Our expert says:
How annoying and dispiriting. Sounds like maybe you'd want to get a fresh, second opinion, surgically, about your abdominal pain, asking the new doc if you can tell him AFTER he has examined you and given you his opinion, what else you have been told >? With any disorder, some of us have symptoms that are textbook typical, and others of us don't, so diagnosis is an art. The appendix is totally useless, just waiting to produce an appendicitis ; the gall bladder isn't a lot more useful, and most folks I know who have had it out, don't miss it at all. But you're right, that if this is not the cause of this pain, it might not solve your currrent problem. Mind you, depending on how the op is done, the surgeon could have a good chance to look around while he's in there, as it were, and check out for other possible causes.
IF you needed Zoloft and Lamictin, it's a problem if you feel you needed to stop taking them, and we don't want other psych problems to arrive and complicate things ( indeed, that could be part of the reason you're feeling so dispirited now ). By the way, I notice that Lamictin also comes in "dispersible tabs", formulated so as to dissolve rapidly, like a soluble aspirin, which could make them easier to take.
And I'm not so sure whether gastrology is that much different to psychiatry --- you still have to listen to people, examine them, and think carefully to figure out what's going on and what's the best way to remedy the situation.
See what your shrink thinks on Tuesday, too.
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