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Intense Abdominal Pain

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  • Posted By: Brooklea
  • December 5, 2007
  • 04:48 PM

I have had Recurrent Right Upper Quadrant abdominal pain 3-4 years. It is accompanied by Nausea Headache and Fever and occasional Constipation. Pain is sometimes relieved by changing positions and sometimes by pressing on the area where the pain is until it stops. Pain is sharp and stabbing and comes in waves. When I move around or try to do daily activities like cleaning, picking up my 4 year old the pain seems to get worse. I have lost weight and not been able to gain even though I am eating good foods on a regular basis. I weigh 100 lbs. Sometimes the pain is increased by eating foods that are spicy or fatty. Occasionally antacids help but do not get rid of the pain completely. Pain is usually not helped with prescription pain medicine. Seems to make it worse.


Before this pain started in my Right Upper Quadrant, I had had two previous uncomplicated abortions. One was performed about 5-7 weeks and one at about 8-10 weeks gestation.



I had Exploratory Surgery 3 years ago and the doctor found numerous adhesions all throughout my abdomen Even though I had not had any previous surgeries. Except the two abortions. He removed my appendix and sent me home. I felt better and had NO pain whatsoever for about 3 months after the surgery. Then the pain came back. So I went back to my OBGYN and he decided to go back in and see if it was my gallbladder even though the Hida scan came back normal and none of the ultrasounds showed any abnormalities. When he performed the surgery he found More Adhesions. So he removed my gallbladder and removed more adhesions. Then after that surgery I felt good for the same amount of time (about 3 or 4 months) and then the pain returned.


I have had numerous blood word done and a CAT scan that seemed to not show any complications. I was diagnosed in the ER on Wednesday the 28th of November with GERD and a non- specific headache. I have since been on medication for GERD and the non- specific headache, drinking a lot of water, and watching what I eat. And also eating smaller meals and avoiding spicy and fatty foods. I was given a liquid laxative at the ER because the doctor said I was severely constipated. After drinking that I was able to have a normal bowel movement and have still to this day been going to the bathroom at least twice a day. But the pain has returned. I have not done anything or eaten anything out of the ordinary. It came on strong last night December the 3rd. And has since been present coming in waves. I have been running a mild to low-grade fever for the past three weeks. 99.9 to 102.0.


I have an appointment with a GI specialist who is a well known and very good Doctor on the 31st of December. I am trying to hold out and find some relief until I can go see this specialist.

I also had a endoscope done where they seemed to have found that I have a “Slowed digestive system”. I was given prevacid and told to return home. So, that didn’t help one bit so I came back to the same doctor and he did some test to see the process of digestion where I would eat eggs and toast. Well, I never remember what the doc said from then on out because the pain seemed to subside for a while. So, with that being said I have waves of pain and it seems to come and go. Never constant and it seems to last for months at a time and the goes away.


List of symptoms that may or may not be related:

Pain in Upper Right Quadrant Never seems to hurt in any other spot and it is located in the same spot every time I have this pain.
Nausea, comes in waves and never constant.
Mild to low Grade fever 99.9 to 102.0. for the last three weeks.
Constipation that has since went away with the medicine I am taking (Peri-Colace).
Pain comes in waves and never constant and can last anywhere from 1 to 3 hours at a time with the pain coming on and then stopping and then coming back.
Recently I have had headaches that are not helped by the use of Ibuprofen.
Dizziness or feeling faint when performing daily activities and am easily worn out and feel drained of energy.
Recently my Periods have been heavy and large clots. And also more cramping than usual.
Just an overall feeling of no energy weak dizzy and pain in upper right quadrant.

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  • did you have any luck with crohns, or have you been checked for a hernia
    karen.vernetti 9 Replies
    • December 14, 2007
    • 03:58 PM
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  • did you have any luck with crohns, or have you been checked for a hernia I just recently had a Upper Gi endoscopy and a colonoscopy which showed nothing... I am still waiting on my results of my small intestine x ray.... Which when they were doing that I noticed some sort of clip ?? I guess from where they removed my gallbladder... not sure if they are in fact supposed to remove that or what... So, now im more confused than before.. Thank you so much for your reply !!!
    Brooklea 15 Replies
    • December 15, 2007
    • 00:56 AM
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  • Did they ever investigate you for possible mediterian fever ( periodic fever )?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 17, 2007
    • 09:28 AM
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  • Did they ever investigate you for possible mediterian fever ( periodic fever )? Not that I know of. How would they test for that ? All I do know is they have done a complete blood count and checked for TB. nothing showed up. Thank you for your reply
    Brooklea 15 Replies
    • December 17, 2007
    • 09:54 PM
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  • Have you been checked out for either of these nasty bugs: Campylobacter and Helicobacterhttp://www.gsbs.utmb.edu/microbook/ch023.htmCampylobacter species cause acute gastroenteritis with diarrhea, abdominal pain, fever, nausea, and vomiting. Recently, Campylobacter infections have been identified as the most common antecedent to an acute neurological disease, the Guillain-Barré syndrome.....(more detail via link above) Also you might want to be tested for and explore this as another possibility:Lactose Intolerance versus Milk Allergyhttp://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/stevecarper/livallg.htm
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 21, 2007
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  • Have you been checked out for either of these nasty bugs: Campylobacter and Helicobacterhttp://www.gsbs.utmb.edu/microbook/ch023.htmCampylobacter species cause acute gastroenteritis with diarrhea, abdominal pain, fever, nausea, and vomiting. Recently, Campylobacter infections have been identified as the most common antecedent to an acute neurological disease, the Guillain-Barré syndrome.....(more detail via link above) Also you might want to be tested for and explore this as another possibility:Lactose Intolerance versus Milk Allergyhttp://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/stevecarper/livallg.htm Thank you ! I will look into that. Since writing this I have had a colonoscopy a upper Gi endoscopy and a small intestine x ray. the results were normal. But I still have not got the results of the small intestine x ray. I have since been to the ER again in pain only to find i had to have another CAT scan and nothing showed up. So I mentioned the fact that on the two surgeries i have had the doctor found extensive adhesions. And the doctor said that could be the cause of my pain. So, now im waiting on a doctors appointment on January 17th... ugh waiting again.. But thank you for responding and im not sure what the problem is so thank you so much for your response
    Brooklea 15 Replies
    • December 22, 2007
    • 08:08 PM
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