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So on the evening of 29th September 2017 I went for a meal with my husband to celebrate him getting a new job. A few hours later I started to get pains in my belly, by midnight it was so sharp that I was sweating and didn't know what to do with myself, then the vomiting started. I called 111 who said I should go to A&E which we duly did and I spent 5 hours continuously throwing up and in complete agony in the waiting room. They eventually told me it looks like I had Gallstones and that I needed to see my GP so he could refer me for a scan and take it from there, they have me pain killers and an anti sickness tablet (which I threw up immediately) so they gave me an injection. Next day was weekend so I couldn't make GP until after this and it happened again on Sunday night (this time it lasted about 6 hours) pain in right of stomach and back and constant vomiting. I went to the GP following morning - who sent off a scan request to the hospital, told me to avoid fatty food and gave me Tramadol and antibiotics. Fast forward 2 weeks later - I've had another 4 attacks the last one Thursday night (12th Oct) which lasted 11 hours and I was taking the Tramadol and have been completely avoiding fatty foods. (actually I'm terrified what I can or cant eat now)
?So I don't know much about Gallstones as this has only just started happening to me. I'm a little concerned as I seem to read that most people get these symptoms over a period of a long time with attacks every so many months etc...not every few days.
?So I went back to my GP yesterday who told me that realistically the scan needs to happen first then by the time that's done and he refers me to a specialist it will be early next year! So he has sent me to A&E with a letter and said they might be able to speed things up....my husband took me back to A&E with the GP letter and they gave me Buscupan and told me that they would refer me to a clinic ( I don't remember the name of this clinic) but they would call me to book an urgent scan. As yet I've not had this phone call..
Today I'm not actually having an 'attack' but my stomach (mainly at the top -right side and middle) is very very uncomfortably bloated and hurts to press - even hurts when I walk about ( its the motion of walking that hurts it). I'm also getting some mild pains in my back between my shoulder blades. This is quite new as previous to this I was only in pain/discomfort when the attacks happen - now I'm not sure it this is related or something completely different?
So in summery I've had 6 'attacks' in 2 weeks - 6 days off work (boy am I going to get the sack at this rate) and I am just feeling that nobody is taking this seriously.
?I'm just interested in other peoples experiences of when it started for them? How long it took to get a scan/see a specialist etc... Can anyone give me any suggestions of what I can do to speed up the NHS? I so wish I had private healthcare right now...sadly I cant afford it - but I wonder if I could pay for a scan to actually diagnose it? I don't know - apologies as I'm waffling, I'm just in so much discomfort and desperate.
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