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lower left abdominal pain, and doctors arn't helping

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • November 30, 2006
  • 07:50 PM

i am a 17 year old male. for the past month i have had abdominal pain in the lower left quadrant, as a start line i guess you can say from the belly button down. i have gone for 3 cat scans, one with in five days of having the initual pain, which showed possible diverticolius, and swelling in the sigmoid colon. the second one which was taken 10 days later agreed with the first, and that there was a new liquid around the intesines. i was then hopsitalized for five days where they did many blood test and a colonoscopy. the blood test said i have mono (which agree with the tiredness, swollen throat, and initial fever).. the colonoscopy showed swelling in the sigmoid colon, but the doctor did not see the diverticolitus that was on the catscans.... and so they blamed everything on mono. two weeks later i went to a infectious desease doctor who said the pain can not be from mono, i also went to another gi who said the pain can not be from mono as well. the problem still presisted for a week and the doctor brought me into another hospital. after the third catscan showing the swelling went down, and all blood test and infectious test came back negative they once again blamed this all on mono. i still have the pain... i understand that there is pain from mono in the upper lower quadrant because of the swollen spleen, but that is not where my pain is, it is lower, it kills when you push on it and the pain increases with food.

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  • Not that you're still watching this thread, but thought i'd post anyways. When i was 16 or 17, I went through the exact same thing... Extreme pain in the lower left portion of my abdomin, catscans, MRI's, x-rays, blood tests, doctors and hospitals later... "mono"... "no way your pains are from mono"... "mono"... "no way your pains are from mono"... 3-4 weeks later the pain pretty much disappeared. A month or two later it was back, as bad if not worse, but only lasting a few days. Its still bothers me on occasion, here 4 years later. I know this isn't much of a diagnosis, but thought i'd let ya know you werent the only one. However, I have noticed that it bothers me mostly after i've eaten beef. I don't think its beef itself, but more an allergic reaction to maybe a preservative or something they use. I really havent looked into it, just stopped eating beef (for the most part) and it seems to help me. I cant guarentee anything but you might give it a shot. Its not all beef that causes me pain either, but that could just mean they used diff preservatives or even the cows weren't raised with the same foods/enhancements... Lemme know if you figure anything out also if you would and if this helps any... Anyone else out there?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 15, 2007
    • 05:19 AM
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  • I'm much older than you both- I'm 36. I started having lower left abdominal pain 4 or 5 years ago. Went through 2 CT scans, lots of blood work and an MRI. Nothing. My pain is almost always at night, usually about now (which is why I'm up looking to see if anyone else has a bright idea) between 11pm and 3am. My stomach pain ranges from dull to sharp and deep, as well as random twitching. I've heard the diverticulitis thing as well, but none of the tests confirmed it, so the drs passed on that idea and are scratching their head. I've noticed my worst bouts with it are after I've been drinking alcohol- and wine in particular, which is really a bummer because I really enjoy a glass or two of wine before bed. A friend of mine suggested that I have a colonoscopy to see if there's something the CT and MRI are missing. Anyone else got an idea?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 17, 2007
    • 06:53 AM
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  • I have these also. I am female. 7 years ago I had a complete hysterectomy. I think the pains started shortly after that. They start out mildly then build up kind of like labor paains. I find that as long as I push on the painful spot the pain is not as bad. These pains have lasted up to 45 minutes. It hurts like ***l. I cannot stand up straight. I had a colonoscopy, and the Dr. found a few polups(?) and removed them. I was also diagnosed with ulcertive colitus and medicated for that. It hasn't helped anything. I felt like the Dr. thought I was crazy when I told him about these sharp pains.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 3, 2007
    • 07:56 PM
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  • i have d same problem...went through colonspopy, mri...only found fluid but nothing esle...doc said is stress n when it happen just take biscupin(not sure with d spelling) to kill d pain.went to sinseh also can;t tell d reason but better with aculpunture to boost my immune system:)n last doc i went told me this kind of problem will happen as d age grow...so just got to live with it:(
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  • i am a 16 year old male, and i have been having lower left stomach pains aswell. I have the pains once every one to three months. I can remember having the pains since i was 8. As you said they hurt like ***l and it kills to stand up straight. At first it feels like a slight cramp and progressively gets worse untill it is almost unbearable. The pains will last anywhere from 1 to 12 hours. i have found that it may help the pain to go away faster if you force yourself to lay completely straight untill it goes away( this hurts a &$*% of a lot more than staying huddled up, which can make 90% of the pain go away.) I have never been checked out for this, and i don't know if i should or not...Im just glad to see im not the only one with this pain so i know im not dieing or something heh.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 11, 2008
    • 00:39 AM
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  • The doctors can`t put a diagnosis simply because there are not many structures in that area that can cause the pain,some of them possible to visualize ,some of them visible only by exploratory surgery. You can visualize inside the colon and sigmoid through colonoscopy,ct scan and mri may help you determine the state of the big vessels,but can`t apreciate the small circulation,the functioning of the nerves,it is also almost impossible to "see"a small ischiemia,hiperemia or a small infection (you can do a ct scan but usually you get no trustable results). My theory based on the anatomy of the region is that your pain may be caused either by a irritation of the peritoneum(the membrane which covers abdominal organs),or by a minor malfunction of the nervs which innervate the colon,peritoneum or the muscles of the abdominal wall
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 12, 2008
    • 11:56 AM
