i was wondering if anybody could help me unravel this medical mystery...
my symptoms started 5 years ago - a couple of months after i moved to japan to teach english... it happened overnight - one day i was fine and the next i woke up with severe yellow-ish diarrhea which was immediately joined by a throbbing pain in the upper right abdomen - directly beneath my rib bone. The pain was fairly constant throughout the day and felt a bit like a cigarette burn inside. It decreased slightly for an hour or so after meals but came throbbing back again after. It was accompanied by a whole body feeling of malaise... i was nauseous, my head was hot and cloudy - i found it hard to concentrate and i flushed hot and cold thorougout the day. My eyes also became sensitive to bright light, and i was drained and exhausted. Around five or six o'clock the symptoms abated slightly.
This pattern then repeated day after day after day. The doctors there told me IBS and i resigned myself to it for the first couple of quite miserable years.
The best i could do at that time was food elimination trying to control symptoms - and this helped a bit here and there - but the condition would often still mysteriously trigger and then last again for days.
Now, this has been going on for more than five years. It controls my life. I am always exhausted by it, especially from trying to find a solution. Doctors have found and eradicated Pylori to no avail. I have had a gastrosopy which revealed no ulcer nor abnormality. I have had ultrasound which found nothing wrong with my gallbladder or liver, but did find a slight (perhaps irrelevant) enlargement of the spleen.
my latest belief is that it has something to do with my gallbladder or maybe liver as this is precisely where the pain comes from and the yellowish darrhea... but....
it seems that doctors have about reachhed the end of their ideas...
and so i wondered if anybody might be able to help me?' or have some ideas - needless to say i would be really grateful
thanks - ross
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