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Upper left abdominal pain after eating

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • December 6, 2006
  • 00:22 AM

Please help me I am 27 years old I am overweight but appears to have no bearings on it. For about the last 8 weeks have had diarrhea one day all day then the next I am fine going to the bathroom the abdominal pain is all the time. Also after I eat the upper left side of my stomach feels like someone is stabbing me. Not to mention its gotten worse now because I feel the pain even if I dont eat. Also I am tired after doing any type of work and if I move around it starts to hurt too. The lower side of my pelvic areas hurt to,especially before and after bm. I know this sounds gross but I have had colonoscopy, CT scan, biopsy, ultrasounds and the doctors treat me like I am crazy but I am in pain. Please help if you have any idea.

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  • Have they checked your pancreas? The pancreas can be really hard to diagnose. My symptoms were much like yours. Do you always feel the overwhelming urge to lay down?
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 9, 2006
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  • Im 33 and underweight and have the same symptoms. i was diagnosed with food allergies to many foods. My stomach always hurts and has hurt DAILY for 6 years. I had an upper endoscopy and upper 2 barium xrays which showed reflux only. my upper and lower left side hurt. I get bloated only on that side and i can feel a small (like the size of a grape) ball in my lower left abdomen.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 11, 2006
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  • Have they checked your pancreas? The pancreas can be really hard to diagnose. My symptoms were much like yours. Do you always feel the overwhelming urge to lay down?They have checked my pancreas many times, they still have no idea on to another specialist. I do always feel tired and like I need to lay down.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 13, 2006
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  • Im 33 and underweight and have the same symptoms. i was diagnosed with food allergies to many foods. My stomach always hurts and has hurt DAILY for 6 years. I had an upper endoscopy and upper 2 barium xrays which showed reflux only. my upper and lower left side hurt. I get bloated only on that side and i can feel a small (like the size of a grape) ball in my lower left abdomen.That is exactly what I feel and over the past few days it hurts when I breath, I am going to see another doctor I will post if I find anything.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 13, 2006
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  • I'm 26 years old and I've been in pain for 4 years, I have shortness of breath, when I breath my lower back hurts... I wake up every morning with pain in my stomack and my back, I'm always tired (without having done anything!) I don't feel like do anything... I forget things quickly and I always seem confused:( I have been crying almost every morning for the past 4 years! Now I'm depressed because nobody can figure out what is wrong with me. I have a 2 1/2 years child that I feel sorry for because I'm too tired to do anything with her... Every doctor thinks I'm crazy because I'm so young and it can't be anything bad! I 've had all the major tests done and nothing! They can't find anything!!!!I just got a new doc that is sending me to a urologist so I will let you all know what will happened.. If anyone has a suggestion please let me know!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 22, 2007
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  • HiWhen you say 'upper left' ab pain, do you mean your left, or upper left as someone is looking at you?I say this because health professionals would call your right (when you look down, the right side of your body, below your ribs) 'right' too.If it is the right hand side, this is where your gallbladder, pancreas and so on are.Your liver is more towards your left.I was 30 when I started having symtoms very much like yours.I had been overweight since my early 20's, but had lost around 2 1/2 stone before the pain started.I started having stabbing pains on my right side, below my ribs, particularly after eating, as you are.I had two acute 'attacks' that were extrememly painful, making me sweat with pain, each lasting about 10 minutes max.I went to my GP who sent me for a ultrasound scan, and they told me I had hundrededs of little stones in my gall bladder.The acute attacks I described were stones passing through my bile duct.To cut a long strory short, it had to come out.The Dr said it was probably as result of a few factors - family history (firstly, several relations have had their gall bladders out because of stones at young ages; secondly, losing weight rapidly can sometimes precede gallstones and they don't know why this is; and finally, a poor, high fat diet is a big risk factor).It used to be very uncommon for people in their 20's and 30's to get gallstones - hence the saying 'fat, female and forty' in relation to gallstones; the Western diet has put paid to that.Hope you sort out what's wrong, I empathise as it's no fun having digestive problems :)
