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Apologies in advance if this ends up ridiculously long!
Basically, 12 months ago I started getting horrendous chest pain, which was initially put down to acid reflux. All the general PPI blockers don't help, and it has been getting steadily worse. GP, A&E doctors and GI surgeons haven't been able to figure it out. After working with a nurse who had similar problems, she put me on to the possibility of it being my gallbladder, so I went back to see a new surgeon who has agreed and I'm now on the waiting list for surgery to have it out.
i don't typically get the pain to the right side of my chest, it's generally central, but can spread out across my entire upper abdomen and through to my back and shoulders. And my upper abdomen will swell out and become too tender to touch, even having clothes on is excruciating.
When I get the attacks, they'll last for a good 4-6 hours, and as dramatic as it sounds, the pain is that excruciating, it makes me want to die.
I have found that I can generally eat whatever I want, as long as it's before about 5pm. After that, I have to be really careful. I do smoke, but don't find that it has any bearing on the attacks. I also drink alcohol, but again, it doesn't seem to make a difference.
I've also lost about 2 stone in weight, which is kinda great, but I couldn't really afford to lose that much, as is evident by my lack of periods (sorry, TMI). The surgeon doesn't think the two are related, but since I've been terrified to eat, and also been having some interesting bowel habits recently, it's not been helping matters. I went through about a month period of basically not tolerating any food, it either made me vomit almost immediately or came out the other end at a rate of knots, which has led everyone to believe it's IBS. However, I don't think you get this level of pain with IBS.
I take 30/500 cocodamol nightly, mostly as a precaution these days, but ive also recently been given Tramadol since the attacks have been getting so severe that codeine doesn't touch it anymore. It's gotten to the point that it take 4 cocodamol and 4 Tramadol before the pain will even begin to ease.
I know this is ridiculously long, but does it sound even similar to those who've had gallbladder problems? I feel like my symptoms are so crazy that they don't fit into any particular bracket.
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