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Upper Ab Pain, Help! Gall Bladder?

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  • Posted By: nannie8
  • November 11, 2008
  • 03:52 PM

Hi board,

I had an "attack" the other night and I wanted to post here to see if anyone can shed some light on it for me.

Quick history: I'm a 42 year old healthy female, had an ab hysterectomy 8 weeks ago (I kept my ovaries, so I'm not having menopause) and I feel great after the surgery, I do smoke, but I don't drink alcohol and I USUALLY eat pretty healthy. I'm pretty active as well.

This past weekend I didn't eat very healthy; on Sat. I had a scone, sushi, mussels, and McDonalds food, which I rarely eat. On Sunday morning I had a fatty diner breakfast and for dinner I had a pretty large portion of pork roast and vegetables. It was a fatty weekend!

Anyway, I went to bed on Sunday feeling pretty good. I was awakened at 1:30 a.m. with a terrible nausea-type pain in my upper abdomen, center. At first I thought I was having a heart attack. I thought I had food poisoning at first, because it was the same type of nausea-pain. I got up and sat in the bathroom, actually hoping I would have diarrhea or that I would vomit to relieve the pain. Nothing happened. I got back in bed and the pain continued for hours. I also started sweating and had the chills. I was freezing, but soaked in sweat. The pain finally subsided and I finally fell back to sleep around 5:00 a.m.

Throughout the next day I had intermittent pain (the same type), felt nauseous, felt like I had to go to the bathroom, but had a fairly normal bowel movement; nothing earth shattering. I had the chills all day and felt weak and pretty crappy, but I managed to make it through my work day (I work from home, thankfully). After work, I went with my husband to the grocery store to pick up a few things. While I was there, all of a sudden I got very dizzy, sort of tingly throughout my body and weak and felt like I was going to pass out. I went out to wait in the car and had to lay down in the front seat. At that time I became RAVENOUSLY hungry...I felt like I HAD to eat or I was going to cry. I came home and started eating like a binge eater...I had a bowl of soup, four rolls, two rice cakes with peanut butter and preserves and a small bag of crackers before the intense hunger subsided. I became severely exhausted; it was rather early and I could not keep my eyes open. I kept dozing into a very fitful sleep on the couch and then woke up feeling extremely warm; so warm that I literally had to throw my clothes off! I finally went to bed around 11:00. I did not wake up with pain again.

I did wake up this morning with mild pain in the upper ab again. Sorry if this is "TMI", but I had a strange bowel movement...it was like little balls, but all clumped together with a yellowish tinge. I still feel pretty crappy with a mild headache, fatigue and a bit of ab discomfort.

I also have had a very "growly" stomach...it feels empty, but I'm not hungry.

I have had ab attacks like this in the past, sometimes with the pain radiating toward my back and taking my breath away. I thought it was a heart attack then, too. I had about 10 of these episodes in the past, but it hasn't happened for quite some time.

Any thoughts? I sure would appreciate some insight before I go to the doc.


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