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  • i am a 16 year old male, and i have been having lower left stomach pains as well. I have the pains once every one to three months. I can remember having the pains since i was 8. As you said they hurt like ***l and it kills to stand up straight. At first it feels like a slight cramp and progressively gets worse until it is almost unbearable. The pains will last anywhere from 1 to 12 hours. i have found that it may help the pain to go away faster if you force yourself to lay completely straight until it goes away( this hurts a &$*% of a lot more than staying huddled up, which can make 90% of the pain go away.) I have never been checked out for this, and i don't know if i should or not...Im just glad to see im not the only one with this pain so i know im not dieing or something heh.Mine Are just link you described.. I have to curl over because the pain of standing up is just too much.. I have only had this pain about 8 times over the last 13 years. Started when I was 12 had a real bad episode on my birthday of all days and was stuck in the bathroom huddled over on the floor.. then about 1 year later.. ON MY BIRTHDAY again.. the same thing happened. Years and years went by and now i have noticed the same pain sometimes during intercourse, which requires me to stop and lay on the bed until the pain goes away. However, just yesterday (25 now) i got the similar pain, but its mild.. and has been lasting for just about 24 hours now :-( ... its about an inch or less above my waist line on my front left side of my stomach
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 19, 2008
    • 09:21 PM
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  • Anyone with with Lower left pain (abdominal OR flank) should read up on Nutcracker Syndrome........Google it........It explains the pain, and why the Dr.'s can just tell you it is in your head!! They aren't looking for it!! I will be asking my Dr. to check me on Monday for it. I am 31 and have CHRONIC pain since age 17 with no Dx!!!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 24, 2009
    • 01:04 AM
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  • i guest i have the same problem about a month ago i started felling this pain on my left stomach it dose'nt pain when i try to press my stomach.it's also as if they is fire inside my left stomach or as if somebody robe peppe(what the use in cooking) just guest if it is robe on your body that is how my stomach feels is wost when i lie down flat with my stomach i somtime fell something is also moving inside my stomach is so wost that it affect my left rice i talk to my doctor he said i should come for somekind of body scan i will see him next week what ever he says i will let you guys know
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 11, 2010
    • 10:07 AM
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  • I Have same problem now for 3 weeks, Pain in the lower left, nausea and dry retching no appetite.. Have just returned from hospital colonoscopy, ct,ultrsound and endoscope all pretty much negative. They have diognosed me with gilberts syndrome but thats a problem with the liver. Im really getting peed off I never go to the doctor unless desperate, but noone really seems to be helping. I hate hospitals and why would I make this up in this area of the body urgh. I am forcing myself to go back to work tommorow but I know that this will aggravate the pain and make me feel sick. I imformed the doctors that the colonoscopy imflammed the pain but they seemed to ignore this and moved onto the next test. I will try and see a specialist soon to try and see if he or she can solve the problem but I will wait for a few weeks to see if it resolves itself, plus im hoping that it just causes severe pain and they have to call an ambulance and they are forced to take another look. Just at my wits end now, as I have a high pain threshold and there is still something very wrong down there.cheers 25 Male
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  • I'm much older than you both- I'm 36. I started having lower left abdominal pain 4 or 5 years ago. Went through 2 CT scans, lots of blood work and an MRI. Nothing. My pain is almost always at night, usually about now (which is why I'm up looking to see if anyone else has a bright idea) between 11pm and 3am. My stomach pain ranges from dull to sharp and deep, as well as random twitching. I've heard the diverticulitis thing as well, but none of the tests confirmed it, so the drs passed on that idea and are scratching their head. I've noticed my worst bouts with it are after I've been drinking alcohol- and wine in particular, which is really a bummer because I really enjoy a glass or two of wine before bed. A friend of mine suggested that I have a colonoscopy to see if there's something the CT and MRI are missing. Anyone else got an idea?I too Know tha tpain but mine strat on the left and moves to the middile lower abdominal. It is not constant but and is tolerable during the day but after going to bed and lying down for more than a few hours,Im wide awake with the pain , it gets better after sitting up for a while, My Doc says Its IBS, stress, food alcohol can make it worse. And nope nothing showed up in the colonoscopy. He gave me a drug designed for it but it makes you so drowsy its imposible to work and you are supposed to take it in the morning,
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 8, 2011
    • 05:10 AM
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  • you probabley have inflammatory bowel diseaseyou should do some research into itI have ibd and many of the symptoms you are describing i get during a flare uphope you feel better soon
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 25, 2011
    • 11:00 PM
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  • I have the same symptoms - pain in lower left abdomen. Have had them for 6 weeks now. Doctors think it's a muscle problem but it gets much worse after I have had alcohol. Of course now that this has happened twice I'm not going to drink anymore alcohol! I thought the alcohol must have been stopping the painkillers working but my doctor has told me this isnt the case. My doctors currently think a speglien hernia is the favourite (apparently I'm too young to have diverticulosis) and I'm waiting for scans. This type of hernis is very rare and very had to diagnose. I've had all the tests for a normal hernia etc. Following some research on the internet I found that a gastric yeast infection has many of the symptoms that I'm suffering from and, after being dismissed by my doctor on two occasions, I managed to make my doctor take a swob from my mouth (it spreads down from your mouth) and he's said now confirmed I have an oral yeast infection - without any visible symptoms!I'll let you know if the medicine I'm to be prescribed sorts it out.Hope you all get well / are well now.Cheersmale 35 yrs old
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