My fianc and I went to eat pizza on December 17, 2012. On the way home, I felt terrible. My heart was racing and I was very short of breath. When we got home, I used my inhaler, which made my heart race more. I was nervous about these symptoms, so we went to the Emergency Room. I had an EKG and chest x-ray done. I also had a blood test to check for blood clots. Everything came back negative. I was shaking and cold while we were there. The ER doctor diagnosed it as palpitations and let me go. That night, I came home and was nauseated. My stomach hurt and I had diarrhea. I took a pepto-bismol and tried to sleep. I had abdominal pain for days, mostly waking me up at night. Sometimes pretty severe. It was similar pain to the pain that you have when you have food poisoning - almost like your intestines are twisting.
I had lightheadedness come and go along with leg numbness. Sometimes, I would get so lightheaded that I would not be able to make it through a store. We had to leave church half-way through the service because I was so hot and woozy.
I did not feel well for weeks. On 12/24, I went to a local Urgent Care Facility. They found trace amounts of blood in my urine and sent me to the ER. Urine culture came back negative for infection. Blood tests came back fine, nothing wrong with my kidneys, liver, etc. The ER doctor said that there was a serious stomach virus going around and decided that was probably what I had. I still had the shakes, cold chills, abdominal pain, leg numbness/tingling and lightheadedness.
I have had multiple tests for pregnancy, all negative.
I was not feeling great through Christmas and New Years Eve. Not every day was terrible, a few days, I felt fine - all day and all night. But when I didn’t feel well, it was mainly at night. It would wake me up. My stomach would hurt terribly and my leg would be tingly or numb. Sometimes my feet cramped up. I was also week.
This whole time, I was eating a very bland diet - mostly the BRAT diet. No alcohol. Just some ginger ale or pedialyte or water to drink. I had trouble making it through a whole day at work. I was in pain and I had such lightheadedness.
Was a bit constipated, which I attribute to eating mostly carbs for weeks. Had some lighter colored stool, no black stool, no blood in stool etc.
I went to the PCP in early January. When she examined my stomach, no plan in particular hurt, but the right side was more tender than the left. An hour or so after I left, my pain all concentrated on the right side, mainly the lower right side, above my hip bone. She prescribed me a Proton Pump Inhibitor - she said that I might have an ulcer. She also prescribed Vitamin D. She ordered a wide range of blood tests. Everything came back fine, but I had low levels of vitamin D, and slight amounts of H. Pylori. My b12 levels was high and my liver enzymes were slightly elevated. So she wanted an expanded Hepatitis Panel. I asked for an ultrasound of my gallbladder.
The Hep Panel came back fine, no gall stones on the ultrasound, but they found that I had a small, benign hemangeoma on my liver. I read that these do not cause pain, are not dangerous, etc. My PCP did not seem at all concerned about the fact that I have been sick for 4+ weeks. My pain was still on my right side, now both in the front and back. It was a dull pain, constant, and felt like someone had their fist pushed into my side. Ibuprofen helped some. I was still getting some numbness in my legs.
She referred me to a GI doctor. I went to see him and he (of course) wanted to order every possible test. By the time I got to him, it had been almost a month since the initial symptoms. The day of my appointment, I had very few symptoms. He ordered a blood test for celiac disease and thyroid function. Both came back negative. He also ordered a HIDA scan and an endoscope. (have not done these yet. My insurance only covers partial payment of these, so I am hesitant to do them) He said that if I have an ulcer it will take about two months to heal, so I should keep taking the medication. Bowel movements have returned mostly to normal. I am slightly more gassy than normal.
For the last week, I have been feeling pretty good. I have been able to eat more foods without much problem. I do not really have any pain now, just occasionally. I am able to sleep through the night. And I rarely get lightheaded.
As for the lightheadedness - I have been tested multiple times for blood sugar problems, these always come back negative.
For the last week, I have been taking - a probiotic, an Omega 3-6-9 pill, Papaya Enzymes, Multi-vitamin, Vitamin D (Once a week, 50,000 IU as prescribed), and the Proton Pump Inhibitor. Been drinking apple juice because I read that it is good for gallbladder problems.
What do you think I had/have? Gallbladder attack? Appendix attack? A stomach/intestinal virus? All blood tests indicated that I never had an infection. I did not have a urinary tract infection. I never had a fever the entire time I was sick. Is there any tie between gallbladder/digestive problems and lightheadedness? Could it colitis? I would really prefer to heal whatever I have naturally rather than have any surgery/lots of tests and scans/etc.
I have read that elevated liver enzymes and high B12 levels can be caused by liver or gallbladder or bile duct problems. Has anyone else had these symptoms?
Has anyone had a similar experience? Any input is greatly appreciated. I should also note that throughout this time, I stopped taking birth control pills. I plan on resuming them in the next few weeks.
I am in the hospital recovering from a gall bladder removal surgery that had complications. They found out that my gall bladder was bad because of liver blood tests, one of my enzyme levels was high and I had pain typical of Gall bladder issues with stones found. However the ultrasound showed that I did not appear to have inflammation in it. Due to the liver tests, the severe pain after eating, I had put myself on a b.land watery easy to digest diet, my gi dr suggested that we get it out ASAP. Good thIng to as when the surgeon got the gall bladder out it was seriously inflamed, filled with stones and I had stones bLocking my bile y pick up so duct which he was able to flush. Long story short, you have some signs that you have gall bladder issues, pain on upper right of abdomen, grassiness and elevated liver enzymes.