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galbladder problems? maybe

i have been haveing terrible pain in my abdominal area for about 6 months n ow and my doctor thought it was just acid reflux,the pain is right below my ribs in the center,and when i lay down on my left side the pain gets so severe that it radiats up to the right side of my jaw and sometimes into my right ear,also recently i have had bowl movements tha was florecent green,thats right bright florescent green,could this be a sign of a bad galbldder,?
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469934 tn?1333135282
I'm not a doctor but the urine color sounds like Vitamin D is not being absorbed.  Your symptoms could be SO many things including gallstones, Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction, Small Bowel Bacterial Overgrowth, pancreatitis, etc.  I would ask my primary care physician to refer me to a Gastroenterologist.  With nausea and pain so severe, you probably want to get in as soon as possible.

The HIDA is great in indicating whether your gallbladder is functioning well.  An ultrasound should show any stones or blockages.  There are other mildly invasive tests such as the Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS) and MRCP-S (Secretin) which can image the whole thing including pancreas and ductal system.  The EUS does require sedation and is similar to an upper endoscopy.  Once you have a Gastroenterologist, they might be willing to try an EUS or MRCP-S to determine what is causing your symptoms.   Right now, EPISOD studies are being conducted in the United States which might be a way to get to the bottom of your symptoms without the cost if you qualify.

Doing your own research can only help.  Check out the "First Principles of Gastroenterology", http://gastroresource.com/GITextbook/en/Default.htm.  I would take special note of the biliary system, Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction and pancreatitis.

Are you taking Metamucil or a similar daily fibre product?  This is a great help for MANY people with abdominal pain.   It does not make you go, it makes you regular by adding fibre to the watery stools, making them firm.  

Many people with abdominal pain have great success with digestive enzymes and pancreatic enzymes.  This is something you can talk to your primary Doc about.  I'm told that they won't do any harm so really - unless you have side effects - there's not a downside to trying them.  Your Doc might even have samples.  This is something you can do now and it reduces the amount of work the pancreas has to do which will reduce any damage if damage is occuring to the pancreas.

A low-fat, high fibre diet can make a big difference to people with gallbladder problems.  Eliminating fried foods from your diet and starting with bland foods, you may get to a point where you have no pain.  Then you can add new items to see how you feel.

It helps to keep a journal or a blog and your welcome to read mine if you want but I write a lot (can you tell).  :)  It's a great way to review your situation objectively and identify patterns in your foods, symptoms, medications, bowel habits and pain level.  Hindsight is 20/20 and keeping a log might help you look at things more objectively over the longer term.  Also, when you do go into Emergency, you can say, this has been the pattern...

You are not alone!  Try to stay positive and reach out for support when you need it.  Talk to your Doctor, family, friends, co-workers, church or social service volunteers or anyone you feel safe with.  

I belong to a support group that is wonderful.  To find it, search the web for Yahoo! groups.  Once you have the page where you can search the Yahoo! groups, search or "sphincter".  There are about five of them.  Maddi's group [sphincterofoddi-pancreatitis1] is wonderful without any soap opera nonsense.  Just put in a request to join and within a day or two, they'll let you know that you've been accepted.  Hopefully, if you join, you'll say "Hi" to me there?

When you do find answers, it would be wonderful if you could let us know the root cause(s) and how you got rid of your pain.  It gives people on this site hope to hear success stories.

Take care of yourself.  Good luck and Godspeed.  All the best,

Sam
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563773 tn?1374246539
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Hello,

From the symptoms that you have mentioned,it sounds like a gall bladder disease.However the other possibility is of irritable bowel syndrome. As food moves through the digestive tract, it turns from green to yellow-orange to brown. Bile and bacteria is what gives stool its final brown color. If stool is still green when it is eliminated, it could mean that it is not being exposed to, or absorbing enough, bile salt.

So definitely these two possibilities have to be ruled out.I would suggest a gastroenterologist,s evaluation and an ultrasound or CT abdomen.

Hope it helps.Take care and pls do keep me posted on how you are doing.Kind regards
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