I am a female in her early 40's and am overweight. I have had IBS my entire adult life. About 6 months ago I started having pain in my left flank about waist level, radiating medially towards the front of my abdomen and sometimes around to the lower back. It it not muscular, it feels soft tissue. It tends to be localized in 2-3 areas that hurt w/external pressure. All spots are within 5-6 inches of each other in same region. Started occassionally when I stood too long or did too much. Laying down and heat helped. Now hurts constantly despite activity or lack, OTC pain relievers don't help, neither does laying down or heat anymore. Have also developed a rapid, sometimes irregular heartbeat. Quit smoking about 2 weeks ago. Had negative colonoscopy, negative EGD except h-pylori bacteria which was treated for 14 days with Biaxin and Amoxicillin orally, negative ultrasound of abdomen, negative pap test. Blood work shows only elevated liver enzymes and glucose (but wasn't fasting so not sure how accurate on glucose). CAT scan showed nothing in pain area; have a small stone in left kidney but not in ureter and not obstructing, cyst on right ovary, small umbilical hernia (not causing problems) and fatty liver (most likely because I am obese). While on the antibiotics, it might have been my imagination, but I think the pain got better. It didn't resolve, but it seemed less intense and less often. Now three weeks later, it's gotten back to constantly hurting.
Now I'm starting to have problems with pain in my sternum and chest. I have GERD and take Nexium, but this pain isn't the same. It's almost a tearing, stabbing feeling all over, not localized. Hurts on external pressure and sometimes with movement. Makes me feel like I can't quite catch my breath, oxygen hungry but not panting like with asthma. Sometimes I have a feeling almost like I'm catching a chest cold, with some phlegm in my throat, but I don't really feel sick or have a noticeable cough. Twice in the last six months I have had swelling and pain in my left submaxillary gland which goes away (or seems to) with antibiotics. When I swallow liquids, especially cold ones, I have a weird sharp pins and needles sort of pain in my right chest wall extending to my right shoulder which is a newer symptom, only a few weeks now. What the heck is that??? :confused:
My doctors think I'm a crazy hypochondriac because they can't find anything "obviously" wrong with me. I'm starting to wonder too. I'm so afraid I have cancer or something horrible like that and I'm really depressed. Hard not to think about it when it's always hurting and you don't know why. I thought maybe fibromyalgia, but I think that comes in flare ups and is intermittent. Mine just seems to be getting progressively worse with new symptoms and a larger area of pain in my left flank than I started with. If this sounds at all familiar to anyone, please tell me what I should have the doctors test for and look for and what sort of doctor I should go to now. GYN, GI and GP couldn't find anything relating to the pain. I am desperate and on the edge of a nervous breakdown. I can't work and it's hard to take care of my kids. Someone please help if you can.
Thanks so much!
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