Has anyone had my symptoms?

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Hi everyone,

I would just like to pass on my experience.About 6 weeks ago I went on a night out and had a few beers and a chinese takeaway.The next morning I felt really sick and had a pain under my right ribcage.The pain and sickness lasted nearly a week,I just thought it was maybe food poisoning.The symptoms were still there so I went to my gp who give me a card to make an appointment for an ultrasound.It was a 2 week wait!A couple of days later I ended up in A&E with the pain.All my bloods were normal but the doctor mentioned that it could be gallstones.I didnt have to stay in hospital so I had to just wait for my scan.That didnt show up anything neither!Still having the symptoms I went back to my gp and asked him to refer me to a specialist he reluctantly agreed.I have been waiting 3 weeks for the appointment.It is on thursday.I suffer from terrble wind at night and have been recently getting pain on either side of my stomach as well as under my ribs.I also suffer from indigestion.I dont know if I have gallstones .I am worried in case it is something more serious.I feel as though I am going mad at times.Sometimes I get the pain if I havent had anything to eat!This forum is a godsend to me!XX

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    hi im experiencimg the same with pain,but not sure if its my gallbladder or crohs disease i have.My consultant is arranging me to have a CT scan had a ultrasound but nothing showed up on there.I have gut feeling it is my gallbladder ,as where the pain is its that area,my consultant has this supicion as well
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    Hi,

    I had my gallbladder removed 2 weeks ago, approximately a year ago i had very similar experience to you - was on a night out and had pizza on the way home, then during the night and in the morning i was in severe pain. I had only had the pain once before, which followed an indian meal. Although i wasnt sick i hear that it is one of the symptoms experienced by many gallstone patients. All i can advise is to pursue the appointments with the doctors, i was told by 3 seperate GP's that i had IBS and that it was down to stress, it wasnt until i took myself to A&E after the worst attack that i was told anything but even then it took a 5 day stay in hospital before i was scanned to confirm the gallstones were present. As i said i had my gall bladder removed 2 weeks ago, the surgeon was really surprised when he came to see me following the procedure as he had removed 20-25 stones along with my gallbladder and one of the stones was the size of double-marble - he chuckled and said \"i'm not surprised that you were in so much pain\", i dont think that the doctors always realise just how painful it can be. If you do have gallstones i wouldnt hesitate to have them removed again, so far i havent had any problems - i was home the same day from surgery and i'm back at work next week. Try to stick to a low fat diet and avoid dairy, hope this helps.

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    Hi.its me again,just to thank you for giving me your experiences.I would just like to ask...Does anyone get pain after eating red meat?Also where do you get the back pain.?Has anyone else NOT had gallstones found on their scan?I am going to the GI unit on thursday.bit scared but hopefully I can get some answers.xxx
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    Red meat didnt always give me problems - lamb did but i was ok with beef generally. Back pain that i experienced was on right hand side usually just below ribs - exact same place as the gallbladder pain only on my back.
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    Hi everyone ,me again.Thought I would yet again pass on my experience .I went for my appointment today to the GI unit.Spoke to a very nice consultant who told me that I didnt have gallstones!When I told him I get pain after fatty food he told me that that it is actually an old wives tale and if you have gallstones that is NOT the case!Well I ended up a little confused to say the least!He told me that It was maybe muscular pain as I had had a fall over 10 weeks agoIrritable bowel was also mentioned.He did however say that I could have an ulcer so he said I could have a camera.To be honest I think he thought I was quite mad.When I was in A&E the doctor told me to avoid fatty foods....Please help I am confused now.Do I take his word for it and be happy that I havent got gallstones?Or do I demand a second opinion?????
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    I dont understand how he can say that you dont have gallstones without having a scan but hey i'm not a consultant and he is. As i said previously i was told on seperate occassions that i didnt have gallstones and that it was IBS so not sure that i would believe them. Are you going to have camera? I would have thought that before they would send you for camera they would send for scan if he thought there was any possibility that it was gallstones.

    As for the old wives tale about fatty foods and gallstone attacks i think the consultant might want to hide if everyone who ever had an attack heard what he was saying. I have been told by several different medical staff that fatty foods cause an attack, attacks arent exclusively caused by fatty foods however the majority of people still get attacks even when sticking to a very low fat diet and this can be caused by the movement of the stones.

    Hope this helps - if i were you i would ask for a second opinion but i know its easier said than done with the NHS.

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    I started having problems approx 6 months ago, back pain under my shoulder blade, excessive burping and just general dicomfort in my upper abdoman. saw my gp who prescribed lansoprozole. The tablets did help with the heart burn but still had this back pain and the pain and discomfort was more on my right side under my ribs, I also felt as if I had got something stuck under my ribs when I bent down or sat for long periods. went back to gp who sent me for a scan although he didn't think it was gallstones because I had pain no matter what I ate , anyway scan showed one large stone approx 2cm and a diseased gallbladder go back to your gp and insist on a scan only you know how your body feels. I am having my gall bladder out in 2 weeks time, cant wait, it will be heaven to be pain free. good luck
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