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Old 07-24-2006, 09:15 PM   #1
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Was it referred pain all along?!

For 3 months now, I've been dealing with some GI issues. At the on-set, my pain was in the lower left portion of my abdomen. I started having blood in my stool. After a month of getting the run-around, I finally got a referral to a GI specialist. That appointment, however, was not quick in coming. So, by the time I had that initial appointment and THEN awaited the referral for the colonoscopy, I had been dealing with the pain for over two months. The referral finally came through, but then I had to wait for the colonoscopy appointment. That day finally arrived last week. In the meantime, however (the time between initially seeing the GI and actually getting the scope), my pain sort of shifted to the upper left portion of my abdomen (to what I think is my stomach). I told the doctor this right before the scope, but he was just there to do the scope. I still felt (and feel) the pain in my lower abdomen, but it definitely seems clear to me now that the pain is originating in my stomach. The pain is sort of a dull gnawing feeling, and it is constant anymore (and getting more severe with time). The pain then reaches down to my lower abdomen on the left side in the form of cramping.

My colonoscopy rendered results that did not explain anything for me. I had one polyp in my ascending colon and some internal hemorrhoids. The doctor said the hemorrhoids explain the bleeding (although the blood is not bright red as per usual with hemorrhoids). The pain? Not explained at this point.

So, I'm wondering if it's possible that the pain was in my stomach the whole time and was just being referred below...? Also, anybody know what my symptoms might point to? What is the next test I should ask for?

Thanks for any and all information! I appreciate the help!
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Old 08-03-2006, 09:00 AM   #2
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Re: Was it referred pain all along?!

you should get an endoscopy to have a look at your stomach.

 
Old 08-03-2006, 04:56 PM   #3
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Re: Was it referred pain all along?!

I would have your Spleen checked the spleen is located on the left side of the abdomen and weighs around 200g in the average healthy adult. The spleen can be considered as two organs in one; it filters the blood and removes abnormal cells (such as old and defective red blood cells), and it makes disease-fighting components of the immune system (including antibodies and lymphocytes). Since the spleen is involved in so many bodily functions, it is vulnerable to a wide range of disorders. However, the human body adapts well to life without this organ, so surgically removing a diseased or damaged spleen is possible without causing any serious harm to the patient. Also have your kidneys looked at for Kidney stones. I know that sounds odd for where the pain is, but I had that problem once.....It was a stone

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