I don't understand these symptoms (they actually sound more like ulcer than gall bladder). Whenever I eat, I immediately feel relief from gassy discomfort in my stomach. Most of the time however, after a few hours I start to bloat up, get very gassy and start with the discomfort again. I have fairly regular bowel movements but sometimes I get the "urgent" ones that take me to the bathroom right away. And sometimes the things I eat that I THINK are going to bother me the most, dont....and the blander ones do. Seems to be no rhyme or reason to what affects me. I do seem to have the ability "most" of the time to talk myself out of a full blown stomach attack like if I'm out with friends or something, which makes me wonder how much of this IBS thing is psychological. I had been taking Prilosec on and off for years which seemed to help after a couple of months of being on it, but lately I've read that sometimes it diminishes your body's ability to produce the necessary acid for digestion and can actually make you feel worse. Maybe I'll start them again to see if they help.
The interesting thing about all this is that i've had these stoach problems on and off for the better part of my adulthood....sometimes the symptoms would go away for years at a time and I could eat anything without a problem ever arising....then I'd get these attacks back that would last for a few months before subsiding again. Really weird. I'm terrified of going to the doc to get tested because I also suffer from health anxiety and am convinced that once i go he will tell me I have six weeks to live because I've let it go so long....so childish but a real phobia.
I have never had the kind of painful agonizing gall bladder attacks that some people talk about...just a dull nagging pain under my right rib but it also radiates up into my back and shoulder blade which a doctor many years ago told me was a sure sign of gall bladder. Because I also have heart issues, I'm doubly terrified of having surgery and I could not have the laproscopic kind because they have to tke out my bile ducts and everything according to that same doc. Not long after that visit, my stomach cleared up and didn't bother me for 2-3 years. Now that I'm 65, however, I'm really worried that something serious could be going on.