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Reflux or gallbladder ?

(36 Posts)
Runwayqueen Sat 09-Mar-13 01:04:11

I'm on omoprozole (sp) for what my gp has suggested is reflux. I thought I had got the reflux under control but in the last four weeks I've had 3 bouts of severe pain. It's much more intense than the pain I've associated with the reflux, and it happens regardless of taking the omoprozole. A colleague has suggested possible gallbladder issue, as the pain is so much more intense, and along with the severe bouts I've also been in discomfort with although much more mildly. Pain is accompanied by vomiting.

Anybody had anything similar?

Runwayqueen Tue 09-Apr-13 08:52:15

Thank you. Now for the waiting game. Does anyone know roughly how long the waiting list is? I've had 3 and 18 months suggested

Montybojangles Tue 09-Apr-13 06:27:40

Glad you know it's gall stones

Montybojangles Tue 09-Apr-13 06:26:37

www.mayoclinic.com/health/h-pylori/DS00958/DSECTION=symptoms

It's a bacteria that is linked to gastric problems.

Runwayqueen Mon 08-Apr-13 21:37:46

I've had the standard advise, but a few good friends suggested I started to use coconut oil instead of olive, and so far no problems on the days I've used it, but also wouldn't mind hearing shotguns thoughts

SailorVie Mon 08-Apr-13 21:21:08

Shotgun - what was the dietary advice you came across?

Runwayqueen Mon 08-Apr-13 21:16:57

Eeeek I don't even know what that is sad

Montybojangles Mon 08-Apr-13 21:11:39

Have you been tested for H pylori infection?

Runwayqueen Mon 08-Apr-13 20:15:12

Bloodwork is being done next week and once that is back my gp will refer me to the hospital for surgery. In the meantime it's continuing with diet control and pain management during an attack.

As strange as seems to say this, I'm chuffed its gallstones as its controllable and resolvable smile (mad I know)

Amani Mon 08-Apr-13 19:47:55

Next steps?

Runwayqueen Mon 08-Apr-13 18:08:36

Gallstones confirmed today.

Runwayqueen Sat 06-Apr-13 21:57:16

Well I was told 1-2week wait for results but got a call from gp asking me to go in Monday morning, so will find out then.

Wedges not to repeated sad

MyPlugInBaby Fri 05-Apr-13 12:15:46

How did the scan go? I hope you've got some answers.

Did yesterday's wedges do anything? wink

Amani Fri 05-Apr-13 11:53:14

Runawayqueen – same boat as you – (I’ve got another thread going on same issue). My bloods and ultrasound came out clear for gall bladder issue, however am pending the results of CT scan. Horrible pain below right cage and down right hand side of abdomen – feels like my insides are burning today (as opposed to a digesting glass feeling yesterday) and can feel the pain all down my back.. Consultant is on leave for two weeks so playing the waiting game…. 

Runwayqueen Thu 04-Apr-13 21:16:21

Scan 2moro morning, really hoping it shows gallstones because I certainly can not put up with this pain much longer (although I guess I will because of waiting lists). 2 more attacks since I first posted even with low fat diet

Runwayqueen Fri 15-Mar-13 17:39:48

Back from the docs, with a prescription for co-codomol and a number to call for an ultrasound. It wasn't my normal doc, she was lovely and listened and explained. I've been told to stop taking the omoprozole and to reduce my fat intake as much as possible

Runwayqueen Thu 14-Mar-13 17:57:34

Docs booked for 2moro

wrenster Wed 13-Mar-13 20:47:59

Can I recommend something?

My acupuncturist (who is an amazing man!) lent me a fantastic book about all of this called Good Gut Healing by Kathryn Marsden. I have already read it cover to cover and taken on board all of the advice re foods and general habits. I'm already seeing a difference (in a few days) and I was actually eating completely the wrong types of food to try and ease my pain. it covers all issues from gall bladder/IBS/reflux/hiatus hernia/bloating/ulcers.

