I think I have gallstones

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Hello, I really hope someone can help me 

I am a 27 year old female but since I was in my early 20 I have been having pain in my stomach under my right rib cage I was in and out of the hospital so much that a doctor accused me of faking it I experience this pain every so often have had a number of ultrasound and a Hida scan all came back normal however for a few months now I have had more and more pain under my rib cage going through to my back and throughout my chest and stomach when my mum had her removed she had a pain that started under her ribs that mimicked a heart attack which lead her to go to hospital and that’s how they found her my cousins came to light when she was pregnant and 2 other of my friends had theirs removed in their late teens early 20s one said said hers mimicked a appendicitis and was rushed to Hospital my other friend had pain in her side that woke her up the middle of the night causing her to go to go hospital and my boss said hers didn’t even show up on ultrasound it took her getting an MRI to finally figure out what it was  so I know it can mask itself as several different things... has anyone ever had any of the following that might can tell me if it’s gallstones I went to the hospital about 2 years ago with the same pain and they insisted it was a “Fatty liver” my symptoms are 

•pain near and under right rib cage going down the whole right side of my belly

•pain in my chest radiation through to my back 

•Pain in lower back 

•Fatty and lose stool (TMI sorry) 

•pain in my whole stomach sometimes

•I am sometimes Nauseous but nothing to severe no vomiting 

•The pain also goes kinda beside my breast 

•I have also been told that they can cause headaches above right eye which I have sometimes 

People who have had it done said that if it was gallstones I would know that the pain would wake me up at night or make me unbearable to move the pain isn’t that bad it does feel like stabbing at times I don’t really wanna go back to the doctor cause every time comes back “Normal” and I don’t want to feel stupid or them to tell me I’m faking again cause I’m not just want answers was diagnosed with IBS and Gerd (A type of acid reflux) but that usually goes away this has been going on for months I really hope someone can tell me if this is gallstones 

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    I also have a burning pulling sensation in my right stomach 
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    Bit sounds like your doctors are dumb. Sorry for your pain. Sounds like gb. You need to talk to a gastrointestinal Dr. He will find your problems. If it is gb. Have it taken out. Good Luck too you.
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    Hi, it sounds like the gallbladder that is acting up. They thought I had ulcers for years until the specialist did an ultrasound two years ago and found gallstones. They gave me stomache medication to keep my gallbladder from acting up until I had it removed. I would ask to see a specialist for that.
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      Hello Iris thank you for your reply I went to a Gastroenterologist about 5 years ago and they did the scope where they ran the tube with the camera down my throat and did scrapping of the inside of my stomach and all was normal just diagnosed me with Gerd I am on medication for that I also have Cyst on my overies that feels like the pain is in that area as well I do have an appointment in November and will if I have to beg and plead (Won’t be the first time I have shamelessly begged for him to give me test) 
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    How long ago did you get the ultrasound and HIDA scan? Things can change over time so definitely go back to your GP and get checked out. My ultrasound showed small gallstones but when I was admitted to hospital a few weeks later with gallbladder pain they rescanned and couldn’t see them. The doc asked for the endoscopy (gastroscopy) which was normal too. The consultants swapped and next one asked for the HIDA scan as outpatient. Luckily got this done 10 days later which showed the gallbladder wasn’t functioning as well as it should. Ended up admitted again a few weeks later again was rescanned in ultrasound where they think there were stones again. By this point I’d been in constant pain in middle of chest and under ribs on right which went all the way round to same place in my back. The nausea was constant as well. Ended up with the gallbladder surgery 6 days after this admission whilst still in hospital.

    Gallstones can be missed on ultrasound especially if they’re small. Your symptoms do sound like the gallbladder is the problem. I’ve had the pain of  gastritis as well but omeprazole for a month healed this. Alongwith ranitidine as and when needed. I went from having the attacks of extreme pain every couple of  months to for 4 months to then every week, then every few days within the space of 4 weeks. You know your own body and if you’re not feeling right keep going back to your doctor and pushing for tests to be rechecked. My bloods tests all came back normal too but they’re not the be all and end all. Have seen so many people labelled as having IBS which turns out to be gallbladder related! 

