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Abdominal/sternum pain

Posted by Anonymous-f63094e4 in Digestive Health, Sep 12, 2013

Hi! I have severe stomach problems. It all began in November of last year. I was eventually diagnosed with a bad gall bladder, and I had it removed in January. I now have constant pain under my sternum, and it is very tender. It really doesn't seem to matter what I eat, it just hurts all the time. On a scale of 1-10, it is on average a 7. I have gotten so used to it that I can tolerate a 7. I am at home right now because it is probably a 9, and I am missing school. I am so sick of this. I used to go right from basketball practice to soccer conditioning and be fine. Now I can't run at all. This sucks. I have had every test you can think of. I believe it is not digestive, but I don't know what to think. Here's what I don't have.
1. Acid reflux
2. Gastritis
3. IBS
4. Crohns
6. Gallstone
7. Auto immune disorders
8. Leukemia
9. Cancer
10. I'm not pregnant
11. Pancreatitis
12. Celiac
13. Lactose intolerance
Despite being told by many doctors, THIS IS NOT ALL IN MY HEAD!
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!:)
Also, I have an appointment for the Mayo Clinic at the end of October.

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Posted by @help, Oct 11, 2013

I know how you feel I have been going through the same exact thing please let me know what they say.


Posted by @mnemon, Oct 11, 2013

I had laparoscopic stomach surgery in 2008 and had a sharp lingering pain just below my lower left ribcage that bothered me for some months afterward. Eventually it went away by itself so I guess it was just a case of taking a long time to heal. At the time I was imagining that they might have forgotten to remove a sponge or something during the surgery but, happily, that wasn't the case. Otherwise, I am very suspicious of gallbladder diagnoses, since I once had an erroneous one myself. All the doctors I talked to were advising me to have surgery but, being a cheapskate, I elected to do a purge that I found on the internet instead, the results of which were that no gallstones any bigger than a small pea appeared - proving that there was nothing wrong with my gallbladder in the first place!. Well, time passed and the original symptom I had first gone in for - recurring pain under my right ribcage - was getting worse. Then one day I started coughing up blood and rushed myself to the ER where, after some hours of tests, I was finally diagnosed with pneumonia! Once I got antibiotics for that, the pain went away withing a few days and never returned. I guess I lived with pneumonia for about three months overall before that.

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