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So, about 8 weeks ago I started experiencing a stabbing sensation in the right side of my abdomen whenever I burped involuntarily (weird but it was only with the kind of burp where your tummy kinda pops out the way) and after a week I'd had enough and popped to my GP who instantly diagnosed a possible case of gallstones due to the accompanying symptoms of diarrhoea, acid reflux, heart burn and excess gas, and referred me for an ultrasound. The pain however continued to develop and could no longer be treated with the paracetamol she initially told me to take and I was put on cocodamol. This seemed to do the trick most of the time and after reading up on things I started to completely agree that it had to be gallstones. Fatty meals had me in agony, the pain stayed in the same place and developed to hurting my back and at the base of my right shoulder blade. I had bloods taken and everything came back normal, five weeks on and I finally had an ultrasound. Got in there expecting to get the answer I needed, as, if there were stones I was being referred straight away to a surgeon to have my gb removed. Much to my surprise and anguish the sonographer could not see any stones and he definitely had a good hard look. I came out of the appointment deflated, and in severe discomfort. Over the following week though my symptoms subsided to the point I took a total of two cocodamol over the period instead of between 6 and 8 per day in the lead up so I even started doubting whether there was anything wrong. Skip forward a week and I got a little bit smart and 'treated' myself to some fried chicken. Cue the return of my pain to the extent my cocodamol are barely making a dent and all previous symptoms have come back. Problem is, even though I had verbal confirmation of a lack of stones it's the NHS and it apparently can take 2-4 weeks for my GP to receive the ultrasound results. Meanwhile I'm stuck in limbo not knowing what's next. I've seen mention of Hida tests being done but I'm not sure how readily available to people that is made on the NHS and even then it seems that some people with what seems like low results to a layman have been told that's fine and left to suffer. Just wondering if anyone being treated by the NHS has had everything come back normal and still had their Gb removed by referral from their GP and also whether they had a fight to get further testing or if it was offered as the next step in treatment?
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