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Left abdominal pain

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  • Posted By: crusadee49
  • December 14, 2006
  • 03:40 AM

I am a 57 year old woman, in excellent health (otherwise), exercise regularly and lead an active lifestyle. For the past three years, I have had a pressure, gradually worsening to pain, in my left side. In the past year, I have had blood tests, a CT abdomen / pelvis, an ultrasound abdomen / pelvis and another CT abdomen / pelvis. The first CT, I recently learned, reported mild spleen enlargement, but it aparently was nothing that concerned them, as they did not mention it to me. The subsequent tests have all been negative. Still my pain gradually worsens. It is far worse when I am sitting or lying on my left side (and frequently feels like a tennis ball pushing into my side). It is mostly in my side, but sometimes in my left back. I would rate the pain now as 4-5, not excruciating, but definitely bothersome! A couple of years ago I would have rated it as merely uncomfortable. I don't know if it is related, but at about the same time that those symptoms began, I also began experiencing bowel problems, i.e. severe constipation alternating with severe diarrhea. Now I'm pretty much constipated all of the time, although I can usually control it with a high fiber diet. I am self-employed and have no health insurance. I owe thousands of dollars for the tests I've already had. I can not afford to keep going for scans! What can I do? :confused:

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  • Have you been to a gyneocologist for a manual exam as as well as a transvaginal ultrasound? Maybe it is a cyst that has grown since your last ultrasound or CT scan. They can get quite large. Also it could be Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Anything that causes pain should be check out.
    Foxette 4 Replies
    • December 15, 2006
    • 02:28 AM
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  • Thanks for your suggestion. I did have all of that done within the past few months. The ultrasound was done both transabdominally and transvaginally and showed nothing. I know it needs to be checked out, but I just don't know what else to try (and don't have unlimited funds, either). I really do appreciate your input, tho. Thanks. :)
    crusadee49 1 Replies
    • December 15, 2006
    • 04:10 AM
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  • Please get checked for kidney disease/cysts.One type only presents in adulthood- can be evaluated by a simple CT scan of your kidneys. I just was diagnosed myself-still in shock.The prognosis is not always dire. Time is important though.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 22, 2006
    • 04:16 AM
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