First off, a little bit about me; I'm **REMOVED** male, and in very good shape. However, on November 27th, 2007 I had my appendix removed laparoscopically. The normal several week recovery period went smoothly, but about a month after the operation, when I'd been off of pain meds entirely for about a week, some pain came back. I've been having daily pain since then.
I first saw my doctor in early January; the pain did (and still does) get worse on an empty stomach, but it doesn't feel like the pain itself is getting worse, it feels more like it's getting amplified by my hunger, if that makes sense. Anyway, she suspected gastritis after a negative X-ray even though it hurts down lower, around my bellybutton, and gave me a 4-week antacid treatment despite my telling her that the pain wasn't in the right spot. The antacid treatment brought no relief, really.
We went back after the treatment ended, telling her it brought no relief and my symptoms were the same. She scheduled a catscan; after suffering through the barium milkshakes, we got the results back a few days later, and my doctor said that she saw nothing abnormal except a large amount of stool built up. I told her I wasn't constipated, but again, she gave me another treatment possibility. I began to drink twice daily powder mixes that my dad told me helped cultivate good bacteria in your intestines and "flushed out my system" with Milk of Magnesia twice. When we again returned to the doctor saying it hadn't helped, she scheduled an ultrasound. This, again, showed no evident problems.
Since then, I've only seen her once to get a blood test, about a month ago, which we never got the results of; we assumed they were inconclusive as well.
I'm really quite uncomfortable and miserable, and my parents are aware, although at this point they really don't even bat an eye anymore, and I can't really blame them. I just don't know what to think; my doctor suggested it could be stress-related but that doesn't make sense to me; I'm never really sad or depressed, I have a great stress-free life, and I really don't believe that.
I was just wondering if anyone knew of anything like this, had any questions to maybe help me try to figure something out, or could suggest a next step.
Oh, by the way: The pain sometimes radiates towards my back or up towards my ribs, and it hurts to press on my stomach. I have to press harder than I did when I had appendicitis in November to amplify the pain, but it definitely responds to pressure, which my doctor said that it only hurt because I was pushing too hard. I have, however, talked with my friends and family and they've all said that they can push as hard as they can on their stomachs without feeling any pain at all, and I refuse to believe that I'm simply "pressing too hard"
Thanks for any help or suggestions in advance.
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nerve entrapment is a possibility, but at the point of the umbiliacus(belly button), you've reached the terminal branches of the lateral cutaneous nerves that innervate the abdomen, so if it's superficial entrapment at the site of the trocar entrance by your umbiliacus you PCP coud consider sending you to a pain specialist for a superficial lido injection
alternatively, that pain could be related to inflammation in your abdomen leading to fibrosis/scar tissue formation, its a hard diagnosis to make, as it requires a "relook" into your belly
anyways, your best bet would likely be seeing the surgeon who completed your procedure
Last night when I went to the bed, I couldn't fall asleep laying on my stomach, like I've been able to do even after the surgery, because of the pain. It also felt worse in the morning than it has in a while. Is this a sign of anything at all, and is there a way to check for any nerve damage or scar tissue?
Also, my mom is sold on the possibility that I have adhesions. However, I've read that they cause constipation and often don't cause pain, and the pain from pressing on my stomach doesn't match up with this. What do you guys think?
Sorry to sort of resurrect a fading topic, but my dad recently booked an appointment with a different doctor; his title has slipped my mind but he told me that this doctor is a specialist.
Anyway, lately it's been hurting more when I exercise and for the past few days I've noticed that my stools have been greener; more-so than I've seen them in the past. I'm not sure if the stool has anything to do with the pain, but I was just curious.
This isn't a sympathy post, but I was wondering:
- Do adhesions cause an increase in pain overtime? The last week has been worse than usual.
- Is a change in stool color indicative of anything else?
- Does anyone have any other ideas that may be worth looking into when I see the doctor later in June?
Well when my dad got home today we talked about the specialist he talked with. He's a surgeon; apparently I'm, in his words: "Getting opened up and fixed."
It seems that without a clear diagnosis my parents have agreed that it must be adhesions. Right now we're not sure on what the procedure will be or what it's goal will be; (I think there's a term for a small-scale exploratory kind of thing) but I'm glad nonetheless that we're finally taking some sort of action.
