I'm stressing out a little and can use some thoughts. I've had IBS my whole life. I tend to be more IBS-C and then have doubts of diarrhea when I eat something to rich or I become anxious. There are times where it's normal, but you know how it goes. Last year I started having pain right in the stomach area, under my ribs. Had an upper endoscopy and the gastro said it was gastritis and gave me Protonix. 3 weeks later I was still in pain and the office wouldn't listen and told me to go to the ER. I did and after lots of testing the found a blocked bile duct. (had my gallbladder out in 2006). They put in stents and then removed them 2 days later.
Since then, things just still weren't right. I know my IBS like the back of my hand and know "something" else was up. 14 years ago I had a CT for something else and they found 3 liver Hemangiomas and said they weren't a big deal. This past year I was in the ER more times than I can count for stomach pain. Blood was always drawn and everything was "fine" so they sent me home with pain meds. Pain meds = constipation. Finally this last month it got worse. Still under my ribs but now swings to my right side and into my back. An ultrasound was done and one of the hemangiomas is now 7cm (2.75 inches diameter).
My regular physician swore it was my IBS. I was laying in his office sobbing. He gave me Librex to take every six hrs. It didn't work. Because of my ER visit, I was able to get into a Liver surgeon who was able to view my scans. He said that sometimes the hemangiomas can cause pain and the placement is suspect. He gave me a 70//30 that this would help the pain. I essentially have a tennis ball hanging from my liver that "could be" pressing on other organs. I went for a second opinion, just to check and he agreed.
I really liked the first surgeon and it's at one of the best hospitals in the US. He's going to attempt to do it through laparoscopic, but said he might have to cut, depending on placement. I'm so tired of being sick and not feeling well. I can't eat and have lost weight. I have constant nausea and am flat out scared.
Has anyone else dealt with hemangiomas? Or does your pain happen under your ribs? I ONLY thing that has me questioning this surgery is, why now? After all these years having this, why would it hurt now?
Thank you for listening to me ramble and I would love some insight.