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Intense Abdominal Pain

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  • Posted By: Brooklea
  • December 5, 2007
  • 04:50 PM

I have had Recurrent Right Upper Quadrant abdominal pain 3-4 years. It is accompanied by Nausea Headache and Fever and occasional Constipation. Pain is sometimes relieved by changing positions and sometimes by pressing on the area where the pain is until it stops. Pain is sharp and stabbing and comes in waves. When I move around or try to do daily activities like cleaning, picking up my 4 year old the pain seems to get worse. I have lost weight and not been able to gain even though I am eating good foods on a regular basis. I weigh 100 lbs. Sometimes the pain is increased by eating foods that are spicy or fatty. Occasionally antacids help but do not get rid of the pain completely. Pain is usually not helped with prescription pain medicine. Seems to make it worse it seems.

Before this pain started in my Right Upper Quadrant, I had had two previous uncomplicated abortions. One was performed about 5-7 weeks and one at about 8-10 weeks gestation.

I had Exploratory Surgery 3 years ago and the doctor found numerous adhesions all throughout my abdomen Even though I had not had any previous surgeries. He removed my appendix and sent me home. I felt better and had NO pain whatsoever for about 3 months after the surgery. Then the pain came back. So I went back to my OBGYN and he decided to go back in and see if it was my gallbladder even though the Hida scan came back normal and none of the ultrasounds showed any abnormalities. When he performed the surgery he found More Adhesions. So he removed my gallbladder and removed more adhesions. Then after that surgery I felt good for the same amount of time (about 3 or 4 months) and then the pain returned.

I have had numerous blood word done and a CAT scan that seemed to not show any complications. I was diagnosed in the ER on Wednesday the 28th of November with GERD and a non- specific headache. I have since been on medication for GERD and the non- specific headache, drinking a lot of water, and watching what I eat. And also eating smaller meals and avoiding spicy and fatty foods. I was given a liquid laxative at the ER because the doctor said I was severely constipated. After drinking that I was able to have a normal bowel movement and have still to this day been going to the bathroom at least twice a day. But the pain has returned. I have not done anything or eaten anything out of the ordinary. It came on strong last night December the 3rd. And has since been present coming in waves. I have been running a mild to low-grade fever for the past three weeks. 99.9 to 102.0.

I have an appointment with a GI specialist who is a well known and very good Doctor on the 31st of December. I am trying to hold out and find some relief until I can go see this specialist.

I also had a endoscope done where they seemed to have found that I have a “Slowed digestive system”. I was given prevacid and told to return home. So, that didn’t help one bit so I came back to the same doctor and he did some test to see the process of digestion where I would eat eggs and toast. Well, I never remember what the doc said from then on out because the pain seemed to subside for a while. So, with that being said I have waves of pain and it seems to come and go. Never constant and it seems to last for months at a time and the goes away.

List of symptoms that may or may not be related:

Pain in Upper Right Quadrant Never seems to hurt in any other spot and it is located in the same spot every time I have this pain.
Nausea, comes in waves and never constant.
Mild to low Grade fever 99.9 to 102.0. for the last three weeks.
Constipation that has since went away with the medicine I am taking (Peri-Colace).
Pain comes in waves and never constant and can last anywhere from 1 to 3 hours at a time with the pain coming on and then stopping and then coming back.
Recently I have had headaches that are not helped by the use of Ibuprofen.
Dizziness or feeling faint when performing daily activities and am easily worn out and feel drained of energy.
Recently my Periods have been heavy and large clots. And also more cramping than usual.
Just an overall feeling of no energy weak dizzy and pain in upper right quadrant. Anyone have the same problems or information that may help me ? I would be so gratefull !

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  • Does the pain get worse around your period? If so, ask about hereditary angioedema. Good luck!
    aquila 1263 Replies
    • December 10, 2007
    • 08:47 PM
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  • Does the pain get worse around your period? If so, ask about hereditary angioedema. Good luck! Not normally. I looked that up and I will ask the doctor what he thinks ! Thank you so much for your response !
    Brooklea 15 Replies
    • December 11, 2007
    • 10:02 PM
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  • Ok here is an update. Yesterday monday december 10th I went into the hospital for a Upper GI Endoscopy and a Colonascopy and a X- ray of my small bowel... Nothing showed up on either of those but i have not got my results from my small bowel x ray as of now... When they did the x ray I noticed some sort of clip in the area where im hurting just under my ribs. Well, I asked the lady that was performing the x ray what in the world that was and she said it was probably a clip from my gallbladder removal. I will have to ask the doctor what it is. Ok, so the reason im going into such great detail is because living with this fro so long and not getting a diagnosis has taken a toll on me. I want to be able to help someone who might have the same problems as me. I Know its not in my head so i am going to keep searching until I find some answers ! The same doctor that did the upper gi and colonoscopy said that i seemed to have cysts on my ovaries but that was not his feild and he didnt know what to do about them. So I called my Gyno and they cant see me until January 17th... Ugh seems so far away. Also he said I had blood in my urine but did not know where it was coming from or what could be causing it. Go figure. So, with all that said my life is pretty much consistant to living on a heating pad and constantly living in pain.. Dont get me wrong there are days where i have no pain but then it comes. This is so frustrating. I do intend to keep posting here so hopefully i can help someone or someone can help me ! :)
    Brooklea 15 Replies
    • December 11, 2007
    • 10:09 PM
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