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Abdominal pain with constipation and a colonoscopy that did not find anything

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  • Posted By: Robijuan
  • September 11, 2007
  • 11:57 PM

Hello,
I am new to this... I am a 36 yr old mom of two boys. I have been experiencing abdominal pain in my lower left abdomen. I had a colonoscopy and there were no problems in my descending colon, the left side. However I did have two small polyps on the right. When the doctor made the left turn during the colonoscopy, although I was drugged it was so painful I came up and almost off of the table. During the procedure other than that, I felt nothing, not even when she removed the polyps. When she removed the camera, there was tenderness in the same area as I had experienced pain initially. However, I continue to have pain in my left side and I was wondering if it could be my kidney or perhaps an ovary? I have had my annual gyne exam and the doctor did not note anything unusual. At the time I thought the pain was due to constipation, but here I am all "cleaned out" and I still have the pain. I don't even have irritable bowel syndrome. I hate to go back to the doctor, but should I call my gynecologist and tell her? It can be so embarassing to sit there and feel something wrong, and then they can't find what is the matter. I hate having to explain my bowel habits in detail! If someone can help I would appreciate it.:confused:

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  • I'd heard you can be pretty crampy after a Colonoscopy.Seems like they're always finding polyps. Which is good, of course. :D
    AshleyHH 45 Replies
    • September 12, 2007
    • 01:38 AM
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  • I am having the same problem. This has been going on for a couple of years. First they found a cyst on my left ovary and it was 4" diameter. They removed it (via laser wich could have spread endometrium, wich only needs a blood source to continue to grow and fuse organs together) and the pain still persists. I had a colonoscopy and the same thing happened... when he went around that corner (left side) I about jumped off the table. But my colon is in great shape. The weirdest part, is when the pain is the most uncomfortable, my bowels are tiny and super skinny. I have increased my fiber intake and stopped eating seeds, nuts and popcorn wich irritate diverticuli that was found in the CT but that was all they found. The gastro doctor said it was unrealated to the pain and referred my back the the gyno. He said exploritory surgery would just spread endometrium around.:cool:
    tbackdahl 4 Replies
    • September 12, 2007
    • 02:37 AM
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  • Where's your pain? Kidneys are mostly above the waist and in back, and ovaries are very low down...not too much higher than the pubic area and in front.
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • September 12, 2007
    • 11:41 AM
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  • Well from the start it was my left side and the pain was spread from the lower left side up to my rib cage. After the cyst was removed the pain was only just right below my rib cage. My gyno thought that the cyst added to the pain below my rib cage, because of the imflamation and size of it. In fact, when I sit it feel like the bottom of my rib cage puts pressure on the pain. I can feel a lump there and some times it seems like pulses as if it has its own heart beat. I also have a weird vinegar odor coming from my hands (wich I don't know if it is related). When I have this odor, it is always at the same time I feel unusually drained and fatigued. I am over weight. I weigh 230 at 5'6". I recently gained 50lbs. and this seemed to irritate the situation more. But I try to eat lots of fiber compared to before and I make sure I eat unprocessed foods and balance fiber and protein. I eat ice cream ocassionaly at night. Also, I stopped drinking coffee.
    tbackdahl 4 Replies
    • September 12, 2007
    • 01:29 PM
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  • Get tested for Celiac Disease.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 12, 2007
    • 09:41 PM
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  • Thanks for the clarifying question. The pain is located in front and low. I will at least call my gyno and see what she thinks. Once again I appreciate your reply. Where's your pain? Kidneys are mostly above the waist and in back, and ovaries are very low down...not too much higher than the pubic area and in front.
    Robijuan 3 Replies
    • September 13, 2007
    • 00:46 AM
