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Stomach pain, nausea, bloating, gas, heartburn
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moonthatstolemyslumber posted:
Well, from as far back as I can remember about having stomach problems was during high school, when I was about 16 (6 years ago). I was constipated often but usually didn't have any other problems except occassional nausea. This was generally fixed by making sure I ate breakfast every day and having a better diet in general.

These days, I'm not sure how long it's really been happening, maybe on and off for about two years? Yeah I believe so, started up in early 2009. I noticed that I didn't feel 'empty' after having bowel movements, I was constantly bloated. I get diarrhea sometimes too. I thought maybe I had a food intolerance, but the bloating and nausea I would feel was not consistent enough, and when I isolated foods it was a sometimes yes, sometimes no kind of thing. Still I tried completely cutting out gluten for months (but ultimately gave up because I love pasta too much) and the problem seemed to have disappeared. A couple months later it returned.

Doc says maybe IBS, try some Metamucil, it didn't help me. These days, less bloating, more pain and nausea. Doc says it is GERD as I replied 'yes, some' to 'Are you having any heartburn?' (was given meds for that, can't remember what they were called, did nothing, given something else and have heartburn only once since, but still the stomach pain).

Any over-the-counter stuff doesn't seem to do much of anything.

I have had a few ultrasounds and an X-ray, blood work taken, and everything is normal but they did find some 'sludge' in my gallbladder. I have been trying to cut out fats from my diet. (I'm a vegetarian and love cheese, but I am doing my best to avoid it).

My GP sent me to a specialist who said she was 'pretty sure' it's my gallbladder, but it's hard to tell because I can't localize the pain. I sure wish I could, but it's such a general, overall abdomen feeling of pain...

So right now, I am trying to eat very little fat and keep a diary of what I eat and when I feel pain/nausea (but I keep forgetting...I usually get pain a couple times a week and nausea a few times a day...it can last for half an hour, or a few hours). You'd think this kind of pain would trigger me to remember to write it down? Well, it's almost become such a part of my life that I don't think of writing it down, hah. I am working on it though. If I manage to be successful in that I am going back to the specialist in a couple months. (She said generally people feel pain in their upper right abdomen but my mom had gallstones and she said the pain was in her lower back).

Anyway, if anyone has any ideas or thoughts on this, that would be great, I'd appreciate any kind of input, thanks for reading
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majanamibia responded:
I can understand what you went through, because, I've got IBS, but due to stress. Have you try Librax, from your doctor? Helps for the pain. Buscopan also helps for IBS pain. Hope you will get some good advice soon!


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