Okay... Ultrasound found a 2cm gallstone. I am trying not get too excited. I go back to the doctor on Jan 30th to discuss options.
Symptoms started in May. Before that, I had heartburn 1-2 times a week. One night I ate a low-fat but spicy meal and had such bad stomach pain (started in stomach and radiated to chest) that I called an ambulance. It went away on its own in about 30 minutes. I was prescribed Nexium 20mg/day for 2 weeks, during which time I felt better. After I stopped, the heartburn came again. I went back and got on Nexium 40mg/day for 6 months. During this time, I changed my diet and lost a lot of weight, but new symptoms kept popping up. I had another episode of extreme stomach pain in July and went to the ER again with no results. At that time I changed to a vegan diet with no triggers and virtually no fat and my symptoms are much better if I am strict with the diet, but I still feel bloated/extremely full sometimes even when I'm perfect. The pain is now mostly on the right side (ONLY when I'm on PPI's) and right under the sternum in the epigastric region. Had an endoscopy in November, it was normal. My Murphy's sign is always negative.
-Heartburn, only when I'm off PPI's OR on a bad PPI. If I'm on the pills, then I get a bloated and uncomfortable feeling but no heartburn (unless I eat a trigger food)
-Nausea (always morning, not pregnant)
-Burning/gnawing feeling in stomach (if I go too long without eating or eat too much)
-I DO have sensitivities to trigger foods - tomatoes, chocolate, etc.
-Regurgitation (which is NOT painful at all - I burp it up and swallow it back down and that's the end of that)
-Feeling of fullness/bloating
Does anyone think this could be gallstone-related? I'm trying not to get my hopes up too much... but this is the first time they've found anything abnormal and I have to admit that my hopes are pinned on this rock which has taken up residence in my gallbladder.
Any ideas, advice, ANYTHING is appreciated.
Feel well, everyone!