Hi. I am a 37 year old very healthy, active, and generally physically fit woman.
Starting approximately July 10, 2008 I started experiencing some sharp stabbing pains mainly in the center to right side of the upper abdomen. Nothing I took really made it go away. It would only be for a minute or two but keep recurring.
July 24th while I was in Ukraine it got more than I could bear. It hurt more after I ate. I had started feeling a little nauseus the few days before. Antacids did not help at all, tylenol & ibuprophen only helped dull the pain. It hurt mainly on the right side. After I had eaten dinner I felt nauseus, dizzy, and had sharp stabbing pains under my right breast under my rib cage. I was taken to the ER. The doctor, through a translater said that I'd had a gallbladder attack. I was put on the bland diet. It helped, but still hurt after I ate.
Aug.4th I came back to the states and I started the journey with the american doctors. I had an abdominal ultrasound-- no gallstones, the HIDA Scan which came back with a 77% ejection fraction, but it hurt quite a bit when the administered the CCK. Apparently the CT scan they did also came back normal. I had a endoscopy done which showed I have a hiatal hernia & some mild esophgitis. I have been taking Nexium. No more hearburn but the stabbing pain after I eat still occurs. I have been given anti-spasmodics, and pain pills. They help dull the pain temporarily.
I have cut out virtually all fat, and I've lost 11 pounds-- I only weighed 116 to begin with. I had another attack two weeks ago that ended me up in the ER. The doc said it was bilary colic but didn't do another ultrasound at the time. Blood test showed that I had low potassium.
I've varied between constipation, regular, and loose stools. I feel nauseus often, and it only takes a little bit of food to feel full. It mostly happens at night. I also have been finding myself itching at night also.
Oh, my father had is GB removed 10 years ago with no stones, just sludge, but HIDA scan showed low functioning.
Can all of the tests come back normal, but there still be a problem with the GB. I am feeling very desperate. I take Darvocet, at least 100 mg. everyday for the pain.
Help me please!