I have had a dull pain on my left side, just below my rib cage, for 6 years. I went to the doctor at the time, was given some muscle relaxants for my stomach and sent home. I went back again in a couple of weeks, since the pain did not go away. He told me that I was perfectly healthy (no sign of blood in my stool, etc.), and that I was suffering from IBS. The pain continued and, after a few more months, I went back to the doctor again - still told I was perfectly healthy, except for the IBS.
Just over 2 years ago, the pain suddenly intensified and I started noticing mucus discharge in my stool (only at the first part that comes out). It sounds gross, but it is usually thick white. I also noticed that my stool, at times (just the first part) is hard (like pellets).. I went back to the doctor, went through a rectal exam, had a stool test conducted, blood work, etc... and told that all was okay... that it was IBS. THere was no blood in my stool, etc. - although often I am convinced there is some blood mixed with the mucus.
Recently, the pain has moved to my right side - and I seem to have spasms further down my right side...
I frequently use the washroom, often feel like incomplete evacuation... The pain is not always present, but the mucus is - although the blood I did see was a very small amount.
Can anybody help me. I am a 40 year old male with now history of bowel cancer in my family - although my father has had IBS symtoms for years (with no pain)....:(