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Old 05-23-2006, 09:45 PM   #1
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Diverticulosis or Gall Bladder...?

I'm extremely frustrated. Here's my story: I've been having lower left abdominal pain for about a month now. I have no uterus and no ovaries etc; all were removed 10 years ago. For the past 10 years, I've had really no issues -- until a month ago. I suddenly started having cramping throughout my abdomen, mainly on the left side, and the lower left started hurting constantly. The pain started radiating up to my chest and around my back. I went to Urgent Care a little over a week ago. As soon as I mentioned that pain was radiating to my chest, the doctor refused to see me and said that I needed to go straight over to the Emergency Room -- that it sounded like I had an ishium (sp). I asked her how abdominal pain would correspond to a heart-related issue; she said something about the heart resting on something or other that would in fact affect the abdomen. Ok, she kind of scared me. So, I went to the Emergency Room. They did an EKG and a few X-rays. They also drew blood and took urine. Everything, according to the doctor, was normal, and there was nothing of "an emergent nature", so he released me and told me to see my primary doctor. Now, I want to point out that the doctor there at ER did press on my abdomen; when he pressed on "the spot", I came off the table and let him know it hurt real bad. He still saw nothing that was worthy of an ER visit. Anyway, I made an appointment with my primary doctor; that appointment was a week ago. He completely blew me off! He reminded himself from my chart that I have no female organs and told me, decidedly, that the only thing I have is intestine, so it must be IBS. Aaarrrrrgh!!!! I told him I have no constipation and none of the other stuff, but he said it's all it could be. "If", he said, "it still hurts in a week, call my office and we'll set you up with a GI specialist". Cool. That's all I needed. Wait a week? No. I called the next day and got a referral for a CONSULTATION only, which will be with the PA. Whatever. I called for the appointment, and they can't see me for another two weeks! I cried. After that, I went back to Urgent Care and was careful to say nothing of chest pain. I do want to point out, though, that this pain awoke me for the first time last night. Until then, the pain had not really bothered me at night. Additionally, I had blood (not bright red, but not black either) in my stool this morning. So, while at Urgent Care this evening, I mentioned these things and told of my pain and loss of appetite etc. The doctor said he narrows it down to Diverticulosis or Gall Bladder Disease. He also mentioned Lyomas as a possibility (although he said this was doubtful. I can find nothing about what this even is). What do you think? Diverticulosis or Gall Bladder? Anyone here ever dealt with either? Thanks for letting me vent; I appreciate it! Any help/suggestions would be appreciated too! BTW, the doctor from this evening gave me an order to have some blood work done. He also prescribed some antibiotics to guard against infection in case it is diverticulosis gone diverticulitis.

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Old 05-23-2006, 11:11 PM   #2
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Re: Diverticulosis or Gall Bladder...?

Exactly where was the spot that Doc pushed on your abdomen -- that caused pain for you to almost come off the table? On the left --lower than your naval.

Diverticular pockets bleed as well as get infected and are usually located in the sigmoid colon on the left side. I have had 2 1/2 feet of my colon removed because of chronic diverticular bleeding -- 4 years ago. But, I never had any pain with the bleeding.

The Doctor was referring to the lymph nodes found in the abdomen, chest, groin, neck, under arms-- all along the lymphatic system-- much like your blood sysyem. The Intestines, skin, and stomach all contain lymphatic tissure. Lymph is a colorless fluid that contains Lymphocytes (T cells -thymus gland, B cells -bone marrow and NK cells natural killers) that fight infection-- responsible for development of specific immunity in your body!!

Colon pain can certainly radiate-- it is 5 to 6 feet long-- from your right side where your appendix is located up and across and down to your rectum that is about 8 inches long to your anus.

Having female organs removed long ago could have produced adhesions and pain over time but not blood in your stool. Another possibility is 2 Irriitable Bowel Diseases--- Ulcerated Colitis and Crohn's.--- both very bad and both produce bloody stools.

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Re: Diverticulosis or Gall Bladder...?

I do have a friend who has diverticulitis when he was diagnoised he was so blocked he was in the hospital for days from what he said it was so bad he didnt have a bowel movement for 10 days because of a blockage. now he cant eat anything with seeds not even strawberries no corn lots of things he cant have. when his flares up he usually goes on a liquid diet for a few days. try a liquid diet and see if that helps you.
hope you feel better

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Re: Diverticulosis or Gall Bladder...?

Gallbladder pain is generally upper right, under the ribcage so I wouldn't think it's that.
The other posters' ideas are good. Good luck!

Old 05-24-2006, 06:11 AM   #5
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Re: Diverticulosis or Gall Bladder...?

Yes, Harry, you're exactly right about the spot that hurts. Thanks to you all for the feedback. Any additional is welcome!

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