Not sure if Anxiety or something else

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I was recently medically discharged from the military. With PTSD and other issues, I've developed some stomach and gut issues that have been really bothering me recently. Getting out was really stressful for me, and this has basically started since then. It has also made my anxiety much worse since I've been home, exactly the opposite of what I was expecting. It's gotten to the point of near daily panic attacks and ive been on the fence many times on wether or not if I should go to the ER or not. The panic attacks mainly come from how I'm feeling physically which is poor. It seems to stem from my stomach, I get this weird nauseous but hungry feeling constantly which winds me up, also I get seriously light headed and brain foggy when I'm in situations I'm not comfortable with, I really feel like I'm about to faint but I never do. My stools have changed to yellow the last couple of months and recently it's gotten worse. This past week I haven't been able to eat anything without feeling horrible I've been mainly sticking to fruits and mashed potatoes with sauerkraut. My stools have gone from brownish yellow to near or actual yellow diarrhea with undigested food. And I have a constant pain in the pit of my stomach. I was also diagnosed with a mild non alchohlic fatty liver with raised enzymes (ALT 177, and the AST 66). I had a CT scan of my abdomen a couple of weeks ago and everything came back as none remarkable besides the mild fatty liver. Blood test where all normal besides the liver enzymes. I'm worried because of the yellow stool and stomach pains it might be my gallbladder. I've brought this up but The doctors at The VA don't seem concerned. The pain is in the center but I feel a painless gurgling and thumping off to the right. I've also lost 20lbs this month which I need to lose more but not like this from not eating anything. I dont know i think I might be freaking myself out. If I go for a walk or if Im engaged in something I usually feel better but as soon as I'm not distracted anymore bam! It's all back. I'm really thinking about heading to the ER tomorrow since this week has been so rough, I spent Wednesday and Thursday bawling my eyes out and I never cry. Is this all in my head? Sorry for the incoherent rambling it's late and I can't sleep as usual.

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    Anxiety can cause the problems you describe and? the gallbladder can cause them as well! My CT scan along with several other tests came back ok imaging wise but the HIDA scan told a different story and I had it removed. It's your health and you have to be your own advocate to get the answers you need and deserve. Hopefully everything gets easier for you!

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    Also I figured I'd mention diet doesn't affect these feelings. Prior to this week I could eat a fatty meal and be fine, but now it's like anything I eat gives me trouble with nausea. Also I feel a tad bit better right after pooping, it usually starts semi solid and moves to diarrhea. The main thing that freaks me out is the color of my stool. It's usually yellow, today freaked me out more since it was nearly white, but then I remembered the only thing I ate yesterday was mashed potatoes.

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    If I'm honest with myself the stool color changed when my anxiety got worse. Could anxiety do that? Everywhere I look says it's the gallbladder. I'm just worried since I have the fatty liver and the weird sensations just below my right rib. They did tell me the fatty liver is mild though

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    Your symptoms sound just like mine, yellow stool and all, but I'm not sure I can be of much help since I also suffer from anxiety and panic attacks and my gallbladder is full of stones. I've been going round and round in my head wondering if all of my problems are actually my gallbladder or if it's just anxiety, lol.

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    Sorry that you're having these problems.  It seems possible that you could have gallbladder problems. Sometimes a CT scan doesn't show gallstones or other digestive problems.  Gallstones can show up on an ultrasound.  However, there are other gastric problems that your symptoms might indicate.  I would suggest that you get a referral to a gastroenterologist, who would know what tests to perform in order to better diagnose and treat you.  

    Best of luck.  Please let me know how you get on.

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    Im sorry to hear about your PTSD and panic attacks, that youre feeling unwell and have to deal with the VA. I have general anxiety disorder, panic attacks, social anxiety disorder and bipolar disorder. My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer last year along with a muscular disease. She lives in another state and I went to be with her and take her to her Dr appointments. The very day I left I got very I'll with nausea and was in bed for three weeks before going to the Dr. That was the beginning for me. I thought I was having this illness from the stress of my mom's illness. I had an US which showed i had gallstones. At that time i wasn't really having pain, just nausea and burping and feeling unwell. Because I wasn't convinced it was my gallbladder I had an endoscopy and colonoscopy which showed i had gastritis and esophagitis. After being sick constantly for 7 mo I had a hida scan which showed my gallbladder was only working at 4%. By that time I had been suffering with pain in the middle of my upper stomach which felt like i was being punched. After 9 mo since the start of my symptoms I had my gallbladder removed.

    Stress, anxiety, PTSD, panic attacks all I'm sure cause gastric problems, so it's hard to know sometimes. I'm sure it's a nightmare working with the VA but you might ask for a hida scan. Let them know about the yellow stools and all your other symptoms which I'm sure you've done. I feel for you. Anxiety doesn't help when you're having stomach problems.

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    Hello, I am sorry you are suffering at the moment. After reading what you are going through and the fact that you have been diagnosed with PTSD,I would if I were you ask your doctor to give you a thorough check on the gallbladder front first. I am surprised the doctor has not forwarded you for some help with the PTSD as this can be very debilitating in it's self and can cause panic attacks,depression and extreme anxiety,which would need to be addressed so that you can gain comfort. At the moment you appear to be in a vicious circle and the anxiety is causing you daily problems. Go to your GP and start the ball rolling but meanwhile try a gentle diet and eat small but often, change from dairy if you can to an alternative soya or oat milk and try mindfullness and relaxation via you tube. But do get help.

    Keep in touch to let us know how your going on, and keep your pecker up.

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    Hi, all my tests were normal and blood tests so I suggest you go for a hida scan as someone else has said. It'll find out if your gallbladder is working properly or not if you haven't got stones. 

    Don't forget not knowing whats happening may cause your anxiety to get worse. Its a nightmare when you don't know whats happening to your body and especially if the doctors don't seem interested.

    Push for a hida scan and hopefully that'll give you some answers.

    Let me know how you get on x

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    I am sooo sorry regarding your situation. My husband a former Marine PoW etc.

    was given Xanax for anxiety but he was quite ill with advance diabetes at that time.

    I understand that yellow stolls are from gall bladder  Did you drink alcohol (beer)??

    I wonder if that effects your Liver.  It appears that you have a couple of different problems all hitting you at once.  Anxiety, gall bladder and the fatty liver...I can only advise you (as it appears that you have) seen a specialist.  I have had a tough life too (adopted) now 3 diffierent cancers, anxiety attacks, and recently gall bladder...I can only say that I changed my diet, drink water and walk and walk. I have had a couple of sugeries (successful).  I am believer in prayer...and this has seen me through many tough times.  Good luck!! I am truly sorry

    for your problems and I truly hope that someone can help you soon.

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