Discussions By Condition: I cannot get a diagnosis.

Young and suffering from severe stomach pains.

Posted In: I cannot get a diagnosis. 9 Replies
  • Posted By: mynameisamy
  • May 29, 2008
  • 10:59 PM

Hi, I'm Amy. I'm fifteen years of age, and I'd like to think I lead a healthy life style. I steer away from fatty foods most of the time and I try to work out every day. As much as I try to maintain good health, I still find my self sick. I have been suffering from stomach pains for the past few years. The pain is mostly in the morning, but can last throughout the day. The pain initially was diagnosed as an ulcer, so I ended up taking a medication called prevacid. I found no relief! I ended up living with the pain and medication for a few more months, until one night I fell victim to acute, sharp, stabbing, breath taking pains in the upper left side of my tummy. The pain was like nothing I have ever experienced before. I was so frightened by this that I went back to my doctor, and she still believed it to be an ulcer. I ended up having a barium xray. Well, just my luck, the tests came back negative. No ulcer! I have had these sharp pains more frequently, about every two weeks, sometimes twice in one week. They are so painful, I end up crawling in the shower and laying there crying. The pain lasts for 10-15 minutes, and once it's gone theres no other side effects. I did gag one time I had the pain, but other than that theres been no vomiting or diarrhea. I've still been having a pain in the morning, but the aching in the morning is a different feeling than the sharp attacks I get. The sharp attacks take my breath away, and make me feel like I'm about to die. My doctor is baffled with my symptoms. She doesn't know what it could be. I have to get blood tests, and I'm so scared of needles. I'm terrified of surgery or anything medical. But nonetheless, I have to get blood tests, and I am scheduled for an ultrasound on Monday. I know I may not have been clear, but I'm just lost. My head is spinning because of fear. I'm scared to know what it is, and I'm scared to know how I'll have to cure it. I want them to find whats wrong, I do, I just hope it's nothing too serious. Can someone help me, does anyone know what this might be or what I should do?

I'm willing to answer any questions you may have.
I'm just looking for answers
So tired of being sick!:(


Thanks!

Reply Flag this Discussion

9 Replies:

  • Lots of possibilities... celiac disease?appendicitis?problems with your ovaries? You need to have some tests for these things.
    aquila 1263 Replies Flag this Response
  • You mentioned the severe pain in the upper portion of your belly - is that above or below your belly button? On the left side only? Did the pain stay in one place or did it radiate towards your back? How is your urination? How frequent are your bowel movements? Does this pain happen once a day? Once a week? More frequently? Do you have a lot of bloating or gas? How is your menstrual period? Do you have painful periods? DOM
    acuann 3080 Replies Flag this Response
  • You mentioned the severe pain in the upper portion of your belly - is that above or below your belly button? On the left side only? Did the pain stay in one place or did it radiate towards your back? How is your urination? How frequent are your bowel movements? Does this pain happen once a day? Once a week? More frequently? Do you have a lot of bloating or gas? How is your menstrual period? Do you have painful periods? DOMIt's above my belly button. On the left side only. The pain hurts so much that I start to shake, and it makes me feel like everywhere is hurting, but I'm pretty sure the pain stays on the left hand side of my belly. I used to be able to hold my bladder forever, never feeling like I had to go. Now I've been going lots, and I sometimes don't feel any relief after going. My entire life I've never had to poop often.. Only recently did I discover I should be going once a day. Sometimes I go a few days without a bowel movement. I never know when I'll get the pain. Sometimes I get it and won't have it for weeks, and sometimes I'll get it one day and also the following day. I don't really know what bloating is like, and no I don't have an abnormal amount of gas or lack thereof.. well I don't think I do. My menstrual periods are very painful. I get severe cramps. I had to go on birth control to help this, but have recently came off due to irregular periods.Thanks for your help.
    mynameisamy 3 Replies Flag this Response
  • hi amy, i dont know what your issue is and im sure your doctors will probably find out soon once they do all the various tests.. but i suggest due to your infrequent bowel motions.. to add a fibre supplement to your diet eg metamucil. (These are quite inexpensive and can be brought from supermarket or chemist).
    taniaaust1 2267 Replies Flag this Response
  • hi amy, i dont know what your issue is and im sure your doctors will probably find out soon once they do all the various tests.. but i suggest due to your infrequent bowel motions.. to add a fibre supplement to your diet eg metamucil. (These are quite inexpensive and can be brought from supermarket or chemist).Yeah, I'm thinking of doing that. Thanks
    mynameisamy 3 Replies Flag this Response
  • This sounds like pancreatitis to me. You also sound like you could have endometriosis, tho I don't think it would necessarily be the cause of your severe left side stomach pain. Have you tried a hot water bottle for the pain? If so, does it help? Chronic constipation can be a real concern. If you include fiber supplements, GO SLOWLY and don't take much at first. You need to allow your body to get used to the added fiber. Research celiac disease, and research candida overload. Also, PLEASE NEVER HOLD YOUR URINE! This can lead to UTI's and cause lots of problems. Urinate as soon as you feel the need - it is another way of cleansing and detoxifying the body. I would take a good hard look at your diet and see if there is a connection there. I feel there is. Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3080 Replies Flag this Response
  • Does it hurt to move? Eat? If you touch your left side does that hurt?The next time this happens (or if you remember the last time) describe exactly the kind of pain you have, what you ate before you had it, (like a full 24 hours before) when you last had a bowel movement, how long the pain lasts, etc. Also, anything else that could be a symptom during this, even if it seems unrelated. also, is there any family history of anything like this? Have you tried ruling out things that can be allergens such as gluten or milk from diet?
    qwertyuiop123 453 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hi Amy,I'm 23 and have had the same stomach pain and symptoms you describe since I was 14. Have your doctors been successful in finding out the cause of your pain? Ive tried ever conventional medicine test: ultra sound, upper GI, lower GI, cat scan, etc. plus homeopathic testing and remedies. Let me know if you've found anything! Believe me, I feel your pain - literally. Chronic pain, especially when it's from an unknown cause is really hard to live with. You're not alone! - KJ
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • It's above my belly button. On the left side only. The pain hurts so much that I start to shake, and it makes me feel like everywhere is hurting, but I'm pretty sure the pain stays on the left hand side of my belly. I used to be able to hold my bladder forever, never feeling like I had to go. Now I've been going lots, and I sometimes don't feel any relief after going. My entire life I've never had to poop often.. Only recently did I discover I should be going once a day. Sometimes I go a few days without a bowel movement. I never know when I'll get the pain. Sometimes I get it and won't have it for weeks, and sometimes I'll get it one day and also the following day. I don't really know what bloating is like, and no I don't have an abnormal amount of gas or lack thereof.. well I don't think I do. My menstrual periods are very painful. I get severe cramps. I had to go on birth control to help this, but have recently came off due to irregular periods.Thanks for your help.I am 22 years old, i had the exact same things go on as you.. it stopped for around a year when i was 21.. doctors have no idea what is wrong with me, i was told once it is all in my head. My pain generally only happens in the morning except occasionally i get a sharp shooting pain, generally on my left lower side... i was so happy when it stopped and last week i randomly started feeling the pains again. idk what to do either, if you get any answers please let me know. -
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 21, 2010
    • 01:02 PM
    • 0
    Flag this Response
Thanks! A moderator will review your post and it will be live within the next 24 hours.