Gallbladder related to lupus?

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Ashinske
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   Posted 8/4/2015 1:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been having problems with my stomach for months. I have pain on and off on the right upper side of my abdomen. And nasuea on and off frequently since January. I also have been diagnosed with lupus for 6 years. The doctors have tried a endoscopy. Blood work. The G.I doctor wants me to change my diet or try going off my lupus medicine. If I go off my medicine I could risk flaring up and that result is worse then just,"going off my meds", to see how I feel. I've changed my diet dramatically because I basically can't eat most of the time. My lupus doctor doesn't know what to say and I've seen a second for another opinion. He said I needed B-complex. Okay started that. Not any better. I was talking to a friend out of town recently and she brought up something called a HIDA scan. Should I call my GI and try to schedule that? Anyone have any advice?!! Please help!! I'm so exhausted from always being nasuious.

couchtater
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   Posted 8/4/2015 6:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I would ask for a HIDA scan. It can tell if your gallbladder is not functioning proper.
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FW
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   Posted 8/4/2015 9:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I had a HIDA scan. It did rule out gall bladder problems. Ended up being "lupus pancreatitis". It was extremely painful and I am so sorry you are experiencing this pain. Mine was about 5 years ago. They treated with steroids and I was very careful with my diet (though you are correct, I really did not want to eat at all). Sorry to say that it took about 6 months to fully resolve. The GI doctor ended up diagnosing after I was referred by my rheumy. Have you mentioned to your lupus doctor that your GI doctor wants you to discontinue your lupus meds? That is something that might need discussed with your rheumy. I hope you find relief soon.
Take care, Fran
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