Patient Comments: Abdominal Pain - Cause

What was the cause(s) of your case of abdominal pain?

Comment from: Krust, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: October 01

I have had a constant moderate to fairly intense dull throbbing pain in my lower left abdomen for the past eleven weeks. My Doctor thought it might be diverticulitis, so I had a contrast-non contrast abdominal and pelvic CT. The CT found no evidence of diverticulits, but it did find kidney cysts, an enlarged prostate, a non-obstructing kidney stone and some possible boney islands in the pelvis. My Prostate Specific Antigen result is extremely low, the prostate is enlarged but doesn't seem to exhibit intense prostatis symptoms. I had a colonoscopy to rule out cancer, it came back clean with a very minor polyp. But the pain is continuing and doesn't seem to let up. My Internist told me that it can't be from the kidney stone because it's still in the kidney. Anyway off to a urologist next week, but I swear this pain still seems to be gastrologic. Anyway, I guess if anyone out there has experienced this same thing and maybe found out what is causing this, I would appreciate they share what it is with me.

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Comment from: Mybestdadever, 35-44 Male (Caregiver) Published: October 01

My Dad had abdominal pain for a year off and on. He went to the doctor's office a couple of times, and acute care once when his abdominal pain was too much to drive. The doctors just gave him antacid medication. After 1-year of enduring this pain, a gallstone blocked the duct to the pancreas. Inflammation of the pancreas, and surrounding area occurred leading to infection to sepsis. By the time he got to ER, his blood pressure was low, he was very fatigued. He was showing early signs of sepsis. He was in the hospital where they gave him IV fluids, which his heart couldn't take. He ended up dying of sepsis.

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Comment from: Jonezess, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 01

I have had abdominal pain for over 30 years. It gets worse as I get older and is more frequent. The pain is like spasms and cramping and extreme soreness. It can cause shortness of breath from my upper ab to my chest. I have been to the ER several times because I thought it was a heart problem. I have had CT scans, colonoscopies, endoscopies and GI series. My gastro said I just have a "bad gut" (esophageal and colon spasms, brought on my stress). I recently had an MRI and nothing was found but a sebatious cyst which is harmless and painless. I have very bad fibro in my rib cage and chest and my gastro doctor has determined that my stomach pain is from my Fibromyalgia. When my stomach is sore and cramping I cannot lift anything mildly heavy and it sometimes makes it hard for me to breathe. Fibro is no fun. I tend to believe that it might be the root of my stomach pain but not sure.

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Comment from: Mikeel, 35-44 Male Published: October 01

I live in Dubai and have had lower left abdominal pain for the past 3 years. I have done all the tests including, colonoscopy, endoscopy, MRI and CT scan of the abdomen and Barium Enema without any clear diagnosis. The first endoscopy established a duodenal ulcer which was treated but the pain remained. The second colonoscopy and all other tests established nothing wrong until the doctor said I had irritable bowel syndrome. This pain is now persistent and is getting worse as I can feel stabbing pain on my shoulder blade, left leg and lower back. My stomach occasionally makes a lot of noise but there is no tenderness on touching or squeezing any part of it. My back quickly gets tired and painful if I walk or stand or bend for only 30 minutes. I am told the irritable bowel does not get worse but mine is proving not to be one hence I am thinking of starting the test all over again. I wish I could get an answer to my problem.

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Comment from: Mattos, 55-64 Female Published: October 01

I was having abdominal pain for 30 years, was told I had IBS, the first test I had was in my 20's, had a sigmoidoscopy, a few years later had a barium enema, colonoscopies, endoscopies. Now that I am in my late 50's I was diagnosed with celiac disease. I have been off gluten for 4 months, I am better, but still having some pain. I think it will take some time for my symptoms to subside, and not sure if I can ever eat any grain again, I've tried gluten-free breads, and flours, (make my own bread now), but I can still have issues. I wonder if my gut can tell the difference between gluten free flour and regular wheat flour. It will be trial and error for a long time. If you are having abdominal pain all of the time and get all the tests and the dr.'s tell you, you have IBS, go gluten free.

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