I've been ill for 7 months now with pain in my upper rig...

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I've been ill for 7 months now with pain in my upper right abdomen,middle back pain up to my right shoulder and terrible terrible nausea and generally feeling rubbish. Have been to my GP hundreds of times and they told me every time that it was irritable bowel syndrome. Had loads of blood tests,colonoscopy,gastroscopy,barium meal,ultrasound and they were all normal. Had 3 days of feeling completely awful last month so went back and told them i'd had enough. They told me it might be cholecystitis without gallstones and put me on 2 antibiotics. The pain has got better but i still feel rubbish. Have an appointment with a specialist for further investigations. But i still feel as though i am going crazy with these mystery symptoms. I think it's terrible when you have to shout for someone to realise your not very well. Lets hope somebody might start listening to me now.

Thanks for all the information people have provided on this subject.

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    I suffered with symptoms for 2 years, a Flexi sigmoid and 3 ultra sounds later under my local hospital who did not detect it. I finally went back to my GP. Again thinking I was going out of my mind, he referred me to another hospital. Ultrasounds there didn't show much but at least I was being listened to. Until it got so bad and I was admitted as an emergency in May last year. Unfortunately, as no slots became available I was sent home and put on the surgeon's list, but was given a cancellation a few weeks later and went in. Post op; the surgeon found that my liver was covering the gall bladder, hence it not showing up on ultra sounds. When he moved it he found congenital (?) adhesions on my liver and cut those out. The gall bladder itself was diseased and sent to histology. So not a text book case...

    Post op however, I didn't feel things were right. I kept going back to my GP who said give it time to heal. Eventually went back to the surgeon towards the end of last year and showed him the lumps growing out of my right side and around my ribs. He assured me I'd have a scan at Xmas. Never received an appointment. Went back again to GP Feb 2007 and saw the surgeon again in March. It appears that the wounds have leaked out, and after an ultra sound requested by my GP one of the wounds appears to still be leaking into my abdomen. The surgeon isn't aware of these results, but has advised an MRI, camera down the throat possibly and 'local excision'. I go for my MR scan on Thursday to see what's what.

    Being thoroughly fed up doesn't come into it and I feel the 'L' word coming on... [i:97ba1c2db1](Litigation..)[/i:97ba1c2db1]

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    I've had a similar experience to you and had difficult surgery to remove an inflamed and diseased gallbladder. Two years after surgery, I'm still experiencing pain. An MRI scan, camera etc. found nothing.

    Unlike you I've put 4 stone on since the surgery and can't seem to loose weight no matter what I do.

    I've only had the tests following surgery because I've insisted, it seems that post op pain is always dismissed as not important. I'm going for a liver biopsy today although I don't think that will tell me anything, I think I have adhesions but want to rule out problems with my liver.

    I also think that surgeons are too keen to continue with key hole surgery when clearly the long term result would be better to open the patient up. My surgery took over 2 hours, using key hole, should be half an hour tops.

    Hope you get sorted.

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    I had not been feeling well for about four months, and cutting a long story short it was gall stones. If you feel very unwell after eating anything fatty, that's what it could be. I am at the moment waiting to go in to hospital and am on a totally fat free diet, as this stops the gall bladder from having to function and possibly passing a stone when it squirts out bile to break down fat into the duodenum. The stone can then block the bile duct and you get what I got which was, pain, bloating sickness, loss of appetite etc. An ultra sound scan will tell if you have gall stones. Try a totally non fat diet ...this may be your answer!
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    I am 24 years old and came out of hospital yesterday after 5 days. Had cholecystitis and my report says that i also had a mild intrahepatic duct dilation. Been on antibiotics through a canular in my arm and now am on the capsule from.

    But im angry cos I too had been going to see my GP for weeks before this and was told that I had IBS - and that there was nothing more they could do cos I had tried all the IBS medication but nothing worked. Because they were confident it was IBS they wouldnt send me for tests and referred me to a cognitive behavioural therapist instead :x

    But i went to see a different GP in my practice last Monday as the pain in by back and under my ribs was no better and was feeling really sick (never actually vomited though) over the weekend and he took me seriously and sent me straigt to A & E with a letter. The surgical team decided to admit me and I had scan the next day which detected it.

    Anyway im not getting much pain under the ribs and back, just an occasional stabbing feeling but its not as bad. But im now getting loads of gurgling in my stomach and feeling very tired but thought it may be to do with antibiotics.

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