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Severe abdominal pain, doc says pain is normal?

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  • Posted By: kewltink
  • July 28, 2009
  • 01:12 AM

I am a 14-year-old female. I've been having some wierd problems lately, all coming from my abdomen. First, my period last month was 10 days late. I'm a virgin, so I know that I'm not pregnant.
Then, we went to Canada about a week ago, and I started having these sharp, stabbing pains in my entire abdomen, but they were more intense towards the sides of my lower abdomen, near theappendix and ovaries are located. The pain was very consistent, and though heat and antacids took some of the edge off, the pain wouldn't go away.
I went to the doctor today, and he tested a urine sample, and told me I have a UTI. I looked at the symptoms from a sheet he gave me, and I had none of the symptoms. I told him he was wrong and to check again. He refused, but then checked my abdomen and told me that I have esophagatitis. I looked at the paper he gave me for that, and I again had none of the symptoms. Frustrated at how the appointment was a waste of money, I left.

Does anyone know what might cause moderate-to-severe abdominal pain in a 14-year-old girl who's also a virgin? I'm off my period, so I know it's not cramps. The only medicine I was taking prior to the abdominal pain was Albuterol. I can't take the pain much longer, so I really need some help. Thanks!

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  • Hi there. Sorry you're having such pain! Have you ever heard of endometriosis? It's very common and could account for some of your symptoms.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Thanks, but my mom had endometriosis, and her pain was different than mine--hers was more throbbing, mine feels like I'm being stabbed over and over. I'm going back to the doc sometime this week, so I'll repost soon!
    kewltink 5 Replies Flag this Response
  • I was thinking you may have a cyst on your ovaries, I had a friend about your age who had to go on birth control as treatment for this. I also thought it sounds like my friend with apendasitus (however you spell it) Also endometriosis has a genetic factor so I wouldent rule that out. Of course I really have no idea, but I don't think it's normal. http://kona.kontera.com/javascript/lib/imgs/grey_loader.gif
    shulamitemaiden 1 Replies Flag this Response
  • I was diagnosed with stage IV endo approx. 14 years ago and my main symptom was (and still is!!) this extremely sharp, stabbing pain in my lower right abdomen/pelvis, so don't completely count it out yet. Lots of women are "diagnosed" with endo by clueless gyns that use it as a "catch-all" diagnosis for any "female pains" they can't prove or "cure". Was your mom diagnosed via lap? Were any endo lesions and/or adhesions present? How was her endo treated? True cases of endometriosis are RARELY ever cured, so whenever I hear anyone say that they "had" endo (in the past tense) I question it. Endo pains vary from person to person, so just because your mom's pain was different than what you are describing, it doesn't mean that you don't NOT have endo. It also comes in different stages and can affect many different areas of a woman's body. I don't mean to bombard you with info, I'm just saying there are many, many differences with this nasty disease. I wish you the best of luck in finding answers and help!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • My mom had really heavy, nonstop periods, so she had a hysterectomy, which ended up diagnosing the endo (a little late)
    kewltink 5 Replies Flag this Response
  • I was thinking you may have a cyst on your ovaries, I had a friend about your age who had to go on birth control as treatment for this. I also thought it sounds like my friend with apendasitus (however you spell it) Also endometriosis has a genetic factor so I wouldent rule that out. Of course I really have no idea, but I don't think it's normal. http://kona.kontera.com/javascript/lib/imgs/grey_loader.gif Yeah, I went to my pediatrician yesterday, who sent me straight to ER. When I got there, they gave me a CT scan, which showed some fluid in my abdomen. They couldn't find any place where I'd be bleeding, so they concluded that I had an ovarian cyst that ruptured. But the pain had been mid-abdomen, too, and they couldn't find anything wrong. They called my pediatrician, who said to just send me home w a pain med prescription, and to have me come in Monday. The ER doc told me to quit taking the bactrum, but to continue prevacid and he gave me a prescription of Tylenol w/ Codeine #3. He also said that if my pain should get worse mid-ab before Monday, to just go to the Children's Hospital, bc the gastroenterologist at the hospital I was at didn't work w anyone under age 18, and I'm 14. My pediatrician will set me up for an appt at children's hospital on Monday, anyway, and he said I'll prob need a laproscopy.
    kewltink 5 Replies Flag this Response
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