I've been suffering from occasional bouts of moderate to extreme pain in the belly button area. The first ER visit said I had pulled a muscle, so my primary care Dr. did nothing. A few months later, the pain was so bad she sent me for a CT scan. They saw Diverticulosis, (not itis) which I know is very common. The GI Dr. did a colonoscopy. Negative. Another bout, this one has been the worst, sent me crying to my primary care who looked at me like I was crazy or in search of pain meds, which do not help me at all, by the way. (I'm still ticked about that, since I'm in the medical field myself). She drew blood, put me on Cipro and Flagyl and sent me back to the GI. I had an elevated white count. 2 days later when I was able to "get an appointment" with the GI Dr., my white count was back to normal and I was feeling pretty good. Another CT scan was the same.
I've continued to have the pains, switching Dr's, and met a GI who said he really needed to listen to my bowel sounds when I'm having an episode. He said the ER wouldn't help and further testing wouldn't be necessary for now. I felt like I was getting somewhere. Well, my latest episode was early am Thursday. The pain woke me up. It starts out very "naggy" in the center of my abdomen. My bowels were very pale for 2 days prior. Usually I get constipated with the pain. I called my Dr and "He's out of town". Can't tell you how upset I was. No, I didn't want to start over with another Dr. They average a 6 week wait.
That's when I decided to scour the internet. I hadn't thought "gallbladder" until yesterday when I saw a post stating "pork" always triggers this persons bouts. I knew gallbladder and fat don't mix. I thought back and realized I ate SO MUCH FAT last week, which is not my usual diet. Popeyes, McDonalds, Vietnamese pork. Good Lord. I've never had the pain go up my right back to my shoulder, though.
Do you knowlegable folks think it sounds like gallbladder? Do you think I need to call the GI Dr. and suggest it? I was told not to lead the Dr's in one direction, but at this point, nothing is being done and the only time they see me is when I'm happy and painless. Would love any feedback. Thanks.