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I had my gallbladder removed last year due to constant pain

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JA: Hello. What is your issue regarding?
Customer: I had my gallbladder removed last year due to constant pain under right ribcage. The pain never went away. Last weekend I was out with friends drinking and I suddenly became in excuciating pain and couldn't breathe It was like a gallbladder attack but way worse. Could this be a problem with my liver or pancreas? The doctors had run tests and said everything was fine
JA: How long have you had the pain? What seems to make the pain better or worse?
Customer: Going on a few years. There's typically a dull pain constantly and when I push up under my ribs. After I had my gallbladder removed too much alcohol or coffee will cause the excuciating pain. Upper endoscopy, colonoscopy, ultrasound all normal. Hide scan showed a slowed gallbladder so they removed it. Starting to think it wasn't my gallbladder
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: I recently found out I have a large cyst the size of a clementine on my right ovary. I also had a history of alcoholism due to anxiety which I believe caused the pain to begin with. My doctors however have said my liver test came back fine I believe that's it. Also my excessive drinking was more than a year ago, I drink every few weeks sometimes every couple months

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What is your age?

Were you tested for Helicobacter pylori?

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
I'm 27 female. Daily heavy drink for about 4 years. Pain began under ribcage when I was about 25. No I was not tested for that as far as I know. The upper endoscopy showed acid reflux

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A test for Helicobacter pylori would indicate peptic ulcer which if very tiny or episodic may be missed in endoscopy. That will need a course of antibiotic and acid blockers. The other possibilities of the diagnosis would be;

1) Esophagitis or esophageal spasm.

2) Acid reflux of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

3) Chronic pancreatitis, which may not show on the blood tests and need MRI and MRCP for the diagnosis.

All these above can be concomitant.

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