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What could be causing my pain?

I have had both gallbladder and appendix removed about 20 years ago.  About six months ago I started experiencing pain in my right upper quadrant, just below the ribs.  The first time I experienced it, I was turning over in bed and something caught inside me like the muscle in my abdomen was ripping loose.  When I released the strain of turning over the pain went away.  However, I was left with this constant little pain in the area that feels like a bee stinging me sometimes and sometimes just a little ache like someone penching me inside.  I've had CT scan, MRI, endoscopy, colonoscopy, and blood work and everything is supposedly normal.  I am overweight at 5'3" and 220 lbs.  I have systemic lupus and am otherwise healthy.  I am 52 years old, do not smoke or drink at all.  I have low Vitamin D and take a D and calcium supplement.  I also have GERD and a small hiatal hernia.  I took Prevacid for about four months but have been off of it for three months now.  I recently had a bout of lime-green colored stool that lasted for 24 hours and then cleared up.  My primary doctor can find nothing wrong with me and I am still living with this little bee stinging sensation in my side.  Can anyone help?
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I'm so sorry you are suffering again after having gone through so much already.  I am not a doctor and know nothing about medicine but your description almost sounds like pancreatitis and/or a Sphincter of Oddi, intrahepatic or pancreatic duct problem.  These issues can sometimes happen many years after a gallbladder removal.  I will put some links at the end of this post for you to research.  Only you will recognize your some of the more obscure symptoms that accompany these issues.  I hope they help and that you feel better soon!

All the best,


First Principles of Gastroenterology – [This is my favorite of all the reference materials because it is searchable]
Clinical manifestations and diagnosis of sphincter of Oddi dysfunction –
Digestive Disease Library – Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction –
Diseases of the Pancreas  NIDDK –
GI Consult – Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction –
Evaluating Predictors & Interventions in Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction –
Gastroenterology –
Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction: Diagnosis and Treatment –
Acute Recurrent Pancreatitis and Dysfunction of the Sphincter of Oddi: Comparison between Invasive and Non-Invasive Techniques –
Idiopathic Recurrent Acute Pancreatitis –
GI Consult: Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction by John Baillie, MB, ChB, FRCP –
Clinical Manifestations and Diagnosis of Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction –;jsessionid=7690FF8E3E31A4C664267BD8276C2B86.0503?topicKey=~Sm4Jhk.9M03Fy&refNum=30
Disorders of the Biliary Tract by Guzman [Pathology Lecture] –
Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction –
International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders –
Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction  Pancreas and Biliary Tree Diseases MUSC Digestive Disease Center –
Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction is Associated with Chronic Pancreatitis –
Systematic Review: Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction--Non-Invasive Diagnostic Methods and Long-Term Outcome after Endoscopic Sphincterotomy –
Treatment of Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction –
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I'm sorry to hear all you're going through. The tests you've had are definatly the best and most accurate ones. If I may ask, how recent were these tests? If it's been a few years, I would suggest getting retested. Any chance you could have torn an abdominal muscle? I had a friend that did and he described it as a constant bee sting. Hope you feel better soon. Keep us posted
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