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Question: Stomach Attack AFTER gall bladder surgery


 worried3mom - Sun Nov 11, 2007 10:12 pm

My daughter, age 28, not pregnant, is having a severe "stomach attack" at this moment. Summarized version: Started 1 1/2 years ago, ends up in the emergency room due to sharp, burning pain in her midsection between sternum and belly button. After many months of blood tests, ultrasound, CT scan, endoscopy, and hydascans, the gastro doctor treats small peptic and duodenal ulcers, which clear up. The attacks continue weeks apart, so a surgeon takes out the gall bladder. This was 4 months ago and now we are back to square on with the attack today. Medications have been tried...anti-spasmodic, anti-depressant, Darvocet, Percocet. Nothing helps. After 14 hours she is starting to get some relief, but the all over burning continues in her midsection. She is moving around a cold cloth to the spots which are causing the most pain. The pain will eventually stop and by tomorrow this whole area will be very tender. Now that she knows she won't die from this she doesn't go into the emergency room because her wonderful teacher's insurance will leave too many bills. We all feel so helpless.....parents and husband. Should we get her in to MAYO or U of M? Please someone, help us!
 Theresa Jones, RN - Mon Nov 12, 2007 6:48 am

User avatar Hi worried3mom,
In some cases after a cholecystectomy one can develop a colic type pain or spasms sometimes referred to as postcholecystectomy syndrome. A clinical evaluation by a Gastroenterologist would be warranted along with some diagnostic studies such as MRCP (Magnetic resonance
cholangiopancreatography), ERCP(endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography), or an EGD(Upper GI Endoscopy) to identify the causative factor of the pain.
Best wishes.
Sincerely,
Theresa Jones, RN

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