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Pain in Upper Right Qaudrant
Samasaurus posted:
Hello, my name is Samantha and I am 23 years old. In 2006 I had my gallbladder taken out. Since then, I have been slowly losing the ability to digest many foods. I know it is not rare for people without gallbladders to have some after-effects. (My mother and sister cannot have tomato sauce or tomatoes).

I am aware that fried and fatty foods typically will cause an unsettling stomach, however over the years, and more recently I get incredibly sharp pains in my upper right quadrant. They do not go to my back at all.

These pains are similar/if not more painful than before I had my gallbladder taken out.

I have been tested for food allergies twice in the past 6 months (negative on all accounts- They tested me up to the 3rd/4th stage?- the injections).

I am unable to have any dairy products without harsh repercussions. I have tried skim milk, soy milk, lactaid milk, and almond milk- all which leave me clutching my abdomen after a matter of hours, and running for the toilet the next day.
Cheese has just started to have the same effect on me.

Over the summer anytime I consumed meat (small portions with the visible fat cut off), I blacked out (which was quite scary- I had never passed out before), but would come-to within 5 minutes.

I have refrained from eating meat since the Summer after multiple attempts with different meats. (Please note I do not put any salt, pepper, or sauces on my meat/food in general).

I am aware that acidic foods can also play a number on people after having their gallbladders removed... strawberries, blueberries, grapes, apples, raspberries, pineapple and lately bananas all seem to make me really sick.

As for vegetables I can eat green beans (sometimes), potatoes and peas, but other vegetables seem to make me sick as well.

I have been to 4 specialists, and have had an endoscopy.

Some of the listed are redundant but nonetheless this is what I have been diagnosed with:

Acid Reflux
Stomach Ulcers
A hiatal hernia

I exercise daily, and try to stay fit, but I know my diet of foods I am able to eat cannot be good for me long-term. Here is what I am eating:

Plain white rice, plain potatoes, green beans, peas, bread, celery, cucumbers, ginger ale, and water.

I miss fruit and vegetables very much. I have slowly tried to reintroduce these foods into my diet, as I love them, and they're beneficial to my health.

I have been put on numerous (not at the same time) pills for Acid Reflux as well as probiotics.

I have tried nexium, prevacid, and prilosec.
And for probiotics I have tried culturelle and florastor.

I tried each of these products for at least 3 months, and none of them seemed to help with my stomach issues.

When I get the pains (depending on the food eaten) I usually get really hot, dizzy, and a horrendous pain in my upper right quadrant- each time I get the pain it lasts longer- it used to go away in minutes, but now it can last hours. I usually suffer one of two consequences- my bowels are screaming, and I spend my time on the toilet, or I get nauseous, and typically end up throwing up.

I don't mean to sound like a hypochondriac, I just know that it's not healthy, or normal for my body to continuously reject food. I have decided to turn here to seek out help, and benefit in any way possible.

I am not one to self diagnose, but I also would like to be able to enjoy foods again. I have been reading up on the sphincter of oddi- and brought it up to one of the gastroenteritis, and she said it was a possibility- but the test for that was incredibly particular.

Any information or suggestions would be of great help.

Thank you!
chubby1124 responded:
I can relate , i too have been getting sickened by many foods also , i get very nauseous after eating them , i have been eating alot of potatoes etc. Since having my non functioning gall bladder removed i have been also having alot of pain but in my upper middle to left side abdomen . Every few days i go through a horrible burning flare up which IS NOT ACID im i taking dexilant PPIs Which dont help with the burning i too think maybe it sod dysfunction also .
apokemon responded:
I have the same, went to the ER twice in 3 years. I was told at the ER it was a gallbladder problem but gallbladder turns out OK after tests. I have been diagnosed with: GERD, Acid Reflux, IBS, weak stomach valve and a hiatal hernia. I am still trying to find out if I can exercise with the Hiatal Hernia. Push ups and cruches? I have changed my diet much like yours. I have been given a lot of tests but quick no answers. Pantoprazole seems to help better than OTC meds, if that helps. I am going to post about exercise now as my Doctor doen't seem to want to call me with an answer.

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