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 23, 2007
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  • I've been getting these pains as well. I am a very fit 26 yr old. I play hockey 4 times per week and workout 2-3 times per week. I eat very well and drink 2-3 liters of water per day.Symptoms: Lower back hurts with deep breaths, Lower right behind pelvic bone hurts with full exhalation. upper left (under rib cage) hurts generally all the time and lower abdomen hurts constantly. Whenever I eat or drink I have a stomach gurgling for hours afterwards. My stools seem to be dark green, but nothing black or tarry. Burping feels nice, but I get a sharp pain in the stomach about 3 seconds after a burp that lasts for a few rough seconds. Man does that hurt... Tylenol helps sometimes with the pain. If I lay still and do not move it seems to ease the pain after an hour. I'm somewhat nausious, but have never thrown up. Pains started 2.5 weeks ago.The pain was so bad on Friday that I went to emergency and they kept me for 3 nights. They said my Lipase (from the pancreas) levels were over 1600 (60 is normal for my age and body type). After being on the drip (no food) for 2 days it went down to 280 and yesterday it went to 74 and they released me. Unfortuneately the pain is still here and they have me on acid blockers (Pantoloc, Losec, etc.) telling me it's an ulcer and that the pain should subside in a few days.I'm hoping this works. If there is no significant improvement the doctor told me to go back and see him. I'm assuming he's gonna give me an H. Pylori test and/or treatment at that point in time.I'm steering away from this being a gallstone thing (as I did a gallbladder cleanse last year (only 4 days!) and passed 40 small gallstones not larger than 7.5 mm each. I've been very healthy since, but this by no means makes it concrete that this isn't a gallstone issue.Please post if you guys have remedied these symptoms and I'll promise to do the same... this is the worst pain to have daily and I can't imagine having it for years like some of you have. Ask your doctor for an H. Pylori test. My grandfather had similar symptoms for 10 years; 3 days on the H. Pylori treatment and they all went away, 3 weeks after he said he never felt better.R. Mulchandroyanand@@rocketmail.com .... only 1 @ (just to stop spider programs from spamming me) ;)
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 23, 2007
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  • Don't know if this will help any of you, but this is my story. For about a year or more I suffered with intermintent (sp) pain in my abdominal and chest area (not always the same place). I was told I had ovarian cysts, GERD, etc. But periodically the pain would be in my chest area (referred pain or heart burn, in hind sight, is what I think from inflamed intestine) and this would make me very nervous, fearing that I might have a heart attack. Finally, one time the pain was so bad in my chest area I went to ER and was admitted to cardio unit and had all the stress tests, etc. My heart was fine. ER Doc said have your galbladder checked, did that (was not that). Finally, I was tired of getting no results and kind of gave up. About six months later I was having really bad pain on right side, nearly bent over, wasn't going to do anything about it, but talking to a friend who happened to be a Paramedic and said had heard if you have trouble standing up from sitting position, could possibly be appendics about to rupture. Sure enough when I sat down I had severe pain getting up. I decided to take myself to prompt care. They did some blood test, but were not sure. Sent me to ER, Er Doc was not convinced from palpatation and blood test it was appendicitis, but decided to do a CT scan. Bam, sure enough when they decided to look exactly at my appendicitis it was swollen about 4X normal and heading towards rupture (thankfully it did not). I had it removed and none of the above symptoms since. My doctors won't say that I had chronic appendicitis, but I am convinced that is what it was with periodic inflamation causing my symptoms. Three years later all is still fine. As I understand it, chronic appendicitis is not understood or easily diagnosed and many doctors don't even acknowledge it, but I am convinced that was what I had. I am pain free. Good luck to all of you and don't stop looking for an answer to your problems (but maybe find a Doc that would consider chronic appendicitis).
