Some Abdominal Pain (Trapped Gas?)
I'm a 22 year old, male in Ontario, Canada and recently I have been having some abdominal pain/discomfort that is worrying me. I am not in terribly good shape, as I'm about 5'11" and weigh around 230 or so.. (i was 270, but lost about 50 pounds last summer, but gained the "freshman 15" again when i got back to school, but plan to lose another 40 or so this summer)...
The pain is on my right side, sort of under the ribs, although it has been occurred a little lower as well. It is present most of the time, but can be alleviated while walking or moving. It is most prevalent while sitting for long periods. As a student I spend a great deal of time sitting in class and doing homework, and am not a terribly active person during the school year. This pain has been around for 3-4 weeks.
I have seen two doctors about this, the first one at the hospital emergency room, about 3 weeks ago said nothing felt unusual and it was likely a stomach flu, as there had been a very high number of them in the area recently. The pain somewhat subsided (and my anxiety was alleviated a great deal) within the week, but was never quite gone all the way.
A week later, I had wisdom teeth removed (last tuesday, march 13th), and was on Tylenol #3 and am still on Penicillin for them so they don't get infected. With the Tylenol's I found I was terribly constipated. I wasn't able to eat a whole lot for the week, so I was drinking lots of milk and instant breakfast shakes (the just add milk kind), which is abnormal for me, as I don't drink a great deal of milk normally. Also during this week, my fiber intake, and excercise were minimal as I was trying to recover from my wisdom teeth surgery.
On monday evening (the 19th), i went to the walk-in clinic to see a doctor since I hadn't had a bowel movement in 4 days and was terribly concerned, as well as the pain had returned in full force. He did a urine test and found nothing abnormal as well as nothing unusual by touch. He said it was likely the codeine causing constipation in the tylenol and to switch to regular advil for pain and to try some milk of magnesia for relief. I tried the milk of magnesia and had diarrhea the next day, and have since had a more regular bowel movement, but the discomfort persists.
It is now two days later and the discomfort is still present, and I am getting a little anxious again. I don't have a problem seeing doctors (especially living in Canada, where there is universal health care and it isn't costing me anything but my time), but I don't have a family doctor in the town I'm attending school. My school term ends in about a month and I have an appointment to see my family doctor at the beginning of may, and I also have a colonoscopy scheduled (as there is cancer in the family and my mom would like me to get one done every couple of years, which I have no problem with since my health is very important to me), and I am sort of nervous leaving it for a month.
I have never been a person to experience as much discomfort as I have. I am usually only sick once or twice a year, never broken anything, never had surgery before the wisdom teeth, or anything like that. This experience is turning me into a bit of a hypochondriac, as I'm not used to feeling ill, and everytime something isn't right I'm feeling anxiety.
I'm wondering if these symptoms have been experienced by others, and if there are other very serious implications I should consider. Two doctors have told me I'm fine, but I'm still nervous about the whole thing.
I apologize for this being so long, but I hope it is thorough. I don't mind fielding questions if I left some important details.
Thanks for your time,
Last edited by GregM10; 03-21-2007 at 12:04 PM.