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stomach/possible gallbladder problems

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  • Posted By: dmjohn
  • November 3, 2006
  • 03:20 AM

hello my names john im 20 years old and for the past 2 and a half years i have been experiencing constant nausea. i constantly feel sick no matter what i eat, at first i was told it was just acid reflux but 2 years have medication has done nothing to help. the symptoms continue to get worse i had an ultrasound and a ctscan to check for gallbladder issues but nothing turned up. some of my symptoms do seem to point to the gallbladder and i have heard some stories from people that sometimes the tests do not show everything and they did in fact end up needing their gallbladder removed afterall...does any of this seem familiar to anyone or has anyone heard anything similar to this..thank you

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  • Ask your doctor to do a disada scan. It is a nuclear med test specifically to see how your gallbladder is functioning. You may have a sick gallbladder as opposed to gallstones which will give you the same symptoms. I also had nausea and a negative Ultrasound. I went to see a surgeon and he ordered a Disada scan which showed I had a sick gallbladder. When they removed the gallbladder it showed I also had stones. Has your doctor done any lab work on you? How is your Lipase and Amylase? A year after they took my gallbladder out, I started having the same symptoms, I go see a endocinologist on monday. They have found some adenomas (benign tumors they hope) on my adrenal glands. Maybe after my appointment I will have more ideas for you. Also with the reflux, I was also put on meds for that. It didn't help the nausea but after I had taken it awhile and stopped taking it, I definately felt heart burn. Take Care and good luck. BTW I am 44, you are pretty young to be having gallbladder problems, although rare at your age it is not unheard of.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 3, 2006
    • 05:58 AM
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  • Have they tested for Helicobacter pylori, my daughter is 25 and had similar problems and she had that. She also went for food intolerence tests with an Nutritional Therapist (had to pay for it though) and she told her she had an intolerance to wheat. She has been told to cut out all wheat for 3 months and then gradually re-introduce it. She has been doing it for 1 month now and has already noticed a big difference in her symptoms. Hope this helps.......good luck.
    marge24 3 Replies
    • November 3, 2006
    • 09:15 AM
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  • well sofar i have had an endoscopy a ctscan an ultrasound and blood work thats about it as far as lab tests i will definetly call my doctor and ask about this scan today..unfortunatly the doctors have really been blowing off the gallbladder situation and just shake their heads like "uh i dont know whats wrong". i will also ask about the other two problems mentioned that your daughter had issues with and food intollorances. both of your input has helped alot thank you i will update on the situation when i find more..also im still open to suggestions thank you
    dmjohn 3 Replies
    • November 3, 2006
    • 00:50 PM
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  • Hi John! I am COMPLETELY relating with your story. I am 23 years old (female) and my story is EXACTLY the same as yours!! I went to the doc for constant nausea about 2 years ago, they prescribed Nexium, but said it wasn't GERD, and sent me on my way. The nexium seems to help a bit, I say that only because the pain and nausea get worse if I quit taking the Nexium, maybe it's coincidental, but it surely doesn't fix the problem or resolve the symptoms. I've not had an endoscopy or CT scan, although I have had bloodwork and an ultrasound (earlier this week actually) and everything is normal, including amalayse and lipase, and negative for H. Pylori. I went to the doctor this morning for my ultrasound results. It did show 3 gallstones but the doc said they weren't obstructing anything and should not be causing any problems. He doesn't know what's wrong with me so he is sending me to a GI specialist. I just fear that any more testing will continue to show up negative, costing me specialist copays and time out of work, the unpleasant experience of whatever further testing they decide to put me through, and the added anxiety to find out what the ***l is going on. Please keep in touch and let me know if you find out anything. You (or anyone) can email me if you want to, my address is rmzwthorng@yahoo.com.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 3, 2006
    • 03:58 PM
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  • i will definetly update on what i find out i have another test comming up in a week so well see how that goes hopefully something will be found :/
    dmjohn 3 Replies
    • November 5, 2006
    • 11:13 PM
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  • ask for stomach emptying test. had it done diagnosed with gastrophoresis. That is where stomach does not empty properly and in turn causes what seems like acid reflux. In time that damaged my gallbladder and had to have it removed. After having that removed it seemed to help the situation.
    terrylynn63 3 Replies
    • November 6, 2006
    • 06:14 AM
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  • yes i did get that test done, the stomach emptying test just afew days ago and am awaiting the results, i also have that scan i mentioned earlier comming up a week from now. thank you everyone for your input and help it is not quite as scary knowing that this isent some freak thing they cant figure out and there are other people that know what this situation is like. im very confident that this next test will show something and i hope to be able to share positive results with you guys and maybe shed some light on other problems that others reading this may have
    dmjohn 3 Replies
    • November 7, 2006
    • 03:35 AM
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  • John, what scan is it that you have coming up? I'm scheduled for a HIDA scan in about 2 weeks, which tests the function of the gallbladder. Shouldn't be too invasive, but I think it takes about 2 hours. What did the stomach-emptying test involve?
    JamieF 2 Replies
    • November 16, 2006
    • 05:54 PM
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  • I just got an email from someone who had read my previous postings and it reminded me about this website/post. I decided to come back and post the ending of my story. I finally ended up in the emergency room after having "attacks" every other night or so for about a week. It was, indeed, my gallbladder. They did an ultrasound DURING one of my attacks at the emergency room, so I don't know if the results came up differently because I was in the middle of one of those attacks, or if the first guy that did the ultrasound was just a quack. The attacks, come to find out, were gallstones trying to exit the gallbladder. How painful. Anyways, I had my gallbladder out less than a week later, and here I am, nearing 3 months later, doing perfectly fine. Zero pain since the surgery, minus the very short recovery period. I've gained a few pounds since I KNOW I can eat anything and I wont have an attack, but it's worth it!! :) Feel free to email me with questions, I'd love to help anyone in this situation as much as I can.
    JamieF 2 Replies
    • August 29, 2008
    • 11:38 PM
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