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In October of last year I had my Gallbladder removed. I haven't felt at all different compared to before surgery. I had my GB removed due to Stones. I still have GB attacks frequently and upper abdominal pain. Within the past week I had an Ultrasound done to r/o more stones that may have been stuck in the bile duct or anywhere else in the abdomen. The results came back negative. Two weeks ago, for about 5 days, my stool was BLACK. I called the doctor and had to give them a stool specimen to test for blood. The results came back negative for blood and they tested some things for the liver but everything looked fine. When I went to the ER this week because of pain, the doctor I was assigned to told me that even though you get one stool specimen tested, you may have different results a second or third time taken from different times of the day or week.

Should I be concerned about Ulcers? I have pain on the upper LEFT and RIGHT quadrant of my abdomen. I continue to have attacks, like the burning doubling-over-in-pain feeling. At times my GERD gets so bad that bile comes back up into my mouth and leaves a horrible taste in my mouth. I've had GERD for almost 5 years now and it only seems to be getting worse. I'm only 18 years old and am very healthy other than the upper abdominal pain and GERD.

The pain on the LEFT UPPER QUADRANT of my abdomen started about a month POST GB surgery. Within the past year I've had a Colonoscopy, an Endoscopy, A HIDA Scan, 2 Ultrasounds, 3 CT Scans, many many blood tests and several urine tests and everything is coming back negative. I feel like my doctors keep taking the easy route out in just saying that my "IBS is acting up" or "Here's another prescription to get some blood work done" when they're probably testing for all of the wrong things.

I was never told by my doctors the complications of GERD until I came to them with concerns about my black stool. Is any of this related to the removal of the Gallbladder? And if so, why is the pain radiating to the left side of my abdomen?

Is this something I'm just going to have to learn to live with, or is there something there that really is abnormal? I've even changed my eating habits. I make sure I get plenty of Fiber in my diet, no fatty/greasy foods, no caffiene, I quit smoking before GB surgery.

Does anyone else experience any of this? And if so, how do you cope with it and what do you do to feel better physically?

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