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This is Dr. D.J., experienced Internal Medicine Specialist.
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I am not sure if you mentioned--did you have any ultrasound done?
Also, do you notice any symptoms with fatty meals?
no ultra sound
I will suggest that.
and Im really not sure about symptoms with fatty meals
This will help to rule out any gallstones.
sometimes it happens after them, but sometimes it doesnt
Would gallstones be the most likely cadidate though?
sounds like that
the symptoms may not be present all the time
You should try to follow a low fat diet.
Gas related pain is the second likely cause.
Are gallstones hereditary? As I stated in my question, my brother recently had to have some removed
My biggest concern would be liver problems. Due to my health anxiety, plus the fact that I DO drink alcohol on a regular basis, i automatically fear the worst as far as any pains go. Given the symptoms and length of time this has been going on, would you safely conclude it is probably not my liver?
However, in some families, this may be genetic.
Does not sound like liver since liver enzymes are normal.
However, ultrasound will also check out the liver.
So, most likely nothing life threatening then
I am in the Army, currently in afghanistan with bombs going off. But I get scared like a little girl when it comes to my health!
Ok --I do understand your concerns.
Ok, so Im going to take this from the conversation. Go in to my local doc when I return back to the states (unless you feel its more urgent than that), request an ultrasound
Staying heathy is very important.
Not urgent since you do not get constant symptoms.
Great. So possible gallstones, non urgent, see a doc at earliest convenience
Im sure you have dealt with hypochondriacs before, its just nice to hear things from professionals. Thank you
do not worry
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