I have been having horrible pain 4-5 inches above my belly button midline of my abdomen. The pain is always an achey pain, but then I get attacks of horrible pain that are severe and are similar to previous gallbladder attacks that I had when I had my gallstones years ago. I had my gallbladder removed in 1995. The pain starts suddenly and intense and lasts from 4 or more hours. The severe pain goes through to my back and up into my chest to the point where I can't take a deep breath because of the pain. I feel like my heart is fast. I have had nausea and occasional vomiting during this time.
I also have been having some floating stools that don't hold their form and are grainy and fat floating in toilet. No light colored stools though. No fevers which I usually don't run a fever due to my hypothyroidism. I feel full after small amounts of food and the severe attacks usually occur after eating. The first attack occurred while in a restaurant. I felt immediate abdominal pain, nausea, became very hot and my face appeared flush. I felt like I was going to die.
I didn't say anything to my husband but he asked me if I was ok and I told him how I was feeling. I felt better the next day, but it happened again the next month so I went to the ER. I had another severe attack while there and they admitted me.
They ruled out a heart attack and all other serious problems. I take 24 hour prevacid for stomach pain, levothyroxine, prednisone 10mg a day for back pain (have been taking this for 6 months), hydrocodone 10/660 3x a day prn for back pain, soma 4x a day prn for back pain. I have had bloodwork, CT scans, and ultrasounds. One of my previous scans showed a dilated bile duct and mild fatty liver. I have only drank 10 alcoholic beverage in my life and I don' t drink or do drugs. I am scheduled for an ultrasound on Monday to try to find out why I hurt so bad. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
How tall are you (feet and inches)?: 5'7"
What is your weight in pounds?: 250lbs
How old are you?: 40
How long has this been going on?: More than a year
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Describe associated symptoms not listed above: Pain radiating into chest and back. Floating Stools not formed with floating fat. So painful that I can't take a deep breath. Fast heart rate. The pain is a achey pain with some throbbing pain also. When the severe attacks start it is a severe ache that doesn't let up. I get full after eating small amounts of food. The severe attacks usually occur after eating.
What have you done so far to remedy this condition? Please include tests and relevant studies here.
I have had CT scans, ultrasound and bloodwork. I will have another ultrasound on monday. One test showed dilated bile duct and fatty liver.
Please list any chronic medical problems and also list any prior surgery (lacerations don't count!): medical problems: hypothyroidism, possible gastritis or ulcer, previous tracheal stenosis of unknown cause, and Degenerative disc disease and arthritis.
Surgeries: Tubal ligation, gallbladder removal, tracheal resection/anastomosis surgery.
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Please list any medication allergies that you have : : N/A
Please list any medications you are currently taking (and dosage if known) :: Levothyroxine 137mcg 1x a day
24 hour prevacid 1x a day
Soma 350mg 4 x a day as needed
hydrocodone 10/ 660 3 x a day as needed
Prednisone 10mg 1x a day
When was your last menstrual cycle?: 3 weeks ago
Are you currently using or do you have a history of tobacco use?: No
Are you currently using or do you have a history of illegal drug use?: No
Please describe your alcohol consumption :: Rarely
HOW QUICKLY DO YOU NEED THIS TO BE ANSWERED?: As soon as possible
What conditions could cause the symptoms that I am experiencing?
Could it be pancreatitis?
Can gallstones form after gallbladder has been removed?