I have had stomach problems since 2003. First I had my gallbladder taken out becuase the heptic scan came up with 0. It was not working at all. Since then, I still have the same complaints and problems which are: severe pain in the upper left abdomen near the sternum. I just recently completed a gastric emptying scan which showed that my stomach was only emptying 24%. I am now on medication to help my stomach contract to empty, But, in the middle of my stomach, I feel like someone has punched me in my gut, like a large orange is stuck and very often inflamed. When I eat my first meal of the day, I immediately have diareah and then feel nauseated and very weak for the rest of the day. This is when my stomach begins to hurt. When I am sitting, I feel like something is in the way and that I have to stretch out or be in a lying position. I am most comfortable lying on my left side. Please help if you can give me any information. I am tired of feeling so sick. I have missed way too much work and this is becoming a way of life.