Posted 6/6/2006 2:46 PM (GMT -7)
I think you just have a bad gall bladder. You're having all the same symptoms I had. And boy, when you're nauseated from one, the last thing you want to do is lie down. That makes it so much worse. I just hope it doesn't take you 5 years to get it fixed, like it did me.
Since you're experiencing some new symptoms, I would go see a doctor... a new one that's not already prejudiced against you. Tell him that you have bile in your diarrhea (and when he asks how you know it's bile (and he will!), tell him that it's bright yellow and burns like acid, so what else could it be?), and that you are getting nauseated when you eat and sometimes when you don't eat and that you sometimes feel really full after only taking a bite or two of food and that when you feel nauseated you can't lay down. Those are all classic symptoms of a bad gall bladder. Next comes upper-abdomen pain. If you haven't had that yet, I daresay you will. If the doctor doesn't suggest a hida scan, ask for one. And make sure you take your mother to the examine room with you so she can demand you get one; doctors tend to treat young people, well, like you said, as if they were dumb and immune to pain (try getting pain medicine out of one!!).
A hida scan won't hurt you, so there's no reason not to have one given your symptoms. It tests to see if your gall bladder is functioning normally. You need to have it done when you are sick, otherwise it might show up as okay (mine did), even though you're really not okay, you're just having a good spell. If you have to, eat something that you know will upset you just before the test; if you're good and sick and the hida scan comes back clear, then it's almost certainly not your GB and you can go back to having IBS. Oh, and please don't let a doctor tell you that your nausea and premature full feeling is acid reflux; I had that diagnosis twice and nothing they gave me for it did the first a bit of good because I wasn't refluxing acid; the gall bladder was just sending the stomach mixed-up signals (as far as I can tell). And funny, after I got the gall bladder out those feelings went away; think maybe they were related???
And even if you only have IBS, ask your G.I. about Welchol. That will help absorb that extra bile and keep you from having diarrhea. Sometimes people with IBS (and good gall bladders) just have extra bile or it doesn't get absorbed properly. There's no need for you to have to suffer diarrhea like that all the time. And there are a couple of folks on here who have been put on the Welchol or Questran for bile even though they still have their GBs.