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I have been suffering upper right quadrant pain since september 2015, it is now august 2016.
It started with pain under my right rib which would come and go, very intense pain and also in my right shoulder blade. It would come and go. I saw a doctor in spain and he said gallbladder problem so i had ultra sound which was normal. i was then referred for a ct scan (initially mri but due to having metal fragments in my eye it was ruled out) and the ct scan was normal.
Pain gradually got worse and now is constant, it doesnt go away only changes between extreme pain and mild pain. I am 83kg and have a very or should i say had a very active life. exercised 6 days per week and taught martial arts. I am now house bound, have lost my business and im going around the bend. Had atleast 10 trips to AE for pain and feelings of having a heart attack. any exertion at all causes further pain and spasm in the aera under my rib and has at times taken my breath away. Im 34 years old, dont smoke but used to drink alcohol most days in small amounts but have not drank at all for 3 months.
All bloods are normal, amylase, bilirubin only very slight raise in ALT liver.
When i breathe in and pull my tummy in i can put my finger on the exact spot of the pain, and when i touch it its like ive been stabbed or shot. Pain changes between the front and into my back and sometimes up into my neck and down into my leg.
Ive seen several different GPs, its difficult to see the same doctor more than once in my surgery. I am now under the care of a gastroenterologist who has me scheduled for a HIDA scan but i fear that will come back normal also.
I feel like im going crazy, in the space of 9 months ive gone from super active, healthy, happy individual to constant pain, miserable and feel like im dying.
The gastro isnt convinced its my gallbladder and all the doctors do is give me pain management in the form of nefrapam and buprenorphine.
Has anyone else experienced this? I feel like cutting my abdomen open and turning up to AE so they will have to look inside....
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