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Abdominal pain for 8 months!! - September 1st 2011, 03:59 PM

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been having abdo pain now for 8 months. my specialist says that all symptoms point towards a gallbladder problem, yet she wont test for it. she says that because im only 16 i cant have a gallbladder problem.

have you or anybody else you know had a gallbladder problem at a young age?? what was it? what tests did they have?

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Re: Abdominal pain for 8 months!! - September 1st 2011, 04:03 PM

Get a second opinion?
   
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Re: Abdominal pain for 8 months!! - September 1st 2011, 04:06 PM

She says you may have a gallbladder problem yet she won't test for it? That's #1 doctor of the year... NOT. Get a second opinion. If something's wrong, you've got to get it cured/treated.
   
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Re: Abdominal pain for 8 months!! - September 1st 2011, 04:08 PM

how? my gp wouldnt refer me to another specialist, the only other option is to go private but thats expensive.
she said that any tests would be negative, yet she said all the symptoms are typical of a gallbladder problem
   
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Re: Abdominal pain for 8 months!! - September 1st 2011, 04:10 PM

Fight for it. Tell her you need to find out what's wrong. You have a RIGHT to find out what's wrong.
   
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Re: Abdominal pain for 8 months!! - September 1st 2011, 04:15 PM

thanx. i really do need to get it sorted but she dosn't have any more appiontments for the next 4 months. i need something done now, i think ive waited long enough. she sent me away from the first appointment telling me to ignore the pain for 2 months to see if it went away, the pain had already been there for 6 months what did she think was going to happen??
   
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Re: Abdominal pain for 8 months!! - September 1st 2011, 04:17 PM

I don't think that was right of her. If you annoy them enough, they'll cave in and give you the test. Just gotta speak up and tell them you need that test to find out what's wrong as it's giving you discomfort. Feel free to PM me anytime.
   
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Re: Abdominal pain for 8 months!! - September 1st 2011, 04:20 PM

will do thanx. i think im just going to keep phoning her and leaving loads of messages until they get back to me.
   
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Re: Abdominal pain for 8 months!! - September 1st 2011, 04:37 PM

Do you have aa walk-in clinic near you? Sometimes they are within the er? Go to the walk-in.
   
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Re: Abdominal pain for 8 months!! - September 1st 2011, 04:39 PM

Crappy doctor, yes.

It may be expensive, but it may be worth going private. Or ask your GP to refer you to someone else because you think she's crap. Well, obviously don't say it like that But I really don't get why she won't test for it because you're 'too young' to have a gallbladder problem. That's like saying you're too old to get an STD.
   
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Re: Abdominal pain for 8 months!! - September 1st 2011, 04:45 PM

i dont know about any walk in clinics, maybe ill look into that, thanx.

i know it may be rare to have gallbladder problems at a young age, but it cant be impossible, i know at least 4, 17-20 year olds who have had their gallbladders removed (one of them was my 17 year old cousin).
   
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Re: Abdominal pain for 8 months!! - September 3rd 2011, 12:24 AM

i was 15 when i had my gallbladder removed so it is possible it can be related i would say going to the er and just saying that you needed someone else to help you since your GP wasnt helping you much
   
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Re: Abdominal pain for 8 months!! - September 3rd 2011, 02:26 AM

Your doctor sounds completely useless. If there's not a near-by walk-in clinic, try going to a hospital because any nurse would admit you if you've been experiencing chronic pain for 8 months. Gallbladder disease symptoms are incredibly similar to other GI symptoms, so a simple ultrasound or x-ray could detect chollelytiasis. Alternatively, an endoscopic gastroscopia can be used if ultrasounds and x-rays are negative or inconclusive. You don't need to be of a certain age for this and getting a simple ultrasound or x-ray isn't terribly harmful.


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Re: Abdominal pain for 8 months!! - September 3rd 2011, 09:49 AM

My mom had bad pain for a year, not constant but when she had it she went to the ER. Her dr. Did a gallbladder test but brushed it off. This last time she went to the ER she had her gallbladder out because it was so bad. Her dr said the test came out a positive a year ago but she was too young so they brushed it off.

Definitely get a second opinion.



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