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gallbladder removed 6 mos later, the abdominal pain returned

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In March of 2015, I became very ill very suddenly. My abdomen hurt so bad I laid on the couch and cried for almost 2 weeks. I was in and out of ER's maybe 6 times where I was continuously told I was fine, maybe a little constipated - I was almost 17 at the time - they told me I was drug seeking and being dramatic before sending me home with no answers. I finally got in to see a GI specialist. The first test she ran was a HIDA scan which we had asked doctors to do multiple times in ER and everyone refused. My HIDA Scan came back - my gallbladder was working at only 15%. I was scheduled for surgery the following Monday. After they removed my gallbladder, things got better, I wasn't in pain, I was able to eat and sleep fine, it seemed to have solved the problem. Maybe six months later, the abdominal pain returned, only this time it was more bearable. I went in to see my family doctor where again I was told I was probably constipated. He told me to ingest more fiber and maintain a healthie


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replied September 28th, 2016
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Thank you for asking at Ehealth forum!

I read your question and i understand your concern. These are functional bowel declines like iBS common after cholecystectomy. only needs supportive care with diet and lifestyle adjustments. Nothing to worry about. Visit our iBS health center for further guidance.

I hope it helps. Stay in touch with your healthcare provider for further guidance as our answers are just for education and counselling purposes and cannot be an alternative to actual visit to a doctor.
Take care
Khan


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replied September 13th, 2016
In March of 2015, I became very ill very suddenly. My abdomen hurt so bad I laid on the couch and cried for almost 2 weeks. I was in and out of ER's maybe 6 times where I was continuously told I was fine, maybe a little constipated - I was almost 17 at the time - they told me I was drug seeking and being dramatic before sending me home with no answers. I finally got in to see a GI specialist. The first test she ran was a HIDA scan which we had asked doctors to do multiple times in ER and everyone refused. My HIDA Scan came back - my gallbladder was working at only 15%. I was scheduled for surgery the following Monday. After they removed my gallbladder, things got better, I wasn't in pain, I was able to eat and sleep fine, it seemed to have solved the problem. Maybe six months later, the abdominal pain returned, only this time it was more bearable. I went in to see my family doctor where again I was told I was probably constipated. He told me to ingest more fiber and maintain a healthier diet along with more exercise. I was willing to try but it sounded scarily similar to what I had been told only months before. I let the pain continue as I followed my PCP's instructions, but it didn't seem to be helping. At this point it had been probably 6 months again. The pain grew worse and I started experiencing nausea and headaches. I scheduled another appointment with my GI. They decided a colonoscopy and an endoscopy were our next steps. After the tests, I was told I tested positive for Celiacs Disease (March 2016). Finally, it felt like the end of my problems. I follow a strict gluten free diet which improved my overall health. Now, just a few weeks ago the abdominal pain returned along with severe nausea and the occasional blood presenting in my stool. I was back in ER when I noticed the blood where they did a CT-Scan and again told me nothing is wrong with me. I can barely hold down my food after a meal, I have on and off diarrhea constantly, and the pain is sometimes so bothersome I am unable to sleep. I called a new GI because I need answers, ones that will actually help me but no one can see me until at least mid-October. I am at a loss, I don't know what to do anymore - being 18 and having this many health issues is really putting a damper on college life. I have no energy anymore because my body is so weak and I can't sleep enough, I have to force myself to eat and then pray when I'm gagging afterwords that I will be able to hold it down. I can't count the amount of times that I sit on the phone and ball to my mom because I am helpless to my own body. I just want to know what is going on inside of me.
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