I had some kind of stomach bug back on July 5th which lasted almost a week. I had nausea and diarrhea and was running a low-grade fever of about 100.3.
But since then, no fever, nausea or diarrhea so I don't think it's related.
The abdominal pain is located on my right side about 4 inches away from my navel. From there, the pain runs up my abdomen about 4-5 inches. Sometimes I feel it in my back at the same height area.
Sometimes. It's more localized to my lower back right now.
I had an ultrasound done on my abdomen on July 5th and the only abnormality they had found was a gallstone, which was also found in another ultrasound done years ago. They did not find that the gallbladder was inflamed either. I saw a GI doctor about a week ago and we scheduled an endoscopy on Aug. 13. He did not think it was the gallbladder given my age and that it is only one gallstone, so we are analyzing that last.
Thanks Dr. Chip. Appendicitis was really the main concern this time around, as I wouldn't want the thing rupturing during my vacation. If it was appendicitis what would I be experiencing right now? I just like to be educated...
My GI doctor did do an abdominal exam with his hands by pressing on it last week. While he was I had felt a sharp pain in the bottom of my lower right quadrant (not near the navel). When that happened, he tried to replicate the pain again but could not. I've since laid hands on myself several times and could not replicate the pain, so maybe it could have been a one-off gas bubble that time or something.
It's possible it could be the gallbladder, but we agreed to explore all other avenues possible before analyzing it and possibly taking it out.
As long as you're telling me all this isn't life-threatening right now until next week, you will put my mind at ease and I will be feeling much better about it...
Hahaha, I just gave that a shot and nothing happened. In fact, I did it a dozen more times along with jumping up and down and I felt perfectly fine.
A few more questions: what is the likelihood of a gallbladder rupturing? And how would I know if it happened to me?
Also, is it possible this could be something with the liver, like maybe liver disease? On a side note I only drink about once or twice a month, if that.
Awesome, that is great to hear.
One last thing: on top of the pain I had mentioned above, my right side in general feels kind of weird/inflamed (e.g. my arm and leg), and there is also a localized pain underneath my armpit. It is nothing serious since this has also been going on for a week or two, but I'm just curious if it could be connected to the gallbladder or abdomen. Or maybe a lymph node under the arm...?
Nope, no kidney stones.
Dr. Chip, thanks so much for your level-headed and down-to-earth opinion. This is just the type of thing I needed to hear before going on vacation.
I will follow up with you maybe after my endoscopy is done (Aug. 13th) or maybe sooner than that.
Thanks so much again and have a great week. You are the man!
Thanks for the kudos, but just doing my job. Have a great time. By the way August 13 is my birthday but I don't plan to get scoped after the ice cream and cake
Hahaha, good to know!
You may just be doing your job but the fact you are on JustAnswer as often as you are says a lot about you and how passionate you are about your work.
If I don't message you in time on Aug. 13th, then Happy Birthday! Have some cake, kick back and enjoy the day. You will have earned it!
Haha, I know them all too well. I am an Aries and elitist bastards like us get along pretty well with Leos.
We care too and are pretty motivated and self-sufficient...but still bastards sometimes.
Happy Birthday Dr. Chip! Hope you're having a great day.
I recently got back from my endoscopy. Everything looked just fine, except they noticed some inflammation in my stomach via gastritis so they took some biopsies and I should hear back from them in about 2 weeks. They think everything will come back normal from the biopsies too.
One less thing to worry about! I suppose the next thing to tackle would be a CAT scan on my abdomen or some other tests related to my gallbladder. However we still don't think it's the gallbladder, but we'll see.
Hahah, sounds good! Take care my friend.