Chronic Left Side Pain
Hello. I am a 27 year old male in fairly good health. I have worked at the same job for the past five years now. The problem that I am having is a constant pain in my left side. It never goes away Ė the pain just fluctuates from a deep hurt to a constant ache. I have been experiencing this pain for two and a half years now. I have had what seems to be every test under the sun performed on me such as ultra sounds, exploratory surgery, MRIís, cat scans, a colonoscopy, several blood tests, and X-rays. On several occasions I have been checked for kidney stones. I have had kidney stones twice in the past, but it has never been linked to this particular pain. I have gone through several pain blocking attempts and have had no success with those either. About three years ago I had my appendix removed and then several months later this pain started. That is the only thing that I can think of that could be a remote possibility to have started this whole thing, even though they are on opposite sides of my body. When the pain first started, it was maybe once per week Ė now it is maybe once per week where I feel almost normal. I have even tried a tens unit, acupuncture, and heat treatment. I take pain medication daily for this which I want to stop doing, but canít at this point due the severity of the pain. The side effects are unbearable at times. I am at a complete loss as are all of my doctors and specialists. Do you have any suggestions as to what steps I could take next? Thank you.