Ugh. What’s wrong with me?

I say this not in the “oh crap, I screwed up!” sense, but in the “I don’t know what it is, but I think something’s not right” way.

For the last few days, anywhere from 30 minutes to 90 minutes after I eat, I get sick. Horribly nauseous (yesterday I threw up more times than I can remember), with pain under upper abdomen (mostly on the right, under my ribcage, but sometimes toward the middle). Like I said, it’s been happening for a few days (now I can’t help but wonder if what I had a while back was this, without the acute pain), but now anytime I eat ANYTHING, the nausea starts, and the pain comes shortly after that. Yesterday, I thought it might be food poisoning, except I had the same thing I have a couple times a week – a mixed greens salad with turkey, hard boiled eggs, dried fruit with light dressing. Pretty standard stuff. And it hasn’t been a problem up until now. I went home early from work yesterday because I felt so bad, and threw up for a couple of hours. I slept for a couple of hours, woke for a couple of hours, and then went to bed. I had a piece of toast around 10 because I didn’t want to take my Ibuprofen on an empty stomach. This morning for breakfast I had lowfat yogurt with fruit and granola. I had some discomfort and nausea, but it was pretty manageable (I wasn’t doubled over like yesterday). At lunch, I had carrot sticks and a couple of handfuls of mini pretzels with hummus. Within an hour, I was in pain, and thought I was going to throw up again. (I didn’t, but I really wished I could). It got a lot worse to the point I was in tears, so I went home early again. As soon as the pain started, I called my PCP to see what he thought; the nurse called back about twenty minutes later to tell me he wanted to see me in the office, but he won’t be IN the office until Thursday.

So what do I do? I’m afraid to eat. (I tried some crackers a while ago, and the pain’s already starting, though hopefully not as bad as earlier.) Do I not eat at work, and just stick to my water?  I have to get through tonight and tomorrow before I see the doctor, and I don’t think I can do it without eating something. Is it possible it’s my gall bladder? Idiot that I am, I was symptom checking and gallstones was one of the possibilities. Even when I’m not having acute pain, the spot under my ribcage is still really tender.

If any of you have been through something like this, PLEASE give me some insight. I really feel like crap.

Thanks in advance,



7 thoughts on “Ugh. What’s wrong with me?

  1. I had my gall bladder out and I would get extreme pain in my lower back and stomach where I couldn’t stand up straight so my doctor finally got me in to have a ultrasound done and I had 5 gall stones and had it taken out. But one symptom I had was acid would come up my esophagus and make me so nauseous. Not sure if that’s what you have or not but worth mentioning to him! Hope you feel better!


  2. I’m going to say it’s your gallbladder. Oddly enough I’ve been doing research on my gallbladder and pancreas. I’ve been having pain that gets worse when I eat. Those symptoms you’re experiencing go hand in hand with your gallbladder. I messaged my doctor and he scheduled me for an abdominal ultrasound. He wants me to have that before I see him. Hope you get answers and can hang in there until Thursday.


  3. Though I’m not a doctor, I do play one on TV…

    Yeah, I agree with gallbladder. Maybe you could sip protein shakes if eating makes you so sick? You can’t not eat and get dehydrated.



  4. Yup. Gallbladder. I never threw up with mine, but felt a little nauseous. My rib cage pain was more like a bad gas pain. Never really not tolerable, but more annoying than anything.


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