I have symptoms of ruq pain, just right of the sternum, tender to the touch, and often loose stools w/odor. I have also had a weight loss of ten pounds. An ultrasound test was completely normal as was an hida at 35. My doctor has me taking ursodiol for the last month and a half. My symptoms continue to worsen. I have gone to an almost fat free diet this last week. This is not practical in the long term as I will be forced to tell everyone I dine with about my health troubles, and must make alternate meals for my husband and children. Is my doctor taking the right course of action? Should I consult him again? Thank you!
I would suggest a fecal fat test to evaluate for fat malabsorption. A blood test looking for celiac disease should also be considered. I would also consider testing for chronic pancreatitis, which can cause loose, mucousy stools. This can be done via a blood test for amylase and lipase, as well as imaging studies (i.e. an abdominal CT scan).
Another consideration would be chronic gastritis or duodenitis which can cause epigastric discomfort. An upper endoscopy would be the appropriate next test to evaluate this.
You may want to inquire about a second GI opinion.
Followup with your personal physician is essential.
This answer is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice - the information presented is for patient education only. Please see your personal physician for further evaluation of your individual case.
Copyright 1994-2017MedHelp International.All rights reserved. MedHelp is a division of Aptus Health.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.