Multiple abdominal issues: Should I get an earlier appointment?

Posted by abbypee @abbypee, Oct 30, 2021

Hello!

I recently did an upper abdominal USS which was prescribed by the surgeon I am currently seeing for gallstones. In addition to multple gallstones, the findings also included a 9.5cm x 6.1cm x 7.6cm (volume – 228cc) avascular, tender cystic mass in the left upper quadrant between the spleen and the left kidney.

I cannot lay down on my left side as it causes pain. Most of the food (if not all) that I consume results in nausea, sometimes severe. I also get a throbbing pain in the area semi-frequently. Sometimes, I also hear loud noises coming from my stomach after eating.

My diet consists of fruits, veggies, white meat, fish, whole wheat/whole grain bread, rice (maybe one every 2 to 3 weeks – not a rice lover), pasta (at least once a fortnight), fresh salads, peas, beans, nuts, eggs, very little cheese, milk, water. I am also currently on a no-salt, no-sugar diet.

Even though my surgeon wanted the abdominal ultrasound done, I received a call the day before my clinic appointment stating that my appointment had been changed to April 2022. Needless to say, he never looked at the results of the ultrasound. I just wanted to find out if this is something I should be concerned about to get immediate medical attention to or can I hold out until April next year?

Thank you.

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Hi @abbypee, welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect, a community of patients sharing health experiences, information and tips. We're not medical professionals here, so we can't provide diagnoses, but we can help you know what questions to ask. I think you need to ask more questions of your surgeon and clinic. They are the ones that can best inform you if your situation requires immediate attention or can wait until April. Personally, April sounds like a long time to wait if you are in pain. If you're not confident that the results of your ultrasound were not examined, call for a consult.

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Hi @abbypee, I would like to add my welcome to Connect along with @colleenyoung. I thought you might find the following page helpful for planning your conversation and asking more questions of your surgeon. Tools for the Visit: https://patientrevolution.org/visit-tools

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@colleenyoung

Hi @abbypee, welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect, a community of patients sharing health experiences, information and tips. We're not medical professionals here, so we can't provide diagnoses, but we can help you know what questions to ask. I think you need to ask more questions of your surgeon and clinic. They are the ones that can best inform you if your situation requires immediate attention or can wait until April. Personally, April sounds like a long time to wait if you are in pain. If you're not confident that the results of your ultrasound were not examined, call for a consult.

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@colleenyoung Thank you for your response.

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@johnbishop

Hi @abbypee, I would like to add my welcome to Connect along with @colleenyoung. I thought you might find the following page helpful for planning your conversation and asking more questions of your surgeon. Tools for the Visit: https://patientrevolution.org/visit-tools

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@johnbishop I will certainly check it out.

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