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 24, 2007
    • 06:43 AM
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  • Don't know if this will help any of you, but this is my story. For about a year or more I suffered with intermintent (sp) pain in my abdominal and chest area (not always the same place). I was told I had ovarian cysts, GERD, etc. But periodically the pain would be in my chest area (referred pain or heart burn, in hind sight, is what I think from inflamed intestine) and this would make me very nervous, fearing that I might have a heart attack. Finally, one time the pain was so bad in my chest area I went to ER and was admitted to cardio unit and had all the stress tests, etc. My heart was fine. ER Doc said have your galbladder checked, did that (was not that). Finally, I was tired of getting no results and kind of gave up. About six months later I was having really bad pain on right side, nearly bent over, wasn't going to do anything about it, but talking to a friend who happened to be a Paramedic and said had heard if you have trouble standing up from sitting position, could possibly be appendics about to rupture. Sure enough when I sat down I had severe pain getting up. I decided to take myself to prompt care. They did some blood test, but were not sure. Sent me to ER, Er Doc was not convinced from palpatation and blood test it was appendicitis, but decided to do a CT scan. Bam, sure enough when they decided to look exactly at my appendicitis it was swollen about 4X normal and heading towards rupture (thankfully it did not). I had it removed and none of the above symptoms since. My doctors won't say that I had chronic appendicitis, but I am convinced that is what it was with periodic inflamation causing my symptoms. Three years later all is still fine. As I understand it, chronic appendicitis is not understood or easily diagnosed and many doctors don't even acknowledge it, but I am convinced that was what I had. I am pain free. Good luck to all of you and don't stop looking for an answer to your problems (but maybe find a Doc that would consider chronic appendicitis). HiOh wow, how great that makes me feel that someone has experienced something almost exactly the same as me!!! I found this forum thing just over a week ago, and have posted so many things in different sections (about all my stupid symptoms!!!)...I have had everything from the appendicitis sort of pain, upper right pain (under my ribs -but not too severe pain, just knawing and uncomfortable), vertigo (still having this), headspins, low IgA, symptoms of Celiac disease (allergy to wheat - but the doctors said i didnt have it), etc... However, it all started with that pain in my lower right side (where the appendix is). I have had tests galore (including ultra sounds, CT scan, endoscopy, colonoscopy, blood/urine tests, etc.). From the moment I heard of chronic appendicitis, I thought it might have been that, but the doctors didnt think so...about 3 years ago (when I was 15/16), I had around 3-4 acute episodes of abdominal cramping (severe, constant and all day), vomiting about every 20 minutes (or more often), and then the next day I would have a specific pain in my appendix area where it would hurt to stand, lift my right leg (i.e. to walk up stairs, put on trousers, etc.), and this would last a few days. It has never properly gone away - sometimes if I strain or sneeze, etc I can feel it again. I have, a couple of times last year, had pain in my chest when I breathe, etc when I have had abdominal pain - not sure if it is related to the abdominal pain, but it sure was uncomfortable...felt like I couldnt take a full breath and it was shallow and faster than normal...Do you think all this could be chronic appendicitis? Even though they didnt see anything in the CT scan, colonoscopy, etc.? I only went to the doctor about it a year after I had the acute episodes of pain...and they couldnt really do anything I suppose, as it was then only minor pain and only every now and then - I just wanted to make sure everything was ok...I had a few tests then gave up, then about a year later, I went back to the doctor for more tests, because of the right upper pain (under my ribs)...so now I am just trying to find out why I have had all these symptoms, just to know what is going on, and to try and fix the vertigo, fatigue, tiredness, headspins, etc. (those are the things that are most annoying).Thanks for any help you can give me...I just want to know whats going on and am sick of all these tests coming back clear when I dont feel ok! And sorry about the long story!!! I just thought that I'd let you know everything! Kiwi88
    kiwi88 11 Replies
    • January 24, 2007
