Patient Comments: Abdominal Pain - Experience


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Comment from: Jane, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 28

I had severe abdominal pain for decades. The first problem was when I was in my early 20s. I had 7 golf ball sized cysts on my fallopian tubes. I had surgery to remove them. Then I got a uterine fibroid that grew to the size of a cantaloupe. I had a partial hysterectomy for that problem. The abdominal pain persisted still. After decades of going to doctors I finally found a gastrointestinal (GI) specialist who would tackle and diagnose my problems. He diagnosed microscopic colitis, SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth), hiatal hernia, and abdominal adhesions from my previous surgeries. I had surgery to remove the adhesions and that pain was gone immediately. I've finally been able to find ways through diet (FODMAP elimination diet and a vegan diet) and exercise to manage my colitis, SIBO, and hiatal hernia. These problems are difficult to distinguish because they all cause pain and similar symptoms. There are good GI doctors out there who can help you diagnose your problems. I'm proof! Best of luck.

Comment from: Worried, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 17

I have been having upper abdominal pain off and on for years. I often feel a lump at the edge of my left rib cage. The pain is a constant ache. I can now see the lump when standing and it feels hard and lumpy. My doctor believes there is nothing nasty going on.

Comment from: Kelly's tummy hurts, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 07

I have had severe lower abdominal cramps for two days. I have bloating, and it is tender to touch; with several hours in duration. Cramping begins two inches above navel and goes down into pelvic region. Eating makes pain worse.

Comment from: GBton, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: January 24

I have abdominal pain when I lie on my sides, right or left. It stays until I sit or stand up and is very painful. It goes from my sternum down to my navel area and seems like my stomach is bloated. As I go to sit up the pain intensifies to extreme but pans off fast once seated. I did have a double heart bypass 10 weeks ago and still have the rib and chest pain associated with that but it is now minor. This has been going on for about five days and is only active when I lie down, which has affected my ability to sleep.

Comment from: Achy10, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 07

I have a very sharp pain around my right side abdominal area, below my waist. It is very sharp, almost burning like. Makes me wince and cry out because it happens suddenly. I have a bad back and take many medicines, but this doesn't feel like constipation pains, or like the pain I had when I had an ischemic colitis attack before. I am worried. I nearly died when that happened.

Comment from: Kofi, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: November 30

I am experiencing severe lower abdominal pains and need medication.

Comment from: manisha, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 10

I have a pain in the upper middle part of my stomach, usually a burning pain with the sharp shooting pain. I am bloated and my upper stomach is very painful.

Comment from: HEXA, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 28

I have pain in the right side of my lower belly.

Comment from: yaamus, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 06

I have pain in my belly just below my navel that eases as soon as I urinate or have a bowel movement and these are normal looking. I have no swelling and the pain in my stomach is most aggravated during the night time when the pain is considerably worse.

Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 22

I have had severe abdominal pain for about a year now. I have had CT scans x-rays and a colonoscopy and everything has been normal. But any time I eat I am in pain, bloating and bad gas. The doctors say nothing is wrong but I live in pain.

Comment from: jennifer h., 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 08

I have pain in upper stomach lasting for hours. It hurts even more after eating or drinking. The pain goes around to my back on right side. It has been going on for a week but got worse today. It gets so bad I cry. I have tried taking gas medicine but doesnt work. I can't take the pain anymore.

Comment from: cynan g., 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 23

I have had stomach pain for about 6 days now. The first 3 days pain was located at the upper part of my pelvic area and every 20 minutes I felt like urinating. I went to the doctor and took medicine for 3 days, but still the pain stays in my abdomen. I went to the doctor again and he has said it is the food I ate. I took medicine for 3 days again but, but I still feel the pain until now. The doctor did ultra sound and said there was no problem, just a little with my intestine.

Comment from: Cookiemedic, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 20

I have been having a strange abdominal pain/tingling/tightening anywhere from a couple a day to frequent attacks that last approximately 2 minutes or less. They are usually followed by a hot flash lasting the same amount of time. The pain severity seem to match the intensity of the 'power surge'. I have an aunt who died from pancreatic cancer, my mother from metastatic melanoma and her cousin also died from pancreatic cancer. Ultrasound found nothing. I am scheduled for a CT. When my breast revealed a lump (8 months ago), I stopped my Prempro and the pains started soon after. The lump has not grown and is monitored every 6 months.

