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VLCos Sat 01-Apr-17 07:42:44

Hello , I have been suffering with pain around my right ribs which spreads to the left. I am awaiting an appointment for an abdomen ultrasound. I had a chest X-ray and bloods which were clear.
When eating now especially bread or potatoes I have this tight band feeling around the area just below the breasts . As well as the rib pain.
Day on day the pain is worse. But I still don't have my appointment yet. I'm concerned I can't carry on like this for weeks. If I go back to GP could they speed things up ?

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Lisa102013 Tue 25-Feb-20 00:49:37

I’ve been following this thread for a year because I’ve had a tight feeling around the bottom of my rib cage. At times it has felt like something was popping out from under them. I though it was a hernia, then possibly my liver etc. I had every imaging possible...CT scans, MRI’s, Xrays. I’ve seen over 30 specialists. I thought I was losing my mind. NONE of the specialists I saw could figure it out. I even had nerve block injections for my intercostal muscles but it didn’t help. Finally a neurologist put me on trileptal for entrapped nerves in my abdomen. Try reading about Anterior Cutaneous Nerve Entrapment. For the first time in over a year I have relief!!! I literally thought I was going to have to live with this for the rest of my life. I can’t believe I finally have relief.

whippersnapper1 Sun 05-Jan-20 21:23:58

Sounds very much like ibs. Attacks can last months!
good luck

Bellheather Wed 17-Jul-19 09:58:33

Hi has anyone had to do treatment for helicobacter more rha once?

Lucas87 Sat 28-Oct-17 01:31:04

Please, please insist that you get an urgent GP appointment, I’m not saying that it is,but they could be symptoms of Ovarian Cancer. You need to get your CA125 levels checked they should be between 0-35.

VLCos Wed 03-May-17 11:18:34

During your ultrasound they would have looked at the organs in that area so least you know they are OK . Pain of and on no date yet think it's quite a wait !

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Oncandystripedlegs Wed 03-May-17 10:56:35

Will have to see what she thinks next week. I am wondering if it is something completely different now!! How are you feeling? Any news on having your gallbladder out?

VLCos Tue 02-May-17 19:23:41

Ah that is strange . My bloods were always normal. Some people don't get stones but get sludge which cause pain and doesn't show on ultrasound. Your gp might have to send you for a different test

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Oncandystripedlegs Tue 02-May-17 19:14:53

I had my scan today and the sonographer said she couldn't see any obvious gallstones. So back to the Gp next week once she has the report . I have pain in my ribs now quite a lot so was convinced it was gallstones. All my bloods came back normal too so who knows .

VLCos Fri 14-Apr-17 22:01:24

To be honest I find almost anything is triggering my pain now fat or no fat !

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Oncandystripedlegs Fri 14-Apr-17 17:44:36

That's interesting, the GP told me low fat but I have read contrasting advice on NHS direct Etc. To be honest , I am scared to try incase it does trigger another attack . I think mine was triggered by very fatty food and chocolate but can't be sure . I have also read that eating no fat and losing weight too quickly can also trigger it

trinity0097 Fri 14-Apr-17 16:45:00

Does eating fat actually trigger an attack? NICE guidelines only say to restrict anything that brings in an attack, there is no guidance to just blindly do low fat.

I had to do low fat when I had a gall bladder drain in, but before that was put in the nutritionalist in the hospital said no benefit in doing low fat.

Oncandystripedlegs Fri 14-Apr-17 10:42:50

Yep, I have had some blood tests so waiting for the results of these and dates for a scan . No more attacks but feel tender and bloated and sick on and off .

I managed to find a Rosemary Conely book in the charity shop which is all low fat recipes . Apparently, she came up with diet when she had gallstones. I am very bored already of chicken and boiled potatoes so going to try some different recipes.

trinity0097 Tue 11-Apr-17 21:05:21

Glad to hear you have a diagnosis. I had 53 slightly bigger than peppercorn sized stones, in a pot by the side of my bed!!!

VLCos Tue 11-Apr-17 14:45:39

Thank you !

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TinyTear Tue 11-Apr-17 14:20:04

had my gallbladder out 2 months ago and i'm right as rain... hope you get sorted soon!

VLCos Tue 11-Apr-17 14:14:41

Oncandystripedlegs nice to hear from you :-)still feel quite sore and tender and windy . Are you waiting on a scan appointment ? Yeah I have to go back to GP . Be referred I suspect waiting list for removal won't be quick ! Low fat for me I guess as boring as it sounds better than the pain x

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VLCos Tue 11-Apr-17 14:11:57

Scan not scab !

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Oncandystripedlegs Tue 11-Apr-17 14:01:53

I was just thinking of you ! Glad you got some answers . As awful as gallstones are at least there is a solution. How are you feeling ? I haven't had any further attacks but v uncomfortable and bloated .
Do you have to wait to see a surgeon now?

VLCos Tue 11-Apr-17 12:08:35

Had my scab today . Definitely gallstones showed me on screen looked about 10-15 small ones!,

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Sunnyshores Fri 07-Apr-17 21:10:53

I had pains with pretty much anything I ate. After 2 months of absolute agony, several ambulance trips to A&E, I had my gallbladder removed and it was in a real state, completly infected apparently.

Went privately about 7 years ago £3000 but I was in hospital 6 days (as not keyhole surgery in the end) and that cost an extra £1500

VLCos Fri 07-Apr-17 21:04:10

Ah that is interesting !, I have had gastritis previously . If scan shows nothing GP says endoscopy is next port of call. But with this under right rib is throbbing,which is a new thing

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nackle Fri 07-Apr-17 20:58:13

I had similar symptoms Op. Gastritis diagnosis after
having an endoscopy and prescribed Omeprazole.
Upshot was horrendous stomach pain - so painful I couldn't
move, followed by having to dash to the loo. I felt like I was dying.
Dr Goole was consulted and it turns out to be a rare side effect
of Omeprazole.

trinity0097 Fri 07-Apr-17 20:48:32

About £5800 if you go with BMI healthcare, plus a £200 visit to the surgeon beforehand.

I had mine out a few weeks ago, had to go private as the NHS were leaving me in agony!

If you are in the Surrey/Hampshire area you want Mr Menezes - he works out of St. Peter's as an NHS surgeon too, and IMHO is an expert gallbladder guy!

Oncandystripedlegs Fri 07-Apr-17 16:55:37

Oh that is good !Hope you get some answers. I have had a few nagging pains which make feel anxious that I am going to have another big attack . Buscapen seems to help though and a hot water bottle

VLCos Fri 07-Apr-17 14:04:10

Hi all have managed to get a cancellation scan for Tuesday which is good news ! They said they had 2000 people waiting for a scan !

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