We haven't confirmed an appointment yet, and we aren't sure when it'll be, but I'm anxious. I want it to turn out okay, but then again we still aren't sure there's anything actually wrong with me; my primary care doctor, although she denies it, thinks that it's just stress. (She's a terrible liar.)
Well, I'm sort of apprehensive about it, and I'll bring up those things to the next doctor I see.
I am sorry for the pain you are going thru...I hope you get it all worked out
I had a laparoscopy today and was told that I had adhesions on my colon. I have had NO symptoms except lower abdominal pain for the last 9 months. I kept thinking the pain would go away, but it hasn't. First I was told by an ignorant Nurse Practitioner that it was just ovarian cysts occuring over and over agin, then I (knowing she wasn't really trying to listen and help), went to a Primary Care Physician (got a CT Scan- showed up "normal"), then I went to my gyno (got an ultrasound- again "Normal", and finally got the lap done today-which is the only thing that could really diagnose Adhesions!).
I have never had any surgery prior to today, but have read that surgery can cause this. I also believe that this could've been stress related (in my case). It all started when I had a a few big changes in my life.
I am very happy now, yet the pain (and adhesions) are still there. I don't know if this helps, but at least youknow there are other people out there going thru the same stuff.
Good luck with everything! Please keep us posted ")
Perhaps it is time to find another doctor who will be more helpful in getting to the root of your problem. What about a colonoscopy to follow up the build up of stool issue ? A pain around the belly could definitely be from something in your sigmoid colon (the lower third of the colon). Surgical adhesions are also a possibility (perhaps from your prior surgery) or even gall bladder issues (the gall bladder is a reservoir for bile which is used to digest food).
I think that you need to find another doctor who will be not only more sympathetic to your problem but who will also do further research in order to find the root of your discomfort. Since you are more familiar with your body than anyone else, then you are the best person to say if something doesn't quite feel normal.
I hope you find the root of your trouble soon. All the best.
Sorry to resurrect a fading thread, but I wanted a final opinion before I tell my parents what seems to be hitting the nail on the head.
Since late July, in the early morning for 1-3 hours after waking, I experience severe pain under my left shoulder blade on many mornings. Not all, but many.
I also have been experiencing upper-abdominal nausea and the continued dispersed lower abdominal pain, which is sensitive to pressure when hurting as usual.
Finally, my stools seem strange; they often seem to be greasy and off-color, as well as smelling bad (Which I guess is normal, maybe I'm just paranoid.) Also, this is kind of embarassing, but I often go to go to the bathroom and discover small stains in my boxers, despite having no real pressure or need to go.
Anyway, today (which wasn't even that bad compared to other days in the general scheme of things) I was doing some reading on different causes of abdominal pain and stumbled onto Pancreatitis again. I'd previously shrugged it off as not matching my symptoms, but upon closer look I found that, according to another website, I had the 3 most major symptoms; Recurrent abdominal pain, Pain on the left side under the shoulder blade, and steatorrhea (stool issues)
It seems like I've finally found something to bring to a doctor, but I wanted to ask people here:
Does pain like this, despite matching the criteria, sound like Chronic Pancreatitis if it isn't always present, it's on and off? Do these symptoms sound like anything else? I want to try to get my dad to take me to see a doctor that'll listen to me when I suggest Pancreatitis or adhesions, but the last thing I want is to discover that there really is nothing wrong with me, it's all in my head, or it's just stress etc, etc.
Thanks for the replies, it's nice to have such knowledgeable people to talk to without waiting for 2 months.
Still no answers... past few days have been really bad and I'm finding myself fatigued and antisocial, not to mention depressed. My parents don't even notice and when I try to get my dad to call the doctor he says "Yeah I will," and then when I ask later he just says "I haven't gotten around to it yet." I feel weird even talking about it and I want to tear my hair out I'm so frustrated. In a month and a half I will hit the year mark and if I don't get some sort of answer by then I think I'm going to lose it.
Sorry to complain, I was just really hoping someone could look this over and offer any new suggestions, or even reinforce old ones. I feel like I'm at the rope's end and I'm afraid of finding out it's something really bad if I put off a doctor's visit much longer; at the same time, I really think most of these doctors will just brush off what I say. Really conflicted.