6 months ago, I had a few bouts of upper-abdominal pain. Very uncomfortable, passed after a bit, never seemed tied to any particular type of food (I kept a food diary for a bit), seemed to respond to Gas-X (simethicone). Stopped completely after a couple of weeks.
Spoke with the doctor during this. My first thought of course was gallbladder as I’m definitely in the 4-F category: Fat, female, forty (well, fifty), fertile (if declining)… only the pain was central vs right quadrant. That plus the response to Gas-x let us decide that it was quite likely gas, and unless it persisted there was no immediate need to try to diagnose further.
Fast forward to Saturday night - and the pain is as bad or worse than it ever as 6 months ago. Gas-x didn’t touch it. I didn’t want to throw up (it would have hurt the tummy muscles) but it didn’t seem like all that bad an idea either.
Bear in mind we were snowed in under 18 inches of unshoveled snow, so making it to the ER woulda been… problematic. A 2 AM phone call to the 24-hour nurseline suggested that it wasn’t something that required an ER visit anyhow. Pain eased after a few hours. As with 6 months ago, the pain was the whole upper abdomen, most severe just below the solar plexus.
I will be seeing the doc this week, so don’t worry on that score. In fact I phoned today to try to get in and they’re closed due to the snow.
Anyway - for those of you who’ve had gallbladder issues, do my symptoms sound about right?
And - have any of you had itching? For the past 24 hours my hands and feet have been HORRIBLY itchy. This I know can be a sign of liver problems resulting from the gallstones but I don’t have any other signs of jaundice. I’m debating whether to phone the doctor’s answering service today just to be sure on that. Only the phone conv would be something like this:
me: “Yeah, I think I’ve got gallstones”
Real Doc: “Have you ever been diagnosed with them?”
me: “No, but my gut was really sore last night and Doctor Google says so”.
Real Doc: “You… diagnosed yourself… on the internet???”
me: “Well yeah, I’ve got a pretty good track record with that, what’s the problem?” (I do actually… self-diagnosed RLS in myself and encopresis in my kid, both borne out by real docs).
Doc: “Er, this isn’t really an emergency since you say the pain is gone”
me: “But my hands and feet itch. I’m starting to have very weird fantasies involving gloves made of 20-grit sandpaper”.
Doc: Oh, well, then your liver just ran screaming for the hills. Might as well get your will up to date.
(I’m leaning toward calling the doc - it’s not like I’d be waking 'em up anyway, and better safe than sorry).
But, anecdotes please!