When I looked up that test on google I found that it's not a very accurate test and testing it for ovarian cancer is a hoax, and all kinds of things can cause elevated levels of the ca-125 antigen.
I get mixed opinions when trying to find out the validity of the gallbladder flush. http://www.healthboards.com/boards/archive/index.php/t-13529.html <-- All 3 people sound convincing, but I agree with "wrenegade" that the flush makes a lot of sense to me. Yes it could cause a lot of pain, and maybe emergency surgery, but seeing as how my ultrasound didn't show any calcified stones I doubt that there are any stones big enough to get stuck in the bile ducts, especially if I properly dilate the ducts with heat and other methods. I really think that I just have stagnant bile congesting my gallbladder. I've been taking an alcohol based Gold coin grass tincture for the past 3 days and the pain has actually been occurring less often. My diet of whole foods, no fatty foods or red meat or pork, and flaxseed oil capsules has also helped. I'm going to finish my tinctures and attempt the flush once I've started my new job and have some sick time just in case I'll need emergency surgery, but I'll follow the best method I've found, by making sure my system is cleared out of solid foods and my biliary ducts are dilated. I will post what happens after I've done it.
...But I will ask my doctor for that CA-125 test and every other test I can think of. Just because I'm a hypochondriac. I'm going to try to get tested for all of these when my new insurance starts and I get some sick time:
Slipping rib syndrome
CA-125 blood test
Get a HIDA scan to evaluate for gall bladder ejection fraction
Yes, I will agree that the CA-125 is a generic test. My levels were slightly elevated after my gall bladder surgery, and also b/c of an ovarian cyst that was found during CT. However, the test does indicate SOMETHING, and if the levels are at 100+, they will do further testing. Docs want that level to be 35 or lower, my level was at 38. Not very concerning. This test is an overall generic test of the possibility of cancer in the abdomen area, which can help to have further exploration. It is by no means, the end all be all of cancer testing, but it's a really good start to finding out if there is something to be concerned about.
Good luck with all of your testing. Please, keep us all posted.
Hi, I'm in a similar sitution, with a burning pain at the front under my right ribs and a stabbing pain in the back. All tests normal so far (still waiting on results from HIDA/CCK). I've read a lot of blogs where people have this issue and it goes undiagnosed or they are told to accept IBS as the diagnosis.
If I draw a blank this time I'm going to get my doctor to look into Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction (SOD). I will not accept being fobbed off with a diagnosis of "IBS" as I know people with that condition and it is altogether different from this. Best wishes and remember you are not alone.
Has anyone else had other symptoms besides the pain below the right ribs?
Rashes or fungal infections
Swollen lymph nodes
Has a doctor said you have a low grade infection, but no antibiotic has fixed it?
Every time I go to the doctor they say I have an infection and prescribe antibiotics or tell me to take like 9 vitamins a day. One of my first thoughts I had when I started feeling bad a couple years ago was that I had a parasite, because this all started after I went to the doctor for a small rash and he said it was a fungal infection after looking at it under the microscope. I also have athlete's foot that has never gone away even with prescription medicine.
I did get tested for parasites when I did the cat scans and blood tests and colonoscopy, and that was negative but I've read that parasites can be very hard to detect.
I just found a paper that describes a lot of my symptoms when I was looking for information about something completely unrelated I just came across the experiments with parasites by accident. The symptoms that the animals had I have also had. Here's a link to the paper http://www.royalrife.com/priore.pdf.
Anyway, for the past 6 months my throat has been sore non stop and I think it's highly possible that I have parasites. Then I came across Cutaneous Lymphoma in that paper, so I will also add that to my list of things to get checked for...
P.s. I found that parasites can spread to the organs and cause a congested liver, and can cause skin rashes and swollen lymph nodes. So that's 3 symptoms that could be explained maybe.