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General lower abdomen pain with stabbing lower middle pain

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  • Posted By: Silentme
  • May 6, 2008
  • 09:00 PM

This has been going on for over 2 years now. It is dibilitating and strikes for no reason that i can see. It seems like i have seen every doctor and specialist in the city about this.

General pain in the abdomen, around the belly button and lower. Stabbing pains which will wake me from a dead sleep in the very lower, maybe upper pelvic area. Attacks happen for no known reason due to diet, health or excercise and seem t have periods of flarring where ill be good for a day or 2 then ot of it for a week, out of it being lying in bed in pain.

The only real comfort i can get when an attack happens is to lay down on my side, usually my right side in a cool place. Usually i just bear with the pain till it goes away or I fall alseep.

attacks can last 5 minutes or hours and again seem to be for no reason. I can be driving, walking, sitting, standing or even sleeping and go into an attack and since i had my first one over 2 years ago i have not had a period where it hasnt been with me. It also came on with no warning, i was married with a good job that i enjoyed when i had my first attack and it became worse and worse to where i had to leave my job which ended up in the wife going soon after.

I dont believe it is stress or mind related at all. I was in a good time in my life when this came about, sure there was stress but a healthy amount of good stress. I was in the military previously and had been in some really messy situations with bad stress and handled it with no problems so i have ruled that out.

I have been told i have IBS-irritable bowl syndrome but the meds do nothing.
I have been told it was stress related, again the meds do nothing.
I have been told it was axiety, again the meds do nothing.

I have been looking at Chrons alot and when i read how the bowls flare and come and go for no reason i feel i can relate to that and it describes me, the blood in the stool doesnt fit at all. I seem to move from a soft stool state to normal bowl movements but can not see a pattern with other symptoms.

2 symptoms that doctors always seem to shrug off but i feel are important are: I can not drink Alcohol, it will bring me into an attack. I used to drink a few beers when we would go out to eat or even a beer at night after a hard day, rarely drinking heavily except on occasion.
The second being that when i had my colonoscopy and had to flush my bowls, i was in constant pain from my bowls being empty, since this started any time i get the stomach flu and get bad diarrhea to the point my bowls are "flushed" out i end up in bed for days or weeks getting over it. I know this makes it sound so obvious that a Gastro Specialist would know what this is but i have seen 3 different ones now along with a few internal medicical doctors and have even gone eastern medicine and had acupuncture and taken eastern herbs.

Nothing seems to work, nothing so far in all the medications i have taken will normalize my life enough for me to even feel comforatable or confident enough to leave my home for an extended amount of time or extended distance. It even hard for me to go to the Doctors for appointments. I am turning to you the community for help. I would be for ever grateful for any help or leads to make my life normal again. Thanks in advance.

P.B.

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  • Have you had a CT scan of your abdomen?
    Beth56 272 Replies Flag this Response
  • I had a general CT which was of thebelly button on down. Actually had it done once in the ER which they were looking at my gullbladder and once from my first Gastro Doc which was a more general scan.
    Silentme 5 Replies Flag this Response
  • Did your GI doctor ever mention diverticulosis being found in your colon?
    Beth56 272 Replies Flag this Response
  • no, the Colonoscopy showd nothing negitive at all, though i did wake up during it with extreme pain for what seemed like 15 seconds or so. I only remember screaming "that F%#$ing hurts" and him looking at me and that was it. The pain i did feel was in the same stabbing place i feel now. It was almost as if he had pushed a button and activated it. He didnt find it important though. I havent heard of anyone else ever waking during one with all the drugs they pump you with.
    Silentme 5 Replies Flag this Response
  • I had a colonoscopy two weeks ago and woke up during the procedure. And yes it hurt just like you said. So we are two of the lucky few. I know of only one other this happens to. My next will be under a general.Have you kept a journal? Other than alcohol, is there anything else that triggers these attacks?
    Beth56 272 Replies Flag this Response
  • eating,not eating, breathing, not breathing:)(sarcasm) They seem to come and go for no reason at all unfortunatly. Nothing i seem to do works, i have tried different diets from super healthy, to no wheat, no carbs, heavy protien, even a completely bad diet of fast food which obviously did no good but the point of it was it did no bad either. I have as much luck purposley triggering an attack as i do to get one to go away.
    Silentme 5 Replies Flag this Response
  • Iv been getting the same abdominal pain, i also suffer with IBS and i find none of the medication works, doctors tell me theres nothing wrong with me, but the pain i get really hurts!I do suffer with stress, and everytime i eat i find i need to run to the loo, anything i eat sets off these attacks but this abdominal pain iv never had before this badly.Iv done the symptom check up and theres quite a few things it could be iv only had it for a couple of days so im just waiting to see if it continues to get worse if anyone can help or give me any advice id really appreciate it .:)
    KatieJ92 1 Replies Flag this Response
  • Iv been getting the same abdominal pain, i also suffer with IBS and i find none of the medication works, doctors tell me theres nothing wrong with me, but the pain i get really hurts!I do suffer with stress, and everytime i eat i find i need to run to the loo, anything i eat sets off these attacks but this abdominal pain iv never had before this badly.Iv done the symptom check up and theres quite a few things it could be iv only had it for a couple of days so im just waiting to see if it continues to get worse if anyone can help or give me any advice id really appreciate it .:)i have had 4 cat scans of the abdomen lots of x rays no blood in stools no infection drs cant find anything this has been going on 3 years now i been on omeprazole for 2 years omeprazole does make abdomen huet seems like if i take a laxative it does away it all started after hernia repair
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • August 19, 2011
    • 10:55 PM
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  • Seeing all these postings regarding midriff, torso, stomach pain or pain below the ribs covers all the problems I have had since a radical nephrectomy of my left kidney three months ago. I have had numerous CT scans, X-rays, blood tests and urine analysis all of which come back negative and no one seems to be able to pin point where my pain comes from until recently when a nurologist said it could be phantom pain. Phantom pain is normally associated with the amputation of a limb and pain in the removed limb is still sensed by the brain. Occasionally this can occur with the removal of an internal organ because the brain is unaware that the organ is no longer there. What happens is that the brain still senses the pain that was present before the operation removed the cause and continues to interpret any pain in the region where the operation was performed as being in aneed of attention. I have been on every conceivable pain medication form the strongest opiates to neurological medications, muscle relaxants and anti anxiety meds. I am not atall sure that the pain meds help but they are comforting but never get rid of the pain. The pain can come and go in various inytensities and exchange forom my front to my back or both at once.I have attended pain specialists and numerous doctors but no one but this one has suggested phantom pain. Phantom pain is difficult to treat because it is in the sub concious mind. I have and are continuing to try hypnotherapy with some success. A procedure called tapping definately helps and relaxation methods seem to help but nothing so far has eliminated the pain perminently. I have only been in hypnotherapy for about two weeks and generally it is a process of learning self hypnosis under which you tell your own mind that the pain is no longer needed. This involves being able to concentrate on various parts of the body so thet the mind is occupied with that part alone. Maybe some of you who are finding the doctors cannot help need to think about this approach and if possible get a doctor who will recommend a hypnotherapist. Phantomofpain
    phantomofpain 1 Replies
    • September 3, 2011
    • 01:37 AM
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