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gall stones, stomach pain, lump left side under ribcage...

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • March 24, 2007
  • 05:49 AM

Three years ago discovered I was a diabetic; since then have brought it reasonably under control with mostly vitamin C, glipizide, meditation. Yesterday, my ultrasound results were given: gall stones - doc referred me to the surgeon. Told her I've been having increasingly bad stomach pain - can't lie down at first when I go to bed - I am so fatigued - I sit back up often and sit on the edge of the bed, almost falling on my face I get so sleepy waiting to lie down but pain rarely goes away before I am forced to lie down out of extreme tiredness. Doc mentioned possible hiatal hernia - my mom had one at about my age (54). I have a lump I discovered on my left side, which prompted doc to have the ultrasound done...I am so angry at the docs from seven years ago - In March of about 2000/2001, my body blew up like a balloon and after being treated with tremendous disrespect and callousness by the HMO docs I had back then, I tried to diagnose myself by looking up my symptoms and researching on-line and at the library. At first thought it might be congestive heart failure. I was so afraid I would lie in bed with my cordless phone right close by and my bible pressed up against my chest. I lived in fear because they would not give me a diagnosis. I went back to the docs often, without much help at all...I lived in fear, pain and anguish all those years. At some point, I decided I had to take care of myself since they refused. I did the best I could. Now, I'm not happy with a certain HMO I presently have, but they're all I've got...I told a previous doc in the same network about the stomach pain and he had an ultrasound done in 2004 - he never let on I had gall stones - I just discovered this NOW with the present doc. They let me go through all that anguish and fear, me thinking I had a heart problem...maybe I do by now but I don't think my heart is the main problem. Being diabetic, I feared it at that point. I'm venting, but could use any kindly advice or commisseration anyone might have for me.

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