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Hi guys I'm back again ?? long story short I've had what seems to be gall bladder related problems for 14 weeks now. (Upper right quadrant pain that's worse at night and after fatty foods, nausea pain that radiates to my back etc) I've had ct scan, endoscopy, ultrasound and bloods done and all that has shown so far is a slightly dilated bile duct and slightly elevated bilirubin levels on 2 tests. I finally got to see the gastro specialist yesterday after waiting since May 5th for the appointment to come round and he basically did or said nothing! He told me he hadn't review all my tests and would do do with another consultant sometime soon and let me know if I need another test via letter and if not I will see him again in 3 months time! I am in constant pain the severity of it just differs from an annoying ache to a painful stabbing but more often then not it's at the worse end of the scale and "attacks" can sometimes last 2 days before settling down again. I mentioned about having the pain in my back just under the right shoulder blade and he looked at me confused and said I wonder if it's your bones. Yet many of you seem to get the back pain as a common symptom so why he hadn't heard that before I have no idea. I asked him what am I meant to do when I'm in pain all the time and he just said "cope the best you can with it" so after being in pain for 14 weeks and waiting nearly 2 months to see him I'm still no closer to being diagnosed and it's as though they're not bothered either. I don't know what I'm supposed to do because I can't cope another 3 months with this pain and no help. Any advice on what I could do to at least get an answer? X

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    I really can't understand doctors not knowing about the PAIN a GB can cause. SURELY others have had the problem. I see this post like your ALL the time.  I live in Michigan and in May I went to the ER because of a GB attack, I know exactly the pain you discribe.  I had my GB taken out the NEXT day !!  the PO pain for 2 weeks was just as bad as the actual GB pain, but now Im fit as a fiddle.  no pain and eat anything I want.  My GB was inflamed, no stones but GOOD RIDDENCE to the GB.  Im so glad I live in a country that don't make you wait a year for surgery.  GB pain knocked me off my feet.  HORRIBLE

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    Hi, Alison. Sorry to hear that you're having to cope with pain and incompetence as well.  What you're describing are definitely symptoms.  MD's like the classic sypmtoms. I suggest that you find another gastroenterologist  right away who can be prepared for your appointment!  Sounds as if you might have sludge, which may not show up on an ultrasound. If your pain gets any more severe, you could take yourself to A&E. If you can, you could go to a private consultant for your second opinion.  I know it's costly, but you're hurting and not likely to get better on your own!  Let us know how you do! 

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    Back pain around the right shoulder blade is a common symptom and the doctor doesn't sound very great. I would like to know if anyone that's had their gallbladder out regrets it and wishes they had done something different, but what? I have a gallstone that's 2.1 cm and waiting for a surgeon appointment. Is there a way to dissolve the gallstone naturally to avoid surgery? I have done this with cysts before I going to a natural path and changing my diet. I wish you luck hopefully by talking to lots of people you'll come up with a solution since your doctor seems like he's just there for his paycheck. .

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    Hi this does found like gallbladder, I had a really bad attack in November, thought it was acid reflux, was diagnosed with Gallstones and 2 stuck in my bile duct, terrible terrible pain, had my gallbladder out at the end of January, but must say we have private healthcare so did everything via that, but had my MRI/ultrasound and MRCP all done on the NHS whilst I was admitted in November. I had keyhole and was back to work after 2 weeks, I have read terrible stories on here but I can honestly say the 1st week was painful and uncomfortable but after that felt better as each day went on. I could eat anything 2 weeks after and I wouldn't hesitate having it done again, best thing ever! No problems at all after, Feel fine, and recovery was quick. Hope this helps.

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    One suggestion - I had two ultra sounds and the second was with somebody trained to spot gallstones. First scan showed nothing and second scan also initially showed nothing - he then asked me to turn whilst on the table as quickly as I could through 360 degrees ( I thought he was bonkers but did it) he then scanned immediately and found the stones floating around after being dislodged. Might be worth a try :-) Hope you get answers soon
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