Hello, I am a 20 year old female who has been having some problems lately. Around February of 2009 I had an episode of severe pain that shot through my upper right abdomen (right under my ribcage) and through to my spine. I thought it was my back, and kept moving into different positions to no avail. The pain was so severe I was crying and hysterical. After about 4 hours the pain started to fade and I was able to fall asleep. The pain was completely gone when I woke up. Around July I had another episode while at work. This time it was more of a nagging pain in my spine, and once again no matter how I bent or twisted the pain would persist. Around this time I started losing weight. At the time of the first episode, I weighed 190-195lbs. I started losing roughly 5 lbs a month and today I weigh 164. I made no changes to my diet or daily routine. New Year's Eve, before I left to be with friends, the pain flared up again. Since then the pain has gotten more frequent. The most severe episode occurred around January 20th, where I was awakened at 2 a.m. in the most intolerable pain. I felt nauseous and like my insides were trying to rip out of my body. I ended up vomiting. This is the only episode that caused nausea of that severity. Since that episode the pain has showed up frequently (almost weekly) as a tenderness/soreness in my upper right abdomen, soreness in my neck and right shoulder, and has caused some wicked tension headaches.
After the January episode I went to a reduced-fee clinic since I do not have insurance. They gave me an x-ray that showed no abnormalities, and then gave me a full abdominal ultrasound. The ultrasound came up clear, and they referred me to another clinic. So, around 500 dollars in debt at this point and no answers. The new doctor did a normal physical exam and told me that my symptoms seemed to point to gall bladder problems, everything pointed to it but the ultrasound. They did a blood test, and all I had was mildly low potassium. Today I went in for a second ultrasound, just focusing on the gall bladder. Again, nothing was found. Over a year I've dealt with this pain. This has become a very expensive mystery!