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I'm a 33yr old male overall good health. For the past 2-3 weeks I've had no appetite at all have lost 10lbs or so , when I do eat I feel bloated , nauseated sometimes and occasionally started sweating mid meal which I had to quit eating. Then my stomach feels swollen and a couple days ago had terrible heartburn right after almost like a heart attack I've had normal blood work and ultrasound showed normal.yesterday after the ultrasound I had yellow diarrhea for a bit then lower mid back pain and cramping in gallbladder area of abdomen nothing severe just more of a ache / occasion stabbing pain probably a 2 out of 10 which went on for several hours off and on. I've had yellowish soft stools off and on this whole time and sometimes as soon as I eat I have to go to the toilet. I've felt nauseated but no vomit pretty regularly as well. Any ideas if it's GB related?

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    Hi Eric, sounds like classic GB symptoms to me. Did they not see anything on ultrasound? Saying that.. it took them ages to find mine as my 16mm gall stone is mobile and they had to scan me all ways before they spotted it. I too have random attacks, sometimes very severe - centre and right hand side, first time felt like heart attack, scared the living daylights out of me. Also get nausea pretty regularly but no vomiting. Your stools sound like it's GB related as well... I've read that it goes clay coloured - I'm opposite I get terrible constipation and that's normal too. I'd ask for second opinion and get yourself in front of a consultant to confirm your suspicions. I'm in for my pre-op assessment tomorrow so shouldn't be waiting too long hopefully. Good luck hope you get sorted soon..

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      Hi Eric

      The HIDA scan is very clever and my daughter was terroir was something more sinister, it will more than likely be that horrible little GB playing up, try not to worry the scan will show you.

      You are doing reall well on a level 2 so fingers crossed then will fix you quickly. X

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      Hi Eric,

      When do you see the consultant for the results?

      On my daughters it wasn't just the % there were other factors but I couldn't read all of the  results .

      Also another problem is Sphincter of Oddi Disfunction which presents very much the same as GB, have a google of it . But it's just as difficult to diagnose.

      Its all so frustrating, but my daughter has this by the look of it on top of having the GB removed, which is why I have talked to the surgeons so much about it all but she has to now go and see a specialist in London, like you she feels like she is losing it & life is over, back in A&E early this morning after 2 pain free days, back home this evening after they got pain back under control with morphine.

      its so hard for all of you but don't give up pushing for tests and answers at the end of the day you are not imagining the intense pain so it needs fixing.

       

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      Sorry to find out about this!  As Carol said, keep pressing for answers!  

      Best of luck to you, and let me know how you get on!

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    Hi, Eric,

    Sounds like gallbladder stuff to me.  You should know that the yellow liquid is bile. Bile is probably moving into your stomach from your small intestine. That's why you had heartburn. You're also having diarrhea becaue you have too much bile in your system.  

    Did they run a liver panel?  They also need to check your pancreatic enzymes.  

    An ultrasound doesn't always show small stones or sludge in the gallbladder.  A CT scan is usually better, but sometimes people have had gallstones and test results were normal.

    I'd suggest that you start to educate yourself about the workings of your digestive tract, as well as the tests they are performing.  A complete blood count, which is the blood test usually ordered doesn't show whether you've got gallbladder problems. ( It indicates when you have an infection, though.). You need to be able to discuss what is happening with your doctor and know if he's listening to you or trying to fobb you off.  

    If you're seeing a GP, try to get a referral to a gastroenterologist, who should be able to diagnose and treat you.  If you're losing weight this rapidly, it makes me concerned.

    Best of luck to you, and let me know how you get on!  

     

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      Okay, from what you're telling me you're getting the correct tests.  I still urge you to start learning about this so you can properly advocate for your own health....you can trust, but verify.  

      Please do let me know how you get on!

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    I would suggest asking for a scan. Thats how my problem was detected. And it was 4 weeks later i got called for a pre med and a week later GB removed.

    Best thing i ever did. 

    Just getting back to full health now ..

    The symptoms before removal started to get more frequeant and more painful and was affecting my quality of life.

    Hope you get sorted soon 

    Good Luck

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    Hello Eric, it does appear that you are suffering the symptoms of gallbladder problems. My husband has had it for months now and he is still waiting for an op. He has the same symptoms especially the bloating after eating. He found that eating easily digestible foods small but often helped and also moved over to oat milk. The meds have done nothing for the pain but a hot water bottle helps as well as trying to relax. I know the last one is difficult but when your anxious you produce more acid and so it's a vicious circle. He had 2 ultra sounds the showed a thickening of gall bladder with a thick soup inside and the second confirmed gallstones. Try not to worry and keep pestering your Dr to get something done as the gallbladder seems to be giving you the symptoms.

    Belinda

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