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Jan 12, 2016 12:43 AM

Hello and thank you in advance. I have been in severe pain for over 4 hours. I had not had much to eat today, but went to a movie with my husband and ate popcorn. I have had a similar reaction before, but this one is really bad. I have no gall bladder, but the pain is in the center of my stomach under my rib cage. The dull pain started at the movie theater, when I got home, I also got diarrhea. There is no relief or position or heat that seems to help. I became flush a few times and am feeling a little weak. I took 3 Imodium and some pain reliever. I looked up abdominal pain after eating popcorn and it seems others have had same reaction. I thought maybe diverticulitis, but what I read said that is lower left side. I don't know if I should go to urgent care or wait it out. Ideas?

Jan 12, 2016 12:50 AM

It could be several things and since I'm not a doctor if say to go to the Emergency room because chest pains are always put to the top of the list to be seen because of the bad things it can mean.

Jan 12, 2016 11:08 AM

Welcome Michelay! I'm sorry you're hurting so badly. I also don't have a gallbladder, and I have IBS. Popcorn is the worst thing for me to eat, because it doesn't want to pass through my GI tract. I've been to the ER because the pain was so bad, and they gave me 3 rx to help relieve some of the pain & help activate my system; delayed emptying. My doc told me to avoid popcorn because any corn product doesn't digest well. You could also have a virus. With the flushing you may have fever. If you aren't feeling any better maybe you should be seen. Hugs & prayers you'll Ferrell better soon! 😷🙏🌼

Jan 13, 2016 9:44 AM

Sounds like me when I had to have my gull bladder removed

Jan 14, 2016 3:02 AM

Removing your gall bladder can cause Irritable Bowel Syndrome and popcorn is a common trigger. That said it could be a bunch of other things so it would be best to ask yoir doctor.

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