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  • Sorry you have this to go through, I know how miserable it is to not know, especially after having all kinds of tests and not getting a conclusive answer. I too came to this board to see if I could find an answer to the symptoms I had had. Even though it has been 3 years since my appendoctomy ( and I am pain and symptom free) I am still curious as to what the heck was going on. I have always been healthy and to have some Docs look at you like, 'gee, can't find anything' I felt belittled and frustrated knowing this was not normal state of health for me. Anyway, like I said in my story, I never got an actual diagnosis of chronic appendicitis and actually had one doctor tell me he did not believe in chronic appendicitis. But ever since removing my appendics my symptoms are all gone. My symptoms were atypical of appendicitis, that is why when I was sent to ER for posssible appendicitis, even then the ER Doc did not initially think that's what was going on (my reaction to palpatation not overly painful and my C-reactive count not very high but elevated), when then finally did CT scan looking specifically at my appendics the saw swelling but not until they removed it did they realize how swollen it was. They did larascopy and almost were not going to be able to remove from the incision because it was larger than they thought. I mention all this because, after I had 3 scans, barium view of intestines, stayed in cardio unit monitored and stress tests, etc.,etc., told I had GERD, ovarian cysts, gall stones, not one doctor ever mentioned chronic appendicitis. There is little information out there, but it is mentioned on some medical web sites (and all the ones I have seen say hard to diagnos). So long story short I cannot say this is what you have but I would look for a doctor that would at least consider chronic appendicitis. One of the frustrating things for me was that I would have symptoms but often by the time I had a doctors appoointment they would subside or not be there at all because I had a variety of symptoms and would have periods of pain free nothing really matched up. I chalk this up to intermintent inflamation (pain symptoms would come on)and asssume my body would battle back to normal (be pain free). Bottom line for me in my self-diagnosis, is that my appendics was removed and my pains went away. So, do your research and look for a Doc that would consider this. Good luck and don't settle for not feeling good. Health is so important.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 24, 2007
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  • Oh thanks for the encouraging message! It is great to hear people say "keep asking" about different conditions, etc. and push your way to get a diagnosis. I feel like you did, with the frustration of not knowing what is wrong - even if it is not that bad most of the time - and also feeling as though the doctors all think you're making a bigger deal than it is! I, too, have pain free periods and whenever the pain or symptoms do come back, if I finally get to ask the doctor, it has gone! They just want the easy way out!Because this lower right pain has not been my main complaint lately (but it all started with it for sure), your post has made me want to keep an eye on it - if it is all just from "chronic appendicitis" then id be so happy! That sounds stupid, but just to get rid of all these "lesser" symptoms that annoy me would be great. I actually went through a phase of hoping i'd wake up with such severe pains that id go to the ER and get my appendix removed - just to see if I would feel better afterwards! Anyway, thanks for your posts - its great to hear all is well with you and your health...hope it continues that way forever. Kiwi88
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    • January 25, 2007
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    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 2, 2007
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  • Thank goodness! Not that I am glad someone eles is in pain, but I have had pain in the upper left abdominal area for over 2 years now. It is not always after I eat. I often wake up with the pain. I have no indigestion, heartburn, vomiting and I can eat hot peppers at times and have no problem. When the pain starts it often last for days.. weeks sometimes. I have been told everything from constipation, GERD, H-pyloric, to "there is nothing there to be hurting" by physicains. Help !! It is now to the point where I have pain everyday, most of the day from very mild to sever. I could use any help too. Good luck in finding a Dr. that will even listen. menosleep@hotmail.com
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 8, 2007
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  • This message is in reply to the FIRST post on the FIRST page of threads. I THINK I CAN HELP YOU...I REALLY HOPE THIS WORKS. I am a young woman as well, and had horrible pains in my upper left quadrant and lower left pelvic area for three months. I had them after I ate, I had them when I hiccuped, I had them when I started moving around. I felt like the only time I didn't get the pain/cramping was when I was sleeping. I thought I was relatively healthy..I have a normal weight. They tried me on many medications, nothing worked. My father who is an extremely educated guy told me to increase my fiber to AT LEAST 25 grams a day. I started taking 2 "Fiber Sure" chewables everyday in addition to eating lots of fruits and vegetables...I also eat one "ACTIVIA" yogurt once a day which includes helpful bacteria that is supposed to regulate your