I'm a 34 year old male with a desk job and a bit of a weight problem (6'2"/300lbs). I've been taking Prilosec OTC daily since October 2005 on the advice of my GP, who wasn't sure I needed anything prescription-strength to address my esophageal spasms and frequent heartburn. Thus far, Prilosec OTC has addressed those two things.
Over the past 6 months, I've had occasional (1-2 times per week), fleeting mild pain in my lower left abdomen, that usually lasts for a few seconds and then dissipates...almost like a muscle cramp, but inside of me. I had hemerhoids, but was able to "cure" them via improved diet (less fat, more fiber, more water), which caused less need for straining and softer BM's.
Now, 7-10 days ago, I began having what I can only describe as discomfort on the right side of my abdomen a few times per day, becoming more frequent. My fear initially was that I was developing appendicitis, as I was having some mild, but not constant pain in the lower right quadrant...and it still may well be that, but it's continued for this long; doesn't that usually progress more rapidly than over nearly 2 weeks?
From there it progressed to occasional discomfort (or very, very mild pain) right around where the pancreas, gall bladder and liver sit...between my ribs and midsection (parallel with my navel, on the side). Also, some aching in the lower back, approximately where the right kidney would be.
I have taken no pain meds...the discomfort/pain hasn't been constant, just noticable a couple times per hour, sometimes far less frequent. I haven't lost my appetite or become tired. Don't have a fever. Just the frequent discomfort that seems to rotate amongst lower left abdomen, lower right abdomen (more often) and upper right abdomen. Yesterday, I didn't eat any solids and the discomfort has slightly subsided today, but it's still there. Still not eating solids today, thought my appetite is certainly there despite a gallon of water.
My mother has had IBS ("cured" with medication...very mild case) and several colon polyps removed since she turned 40 (she's now 55).
Probably will go to the doctor on Tuesday, just curious to see if others have had similar experiences.