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because i'm 16 there couldn't be anything serious wrong?

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hello, im a 16 year old female. i have been experiencing upper right abdominal pain under ribs for the past 7 months. I have the pain at least twice everyday. it feels like pressure under my ribs with occasional sharp pains, that also travel to my right shoulder/blade.i also have bad bouts of nausea that last for up to 12 hours and for the first 3 months i had a decline in my appetitie.

i have had an ultrasound that showed nothing abnormal and my gp has tried me on gaviscon for 2 weeks. after 5 months with no change he referred me to a gastroenterologist. she concluded that because i am 16 there couldn't be anything serious wrong and that i should ignore the pain for a further 2 months. she also stated that any tests would be pointless.

i should be happy with a clear bill of health, but im not because im still in pain every day.what could it be?

should i be getting a second opinion? the specialist has no appointments until January, but I don't think I can wait that long.

thank you

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replied September 1st, 2011
Gallbladder Disease Answer A26421

Welcome to the ehealthforum and I am glad to help you out. From the symptoms that you have mentioned, the first possibility that comes to my mind is gall bladder colic or biliary colic. It can be due to cholecystitis(inflammation of gall bladder) or gall bladder stones. I would suggest an ultrasound abdomen to confirm the diagnosis.

Other possibilities are irritable bowel syndrome, hepatitis(inflammation of the liver), kidney stones, pneumonia or musculoskeletal pain. Irritation of the nerves supplying this area can also cause pain. Irritation can be due to nerve compression or pinching due to any spine related pathology. In females, ovarian pathology can cause such symptoms.

If gall bladder disease is ruled out, then other possibilities need to be ruled out. I would suggest a physician’s evaluation in that case. It is very difficult to precisely confirm a diagnosis without examination and investigations and the answer is based on the medical information provided. For exact diagnosis, you are requested to consult your doctor. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care.

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