Monday, July 23, 2007

3AM My Own Private Diagnose

GALLBLADDER ATTACK SYMPTOMS - I found this on the internet as I can not sleep due to pain in my right shoulder --- if I had to diagnose myself I would say this is me.

X = YES, S = Sometimes, N = No
X - Moderate to severe pain under the right side of the rib cage
X - Pain may radiate through to the back or to the right shoulder
S - Severe upper abdominal pain (biliary colic)
S - Nausea
S - Queasiness
N - Vomiting
X - Gas
X - Burping or belching
XX - Attacks are often at night
? - Attacks often occur after overeating
? - Pain will often but not always follow a meal with fats or grease
X - Pain may be worse with deep inhalation
X - Attacks can last from 15 minutes to 15 hours

One reassurring thing I found was this about gallbladder diagnoses: "Gallbladder symptoms can look and feel the same with or without stones. That is why medical testing is so necessary for an accurate diagnosis. Someone will go into the emergency room with a gallbladder attack and be told it's because he has gallstones. The person in the bed next to him also has a gallbladder attack and has an inflammed gallbladder but no stones. A third person has an attack but they can find nothing. This is not an uncommon question I get. "The diagnostic tests are all negative. What do I do now? How do I get out of pain?" People are upset because they want a diagnosis. "But what am I supposed to do with my pain if it comes back if the medical people don't know what to do with it?" Hey, lucky you! At least they won't be wanting to cut your gallbladder out! This person is the best candidate for turning around a gallbladder problem with natural products, treatments and diet."

I am alot like the third person in this story.
What do I do now? How do I get out of pain?"

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It is a reasonable diagnosis. You have the most classic symptom with the right sided pain. You also fit 2 out of 3 characteristics of the profile for the typical patient. Cholecystitis usually is accompanied by fever and an increased white blood cell count, but leave it to you to defy the textbook signs. The diarrhea may be unrelated. It can be a tricky diagnosis, it took them almost a year to figure out that was what my problem was before I had it removed. I hope things get better.

Karen C