About 18 months ago I saw my GP with a loose bowel problem. He said possibly IBS and sent me for a Colonoscopy to ensure no "nasties". However, during the procedure of the colonoscopy, I had a colonic spasm, which I had never had before. Needless to say it was painful but thought it was because of the gas they use to open the bowel. But, since having this procedure done I have been suffering with these cramps ever since. As time goes on they have become more intense. I went back to the GP who gave me meds for reflux. These had no affect, so I went back again. I was then referred for an ultrasound scan and they found gallstones in the gall bladder. I was advised to avoid eating anything fatty, which I do. I eat quite a healthy diet anyway. But still these cramps come. I have now noticed that they seem to happen whenever I am having a period. In fact I can guarantee I will get a severe bout during this time. I normally have a good pain threshold but these pains are much worse than the labour pains I had with my children. They can last anything from 15 minutes to 3 or 4 hours. It starts just under my ribs in the middle as a moderate uncomfortable feeling. Then the pain intensifies and travels down through my abdomen, round to my back and into the pelvic area. The days following an attack I am absolutely wiped out and feel like I have had a 10 round boxing match and lost! It's started to affect my work and home life because I am so tired all the time. I have just recently seen my GP again who has now referred my to see a GI and Liver specialist, but I don't think he is listening to me when I go through my symptoms. I think, because they found gallstones he is focusing on that. Has anybody else had similar symptoms?
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