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mrspoohbear
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   Posted 4/1/2006 8:21 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been diagnosed with IBS-D for a long time. So, every symptom that I have has been linked to IBS by the doctors. I am currently having sharp pain on my upper right side radiating to the back with nausea. My tryglicerides have been on a rollercoaster for many months and right now are high again. The upper part of my stomach has gotten big (like a big roll). I had my gallbladder taken out several years ago. I feel that I am not going to be able to handle this pain any longer. It is frustrating when doctors look at you and say that it's related to IBS. I don't think I suffer from IBS. Has anyone been through this ordeal before? Please help! I feel that I am at a dead end street. Thanks! mad

kyhurst
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   Posted 4/1/2006 9:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Sorry u feel so bad.Iwish i could help u but I was diagnosed about a wk ago after my gallbladder surgery. I was wondering did this come on after your surgery or before? I too am having hard time buying my new IBS! I know I've allways had a little stomach problem but have allways throwed it off on nerves.

mrspoohbear
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   Posted 4/1/2006 11:57 AM (GMT -7)   

kyhurst,

Thanks for your response. My IBS diagnosis was before surgery. My right sided pain has been there for a while (after surgery) but now is there to stay. It bothers me all the time. Sometimes is really sharp and intense and the rest of the time is like a very sore feeling. I feel like I am on a rollercoaster and can't get off.


Keriamon
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   Posted 4/3/2006 8:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Mrspoohbear, did you have stones? I have heard that if you had one lodged in your bile duct when they took your gall bladder out and they didn't get it, then it will still be in there, hurting. Also, they could have damaged your bile duct when they removed your gall bladder which may explain why you continue to hurt there. Can you demand an ultrasound to check and make sure that everything looks okay there? Can you go back to your surgeon and say, hey, I still hurt like I have a gall bladder. Are you sure you took it out? And what if you damaged my bile duct? How can we go about finding out if that has happened? Don't mention to him that someone else thinks you have IBS; make him think that you think it's his fault. Because doctors are often reluctant to go against what another doctor has said. And you legitimately could have been damaged in some way by the surgery; they're not foolproof. Better to rule out everything else before giving up and declaring IBS.

And every doctor knows (or should know!) that people without gall bladders have problems to some degree afterwards. It's called post-cholecystectomy syndrome. IBS means your bowels don't function properly for some unknown reason. Post-cholecystectomy syndrome means that the lack of a gall bladder messes up your digestive tract (not necessarily just your bowels). One syndrome has no known cause, the other one has a direct and known cause. So if someone asks you what's wrong with you, don't tell them "IBS", tell them "post-cholecystectomy syndrome" because that is what's wrong with you. Granted, you can develop IBS on top of that, but more often than not, not having a gall bladder is all that is wrong with you and there are usually things to cope with it (unlike a lot of cases of IBS).

mrspoohbear
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   Posted 4/3/2006 6:44 PM (GMT -7)   

Thanks so much for the information keriamon! I went to the ER some time ago with this pain and the ER doctor gave me the same explanation you are telling me. It does make sense. I had forgotten about it but now that you mentioned it, I am going to look into it. Thanks again! I appreciate your response.


Keriamon
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   Posted 4/4/2006 9:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Boy, that swells my head, giving out the same info as doctors. Of course after seeing so many for 5+ years with my problem, I guess it's just a matter of having heard it all before, lol.
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