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Abdominal Pain for months with no relief! Please help!

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  • Posted By: llqpain
  • February 22, 2007
  • 00:06 AM

I have had pain in the lower left quadrant of my abdomen since June of 2006. At first, it was LLQ and flank pain. Over the past 8 months, I've been through crazy pain and all sorts of specialists.

At first they thought I had kidney stones and a UTI so I was referred to a Urologist and given strong 5 day antibiotics. After several weeks, I was diagnosed with Chronic Cystitis and told the kidney stones must have passed on their own after a second x-ray showed no stone. The pain persisted. I was prescribed low dose antibiotics to take daily for treatment.

The pain persisted and I was referred to gynecology and prescribed an antidepressant. An ultrasound revealed a cyst on my left ovary. I was prescribed a different birth control pill. Pain persisted, but ultra sound several weeks later revealed no cyst. Laproscopic abdominal surgery in Dec 2006 revealed scar tissue and lesions adhering my left ovary to the wall behind it- tissue and lesions were removed.

I am still in chronic pain almost two months post surgery. I was told that IF the source of my pain was scar tissue, the pain would lessen after a month. I saw my primary care physician last week who finally referred me to a Gastroenterologist. I feel like I keep getting bounced around but no one is figuring out what is really wrong.

1. LLQ Pain
2. Constipation and Diarrhea
3. Blood and Mucus in Stool (not every time but often)
4. Feel full constantly
5. Extreme Fatigue (more recent)

Medications Currently Taking:
1. Yaz
2. Macrodantin
3. Effexor
4. Albuterol
5. Flovent

Current Diagnosis:
1. Chronic Cystitis
2. HPV

I have tried clear liquid diets, no dairy diets, bland diets, you name it. Nothing has helped. I feel like there is something they are seriously missing and I'm worried. How do I get answers?


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  • Try praying to Allah cuz youre one *****d up person.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 27, 2007
    • 01:08 PM
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  • I am going through the same symptoms, along with others too numerous to mention. Hopefully someone will be able to give us some insight. It is not in our heads. We just need to find the doctor willing to listen to us. Hang in there, and know that you are not alone.
    MrsKipilo 6 Replies
    • February 27, 2007
    • 03:16 PM
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  • Whoever said that your pain would lesson after only one month was dead wrong! Laparoscopic surgery is major surgery, and can take several months to feel better. Did they diagnose you with endometriosis? Why did you have the lesions? You are taking quite a few meds - why did they put you on effexor? This drug may cause many side effects, and if it isn't helping you at all I wouldn't recommend taking it (course I would recommend talking to you doc about this as you can't just stop taking antidepressants on your own). Please look up your meds on www.drugs.com and check for drug interaction. Also because of your past birthcontrol and antibiotic use you are a prime candidate for candida overload. Please visit www.candidasupport.org for more info on candida. If you have candida, a diet change is not going to be enough. You need to cleanse the body of excess candida first, then take a good quality probiotic to keep your intestines in balance. I recommend finding a good acupuncturist who specializes in women's health to help you with this. Oriental medicine is wonderful for dealing with women's issues. Visit www.acufinder.com. I have treated many women with the symptoms you present. Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3,080 Replies
    • February 27, 2007
    • 03:40 PM
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  • Diarrhea and constipation, and pain, and lot of negative tests, I have a comment based only on my own history...At least have your stool tested for blood and for parasites. If they haven't done these, then they can't know you don't have these problems. And look up IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) you can start here:http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/print/ency/article/000246.htmGood luck...LLQ pain sucks. Docs often seem totally perplexed as to what is causing it. I wish they wouldn't act like this was a big surprise: if they could just admit how not knowledgeable they really are, we might feel less freaked out when they didn't know what was causing our problems.Best,Shula
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 27, 2007
    • 04:09 PM
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  • I have had these issues myself. Best advice I have is get off all those meds and try herbs and the natural route. This sounds odd but have you been tested for a parasite??Pray to God that he would heal you.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 27, 2007
    • 07:44 PM
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  • This sounds like endometriosis that wasn't treated completely. Vist erc.org and get a list of endo specialists that can do another lap and perform *excision* of endo. Here is a website of one such doctor (there are about 6 top-notch doctors in the country that do this type of surgery very well, and can almost guarantee that pain will be gone). http://www.endometriosissurgeon.com/ABetterApproach/default.aspxErc.org also has a terrific endo forum through yahoo that you can find out about thru their site.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 27, 2007
    • 08:09 PM
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