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Upper left abdominal aches - Doctor said I'm okay (?)

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  • Posted By: onehundreth
  • December 10, 2007
  • 07:09 PM

For about the past week I've kind of had an ache in my upper left abdomen, the same side that the pancreas/spleen are on. It does not hurt, it's just kind of achy. It usually aches only after I eat something and/or if I'm physically exercizing. It's also usually accompanied by weird "gurgling" noises from my digestive area, followed by a litte more than usual gas. Then I'm also constipated and my stools range from yellowish/clay to light green colors.

I explained all of the symptoms to my doctor and he also felt around my abdomen to see if anything felt unusual. The doctor found nothing unusual, and he told me he thought all of this had something to do with enzymes. I am a 19 year old Caucasian male (5' 10", 208lb) and he said it's not uncommon for men in my age group to start having enzyme issues (like becoming lactose intolerant for example.) I asked him if it could be anything related to my gallbladder or pancreas, and he said no (gallbladder would be on my right side and pancreas would be causing severe back pain.) I asked him if I could/should have any blood tests or X-rays done, but I think he seemed to think I was getting overwelmed and he said my symptoms don't really match up to anything serious. The doctor told me to change my diet (currently I eat a lot of frozen/microwavable things) and to start eating more salads, fruits, and vegetables and if the problem persisted I could come back and get more tests done if I wanted to.

I know for a fact I've been lactose intolerant for about 5 years now, and for what it's worth a few people on my maternal side have had diabetes in their older adult years (I show no symptoms and my blood pressure is very healthy.) Also for what it's worth, there are no serious genetic diseases in my family, and fortunately I also come from a family that is mostly cancer-free (one of my grandfathers had prostate cancer, my other grandfather had bladder cancer, both got their diseases in their 70's and survived them without reoccurence.)

Am I being too worrysome, is my doctor right that I likely have enzyme issues?

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  • I have had those same pains. Mine is my spleen. All tests show that it is enlarged, but the doctors have never been able to feel it. You have to direct doctors in the way you want them to proceed sometimes. Good Luck!
    MichelleK 3 Replies
    • January 22, 2008
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