A couple of years ago I went out with some friends for St. Patrick's day. After having a couple of drinks and standing around for a couple of hours, I started to get a severe pain in my epigastric region. I ignored it as long as I could, however, I started to double over in pain and needed to sit down before I passed out. After sitting for about 20 minutes, I was feeling better, so we got up to mingle. After only 10 minutes, the pain returned and I need to sit down for the rest of the time we were out. The pain, in total, lasted about 5 hours.
Since this first time, I have had 5 "episodes". One time was so severe, I was curled up in the fetal position for almost 8 hours. The pain only went away after I finally got nauseous enough to throw up. The last episode was just over a year ago at a friend's wedding where after having a good meal and drinks, I started to feel sick and could only sit down (I ended up leaving early because I was in enough pain and I was missing all the fun!). Each time the episodes occur, it is in the epigastric region and is a sharp, tight pain that lasts for at least 4 hours. It seems to be set off after I have too much fatty/greasy foods or have too much to eat/drink. Standing really seems to kick them off.
I am extremely careful not too eat too much fatty/greasy food, or too much food/drinks in general, especially if I know I will be standing around. I have become scared to go to get-togethers or out with friends out of fear that I won't have a place to sit down. If I start to feel my stomach/epigastric area start to tighten at all, I stop eating/drinking and sit down immediately.
I did see a doctor about this problem about a year and a half ago and was sent for an ultrasound on my gallbladder to look for gallstones (there were none).
Any thoughts on what this could be? Could this be a sphincter of oddi dysfunction or something else?
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