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Upper Left Abdominal Pain

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • November 17, 2007
  • 05:53 PM

I am a healthy 31 year old male who recently started to experience upper left abdominal pain. It started as a dull ache that would come and go, not necessarily after I ate. Sometimes the pain would be present when I woke up before eating breakfast. I ignored the pain at first but after a months time I decided to go see my doctor. The doctor asked some questions, palpatated my stomach and performed a rectum (no blood). He also sent me for a abdominal/pelvicCT scan which came back normal, except for three tiny nodules found on my adrenal gland and in both lungs. As a follow up the doctor sent me for an abdominal MRI which also came back as normal- the nodule on my adrenal gland showed no sign of disease. I am suppose to go back in January for an additional CT scan of my lungs to make sure the nodules there did not get bigger.
Anyway it has now been 2 1/2 months and the dull ache has no become more of a sharp pain. It seems to get worse at night when I am trying to sleep. It has gotten so bad I can no longer sleep on my left side. It sometimes feels as if it might be trapped gas under my left rib cage. I went to see a GI and he wanted to perform an upper endoscopy. He did not want to perform a colonoscopy since I did not have any colon cancer symptoms, such as blood in stool, weight loss, nausea etc. However, I do not think that the pain is coming from my stomach. I still have a healthy appetite and do not ever feel nauseas. I was wondering if anyone could give me some advice or if anyone else is experiencing the same symptoms as myself. I am going on 3 months with this pain and it does not appear to be getting better- it anything it is getting worse. I would appreciate any help. Thanks. Nervous

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  • I too am experiencing the same symtoms. I am a 38 year old female. I have had my colon examined and checked thru a ct scan and it came back normal. My symptoms are on the left side which began a couple months ago and it flares at night when I am trying to sleep. I wake up in the morning with uncomfortable pain on my left side that goes right thru to my back. Although I dont feel it's my back. It seems to be my stomach, possibly in an organ or around my large intestine.Have you had any progress in coming to a conclusion?
    gunner 1 Replies
    • December 2, 2007
    • 06:28 PM
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  • I have been having similar symptoms. An upper left side non-painful , but dull annoying pressure and tightness feeling. It does appear to ease up when I eat less and drink more fluids like herbal teas. It iss almost an everyday feeling and it is disturbing to my life. I do feel restricted in going long distances or travel becasue the pressure and discomfort increase on air travel or long distance cramping seated positions. this has severely affected my quality of life. It does definitely worsen at night and my mornings are spent attempting to alleviate the pressure and discomfort by walking and drinking tea. Ibuprofen is somewhat helpful, but I'd prefer not to just mask the problem. I can tell that it isn't getting better even with interventions such as laxatives. I had slight improvement after a course of antibiotics for a tooth, but it worsened thereafter. Any answers would be appreciated, oh and I suffer constipation as well that doesn't seem to have a cause.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 31, 2010
    • 01:02 PM
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