Sound like gallbladder to anyone?

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My problems started about 4 months ago. At first it was a ridiculous amount of belching which came from what seemed way down in the old gut. Then pretty severe chest pains which ended me in the ER 3 or 4 times. Stress test, blood work, and several EKGS later my heart is fine. Then my stools became tan sometimes borderline yellow. Classic right shoulder pain, pain in upper right abdomen. I've even had it in my neck and wrap around to my jaw. That scared the life out of me as I know that's a sure sign of angina but upon further investigation it is also a very common hidden gallbladder symptom. All due to lack of bile. Now for the gross part. My stools as of late are somewhere between not quite diarrhea but not quite a fully formed bm. I have had ultrasound and they found sludge in my GB which I'm taking ursodiol for 6 months to try and clean out and prevent stones from forming which is fine and dandy except I'm getting worse not better. I believe this to be an under functioning GB. Just looking for a little reassurance in this belief.

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    Sounds very similar to how I stared Tommy.

    Have you had a HIDA scan? Mines functioning at 30% and I have all your symptoms plus more. I had "debris" in my gallbladder. No treatment for that and I swear something has happened to my pancreas because of it all. Good luck in getting answers! I have an appointment with the surgeon again in December to beg them to take it out! It appears if you don't have stones or a gallbladder that's about to pop they don't like to take it out 😢.

    Gem

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      Thanks for the response and good luck to you. I'm now positive something far more sinister is going on as I was up most of the night on the pot with blood in my stool and pretty bad abdominal pain. Of course I automatically assume it's colon cancer. I don't know what else one is supposed to think. I'm only 30 but that really doesn't mean squat. There is no history of colon cancer on either side of my family except for my aunt of my mom's side whom was at a higher risk because she had a different dad than my mom and my other aunts and uncles. I guess her dad and uncle both had it.
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      The only thing you can do is ask for a colonoscopy and endoscopy. If the blood loss was bright red it's usually caused by internal or external piles. If it's black blood then it's usually come from further up the digestional tract. usually bright red blood isn't as alarming as black blood. I had a sigmoidoscopy and the found a polyp. I am only 31 and panicked at the thought of cancer as polyps are unheard of in people of 30 according to Dr Google but the more I search on the forums etc I found quite a few people my age and younger with polyps so I didnt feel too bad. It wasn't cancerous in the end which was a relief. But I still have on going issues. If you are worried then you need further testing. You will need to get your dr to refer you to a specialist it get them to do as much as they can (which is usually only basic testing). Good luck and I hope you managed to sorted soon.
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      Sorry to leave you hanging there. I have an endoscopy this coming up Thursday. Why do you say black stool is more alarming than red? I only ask because I've read so many different things that I don't know what to think anymore. I know my mom has black tarry stools when she had an ulcer. I also forgot to mention I was diagnosed with gastritis back in June, which can also cause black stool. Trouble is I've been a bit constipated the last couple of weeks. About every other day or so I go. I know that to can lead to black stool. I'm Def no doctor but I think my gallbladder is causing the gastritis and the constipation. I know I have sludge in it. I also just had a CT scan two days ago. Waiting on results from that still.
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      Usually bright red blood comes from lower in the colon and usually it is caused by piles not anything more serious. If it's black then it's coming from higher in the digestive tract eg stomach which is more alarming. Piles are easy to diagnose as well with a visit to the dr. If the don't see any and you've got bright red blood then they can refer you from there for more help. I hope the results of your CT show something. Trust me I've had normal test after normal test only to be left in agony! It's not very nice! Good luck for the endoscopy. Let me know how that goes aswell. You should get the results straight away.

      Gem

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