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Constant pain on left side of abdomen, worse after eating

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • December 7, 2008
  • 05:07 PM

Hi, My name is liz, I’m 38 y.o. I hope someone can help me on this forum, because I’m at wits’ end. I have been having a pain on my left side for a year now. The pain is located just under the ribcage to the left, and it aches all the time, sometimes is more dull, others more sharp. The only constant is that it immediately gets worst when I eat, like 20 seconds after I eat. Sometimes it's so bad, I can't lay on my left side.
Sometimes after eating I also feel very shaky. I’ve done blood tests, x-rays, ecographies to my all my abdominal area. I had my pancreas checked. I had a endoscopy, and nothing. My gastroenterologist says it’s stress, and because of that I possibly have IBS. The thing is not all the IBS symptoms fit in, and the tablets for IBS haven’t help either. I wonder if someone has ever had a problem like this? Thanks for any input.
Liz

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  • I am 43 and have been having similar problems for a month. I do notice when I am really upset with one of my teens it hurts worse. I want to be checked for an ulcer. Were you checked for ulcers? Several friends have said they have duodenum ulcers and the pain is in the same place and irritated by acidic foods or drinks, such as coffee.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 29, 2008
    • 03:43 AM
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  • I am 24 years old and for the past few weeks now I have been showing the same symptoms: Mild to moderte pain on left side under rib cage (and sometimes dull pain on right side under rib cage). It is significantly worse after I eat, even if I only eat a snack. I have trouble sleeping at night, but I find if I stretch the muscles that it's affecting, It temporrily dulls the pain, so i sleep on a slant. I have an appointment this week to see my primary about it, but I am more and more concerned as I research this online. I will get back to you if I get any information from the appointment, but the feedback I'm getting from these forums, is no doctor can seem to diagnose this, and it could be hundreds of different things. Good luck, I'll let you know how it goes.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 28, 2009
    • 01:14 AM
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  • Does passing gas help the pain?There's really nothing in that location except the stomach,spleen,and splenic flexure of the colon.
    richard wayne2b 1,232 Replies
    • January 28, 2009
    • 02:49 PM
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  • I am 24 years old and for the past few weeks now I have been showing the same symptoms: Mild to moderte pain on left side under rib cage (and sometimes dull pain on right side under rib cage). It is significantly worse after I eat, even if I only eat a snack. I have trouble sleeping at night, but I find if I stretch the muscles that it's affecting, It temporrily dulls the pain, so i sleep on a slant. I have an appointment this week to see my primary about it, but I am more and more concerned as I research this online. I will get back to you if I get any information from the appointment, but the feedback I'm getting from these forums, is no doctor can seem to diagnose this, and it could be hundreds of different things. Good luck, I'll let you know how it goes.I have had the same pain--my gallbladder was removed 20 years ago. Whenever i eat, my right side, right under my rib cage, feels like it cramps and is rather sharp aching. I have had every test and am in the hospital awaiting release--they have no diagnosis because everything is "NORMAL". Did you ever get a diagnosis?
