Hello Dr. Arun,
I have no heartburn, acid reflux, bloating or constipation. Occasional gas, but not a problem,
no diabetes, i'm 115 lbs. 5'5'', bp normal to low
have never smoked and don't drink
no family history
eat a healthy diet - mostly whole foods
I would be happy to assist you further, if you need any more information.
Family dr. ordered abdominal ultrasound and x-rays at the time I first noticed this. x-ray showed "A small amount of feces is scatter throughout the colon. Several pockets of intestinal gas are noted without disproportionate gaseous distension. No radiographic evidence of free air. No abnormal calcifications or soft tissue masses."
Ultrasound showed "Liver is normal in size without focal abnormality. Gallbladder is well distended with no shadowing gallstone, gallbladder wall thickening or pericholecystic fluid. There is however a 7 mm intraluminal echogenicity at the neck of the gallbladder which is not mobile. Although this may merely be related to a septation, this does appear to be a focal rounded abnormality on multiple images. Question then the possibility of a small gallbladder polyp or sludge ball. There is no biliary ductal dilatation with the common duct measuring 2 mm. Visualized portions of the pancreas are unremarkable."
Dr. was not concerned about this - should I be? Not sure if this is the source of the pain as gallbladder is on the right side? My pain is more on the left.
Pain is in a specific spot and sometimes there is pain when I push on it with my fingers.
I see a hiatal hernia could be related to pregnancy? 2 pregnancies, last one 2.5 years ago.
It is on the left side, not the right. It is an inch or so to the left of center, maybe an inch below my ribs. I have tried some vitamins and probiotics, but haven't noticed any difference. Dr. did tests as mentioned above, but no treatment. No symptoms or patterns. Occasionally I also have slight cramps on the left side under the ribs, but doesn't seem related. Have some back pain/left shoulder pain from auto accident 6 years ago. Also not sure if that's related. Not on any medications. No significant changes.
I mentioned before that I can find the "pain spot" by pushing on it with my fingers. Would this be true for reflux?
I will check with dr. about gastroenterology. Testing is expensive - how urgent do you think this is?