    Definitely get back to the GP and ask for another ultrasound. If the pain gets too much during an attack go to GP or out of hours for additional pain relief too. Good luck xx

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      Hey Scottie, 

      Thank you for your reply i had the HIDA scan about 5 years ago and the only reason they gave me that was cause my mom asked them

      to do it I was in my early 20s the pain sounds like yours was I can go days without then it picks back up I did have an ultrasound about 2 years ago and was diagnosed with a “Fatty liver”  i’m just tired of them telling me nothing wrong when I know something is wrong I feel bad cause when I talk about my pain my friends say mine was way worse than that like I said in my original post one friends mimicked an appendicitis and the other said hurts to move mine isn’t that bad so I try not to complain to much about it I do have a appointment with my GP in early November I will address them again and see if he won’t do something thanks for all the help xxx 

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      You definitely know your own body. The pain when a gallstone was stuck was horrendously bad! Like so sore I couldn’t sit, stand or actually find a position which was comfortable. Sweat was pouring off me too. Apparently worse than childbirth but I haven’t had kids so don’t know lol. However the pain the rest of the time was pretty sore but I could kind of function, albeit on loads of painkillers and anti sickness tablets. 

      Are they monitoring the fatty liver? Definitely ask if they’ll repeat the ultrasound to begin with then if there’s no gallstones then ask for the repeat HIDA scan. I’m sure they’ll be happy to do this especially because the symptoms are getting worse. Let us know how you get on. Never feel bad for letting off steam about how you’re feeling xx

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      Scottie, 

      No when they told me I had a fatty liver I went to my GP and he looked at images but nothing was said about it he does do yearly blood work but I’m not sure if any has to do with my liver I am pretty sore still this past few days isn’t that bad just minor annoyances pain I do have a MRI tomorrow on my neck due to a recent car accident and have a follow up the first week of November to discuss the results I will bring up my pain to my GP then I’ve definitely trying to avoid the hospital as much as possible so hopefully i’ll have answers soon as to what causing my pain 

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    For quite a few years I would experience pain in my chest and back area, usually in the evening after dinner.  Gradually over time the pain became worse until in the end it was unbearable.  One evening I felt really sick and throughout the night.  In the early morning I vomited what I had eaten the night before except it wasn't digested at all.  I went straight to my doctor and she immediately thought it could be gallstones.  A scan was arranged and when I had that it revealed gallstones.  Between this time and actually having my GB removed I had to be very careful with what I ate - no fatty foods.  In fact one evening my doctor rang me and told me it would be best not to drink alcohol in the evening.  I told her that I didn't drink at all.  This was even further confirmation for her that my gallbladder had to be removed as it was affecting my liver.  I had my gb out in April 2015 and I'm still careful with what I eat.  I barely have any dairy, though I sometimes have margerine on my bread, though usually I stick to coconut oil (a good fat).  I think it's very wrong of doctors to say you are faking it; let them have an attack, they would soon change their tune.  But seriously, you need to perhaps get a second opinion.  

    You could also try changing your diet to a no fat or dairy one, and see how you get on this way.

    Although the pain wasn't so intense, I was having a lot of pain post gb to the point I went back to the doctor who sent me for a further scan.  This scan showed nothing and the lady who did the scan told me she had lots of people who complain of the same symptoms once their gb is removed, but nothing shows up.

    Best wishes to you.

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      Moonday, 

      Thank you for your reply I have had about 6 Ultrasound and all have showed nothing but one showed a Fatty liver it’s just really frustrating that the scans are showing nothing and the treat me like it’s all In my head I do suffer from anxiety but know the difference between my anxiety flaring up and actual pain my doctor actually wrote me a prescription for Xanax one time when I went in about my pain I also tried what you tried and changing my diet nothing helps really hope I get answers soon 

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      Did the doctor give you advice regarding your fatty liver.  In my opinion, the fatty liver issue really needs attention.  I see that a change of diet made no different to you.  I can only suggest you ask your doctor for a second opinion ... I found the following advice on line about diet to help restore the liver:

      The eating principles described below will help to reverse a fatty liver and also help you lose weight and reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes.

      1.Follow a low carbohydrate diet. ...

      2. Increase the amount of raw plant food in your diet. ...

      3. Eat protein with every meal. ...

      4. Eat the right fats. ... (I mainly use raw coconut oil).

      5. Avoid huge meal sizes.

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    Its definitely your gallbladder most women have problems with theirs by their 30s im 17 all my recent tests are normal for my gallbladder but im still having it taken out tomorrow  iv talked to a surgeon and everything .just going by my symptoms and my mom had hers taken out at 20. i got the same symptoms as you dont feel bad i cant really eat like i used to and this is my first surgery.  and one test i had in 2016 after getting rushed to hospital  from throwing up showed that my gallbladder was .inflamed  and i am experiencing rib and chest pain right now. soft stools migraines stomach issues  this can get very dangerous you need it out. IT could possibly affect you pancreas and liver and other organs. [22SymptomsofGallbladderDiseasePic]
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      I also got misdiagnosed with pleurisy at the end of the summer this year. but little did the hospital  know that  my gallbladder was causing all the chest pain and other symptoms. I Am scared for tomorrow but i know I will feel a whole lot better. After some time to heal .
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