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Hello all. I am getting so desperate that I have turned to the web to try and find some answers for myself. If you can offer any advice then I would be really grateful. I'm even trying to get enough money together to afford to try and see a private consultant. I first saw a specialist just over 3 years ago when I had a sudden onset of diarrhoea and abdominal pain (lower right) and was admitted to hospital with suspected appenditicis. While in hospital I had a major anaphalytic shock reaction to an anti-sickness drug and later found out I actually died twice. They decided it was gastroenteritis and discharged me. The symptoms went on for another 12 months and included losing 3 and a half stone in weight and after various tests I was told it was IBS, to enjoy the good days and put up with the bad ones!! However, less than 6 months later I started getting upper abdominal pain and vomiting, then followed by reflux and belching. After more tests they said the IBS had got worse and put me on a cocktail of different drugs, which I thought were helping to start with. But within weeks I was back to diarrhoea or constipation and lower gut pain. I ignored it for about 9 months, but in January was so ill I was left bent double in pain and vomiting again. However, the symptoms are slightly different his time and I am now getting serious upper right abdominal pain, worse within an hour of eating, reflux, vomiting, belching and hiccups (??). I was referred back to the specialist and he could not have been any less interested! I think he saw IBS diagnosed 18 months ago and made his mind up before I even spoke to him. He said its probably just IBS but agreed to do an MRI to check out liver/gallbladder and ducts, incase of stones/crystals as I have had abnormal liver tests. Does this sound like typical IBS? I have had days where I have woken up at 4am in pain so bad Ive had to crawl to the bathroom as I thought I was going to be sick. I can't believe this can all be down to IBS alone.Any ideas will be very gratefully received.
 

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Severe upper right quadrant pain especially with the vomiting and the reflux does usually indicate that doing some testing of the gall bladder is a good idea.Sometimes it is just IBS and other functional stuff (or GERD) going on, but the combination of severe pain after eating (particularly if it goes on for hours at a time and if fattier meals tend to be worse for doing this) in the upper right quadrant with the vomiting can be an indication the gallbladder can't do its job anymore.IBS can be quite painful, but it isn't the only thing and when symptoms change, particularly to a set of symptoms that tend to indicate something else, it is best to get it checked out.Now the concern after gall bladder removal is some people get quite a bit of diarrhea. Some do not, but some do. You might need to watch fat intake, try Calcium carbonate supplement or take Questran (a bile binder) afterwards to help with that, but you can cross that bridge if you get there, but it is something to be prepared for so you can take action if you need it.
 

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hi, i'm sorry to hear you are going through all this, i myself have been in hospital twice last week with simular symptoms as you have, had all tests done and nothing showed up gall bladder clear ( if they didn't have scan's and stuff got told they would of removed it) I could not beleive it was just ibs, also my colon had gone into a massive spasm now had servere pain for 12 days, just been to see dr and she said it could also be endremetrotis (sp) or scar tissue from previous (5) surgery in right side of stomach, i also suffer fron reflux.I hope you find out what is causing your pain take care lorraine
 

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hi donut,Has your upper right abdominal pain issue been resolved? Have you tried another specialist who would take you seriously? Have you discovered what makes it worse? or better? Do you have good days? It sounds like you have been in a lot of pain. My main issue with IBS has been pain too, currently also the upper right quadrant predominantly, but not exclusively. I, too, had ultrasound for gallbladder, blood tests for liver enzymes, colonoscopy, endoscopy, and a nuclear scanning test. All turned up negative. I've been "diagnosed" IBS-C and GERD for 20 years now. I have beat this upper right pain before and I will again. The last time I had this particular pain was several years ago, but this current episode has been with me since June 2010.
 

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I know how hard it can be. I've had it for 6 years, 3 doctors, and alot of differing opinions. Have your gi doctor give you a heartburn pill for the reflux. You can still take antacids like tums or rolaids. Prescription prevacid worked for me. Gas-x works sometimes for gas and bloating. Eatting the soft type peppermints helps with heartburn and stomach upset. Start a food diary. If it is IBS everyone is different so triggers are different. Find out what yours are. Cut out all processed foods, sugar, dairy, and junk food. Stay away from fast food and fatty foods. Take probiotics to level out good and bad bacteria in the gut. You need some form of acidophpilis to help with this like in activia yogurt. Stay away from caffeine and alcohol. Fruit is hard on an empty stomach, especially apples (skin them first, its easier on your gut) so make sure you water any fruit juices down before drinking them. I have started planning all of my meals to keep myself on track. I have still had alot of pain but all of these tips are things I am learning from alot of reading very recently. I also work for a chiropractor now who is helping me learn alot of things my doctor didn't tell me. Its amazing how much discomfort just cutting out the processed foods has saved me. I know the diet sounds hard but when faced with daily pain, you reach a point where you will try anything. ...and this anything is working. I am on day 9 of a harder diet but a more pain free life now.
 

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Cislunar,I agree with so many things that you say! I am recently recovering from a flare up and this time around it is relatively easy to know what to do to fix it. I expect my recovery time to be much less that the first time (20 years ago) when it took 2+ years to figure out what was going on. I am on day 9 also of the repair diet. When I flared up in June I really thought I was having a gallbladder attack and so did the doctors. I went on a fat free diet for several weeks and that really helped. It also indicated gallbladder. But every test has come back negative so the diagnosis is once again IBS. I mis-behaved at Christmas and paid for it so now I'm on my strict diet until things settle down again - Hopefully for a long time again. Tar
 

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Donut,Read my post under "IBS Back Again -Recording my progress back to health"I just spent 4 hours in emergency yesterday because of my upper right pain flareup. It seems that my specialist didn't think that the results from my nuclear scan were worth mentioning; that my gallbladder was functioning at only 43%. Luckily my GP picked up on it and now I may get some results.Tar
 
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