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  • Thank you for your candor! I hope you feel better. Today my colon still felt pinchy but I think I am going to survive. I like you have a few more pounds than I should, however since I am tall, I seem to carry it well. (If that is even possible) so I am thinking that perhaps this stuff might go away if I would just lose weight. It so hard though. 6 years ago I did not have this problem with weight and it just doesn't seem to come off! Anyway I better kick my effort up a notch or two because the polyp situation has given me quite a scare all by itself outside of the other issues. As for you keep on your gyno with your issues so that they can be resolved! Thanks again to you and everyone that replied. Well from the start it was my left side and the pain was spread from the lower left side up to my rib cage. After the cyst was removed the pain was only just right below my rib cage. My gyno thought that the cyst added to the pain below my rib cage, because of the imflamation and size of it. In fact, when I sit it feel like the bottom of my rib cage puts pressure on the pain. I can feel a lump there and some times it seems like pulses as if it has its own heart beat. I also have a weird vinegar odor coming from my hands (wich I don't know if it is related). When I have this odor, it is always at the same time I feel unusually drained and fatigued. I am over weight. I weigh 230 at 5'6". I recently gained 50lbs. and this seemed to irritate the situation more. But I try to eat lots of fiber compared to before and I make sure I eat unprocessed foods and balance fiber and protein. I eat ice cream ocassionaly at night. Also, I stopped drinking coffee.
    Robijuan 3 Replies
    • September 13, 2007
    • 00:50 AM
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  • Yes colonoscopies can be very crampy! I walked fast from the parking lot to work and was reminded that I had had something done. It is weird that they say to call the doctor if you have abdominal pain after the procedure, the crampiness can be pretty painful. Hopefully people can tell the difference. Thanks again:) I'd heard you can be pretty crampy after a Colonoscopy.Seems like they're always finding polyps. Which is good, of course. :D
    Robijuan 3 Replies
    • September 13, 2007
    • 00:54 AM
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  • This is the only hand/sweat/smell thing I could come up with that was mildly similar to vinegar. "An ammonia smell could indicate liver or kidney disease". Since you have pain in those areas, a further work-up is necessary. The colonoscopy could have agggravated the kidney or liver. You probably need to have a CT of the abdomen.
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • September 14, 2007
    • 11:07 AM
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  • I appreciate the research you've done. I also was researching Celiac symptons and appreciate that suggestion as well. Speaking of sweating. My hands and feet sweat to the point of dripping and shorting out keyboards, cordless phones and cell phones. I have had this problem since I was a very small child. It is usually related to consentration (at work or at school) and nervousness (in trouble-as a child or meeting new people or job interviews). But lately, it seems to have a mind of its own. I have to buy shoes often. Also, I was having night sweats where I would have to change my pajamas and bedding because I woke up drenched. It has subsided since I cleaned out before the colonoscopy.
    tbackdahl 4 Replies
    • September 14, 2007
    • 00:34 PM
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  • I am interested in the "clean-out cure" for sweating. Please let me know how long it lasts. Also, they are using all sorts of stuff for hand and feet sweats. Botox, medicines applied and forced into the skin electrically ( sounds like torture but it is mild), and special soaks can help. See a dermatologist. Shake hands with him.
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • September 15, 2007
    • 10:12 AM
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  • Before you get a colonoscopy they give you stuff to completely clean your colon (and the rest of your gi track) out. This seemed to help the night sweats, the hands and feet mellowed out considerably, and the pain on my left side went away completely for about 3 months and the odor from my hands was gone for much longer of a time, but it is back again. There is other ways to stop the sweating... Surgery that will clip the over reacting sypathatic gland. This involves colapsing one lung at a time thru the arm pit. I have seen testomonies that this caused compesetory sweating on other parts of the body and/or redness in neck and chest areas. I will keep my problem, before causeing different ones. There is Drysol which is only works for a couple of hours. The doctors just look at me a swirly eyed... I am reluctant to go back to them.
    tbackdahl 4 Replies
    • September 15, 2007
    • 02:24 PM
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  • Dr. Oz on Oprah addressed a similar issue with a young lady. he had her soak her sweaty feet in tea. She said it worked. it's like targeted dehydration. otherwise call 1-800-700-club for prayer and healing. 24/7 thousands of documented healings.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 27, 2007
    • 08:37 AM
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  • There are rare things out there that can cause severe abdominal pain even when everything is "normal." Definitely have some diagnostic work done, but if they rule out all other things (kidney, ovaries, etc.) consider abdominal migraine or hereditary angioedema.
    aquila 1263 Replies
    • September 28, 2007
    • 00:29 PM
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