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I was 20 when I started having episodes of sharp pain in my stomach. It has always been the same sharp, breathtaking pain in the same spot on the right side of my abdomen. I'm now turning 24, and still suffer from this around the clock-day and night. I've had every test done, from bloodwork to stool samples. Every procedure done, from colonoscopy and endoscopy to laparoscopic surgeries. I've seen every type of Doctor. When I was 20 I waited almost 6 months until we did ultrasounds and scans. We discovered my gallbladder was hyperkinetic, pushing at 94%. They said this was the cause of my pain. They booked me a laparoscopic surgery to remove it. There were no stones, it was scarred, and the bile duct walls were so thick that bile wasn't actually able to get pushed out. They said this is what caused the pain. It was 4 weeks post op and I had the exact same pain, in the exact same spot flare up. We did all these tests and procedures ruling out intestinal diseases. Then the surgeons sent me to a GI specialist. I've tried every medication out there. The GI claimed it was IBS, I don't doubt that I have IBS after the removal of my gallbladder. I have most of the unpleasant symptoms associated with ibs. I now take Librax to settle my stomach in emergency situations for the ibs. However nothing has ever stopped the same sharp pain in my stomach. Slowing down my intestinal tract has never eased the pain. It never changes, it feels like I have a shard of glass on my stomach. I can feel the pain coming, it starts out feeling like a balloon is swelling up then squeezing the air out causing the sharp stabbing pain. I've had trigger point injections done which did nothing to relieve the pain, non-narcotic pain patches that didn't penetrate deep enough to reach the pain, and dozens of medications. I had scans, procedures, and lab work done again. Nothing showed up wrong with any organs or anything. I was sent back to the same surgeon for exploratory laparoscopic surgery. They didn't see anything wrong but removed my appendix just to be safe. I had been put on narcotic pain medicine so many times and had a hard time woth withdrawal symptoms that I opted to only take them for 3 days this time after surgery. . It was 3 days post op when the same pain came back, right when I stopped the medication. Doctor just keep bouncing me around. I got referred to Mayo clinic in Minnesota but they said they wouldn't take me because all the local procedures I had done would have been the same thing they'd do. I'm beyond miserable. I think they missed something small, that my gallbladder definitely needed to be removed but it was not the cause of pain to begin with. All my other organs are fine. Has anyone else been through this? Have you found the source of pain? Any treatment that works? I'm so desperate for relief.
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