Comment from: Barbara, 65-74 (Patient) Published: November 25

I have abdominal pain under the rib cage in right quadrant and now it goes to the left quadrant and around my back. I have had the gall bladder removed. I am taking a protonic and probiotics. I have been diagnosed with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) for some time but it has never been this bad. I have had CT scans of kidneys, liver, and pancreas. It was clear but I worry about cancer of the pancreas.

Comment from: Lakesuperior, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 21

I am experiencing upper stomach pain, with feeling of sudden chills, light headache, nausea, some vomiting, and a 'weird' feeling. It has happened three times. I had a severe case 6 years ago, and collapsed for 2 to 3 minutes while vomiting.

Comment from: E Alemu, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: July 14

There's a pinching feeling in my stomach, almost like a sharp scraping of the walls or like something is pinching the walls in, from inside my stomach. It happens a while after I eat, and I also feel it in my intestines sometimes as well.

Comment from: willy, Male (Patient) Published: June 17

I have abdominal pain on my lower left side. This pain moves all over my body, mostly on my muscle areas, arms, and legs. Some say it is stomach cancer caused by smoking. I have quit smoking and I'm not drinking any acid drink, not eating any sort of meat, salt, and fish oil, and many more but the pains are getting worse and my throat has sores.

Comment from: Maggie27, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 04

I have dreadful pain in the lower part of my tummy near my groin up to and around the side of my back on the right side. I have had my gall bladder out, and appendix. My womb was removed but I still have my ovaries. The pain is constant. I had lots of different medicines, but nothing takes the pain way. I cannot lay on my right side or walk more than a few steps without having to rest. The doctor said it could be adhesions. Ultra sound shows nothing.

Comment from: Mo, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 25

I have a pain in my abdomen that is right below my rib cage on my right side. The pain has been going on for about 3 days and I am concerned as to what it might be. I have had pancreatitis in the past and this does not feel like that and I have no appendix.

Comment from: lpieters, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 28

I have for the past week had lower abdomen pain (center and left side. My appendix was removed when I was 13) but beginning of this week I awoke to excruciating pain on the lower left side. I immediately though of ovary but after an hour or so it went away. Day after day I have had pain in the middle lower abdomen but mild and today I all of a sudden I have bad pain where I cannot sit or even lift up my leg to walk. I have always had a spastic colon which makes it more difficult for myself to know if it is something else or not. My urine is a very dark color yellow and foggy.

Comment from: farmgal, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: December 30

I have abdominal pain. It's not gas pain but it hurts like menstrual pain only the whole abdomen hurts. I've had CT scans, MRI, sonograms and X-rays and nobody can give me an answer. The pain wakes me up (when I finally get to sleep). It hurts whether I eat or not. It hurts continually, I take a tramadol twice a day but it doesn't help. I've been to at least 5 doctors, no one tries to help me out. I'm in pain right now, I'm depressed over it. I'm 77.

Comment from: Alice, 35-44 Female Published: October 02

I experienced the mild abdomen pain at around 3 inches left and around 2 inches down from the navel and I also got a frequent feeling of thirst and also observe a mild change of colour of my stool that is slightly brown, the colour is usually in the present in the starting stool. And from about six months I also got stress in my mind due to bad dreaming which I consider serious. The Doctor prescribed me 1)L-cin and 2)Dyoflux and he told me that I might have an infection in my upper GI.

Comment from: Phillipscristy, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: March 16

My abdominal pain is on the right side. It aches and I can't tell if it is the colon or ovaries.

Comment from: tammy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 20

I have had all my female parts removed, ovaries too but the doctor had to use a bladder sling. Now I am having server low stomach pain.

Comment from: sissy, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 22

I have abdominal pain in the center and low right side, and slight swelling on low right side with gas, constipation, nausea, also with heartburn and indigestion, especially when I lie down.

Comment from: paleryder44, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 14

I believe I have ischemic colitis. I have been to an emergency room (ER) four times and denied admission four times. I saw a gastroenterologist and he thought it might be bacterial infection but stool cultures are all negative. The general doctor thought it might be diverticula flare up but it was not seen on not contrast CT, though I presented with both kidney and abdominal pain in the ER. I have high sodium, high chloride, elevated bilirubin, elevated ALT, elevated CPR, and high white count. My symptoms are high white blood count 19.8, acidosis, low amylase on multiple blood tests, pain after eating, on left side of abdomen diffuse, not in one spot, significant under left lower rib cage, consistent fever of 99.4, weakness/dizziness, low blood pressure, kidney pain (left sided) and sudden swelling in left leg.

Comment from: rkiley, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: February 17

I have sharp pain in my lower and mid stomach. I did a lot of crunches 2 days ago.

