Gastro issues for almost 2 years

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I've been suffering with extreme fatigue, dizziness, visual changes, pale stools sometimes floating, bad brain fog i.e short term memory has gone, struggle to concentrate. abdominal and back pain right side mostly. I just feel awful, since october 2019 everything has gotten far worse, feel so poorly and weak. ive had clear calprotectin test, clear colonoscopy and endoscopy. clear liver biopsy and fibroscan. abdominal ct with contrast and ultrasound all clear. im currently waiting to be referred to a gastro... my palms are also red and my ferritin is 440 which suggests inflammation. low vitamin D and folate.

im thinking of asking gastro for a HIDA scan to check the function of my gallbladder as no stones found on scan. my ribs are very painful to press in especially right side and right side across from bellybutton..feels like i have a balloon in my right side (inflammed GB?) hot and cold sweats also. my bloods are all coming back fine... feels like ive been kicked in my right side.. pain is 24/7 but can increase in pain throughout the day. im always hungry no matter how much i eat and crave sugar... which makes me think lack of bile to digest nutrients ?

i did have bleeding for 6monthe bright red but they didnt find the cause in colonoscopy? gp did mention about possible crohns in small bowel where colonoscopy couldnt reach? bleeding has stopped now for about 8weeks but stools still smell like copper /pennies and lots of mucus. sorry for the long post

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    hi ktan,

    It sounds like you are having an awful time of it, I am sorry you are going through this.

    Some of your symptoms sound like they could be gallbladder related, others not so much. I don't think it can harm to request a hida scan because it very much sounds like it will need to be a process of elimination to get to the root cause(s) of your problem.

    Sending my best wishes to you.

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      thank you for your reply, the bleeding could just of been a tear or something.

      is it pretty common with poor functioning gallbladder to feel weak and extreme fatigue? im struggling to do anything most days just lying in bed feeling like death!! my back pain is horrendous its all over but it does go up my right side and into ribs so thats why i thought GB, coupled with pale mushy stools. feel very spaced out and keep sweating. i dont know when ill see my gastro now with corona virus about... said to call back on 19th may... feels like a life away.. each day is hell, i dont havr attacks as such just constant pain.

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    Hi ktan,

    Gallbladder issues can cause fatigue and light/greasy stools, and symptoms do vary from person to person. I used to get attacks which consisted of sudden onset of pain in upper right abdomen which felt like a tightening extending into my back. I also broke out into a cold sweat, sometimes felt a bit breathless, nauseous and dizzy. My attacks lasted anything between 20 minutes and 5 hours. If affects different people in different ways.

    In the meantime, you could try to cut fat out of your diet and drink plenty of water to see if this helps ease your symptoms. Fatty foods trigger gallbladder attacks.

    It could be that it is your gallbladder causing these issues, but it could also be something else, or a combination of things. It is easy to drive yourself stir crazy trying to think what it could be. If your symptoms deteriorate you should visit A&E - medics are now stressing the importance of not ignoring serious symptoms and are recommending people to seek medical attention.

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      thank you for your reply, seeing as my ct scan was clear.. is it worth asking for an ultrasound whilst im

      waiting? could that show stones that the ct wouldnt of? been about 6months since last ultrasound

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    I don't think it is unreasonable to request an ultrasound in the meantime. Ultrasound is often the most effective in diagnosing gallstones. I only ever had an ultrasound which clearly showed multiple stones and some sludge.

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