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 3, 2010
    • 10:18 PM
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  • I definately understand. I am having the same problems. It started off only hurting when I would eat or drink something then going to just hurting randomly. I went to a regular doctor and he ran blood tests and also did an ultrasound. Of course they found nothing except that my liver enzymes were a little high but supposedly not high enough to cause problems. After different medications nothing worked so I was reffered to a GI specialist. He put me on a very bland diet and it helped some but i was still having pain every once in a while. Went took a HIDA scan to check for gallstones, but they didnt find any. I took blood tests (testing for other possibilities than the first blood test) and I didnt hear for a week and a half about the blood results. They had me scheduled for an upper GI. After doing the upper GI they didnt see anything in my stomach but the blood tests showed some virus was there. Of course I was still out of it from the sedative but my step-mom told me what the doctor said. He said it was something like mono but not mono. I had a lot of the symptoms of mono and it was in my system for 2 months but I am not contagious. He also said my liver is swollen and gave me no medications for it. He told me that if in 2 weeks the pain hasnt gone away to come back for medications. It seems like you are having the same problems. I hope this helps. Good luck.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 6, 2010
    • 05:47 AM
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  • I have that too. Does it feel like a constant cramp like the kind you'd get if you eat and then go running? One doctor told me it's my colon (apparently it's on the left side of your abdomen, I didn't know that). It could be that you're having trouble digesting, or that you're constipated. I don't go very often, but I do eat a lot, so that could explain it. I don't think it's IBS - it sounds more like a digestive problem, constipation, or gallbladder problems maybe.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 8, 2010
    • 07:10 PM
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  • I'm 28 just went to the er for the same pain did blood test xrays and a ct scan and they found nothing wrong with my organs..and was sent home and notice that the pain got worse after eating and the next day i woke up to the pain almost complety gone alittle pain after eating but that is it...I did some research and found that it might be a cyst on my ovary
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 18, 2010
    • 01:58 AM
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  • I just turn 21 and have been dealing with the exact same thing for the past 5 year. I have had my spleen (cysts/spleenomegaly) and gall bladder (family history of disease and loss of function) removed. Now I am completely and my breaking point. Every doctor I've been to doesn't take me seriously because they refer to me as being "too you to have these problems". If been to every type of doctor under the sun and still no answers. Like everyone else I've had the standard tests- blood work, CT Scans, X-rays, MRI's, and have tried everything from IBS medications to anti-depressants, talk-therapy to pain medications, nothing helps, and I feel like I'm backed into a corner. The pain is constant, like dull and achy, but food and sometimes randomly it intensifies into a sharp, squeezing pain that goes into my back. It's not like every food I eat brings this on, and its not always consistent. Its the kind of pain that makes you nauseous and light headed, and there are days that I've spent curled up on the bathroom floor. The only safe foods I know are pretzels, Gatorade and pedialite. My doctor also suggested to try supplement shakes like BOOST or something along those lines, which I can not tolerate.Someone please help!
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  • I get similar pain after eating wheat and dairy. I have ulcerative colitis and believe that my colon cramps and pulls muscles in my abdomen. Try cutting out dairy and or any wheat or grains and see if it gets better.Also a good digestive enzyme may help.
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  • Have they checked your spleen. I have an enlarged spleen cause unknown at this time. but its located there and it can cause fullness after eating which makes me sick. and i have some pain and tenderness in that area as well. Hi, My name is liz, I’m 38 y.o. I hope someone can help me on this forum, because I’m at wits’ end. I have been having a pain on my left side for a year now. The pain is located just under the ribcage to the left, and it aches all the time, sometimes is more dull, others more sharp. The only constant is that it immediately gets worst when I eat, like 20 seconds after I eat. Sometimes it's so bad, I can't lay on my left side. Sometimes after eating I also feel very shaky. I’ve done blood tests, x-rays, ecographies to my all my abdominal area. I had my pancreas checked. I had a endoscopy, and nothing. My gastroenterologist says it’s stress, and because of that I possibly have IBS. The thing is not all the IBS symptoms fit in, and the tablets for IBS haven’t help either. I wonder if someone has ever had a problem like this? Thanks for any input.Liz
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  • I have been trying for four years to find a reason four the 11 on a scale of 10 pain in my stomach. I eat nothing but rich and chicken and water and tea. It hurts when I lay down. I have had endoscopes and I get x-rays, ct-scans, and blood work done several times a week. I spent 7 mo in the hospital with pancreatitis 2 yrs ago and it's all gone down hill. Now my hearts bad, my livers bad, I gained 55 lbs while on a feeding tube, I have gastritis, and diabetits. The kicker is, like all of you no one can tell me why. I have an appointment in a few weeks to meet with a team of specialists at the Cleveland Clinic, maybe they can...
