Alright a quick history... four years ago I was diagnosed with mild GERD at the age of 22. Within the year, the GERD gave way to just heart burn and upset stomach. I then began developing sharp chest pains, especially when laughing, right in the middle of my chest. Those pains soon gave way to my common dilemma. For the past 2 1/2 years I have been having these intermittent pains (generally last about a month then subside for 3-4 months) in my right side. Generally either right below my last right rib or directly across, to the right, from my belly button. I have had a liver palette (sp?) done, a chest x-ray, and an ultrasound of the gall bladder which all came back normal. My doctor, believe it or not, then diagnosed it as "some strange pain that I get in my side." I'm not lying. On rare ocassions I may be awoken in the early morning by sharp pains in my right side, localized below the ribs, which generally lasts no more than 3-5 minutes. No fever, no vomiting or nausea - I do experience varying bowel movements from hard large stools, to small, pale, loose stools during these periods (but never diarrhea). This is becoming a real nuisance for the obvious reasons but mostly because I don't know what it is. Gall bladder? Liver? Hep C? IBS? I never thought I would be bothered by such as problem at 26 years of age. Anyone got any ideas, suggestions, advice or similar symptoms - I'm anxious to hear them. Thanks in advance! Sam C.