He also recommended Food Combining by the same author which I've ordered as I'm thinking I'm probably going to be in this for the long haul and the more I can help myself rather than relying on medication is a good thing I think.

Hope this might help someone

Runwayqueen Wed 13-Mar-13 20:23:24

Hi

I've been really crap at ringing the docs, I keep thinking they are just going to fob me off. Boyfriend has been nagging me to go so if I don't go soon he will march me down to make an appointment. In the meantime I've done the one thing I know the gp will tell me to do and put myself on a low fat diet. No severe pains yet but again can feel constant milder pains.

Will ring them 2moro sad (I have always feared GPS btw) thank you for asking

ihearsounds Tue 12-Mar-13 00:04:58

Mine started nearly a year ago. Completely erratic and random. Mine is a pain in the middle of the chest that shoots to the back, between the shoulder blades. It is horrendous. It wakes me in the middle of the night. The pain also comes with difficulties breathing. I will start to burn up, even to the touch and I will sweat loads. The only relief I get after a couple of hours is to throw up, and it's not your normal looking vomit. I am then usually extremely weak and will almost crawl to bed and sleep. By which time I look like shit and not really coherent. It is really scary tbh.

Mine is reflux. Have had various tests and scans. Tried various meds. My diet was closely monitored to see if there was a trigger, which unfortunately there wasn't, only known risk factor was coffee, which even after cutting out didnt do anything. I don't smoke. Alcohol wasn't a trigger. Am not overweight and not over 40 yet (all of which are known risks).

Ask for a scan to check your gallbladder. Ask for urine and faecal samples to check there isn't an infection, as an infection can cause these pains. Also ask for blood test for infections. Get checked for diabetes. Ask for an endoscopy. Then there's something called a manomentry, plus other tests than can be done including a ph test. Also consider IBS.

Thankfully I have a decent gp, who checked all the above, plus more that involved more tubes inserted. Now its just trying to find a permanent solution that hopefully doesn't include surgery.

ChookKeeper Mon 11-Mar-13 23:18:38

Hope you get sorted soon. I had my gallbladder out two weeks ago having had 3 attacks of biliary colic. I thought the first was just really bad indigestion but I work in a GP practice and after the second attack was advised to see my own doctor as my symptoms pointed towards gallstones. A scan and blood tests confirmed the problem and my doctor referred me for surgery. All was straightforward and I'm back at work after a fortnight off.

BettySuarez Mon 11-Mar-13 22:58:44

How you feeling now OP?

BettySuarez Mon 11-Mar-13 22:30:26

Managed to get GP appointment today and now waiting for abdominal scan and bloods so at least investigations soon to be underway.

Funny you mention about itchy skin as I have noticed tingly skin on my shins and forearms this evening. But I'm sure it's easy to imagine have of these symptoms smile

triplets Mon 11-Mar-13 22:14:37

My 24yr old niece had her first baby in Sept and has been really unwell ever since. She started getting pain under her rib cage, thought it was reflux/maybe an ulcer. She went to her gp many times, fobbed off with pain killers. Then 2 weeks ago the pain got much worse and she was taken into hospital, they scanned and found gall stones and an over large gall bladder. She now has an appt to have her gall bladder removed. It also affected her liver, she was jaundiced and had very itchy skin. Hope you get sorted soon.

ripsishere Mon 11-Mar-13 05:26:50

I had pancreatitis, diagnosed as gastritis. I've never felt pain like it. IIRC, I had a month in hospital with daily blood tests for an enzyme whose name I forget.
Can you ask your GP for that. The bloods, rather than the in patient stay.

BettySuarez Sun 10-Mar-13 21:04:07

Glad I have found this thread, have been experiencing some symptoms that could be Gall Bladder but need to go and see doc and some of it just doesn't add up.

Pain under ribcage on my left hand side (although it also radiated across to the the other side and also sits centrally)

It also seems to radiate to my left shoulder blade but it's relieved by burping!

Could this be reflux?

I have also had stabbing pains around my tummy button and a pulling sensation in lower abdomen.

Oh and I'm fat and forty!

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