Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Help for Mystery Stomach Pain

Monday, 12 March 2012 08:27 AM

Question: I’m a 17-year-old female who has been experiencing daily upper right abdominal pain that sometimes travels to my right shoulder blade and neck. This started over a year ago. I’ve had an ultrasound, CT scan, and endoscopy. All came back normal, but the pain continues. I also have had bouts of nausea and vomiting. Where do I go from here?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
Your negative preliminary studies may need confirmation testing with a HIDA scan to eliminate gallbladder dysfunction or sludge in your gallbladder. Before the scan you’ll be injected with a radioactive tracer, which will allow a special camera to take pictures of your gall bladder and help your doctor evaluate whether it is functioning properly. Your persistent pain episodes may be colonic spasms from an irritable bowel syndrome or just plain old dyspepsia or hyperacidity that may be easily managed by proton pump inhibition with drugs such as prilosec. It sounds like appropriate management of your condition would include a treatment trial while investigations continue if warranted by your physician.

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You may need a HIDA scan to to eliminate gallbladder dysfunction.
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