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Severe Stomach Pain

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  • Posted By: SicChic
  • December 9, 2010
  • 11:57 AM

Thank you for taking the time to look at this. In approximately January of this year, I suddenly started having issues with constipation, diarrhea, nausea, and extremely sharp stomach pain on the left side. Rarely have I ever had such bad pain in my life until now. I went to have a colonoscopy done, and it came back clean. I have had numerous x-rays done, and it's either been too backed up to see anything or it's clear. I've had blood work, and urine analysis done: Clean. I've even had an MRI, and it's clean. They did mention that my colon was a little inflamed a while back. I've been to the emergency room twice within the past 5 months with severe stomach pain (sometimes a 7-10 on the pain scale). The last time, this week, it was accompanied by vomiting. I vomited all of my stomach contents out--including food, water, and stomach acid. The only thing that seems to quell the pain when it gets this bad is dilaudid in the ER, otherwise it comes directly back. To give an approximately explanation of where it is, the pain is on my left side about mid-way down my abdomen toward the center of my stomach. I looked up for organs close to the vicinity, and found that's where the spleen might be. It feels like a very, very sharp knife being jabbed into that one specific point and being twisted over and over. I occasionally have pangs of pain spanning over the top section of my stomach and into my ribcage. During this, my breasts are tender. Additionally, I sometimes have pain spread along the bottom part of my stomach toward the hips (and into the pelvic region sometimes). The worst pain is the first area I mentioned. They diagnosed me with IBS, but the doctors I've been to won't give me an explanation for the sharp pain. They usually look at me quizzically, and then give me roundabout answers. I've found that it's not related to constipation or diarrhea--sometimes it just hurts on its own. I'm 21, female, and weigh 200lbs. I've lost over 60lbs this year, but it does not seem to be helping the pain. Thank you!

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  • Try Slippery Elm. It is a herbal medicine; the bark of a tree.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 9, 2010
    • 05:16 PM
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  • Thank you for taking the time to look at this. In approximately January of this year, I suddenly started having issues with constipation, diarrhea, nausea, and extremely sharp stomach pain on the left side. Rarely have I ever had such bad pain in my life until now. I went to have a colonoscopy done, and it came back clean. I have had numerous x-rays done, and it's either been too backed up to see anything or it's clear. I've had blood work, and urine analysis done: Clean. I've even had an MRI, and it's clean. They did mention that my colon was a little inflamed a while back. I've been to the emergency room twice within the past 5 months with severe stomach pain (sometimes a 7-10 on the pain scale). The last time, this week, it was accompanied by vomiting. I vomited all of my stomach contents out--including food, water, and stomach acid. The only thing that seems to quell the pain when it gets this bad is dilaudid in the ER, otherwise it comes directly back. To give an approximately explanation of where it is, the pain is on my left side about mid-way down my abdomen toward the center of my stomach. I looked up for organs close to the vicinity, and found that's where the spleen might be. It feels like a very, very sharp knife being jabbed into that one specific point and being twisted over and over. I occasionally have pangs of pain spanning over the top section of my stomach and into my ribcage. During this, my breasts are tender. Additionally, I sometimes have pain spread along the bottom part of my stomach toward the hips (and into the pelvic region sometimes). The worst pain is the first area I mentioned. They diagnosed me with IBS, but the doctors I've been to won't give me an explanation for the sharp pain. They usually look at me quizzically, and then give me roundabout answers. I've found that it's not related to constipation or diarrhea--sometimes it just hurts on its own. I'm 21, female, and weigh 200lbs. I've lost over 60lbs this year, but it does not seem to be helping the pain. Thank you!I would ask for the pillcam so they can view the insides of your intestines. Its gotta be more than IBS in my opinion.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 10, 2010
    • 03:56 AM
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  • What about giardia? Have they tested for that?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 11, 2010
    • 09:53 PM
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  • I'm just throwing this out there because I had a friend experience stomach pains many years ago and had lots of tests until they discovered she had a strangulated hernia. There are so many things that could cause your symptoms, such as food allergies (i.e., gluten allergy). Have you written down what you eat and when the symptoms occur? You might need to check your pancreas or gallbladder too. I'm a big gal and I know if I over eat, I get a sharp pain on the right side under my rib cage. I've had multiple tests and they couldn't find anything. One doctor told me - "well, you've had the pain for a long, long time, so it can't be anything of immediate concern"! Like that's going to make me feel better?! Don't give up. Keep at it and try different doctors because someone has to finally get to the bottom of it. Hope you feel better.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 12, 2010
    • 03:17 AM
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  • This is the great topics and great solutions.
    nickty 1 Replies
    • December 13, 2010
    • 08:43 AM
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