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RUQ pain

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 30, 2009
  • 00:22 AM

I had my gallbladder remove 5 years ago. I had a colonscopy 2004 and endoscopy 2006. Endoscopy showed small hiatal hernia, and mild irritation of esophagus from chronic reflex. Colonscopy was normal. I have a family history of kidney and colon cancer. Off and on since my cholecystectomy, I have had infrequent, but severe RUQ pain with epigastric tenderness. The pain would last for a few hours and then I was fine for months. The pain has recently returned. The intensity diminished after 2 weeks , but I still have pain. I went to the Gastroenterologist 01/15/09. While I was waiting to be seen, I had an extremely painful attack. I felt pain in my pelvic region which shot up, and to the right. It doubled me over in pain. It lasted for only 5 minutes, which seemed like forever. The doc ordered blood test: CBC, CMP, Lipase, Amylase, H. Pylori IgG; abdominal ultrasound (01/19/09); endoscopy/colonscopy(02/06/09); and gave me Rx for Zegrid (acid reducer). Blood work came back normal. The abdominal ultrasound showed mild fatty infiltrates of the pancreas. The doc isn't to concerned because my labs were normal. I have a history of GERD, small sliding hiatal hernia, previous pelvic surgeries, occasional constipation, and I am overweight. This pain began while my weight was normal, so I don't think it is weight related. Since the pain started I went to a soft diet. Recently I started adding more solid foods. My pain has increased a little.

I am a 46 year old female. Ova-lacto vegetarian.

If anyone has had the same symptoms, I am eager to hear from you.

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  • I have had the same pain since my gallbladder was removed in 1989. It's a horrible pain and sometimes I've felt as if I surely must be having a coronary. The pain has been so bad at times that it actually has taken my breath away and I've also had a very tight and heavy feeling. I went to a gastro dr. many yrs. ago and he told me that they were sphincter (ringlike muscle that normally maintains constriction of a body passage or orifice) spasms and a nitroglycerin tab would usually stop them. When you have a pain like that, you can't help but think "what if it is a coronary?" (especially for women since our coronaries aren't like mens). I use to go to the ER, they'd shoot me up with narcotics, do tests, and after many hours I'd go home without any real diagnosis. The attacks usually would last 20 - 45 minutes, but have been much longer.It's the kind of pain that you can't help but moan out loud. I use to have them about every three months or so, but they're not nearly that frequent now. I have found that a narcotic given for another pain can bring the pain on. I've found that it's usually a lower dose than what you would get in the ER. I've also noticed that they happen more often in the evening or night. I've taken relaxation & creative visualization (while in the hospital after brain surgery) and these techniques have helped me very much! Don't think I've offered anything other than letting you know that you are not alone. Good luck.
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