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I'm 28 years old and for the past 10 years I have had these episodes of what I was told was heartburn. At first the attacks happened 1-2 times a year, then increased to 3-5 times a year. It always starts the same way with a dull ache in my upper right abdomen, under my ribs. This usually happens in the late afternoon. The pain gets progressively worse until about midnight when it is impossible to sleep or even lie on my stomach. The area is sore to the touch and gets visibly bloated. The pain usually lasts until about 4am and completely disappears. Recently the pain has been coming back for days at a time.
As far as I can tell, there is no one food that triggers it. I can have a banana in the morning and toast or cereal and start to feel the symptoms in the afternoon. I have noticed that several times the attacks have happened after I've eaten dairy (whole milk, pizza). But other times I can eat cheese, wine, spicy pepperoni anything I want and nothing will happen for months.
I have tried tums, gaviscon and zantac with no relief at all. I cut out all acidic foods, coffee, ibuprofen and still with get attacks. Last year my doctor made me take an h.pylori test which came back negative.
I have been doing research and I'm now convinced it's gallbladder related. I seem to have all the symptoms except that I don't get pain in my back or shoulders. The pain is concentrated in my abdomen.
Can anyone offer advice about similar experiences?
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