just suddenly stops anyway, i cant be sure it helped. I then left the hospital as i had at least another 2 hour wait - well it was 5am!
When i have the pain, im usually sweating hot but feel cold, i cant sit or lie down, all i do is pace up and down the house!
My doctor initially treated me with reflux disease (although ive never had heartburn or acid coming up my windpipe) and gave me Omeprazole tables (im still taking) - i still had bouts so he upped the dose, he then decided on Anti-biotics for H-Pylori disease along with codeine based painkillers. He said it was trial and error and wanted to treat me with the easiest options first... I didnt have any problems for 3 weeks, but eventually the symptons reappeared 2 months ago.
I had an ultrasound scan yesterday - although i dont get the official results until i see the doctor next week, i asked the nurse what she could see and she suspected gallstones.
However, reading the various articles on gallbladders, im quite worried that i could end up having surgery just because i have stones, that they may just \"assume\" its the reason. Especially as some people can have stones and they never cause problems.
I want to ask, how can the doctor be 100% sure its stones? what tests will he do to and how accurate are they? Ive had no blood tests or anything? Or will he send me to a specialist?
I know you can do without this organ, but i dont want to have it removed unecessarily.
Any response will be gretefully received.
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