For the last two years, I have been in and out of doctor's offices for issues concerning my gastrointestinal health. I was later referred to a gastroentologist where she perfomed an endoscopy of my esophagus, stomach, and duodenum. The endoscopy was normal. A biopsy was taken, and I do NOT have celiacs disease.
My symptoms started out as a constant gnawing hunger sensation between my ribs, later my symtoms progressed to stomach and lower abdominal cramping resulting in loose very green stools. Note that I do NOT take vitamin supplements, eat leafy green vegetables, OR drink colored drinks that all could discolor my bowel movements.
I have been diagnosed with "IBS" which I am refusisng to accept as a diagnosis considering none of the medicine I have been prescribed helps or relieves my problems.
A year ago I had an ultrasound of my gallbladder, there were no stones. However, with these CHRONIC loose green stools, I'm beginning to question the function of my gallbladder along with the functioning of my liver. Also, I wonder if these constant stomach cramps, hunger senstion and green bowel movements could be due to an infection of the digestive tract or a parasite. I am awaiting results from a stool culture.
Does anyone have any idea what this might be? Has anyone ever had gallbladder dysfunction/disease WITHOUT having gallstones?
Gall bladder dysfunction can occur without gall stone formation and this can be detected by a HIDA scan. In HIDA scans the gall bladder gets filled in 5-10 mins and sometimes longer. The emptying usually happens within 2 hrs. That's what happens if the test is normal--if something is blocked then the progression stops flowing along--usually either the gall bladder never fills or it never empties in an abnormal scan. CCK HIDA or HIDA with ejection fraction (EF) is seen to check for gall bladder ejection. If gallbladder ejection fraction is below 35% is considered to be gallbladder dyskinesia.
Also, liver function tests may help to diagnose liver disorders.
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