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Constant upper leftside abdominal 'pain'

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • March 26, 2008
  • 00:09 PM


I have been suffering with a chronic pain - I say pain, it's more of a pressure/fullness feeling just under my ribcage on and off for about 8 years. I have been to the doctor and had tests/ blood tests/ endoscopy but without any concrete answers or releif.

It gets worse after I eat, is instantly more uncomfortable after alcohol or coffee and starts to throb when I get stressed....

Any ideas ?????

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  • Have you been tested for GERD ( reflux)I have that and sometimes have those symptoms and it can be made worse by stress. Try some over the counter antiacids and if they work, go back to the doctor!It could also be gall stones. This may sound weird but I've had them and reflux together and got pain on the leftside too.It coulds also be gas?Good luck and I hope you feel better soon :D
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hi Chris, I've been having the same problem. I'm a 38 year old female, about 20-30lbs overweight and it seems to get worse after I eat a fatty or heavier kind of meal. I was just diagnosed with a fatty liver and a 2-3cm hemangioma that I'm getting mri'd today. All my bloodwork came back negative for cancer, hepatitis etc so I'm slightly relieved but won't be completely until my mri comes back negative for cancer as well.Do you also get pain in your back when you eat or a twitching sensation on the left side of your body under the rib as well? Since it's been 8 years it's possible that you have a hemangioma as well that's growing. I'm told it's a non-cancerous tumor but can get uncomfortable or painful if it gets larger. I also get diarrhea or constipation along with really bad pain in my intestines after I eat certain things. I don 't know if it's related but dairy usually does it for me. I would really insist your dr. take another look at 8yrs is a long time to suffer in pain and not know what's going on.Good luck to you and please post back.
    tarmale 13 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hi! I'm glad to see I'm not the only one that experiences something similiar to this. I had my gallbladder removed in 2000 after the birth of my daughter (I was 27 yrs. old at the time) With no insurance I've just dealt with the pain and then last year my dh got a job that provided insurance. I was seen by a regular physician who put me on a few different medications (antacid medication for ulcers to medication to help break down the protein in my food--none worked); I was then referred to a gastro. doctor who performed an upper scope (can't spell the word for it) but anyways, all he found was ulcers located in the upper part of my small intestine and he put me on a different medication to aid with the acid in my body. Needless to say--it hasn't worked and we are back where we started. I do know that there were some "spots" on my liver but was told that they were nothing to be concerned with. I too have noticed that the "spasms" get worse after drinking coffee, or other caffinated beverages. They also flare up when I'm under a lot of stress. The pain I feel with these "spasms" radiates across my chest from the rt. side (where gallbladder was) and even causes pain from my left shoulder down my left arm. I feel completely gassy and will usual have very painful bowel movements after or during the "spasms", the only relief I've found is to use cold compresses on that side (I don't know why). That area is still extremely tender to the touch and again, the only thing found were some ulcers. I really don't think ulcers would cause so much trouble but since having the scope and back to insurance, I'm not sure what to do...I've always wondering about the "fatty liver" or even IBS. Keep in touch and let me know what you find out.Stephanie
    bulldog_momma 2 Replies Flag this Response
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