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extreme pain..

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • May 19, 2007
  • 04:19 AM

after reading through the 'intense abdonminal pain' thread I want to see if anyone has any insight on my own situation. so heres my story...

Iam a 20 year old male otherwise healthy and have no other medical history. I do not smoke or drink and my diet is very healthy. My pain is directly in the middle of my stomach right below my sternum and travels right through to my back. It is the most extreme pain I have ever felt and brings me to my knees every time I have one of these "attacks" It started when I awoke one night, I thought maybe it was a cramp from sleeping awkwardly or something, I watched some tv then went back to bed. Ever since then it has been off an on. It can come everyday for a week or just a few times a month. Food does not affect the pain in anyway. I feel as though I can eat constantly without feeling full. When I have the attacks I become constipated and my bowl movements are formed like pellets. I just had a crippling attack yesterday it was the first one Ive had in a few months. During that time of no attacks I had numerous tests, Ive had 3 ultra sounds all of which showed some minimal 'sludge' in the gallbladder, they suspected gallstones. I went in for a scope procedure (camera down my throat to my gallbladder) and they came up with nothing. The only test showing any abnormality was elevated liver enzymes in my blood work. Ive been to the ER and they told me it was suspected biliary colic which was ruled out from the scope test. I have also had yellow eyes and skin at times showing that Iam in fact jaundice. Iam very frusterated with this as it is extremely painful I have had broken bones and nothing even comes close to this. Is it odd that it can be 2-3 months without any feeling of this at all then out of no where comes the constipation and pain? Is it possible my doctors are overlooking some oddball disease? I have been told to ask my doctors about Crohns among others.. I hope I have given enough detail to my situation as maybe somebody out there has some answers. Thank you for any help

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  • Have they tested your lipase and amylase levels during an attack? Pancreatitis comes to mind. I have debillitating pain accompanied by elevated lipase levels; but I'm never able to get to a dr during the worst of an attack to properly rule out pancreatitis. Sorry I can't be more help!!!One thing that may help is a food diary...writing down everything you have eaten for the past 24-48 hours before an attack. Hopefully you won't have another one...but you might find a connection if you do.
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  • It could be pancreatis. Your symptoms sound like it; I've heard it's one of the most painful things one can ever get, and the area you feel it is also right. I think it can also cause jaundice, too, but I"m not sure about that. Do a websearch for pancreatis... I also know it can cause acute attacks just like you are having. I don't know if anything can be done for it or not. But if your doctors have not thought of this, you need to tell them to test for that right away. I'm not a doc, but had pains in my stomach one day and looked up some of that info. Luckily, my pain did not recur and my doc thought it was probably a bruised diaphram or something. Best of luck to you.
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  • update: the doc's want to take out my gall bladder as they think the sludge build up is the problem. Now I have this very painful sore on my tongue and a few weeks back I had a sore on the side of my mouth. I thought nothing of it when I had the first mouth sore but now on my tongue? I know I didnt bite my tongue or anything so I dunno if this all ties in together. Also with the sores when I have bowl movements my stools now float, is this concerning? I was told that my body is not properly absorbing fat.. Does anyone that had their gall bladder removed have any words of wisdom? Im scared to have it removed and want to do all I can before I go ahead and have it taken out.thanks
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  • WHAT DID YOU FIND OUT? Floating stools mean too much fat or parasites. You need to cut back fat so you dont produce more galls tones. also go to a health food store like Whole foods and get some lecithin., it is made from soy beans and it will dissolve gallstonesi am experiencing pancreatitis right now also I am going to fast for 3-4 days and i have been taking tons of lecithin, PLUS i have a small ultrasound (hand held) I got on ebay...it will dissolve them and seems to be the one thing that helps the painTake lecithin every day and it will keep those gall stones away plus it helps memory fat distribution, lowers fat in the blood etcThey use it to make candy..it emulsifies the fat, and makes blending easier..in other words it keeps fat from forming placque in the arteriesYou see if it is a gall stone blocking the pancreas gettng to the root of the problem is imperitivestay away from caffiene and any other item that is a dieretic unhtil symptoms passdrink tons of water and watch the fat...good lucki dont want to have my gall bladder out so this is how i deal with the problems...whenever i feel gallstones coming on i know i am eating too much fatgood luck
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  • WHAT DID YOU FIND OUT? Floating stools mean too much fat or parasites. You need to cut back fat so you dont produce more galls tones. also go to a health food store like Whole foods and get some lecithin., it is made from soy beans and it will dissolve gallstonesi am experiencing pancreatitis right now also I am going to fast for 3-4 days and i have been taking tons of lecithin, PLUS i have a small ultrasound (hand held) I got on ebay...it will dissolve them and seems to be the one thing that helps the painTake lecithin every day and it will keep those gall stones away plus it helps memory fat distribution, lowers fat in the blood etcThey use it to make candy..it emulsifies the fat, and makes blending easier..in other words it keeps fat from forming placque in the arteriesYou see if it is a gall stone blocking the pancreas gettng to the root of the problem is imperitivestay away from caffiene and any other item that is a dieretic unhtil symptoms passdrink tons of water and watch the fat...good lucki dont want to have my gall bladder out so this is how i deal with the problems...whenever i feel gallstones coming on i know i am eating too much fatgood luckI had a meeting with the surgen and he said there is a chance that taking out the gallbladder will not solve my problem and this is making me hesitant in having it taken out. He said there is also the possibility that after it is taken out I could have cramping after eating certain foods which doesnt make me feel comfortable at all. I havent had any pain since the end of Feb. But my blood work still shows my liver enzymes are slightly elevated. Also sometimes when I check in the mirror my eyes look yellowish in each corner, it usually comes and goes. My bowl movements are still all over the place sometimes they are fairly normal, other times they float and turn into hardened pellet shapes. The surgen and the specialist both say that this is a completly different problem than my stomach pain, which has me quite worried. Another thing is my appetite is very large, I can eat constantly without feeling full and my bowl movements havent seemed to adjust to how much Iam eating. Im wondering if I have some sort of parasite like tapeworm that is making me eat so much and poop so little. But would this cause stomach pain and elevated liver enzymes? Im going to try the lecithin see if it helps me in any way. Ive also been drinking lots of water which seems to help. I havent had the sevre pain for a few months so that is a bonus but I know it can come at any time since I know I dont feel regular right now. Iam thinking maybe I should request an xray of my intestines since none of the doctors have checked for any problems there. I really dont know what to do next....
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  • i had the same thing, at first they didnt know what it was but eventually i had formed gall stones ive also heard you dont have to have gall stones to have an attack it could be bile or sludge leaking out of your gall bladderand i know the pain,it was like giving childbirth x2 when i had an attack, i had my gallbladder removed and couldnt be more better havent had a problem since, you have nothing to lose if there suggesting taking the gall bladder out, the only thing you have to watch is the food you consume just like a normal healthy diet as your gall bladder breaks down fat.good luck i hope they find out whats wrong with yous.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 7, 2007
    • 00:08 PM
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  • When you mention jaundice, it makes me think of Hepatitis (there are about 5 different types of hepatitis). They can also do a test on your gallbladder where they inject a "dye" thru an IV, and they can actually watch it fill your gallbladder and see if it contracts properly to empty the gallbladder.
    BGeorge 1 Replies
    • January 19, 2008
    • 01:25 AM
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