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pain for over a month. Only ever on my right side....

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  • Posted By: nathan69
  • April 8, 2008
  • 05:49 PM

For over a month off and on I have had pains in the right hand side of my abdomen. When they started they would start just to the right of my belly button and travel either down towards my groin or round to my side and/or lower back (right side). The pain/discomfort isn't constant and can sometimes go away for days. I had an inital diagnosis of kidney stones (some blood in the urine) that was on a sunday then my usual gp (two days later) told me there was no blood in my urine. I have since had an ultrasound on my liver, kidneys but they were unable to fully examine my gallbladder (they didn't tell me I wasn't sposed to eat before the ultrasound). The ultrasound came up with nothing. That was weeks ago. Recently (last week or so) On and off the pain has been most prevalent in the groin area. (Right hand side). As I type this it feels like someone with burning fingers is pinching me in the right side of my pubic region. Could this possibly be muscular? I have laid off the gym for over a week now but to no avail. I am unable to spot what makes this pain come and go. IT NEVER HURTS WHEN I PASS WATER. Which is what appears to be baffling doctors and myself. What could be causing so much pain. I almost feel like I can't walk straight. I have a follow up appointment next monday but If anyone has some ideas before then It would be great as I am going out of mind. Thanks!

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  • A hernia sounds like a possibility.
    Beth56 272 Replies Flag this Response
  • I'm beginning to think you are right. Is this something that can wait til my docs appointment next Tuesday or should I be doing something else. It comes and goes...
    nathan69 6 Replies Flag this Response
  • Recently I have very similar symptoms to yours... I had a number of ultrasounds (for hernia, pelvis, appendix, kidney) - all found nothing, or didn't show anything at all. The pain came and went again at different intervals, but not necessary in response to anything in particular. (I actually had this pain on and off for 12 yrs). Last year, the pain went continuously for two weeks and increasing in intensity (not to mention moving throughout the right side, back, groin, belly button, etc) and I admitted myself to the ER. No diagnosis was found, so they referred me to a general surgeon who did a colonoscopy and laparoscopy. They found nothing, but decided to remove my appendix anyway. The appendix appeared normal, with no inflammation suggesting appendicitis, but they sent it off to the pathology labs anyway. It turned out that there was a tiny tumour growing in the tip of my appendix, and while benign now, my surgeon said that it was starting to change and would have been malignant in 5-10 years, and I would have been dead well and truly before I was 40 (I'm 26 now!)! So I'm so glad he removed my appendix! I have not had any more pain since my appendectomy. So, all I can say, is keep pursuing a diagnosis no matter how many doctors or tests you need - I know its really annoying having to convey medical history to a million different people, but if your able to find someone who is willing to consider every avenue, I'm sure they'll be able to work out a diagnosis sometime - I mean you don't get pain for no reason!!! Good luck in finding a diagnosis! :)
    concerned26 3 Replies Flag this Response
  • Recently I have very similar symptoms to yours... I had a number of ultrasounds (for hernia, pelvis, appendix, kidney) - all found nothing, or didn't show anything at all. The pain came and went again at different intervals, but not necessary in response to anything in particular. (I actually had this pain on and off for 12 yrs). Last year, the pain went continuously for two weeks and increasing in intensity (not to mention moving throughout the right side, back, groin, belly button, etc) and I admitted myself to the ER. No diagnosis was found, so they referred me to a general surgeon who did a colonoscopy and laparoscopy. They found nothing, but decided to remove my appendix anyway. The appendix appeared normal, with no inflammation suggesting appendicitis, but they sent it off to the pathology labs anyway. It turned out that there was a tiny tumour growing in the tip of my appendix, and while benign now, my surgeon said that it was starting to change and would have been malignant in 5-10 years, and I would have been dead well and truly before I was 40 (I'm 26 now!)! So I'm so glad he removed my appendix! I have not had any more pain since my appendectomy. So, all I can say, is keep pursuing a diagnosis no matter how many doctors or tests you need - I know its really annoying having to convey medical history to a million different people, but if your able to find someone who is willing to consider every avenue, I'm sure they'll be able to work out a diagnosis sometime - I mean you don't get pain for no reason!!! Good luck in finding a diagnosis! :)Thanks for that... My girlfriend had her appendix out a couple of years ago and I'm still not entirely convinced that that was her problem. She seems to think this is my appendix but the symptoms just don't fit. But the pain really moves around. It's mainly a dull burning that has been pretty constant this week but kept at bay with pain killers. But when it gets to the groin its pretty bad... When I had an ultrasound they couldn't see my gallbladder as it had collapsed cause I had eaten even though I hadn't been told not to.
    nathan69 6 Replies Flag this Response
  • Nathan, they should have checked you out for hernias. One cannot rule out chronic appendicitis, since it truly exists, but good luck finding doctors and surgeons who fully believe in it.
    garbovatwin 21 Replies Flag this Response
  • Nathan, I have my story on here as well under "Chronic Appendicitis". I can tell you that the pains that you are feeling and the way that they are moving around sound a lot like my problem. I have finally found an ER doc that believes in chronic appendicitis and says that the appendix needs to come out. I'm getting admitted to the hospital tonight and will have a follow up with a surgeon tomorrow before the OR. You really need to press this issue about your appendix.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Nathan, I have my story on here as well under "Chronic Appendicitis". I can tell you that the pains that you are feeling and the way that they are moving around sound a lot like my problem. I have finally found an ER doc that believes in chronic appendicitis and says that the appendix needs to come out. I'm getting admitted to the hospital tonight and will have a follow up with a surgeon tomorrow before the OR. You really need to press this issue about your appendix.Mine is a bit different and I am fairly sure it is food/drink related. I had a c.t scan tonight so should have results tommorrow. The majority of my pain in on my right side above my hip
    nathan69 6 Replies Flag this Response
  • It sounds like your apendix. Mine where grumbling for 18 months befor they tokk them out. They kept telling me it was constipation.
    XANDER 23 Replies
    • October 31, 2008
    • 11:27 PM
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