Chronic Abdominal Pain

Posted by lz5b00 @lz5b00, Mar 21, 2012

I have had acute abdominal pain since April 2011 and it has escalated over the months.. The pain begins early morning, remains unrelenting and escalates throughout the day. It is sharp at times and gnawing most of the time. It radiates down from my sternum and to the lower left of my abdomen. My family doctor nor GI specialists cannot find the cause. I have had CT scans, ultrasound, video capsule endoscopy, colonoscopy, blood tests, push endoscope, H pylori tests, ova stool test for parasites and MRI, to name a few. EVERY test result has been returned as “unremarkable”–no cause found. I am currently taking Paxil 25mg, Nexium and Oxycodein for the pain. Nothing has helped me determine the source of this pain. I am reaching out to this community to see is anyone has a similar experience.

I have chronic pain in my left ribs and chest. I have been tested for heart problems, lung problems, kidney problem. All normal.it feels like a deep pain also. I’m thinking spleen, costochondritis. I have constant congestion and can’t take a deep breath without hurting. The doctor gave me an inhaler which may help a little, but today the pain was really bad. My life hasn’t been normal in eight months.

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@dannyblues99

dannyblues99

You wrote on lz5b00’s profile.

I’m also suffering my chronic Upper Left Abdominal under the ribs for more then 8 months I feel like pain is deep inside under the ribs. When it get worse it goes to the back. The pain is dull continuous and it’s intensity varies with time and day. My pain is not affected by food or bowel movement. Pain started in October 2012. Pain starts in the morning and remains all the day. It’s gnawing pain. I feel like pain is deep inside the lower left rib. I have gone through battery of tests:
Abdominal Ultrasound, CT(MDCT)with contrast, MRI/MRCP with and without contrast, CT Entrography with and without contrast, 2 Colonoscopies, 3 Upper Endoscopy, 2 Gastric Emptying test, Capsule Endoscopy, Chest Xrays, Hydrogen breath test,Stool test, Numerous Blood test.
Only findings till now were: mild chronic gastritis, infected with hpylori, giardia, fatty liver, sub-clinical hypothyroid and pancreas divisum.
My GI has no answer for the pain. I don’t know how and where to reach out for help. Pain has crippled my day today life.

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I too, can completely relate to you. I have been experiencing sharp, intense rib pain, and sometimes in my chest, for a year and a half now. Test, after test, appointment after appointment, there are still no answers… I was even told if I wanted to have a “long chat” with someone, like it’s gotten to the point, I am giving up now, and it does affect everyday life, knowing it’s always there! I hope you all get the answers you need, I am hoping some day I will too!!!

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Does is feel like it’s muscular in nature or is the pain originating from inside your stomach, intestines or other organs?

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@wtg4heaven

I was diagnosed with Gastroparesis in Feb. I have had constant unrelenting pain for a year and a 40 pound weight loss. The doctors are at a loss. They say it is likely neurological and the Gastroparesis a result. The pain is totally unmanageable. What do any of you suggest? The doctors are reluctant to order narcotics. What has worked? Has anyone found that their chronic abdominal pain radiating to the back was related to something else in spite of the failed gastric emptying? I need help before I totally waste away. I had a chest ct and a thoracic MRI (negative). Where they wrong is what I wonder? But how do you get someone to look again?

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For you and many of these other commenters….if you can see a neurologist ask them about abdominal migraines…rare in adults but I have very similar symptoms compared to you all such as unrelenting pain and vomitting etc…and this is what was deduced….

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@stillsearching

I had similar symptoms years ago and it turned out that my pancreatic duct was bent which did not allow the pancreatic juices to flow. It took me years to discover this. I had all of those tests too and they came back normal until I had an ERCP with a fantastic gastro wizard at UCSF (San Francisco) Keep track if the pain gets worse after eating (when the pancreas starts to work). Mine hurt more in the morning also because laying flat (sleeping) took the pressure off of the duct then ramped up the rest of the day I hope this helps. I’m on a new journey for chronic pancreatitis that has taken over my life. I’m thinking of going to Mayo clinic for some help to get some (or any) life back. I wish you a positive outcome. Don’t give up

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Have you looked up SMA syndrome it was featured on mystery diagnosis and it
Deals with a artery that affects lower bowel.
Look up, my thoughts and prayers are with you!

