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chronic abdominal pain with no diagnosis...

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • February 10, 2008
  • 00:09 PM

I've been in pain for over a year now in my mid and upper left abdomen. It came about suddenly and has been consistent every day since. It has been accompanied by swelling all the way down into my groin and referred pain in my right side occasionally. It is usually made worse by lifting or excessive physical activity but rarely seems to be affected by or affect my dietary habits or digestive system.

I've done almost every test imaginable and seen several doctors. I've had blood work, urinalysis, and fecal blood testing twice, once last March and again this month. I've done ultrasounds and a CT scan. Some nurse practitioners and PAs thought it might be a hernia - but two doctors have agreed that is not that and I have no visible or noticeable "lump" that often accompanies a hernia. I've been told it is a muscle strain but even after 2 months of unemployment and minimal physical activity it didn't mend and I was still in pain and discomfort - even while sitting and lying down. Most of the time it feels like a mass or knot tied somewhere between my muscles and intestines. Sometimes I feel a shift of my insides right below the bottom of my ribcage and it feels like something pops out and rubs up against the bottom of my ribs.

Has anyone had a similar problem? Shed a little light on possible diagnoses? I'm at my wit's end - I'm only 27 and constant pain 24/7 is really hampering my ability to go out and be as active as I used to be or should be for my age!

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