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Upper Abdominal Pain- Desperate for answers!

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  • Posted By: LostInDiagnosis
  • October 15, 2008
  • 09:06 PM

I am a 17 year-old female who is going through some intense abdominal pains. These pains started around this time last year and they're STILL going on. They occur in the upper right quadrant, right underneath an below the ribcage. Usually, the pains are coupled with nausea and exhaustion.

Last year, I went to the doctor about these pains. After four weeks and an ultrasound (normal), CT scan (normal), and several blood tests (all normal), he told me that it looked like the pain was being caused by ovarian cysts. (The pain actually started in the lower quadrant and slowly moved up.) He told me to see a gynecologist for further instructions. I set up an appointment with mine, but I couldn't get in for about a month. So, I instead went to a different one in a town an hour from mine. He told me that it wasn't ovarian cysts, it was my appendix.
The next day, I was in the hospital getting my appendix removed on November 7th, 2008.

That recovery was HORRIBLE, but I did (eventually) recover. The complete recovery wasn't until the middle of the next month, however, but everything was great after that.

That is, until all the pain came back in March of this year. Again, I went back and forth to doctors in three different cities. My pediatric GI doctor was always hard to contact, which made things a lot more difficult. I went to the ER twice but they'd take my blood, give me morphine, and send me on my way. (One of the doctors even dared to tell me that I didn't have a fever unless my temp was over 104 degrees F.)
Basically, for nearly six months I was taking Vicodin for the severe pains and promethazine for the nausea. If I didn't have either of these, I'd be curled up on the bathroom floor.
I never threw up. My temperature never got higher than 99.8. I just felt sick ALWAYS and the pain was enough to bring anyone to tears.
Well, after many more tests, I finally got the answer that my gallbladder wasn't functioning properly. On July 30, 2008, I got that removed.

However, before she did the surgery, she tested for Hepatitis and noted that my right kidney is two centimeters bigger than my left. (May or may not be related?) The Hep. test came back negative and she hardly looked into the kidney stuff. (She called the person who did my ultrasound a month earlier and asked if my kidneys were functioning properly.)

Now. Here I am, 3 months later, leaving school for several days every other week after spending an hour in the bathroom feeling nauseous.
The pain feels like a dull stab and it'll show up for two minutes and then go away for five. When I get sick like this, I feel like I can't eat.

I'm really upset that I haven't found any answers yet after getting all this done and I'm really worried about what may or may not happen.

All the doctors I've been to have the tendency to take their time diagnosing me. I know that after a gallbladder removal, it could take up to 6 months to heal completely and I'm worried that my doctor will tell me to go back in three months- 6 months after the surgery.

Does anyone have any idea about this?

I'm desperate for answers!

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