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@stillsearching

I had similar symptoms years ago and it turned out that my pancreatic duct was bent which did not allow the pancreatic juices to flow. It took me years to discover this. I had all of those tests too and they came back normal until I had an ERCP with a fantastic gastro wizard at UCSF (San Francisco) Keep track if the pain gets worse after eating (when the pancreas starts to work). Mine hurt more in the morning also because laying flat (sleeping) took the pressure off of the duct then ramped up the rest of the day I hope this helps. I’m on a new journey for chronic pancreatitis that has taken over my life. I’m thinking of going to Mayo clinic for some help to get some (or any) life back. I wish you a positive outcome. Don’t give up

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Have you looked up SMA syndrome it was featured on mystery diagnosis and it
Deals with a artery that affects lower bowel.
Look it up, my thoughts and prayers are with you!
Sorry posted originally above but meant for bumblebee. It’s
Super rare and overlooked a lot.

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@dannyblues99

dannyblues99

You wrote on lz5b00’s profile.

I’m also suffering my chronic Upper Left Abdominal under the ribs for more then 8 months I feel like pain is deep inside under the ribs. When it get worse it goes to the back. The pain is dull continuous and it’s intensity varies with time and day. My pain is not affected by food or bowel movement. Pain started in October 2012. Pain starts in the morning and remains all the day. It’s gnawing pain. I feel like pain is deep inside the lower left rib. I have gone through battery of tests:
Abdominal Ultrasound, CT(MDCT)with contrast, MRI/MRCP with and without contrast, CT Entrography with and without contrast, 2 Colonoscopies, 3 Upper Endoscopy, 2 Gastric Emptying test, Capsule Endoscopy, Chest Xrays, Hydrogen breath test,Stool test, Numerous Blood test.
Only findings till now were: mild chronic gastritis, infected with hpylori, giardia, fatty liver, sub-clinical hypothyroid and pancreas divisum.
My GI has no answer for the pain. I don’t know how and where to reach out for help. Pain has crippled my day today life.

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Hello lz5b00:
How are you doing ? Any luck with diagnosis ? Wishing you pain free life.
Take care

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Did you ever get a diagnosis @lz5b00 or isolate a cause? I am having the same symptoms and experience at the moment.

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@blueskyday

Did you ever get a diagnosis @lz5b00 or isolate a cause? I am having the same symptoms and experience at the moment.

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Hello @blueskyday and welcome to Mayo Connect. I see that this is your first post. I am sorry to hear of your abdominal pain – I’m sure you must be very uncomfortable. I appreciate your reaching out to @lz5b00 to see if her symptoms were ever diagnosed. Here at Mayo Connect, we are all patients, like yourself, and while we can’t make diagnoses, we can share our experiences. In that context, please share with us as you are comfortable doing so, a little more information: how long have you had this discomfort? Is the level of pain the same or are there times when it gets worse?

We look forward to getting to know you and supporting and encouraging you as you seek answers for your health concerns.

Teresa

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@blueskyday

Did you ever get a diagnosis @lz5b00 or isolate a cause? I am having the same symptoms and experience at the moment.

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Hi All,
I wrote previously under chronic pain and endocrinology. I started with sharp LUQ (under the ribs and sternum) pain November 2012. Acute onset and been there for 5.2 years now.

Very similar story. Test after test ‘unremarkable’. Passed from one specialist to the next and so on. Too many dx in my records to write, but no definitive diagnosis.

There just has to be something to this. Too many of us suffering. I keep researching hoping to find that one MD or research lab that has noticed this trend.

Is there some way we can all work together to draw more attention to this crazy abdominal pain alien? (I call him ‘Al’.)

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@blueskyday

Did you ever get a diagnosis @lz5b00 or isolate a cause? I am having the same symptoms and experience at the moment.

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I have this stomach pain constantly. Nothing helps it. I’ve had ulcers colon polyps Barrett’s esophagus diagnosed. Only thing healed was ulcers but pain is with me constantly I definitely sympathize with you.

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I’d like to invite, @smiles444 @edda @lucie2 and @sousou to join this discussion as well; I’m certain they have much insight to share.

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