digestive system). It is one week later and my pains are COMPLETELY gone. My doctor just explained to me that a lack of fiber in your diet can cause SEVERE spasms of the colon which are NOT PICKED UP ON MOST TESTS. These spasms can cause little to no pain, or severe sharp shooting pain...or any level of pain in between. PLEASE PLEASE try eating a lot of fiber as well as the Activia Yogurt once a day. I went through so many tests...they checked my ovaries, my colon, everything. A lot of the time, upper left quadrant pain is caused by spasms of the decending colon. You're colon has two 90 degree turns in it...where it takes those turns, many people have problems. Those problems are amplified ten fold if you do not eat enough fiber. I hope this works for someone in this chatroom. I spent months so upset that nothing helped me...I put off the fiber suggestion for so long thinking that it was silly and would never work...boy was I wrong. PLEASE TRY IT and let me know how it goes as soon as possible
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 21, 2007
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  • Hello Boys,I have pain in my left side for more then two years. I tried many different diets, endoscopies, CATs, X barium, MRI, Ultrasounds. It seems to me I always have gastritis, but the doctor says, it should not hurt like this all the time. I used to take Nexium, but it did not help, killed H Pylori, it did not help.Now I do not know what to do, just had another endoscopy, gastritis with some erosions. I go to gym, walk 3 miles, swim a little bit, and it goes away.It does not hurt when I lay down.Please, may be any of you had the same, or alike experience, please reply.vorders@gmail.comEd.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 21, 2007
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  • Hi guys...I am 16 and had my galbladder out last year. Ever since I have been having stabbing pains on my left upper quadrant of my abs after i eat anything or drink anything. Sometimes the pain comes at night. I have had every test done known to man. I also have extreme fatique, blurry vision, my hands shake alot, allergy symptoms all the time although im never near cats, I love to run and now an average 20 minute run is horrible because my ashma starts to act up, i get light headed very easy. Please someone help my situation!
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    • February 21, 2007
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  • I am going to see about having Fibromyalgia next week has anyone thought about this in this thread? I did test positive for H. Pylori today but I have alot of other problems.
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    • February 23, 2007
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  • Hi,I have been having weird things happening to me over the past 8 months, I would feel fine when I went to bed at night and I would wake up in the early morning hours and have to use the bathroom I would then have very loose watery stools and start to feel nauseated, and vomit. And the weird thing about it all is that it only lasts four about a half and hour and then I feel fine, (mostly once I vomit.) This happens on and off, it goes away for weeks or months and then happens again, I never know if I am going to wake up with this awful and scary feeling..There was one time that it happened I also was sweaty, hot,light headed and short of breath, that was the worst of all the times it has happened...I have been to see a gastroenterolist, and he has done tests but hasn't found anything yet?? Anybody have any idea what it could be??
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 25, 2007
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  • Hi, Everyone...I, too, have had pain that comes and goes right below my left rib cage that extends around to my left side (as I look at it). This pain started after I had a colonoscopy last July ('06). I get it "about" an hour after I eat, but it also wakes me up at night. I have both belching and dyspepsia type symptoms. My Dr. says I should have my gall bladder removed, but the pain is on the other side. I'm not going to have my GB removed if that won't get rid of the pain, which is virtually exclusively on my left side. (I don't understant how gallstones or having my gall bladder removed will help the pain on the opposite side of my body!) I can mitigate the pain (sometimes) by OTC medicines (Tums, Mylanta, etc.), and drinking a lot of water sometimes helps, too. I may have a peptic ulcer (I'm going in for an endoscopy in a couple of weeks so the doc can take a look around), but although I've also been on Ranitidine (Zantac), Prilosec and now Nexium, none of these has really done anything to reduce the pain. If anything, the intensity of the pain has increased, although the frequency (about every 2-3 hours even if I don't have anything to eat) has remained about the same. I'm at my wits end, and, like most of the posters here, the docs sadly haven't been a lot of help...but there's GOT to be something wrong. I just have to find it. Good luck to everyone.
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