I have had this mystery pain in my right side for probably 10 years now. My latest GI is just now recommending we check my gallbladder. My pain is in my right side behind/below my ribs, it wraps the back, behind my shoulder, toward the middle of my abdomen, and down lower closer to my hip bone area. Its debilitating at times. I have chronic constipation, nausea, lack of appetite, and trouble gaining/keeping weight. Does this sound like a gallbladder? if so, how has no one seen this or checked this yet?
10 years is a long time to not having your needs addressed.
Pain is actually good. It’s hard to think that way but pain is the body’s defense mechanism to tell us something is wrong.
Have you been complaining for 10 years at each visit?
I’m trying to find SOME reason as to why this would not have been investigated sooner.
It definitely sounds GI so I hope you are going to the GI specialist.
Diseases start usually with a minor symptom. You may have had gall bladder disease that was just a discomfort after eating.
At that point, you should have had some kind of testing done.
Many diseases just go away because the body is a magnificent healer.
However, if it’s going to be left unattended it’s going to get worse.
Worse in the way of inflammation or blockage to where you become septic and start having fevers.
The surgery at this point may be extensive for having waited.
After the GI doc gives you a diagnosis and a plan, I’d go to my Primary and ask how this happened.
Ask nicely so he doesn’t get defensive.
Remind him that this is going on for 10 years so why was is it he didn’t refer you sooner.
Hopefully, your experience will have taught him something so you are helping other people to not go through what you are going through.
If you start having a fever then go to the ER.
In any case, you need treatment ASAP!
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