Comment from: bing, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 27

After four days of my whooping cough, on the fifth day, every time I cough I experience a severe pain in my lower right part of my stomach.

Comment from: RAMA, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: October 09

I am feeling a light pain on the right side upper stomach. I am sleeping well, there is no problem. It is possibly arising after my lunch food. I have faced never such problem in my entire life.

Comment from: T Robertson, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 30

I have stabbing, piercing pain in the left side of my ovary. I have abdomen bloating, urinate all the time; the pain in abdomen is almost doubling me over.

Comment from: frozen, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 16

I am getting a lower pain on the right side of my stomach which moves to my right leg. Stomach feels nauseous.

Comment from: brinzy, 25-34 (Patient) Published: May 13

There"s a pinching feeling in my stomach, almost like a sharp scraping of the walls or like something is pinching the walls in, from inside my stomach. It happens a while after I eat, and I also feel it in my intestines sometimes as well.

Comment from: therese, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: May 09

I will mention that I have diverticulosis and I get constipated, and diarrhea which I just experienced. I have incontinence, diarrhea without notice, since then I have cramping dull pain in the pelvic abdomen, only when I walk. It has happened a few times.

Comment from: reneeo, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 04

I"m going through the exact abdominal pain right now and feel like I"m going to die! Mine's been going on now for 5 months. My pain is right at the base of my rib cage, right in the center. I don"t drink, eat spicy food, or eat anything that is acidic, but I do smoke.

Comment from: bruce, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: February 28

I have stomach pain every day. I have been to several doctors and none of them can find anything wrong. I have had all kinds of tests done. I have congestive heart failure and coronary artery disease too. It hurts when I walk and sometimes when I am sitting still, and it also wakes me up in my sleep.

Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 30

I have cramping from the upper to lower abdominals lasting a couple seconds then stopping every couple of minutes. I have bloating and am a bit nauseous also with the feeling of having to go to the bathroom but can't. I took Phazyme and Pepto-Bismol an hour ago but it is not working.

Comment from: Concerned, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 30

I have severe stomach pain cramps, scale 1-10 is a 10. I can't move. I force myself to get to the bathroom and just lay on the cold floor, then have a bowel movement, diarrhea and vomit. This will last at least an hour. In the morning I feel okay.

Comment from: worried mom, Female (Caregiver) Published: October 02

My 16-year-old son woke up a year ago with a stomachache and a headache and has had both, nonstop ever since. He has been to GIs, had two endoscopies, a colonoscopy, a brain MRI, a CT scan of his appendix, numerous blood panels and stool samples to check for parasites. The tests showed some inflammation in his stomach, as well as his ilium. He has been tested for allergies, which all came back normal. No medication has helped his stomach pain or headache. He wakes up and goes to sleep with the pain, which spikes throughout the day. The doctors don't know what is wrong and so they are slapping the IBS label on him, with which I totally disagree. A healthy boy just doesn't wake up one morning with a stomachache and headache that lasts (so far) for this long. Next month, I'm taking him to a new doctor. Hopefully, the doctor will be proactive and help my son get better.

Comment from: Mary, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 23

I have been having stomach pains right at my left breast down to my lower abdomen; I am a woman.

Comment from: ab, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: November 17

I have severe pain around the belly button area. Inside it is swelling with new skin.

Comment from: vince, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: January 20

The pain is constant cramping on the right side of abdomen. I have stomach and back pain.

Comment from: goodboy1111, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: February 24

I have pain n lower right stomach.

Comment from: bob, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: November 06

I have pain in the lower abdominal and pain over stomach area.

Comment from: P.T., 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: November 04

I have reoccurring pain in different areas of the stomach and abdomen. I'm also, suffering from nausea.

Comment from: jennifer, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 07

I have a dull constant pain in middle of my stomach. I also am having lots of gas. My stools are black and have mucus in the stools as well.

Comment from: anurag, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: September 09

I have right upper and lower abdominal pain 24 hours.

Comment from: Lisa, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 09

I am having severe abdominal pain and spasms along with diarrhea for the past two weeks.

Comment from: Elaine, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 25

I have been experiencing chronic abdominal pain across left to right under my breast line with a hot sweat.

Comment from: Brenda, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 26

I have a very sharp pain on the left side of my waist.

Comment from: mmabatho, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 11

I only experience the abdominal pain when I"m in bed, it's on the upper left side of my stomach.

Comment from: bob jan2325, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: February 04

I have had pain and nausea for many years.

Comment from: wayne, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: December 30

I have abdominal pain. I don't if it is food poison or I strained myself lifting something.

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