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A little over 2 years ago now, I started having random pains on the right side of my body. The first time it happened, it was right after I had eaten a mild Italian sausage patty for dinner and it seems more like indigestion than anything else (more in the stomach area - very full feeling like I had drank gallons of water). After that incident, the pains started and my GP figured gallbladder. Told me to go on a low fat diet, gave me omeprazole in case it was an ulcer and scheduled an upper GI with small bowel follow through. That came back fine so he sent me to a GI doc.
The GI doc assumed gallbladder too, but was a little confused as I was also having lower right side abdominal pain (even as low as where my leg meets by body). I always feel perfectly fine when I wake up in the morning, like it's completely gone and won't come back. Then sometime between lunch and dinner, the pain starts. It's never a dibiltating pain by any means, just more of an annoyance than anything. It's better some days, worse others but it's always there. As far as I can tell, it doesn't matter what I eat or what I do, it's always there.
The GI sent me for an Ultrasound (so painful for me!!!) which came back normal and then for a HIDA scan which showed that my gallbladder has an ejection fraction of 98%. By the time I went back for my follow up appointment after the HIDA scan, the pain was gone and I felt like I didn't need to go any further. Though the GI doc did say they would take out my GB if I wanted to since 98% is pretty high.
About a month or so ago, I started having the "pains" again. I had a routine physical scheduled with my GP so I figured I would bring it up to him then. My stools had also become lighter in color so I was convinced it was GB again. Well, he didn't think so. All blood work came back normal besides me having a large vitamin D deficiency. He said that a 98% EF was OK (as long as it was above 35%) though I know I've seen otherwise even on this forum. He told me to eat better, excerize and lose some weight and he scheduled a follow up for a year later.
I know I need to trust myself when I believe it probaby isn't just a weight problem. It went away on it's own last time for some reason but it definitely wasn't because I ate better or lost weight (I definitely didn't lost weight). I AM "obese" and have been for about 8 years - I just haven't been ready/wanted to lose weight until now (so healthy, right?). I just can't imagine that it'll all go away if I lose weight - unless it's something wrong with my fat.
Has anyone heard of or had these "pains"? Like I said, they're not awful by any means. Just annoying and scare the crap out of me because it keeps coming back and I don't know what it is. They happen in my upper right abdomen as well as the lower right abdomen (not really in between). They're moreso in the front, but I've also felt them on the side and a little bit in the back upper side. They feel like they're more on the surface sometimes than actually inside my body. I'm just so confused and am not sure if it's worth the time and money to get it checked out. Although I do feel like it could give me some peace of mind at least if nothing else.
I'd LOVE to be able to believe that I could drop a few pounds and this would go away. I know that there are obviously problems associated with being overweight. I also know there are problem associated with being vitamin D deficient. Hell, wouldn't it be nice if it were that easy?
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