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  • I have had the same pain--my gallbladder was removed 20 years ago. Whenever i eat, my right side, right under my rib cage, feels like it cramps and is rather sharp aching. I have had every test and am in the hospital awaiting release--they have no diagnosis because everything is "NORMAL". Did you ever get a diagnosis?I am 26 and my pains just started a couple weeks ago, but has got to the point I dont want to eat to avoid the pain. I get sharp pains on the left under the ribs, really bloated to the point my ribs hurt from them being pushed out. Diarrhea and the feeling I need to get sick. I also have had my gallbladder removed 21 years ago. Dono if that means anything. If either of you find anything out I would like to know, I don't have any insurance so all I can do is deal with it.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • August 12, 2011
    • 02:26 PM
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  • Hi,my-name-is-Patty&back-in-91-I-experienced-what-you-ar-going-through-now&foundout-it-was-my-gall-bladder&everytime-I-ate-the-pain-go-worse-to-the-point-of-feeing-like-I-wanted-to-vomit.Please-have-it-checked-out!Good-Luck&God-Bless.Patty.
    socsie55 1 Replies
    • February 26, 2012
    • 03:30 PM
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  • I have a problem that is very simular.1. My left side randomly hurts for no reason and sometimes my right side will hurt a little, somedays its worse than othersMy doctor has done alot of tests and still nothing2. Sometimes when it starts hurting I begin to feel really weakIve been to the doctor so many times over this they think im faking it or something I dont know...But any one who can get a good answer as to why this happens please pm me, thanks
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  • Liz, I have had the same thing for 3 years and all kinds of test except the spleen. My last Dr thinks it is my back but I know it is not. It hurts the worse after eating and when I get upset. My ribs are sore to the touch too. I was given pain pills but they don't even work after 3 and I do not like to take pain meds. They don't treat the problem. I am really tired of hurting and don't know where to turn unless we go to The Doctors or Dr Oz…..Help someone. I am extreamly tired of this….JoAnn
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  • I'm starting to get the same pain since yesterday! I have been gluten free all year the best I can be... I'm worried my stomach is only going to get worse! I haven't really eaten all day because by the time I feel good enough to eat and try to eat I hurt again! I don't want to waste time or Monday at the Dr since not many of us are getting answers! I hope someone does! I'm going to try and eat more whole foods-veggies, fruits, chicken... And see if that helps... So far not eating is all I can do
    SaraBear 1 Replies Flag this Response
  • I'm starting to get the same pain since yesterday! I have been gluten free all year the best I can be... I'm worried my stomach is only going to get worse! I haven't really eaten all day because by the time I feel good enough to eat and try to eat I hurt again! I don't want to waste time or Monday at the Dr since not many of us are getting answers! I hope someone does! I'm going to try and eat more whole foods-veggies, fruits, chicken... And see if that helps... So far not eating is all I can do
    SaraBear 1 Replies Flag this Response
  • Since mid 2010 I have had the same light ache to pronounced burning pain on Left side. A laproscopy with adhesion removal helped a bit but only with a pulling pain. NIGHTSHADE Allergy is the closest I have come to figuring this out. Cutting out all peppers (sweet and hot), along with white potatoes and tomatoes etc actually helped!!!! My grandfather could not eat peppers, that's what I had to go on and I was desperately searching for answers. It's not the entire answer but a start...
    Anonymous 1 Replies Flag this Response
  • Same symptoms, after three years no diagnosis...I've been thinking it could be that I am allergic to gluten because I have change my diet a few times trying t figure this out(since no test or doctor have)For what here it could be an ulcer, enlargement of the spleen or gallbladder. My mom went to the dr las week and her gall bladder is FUll of stones...I am hoping that thi is what is going on (mom had diferent sym,ptoms thou). Has anybody been diagnose????
    Anonymous 1 Replies
    • August 13, 2014
    • 01:18 AM
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  • Over 10 years with pain in the left side under ribs after eating. I've had ultra sounds, CT scan of the abdomen with Contrast and although the results showed small cycts in the left lobe of the liver, all organs appeared normal in size and tissue. I'm sitting here now with the same pain. It could be gas so I've been taking antacids. I'm 48 npw and have finally got a referral to a gastro Dr. If I remember, I'll update the thread afterwards. I have Hashimoto's disease but this should not be relate
    Anonymous 1 Replies
    • August 16, 2014
    • 01:55 AM
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