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HELP constant lower left abdominal pain for 2 months!

What can be wrong with me?

I am a 35 year old female. For the past 2 months I have had constant lower left abdominal pain all day long - some moments severe. It is interfering with my daily life. (Not to mention a whole year of stabbing headaches on the left side of my head)

I have no my appetite yet can make myself eat something, have nausea, lack of energy, and trouble sleeping. I have not slept a solid night since this began. My abdomen is tender to touch and seems to hurt worst when lying down or moving around though sitting can become very uncomfortable as well. When it's severe, pain sometimes radiates to back and/or left leg.  I have also lost 15 -20 pounds though don't mind that so much. I have been to numerous doctors (family doctor which originally thought diverticulitis, ER,  gastroenterologist, gynecologist, urologist.) The ER was on 3 different occasions though all related visit 1 for pain, visit 2 pain and dehydration from inability to eat/drink, visit 3 pain and impaction (probably from dehydration). Additionally, abnormal bleeding has been occurring.

Multiple tests have been run - all coming back good. Urologists is thinking I may need to see a general surgeon to have exploratory laparascopy or laparotomy (sp?). What does this entail and what could be causing my problem?

Ultrasound of gall bladder - clear
Lower CT with and without contrast - some gastreoitis noted
Colonoscopy - clear
Endoscopy - clear
Blood count - white blood count was up initially, not sure what it is now
Urine - blood in urine for the past 2 weeks
Barium Swallow - clear
Repeat of CT with and without contrast - clear of stones, kidney cyst was noted but not concerning for doctor
Cysto with RPG - normal, left stent in left kidney for 2 days just in case it would help

Meds I'm currently taking:
Linzess one each morning
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I suggest a endoscopy by a reputable gastroenterologist. This may be a gall bladder issue or a case of appendicitis. This is only a differential diagnosis. You should always seek the advice of your primary care physician. Being seen at a "teaching hospital" can be beneficial, as it would be linked to a medical school. As such, they would have access to the latest technology and information, not to mention, no shortage of physicians who can collaborate to come up with an answer and possible treatment options.

Remember, you're always entitled to a second opinion. You also have the right to see who you choose and hospital cannot deny you help regardless of your ability to pay. Best of luck, let me know if I can be of any further help.

J.J. Whipple
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maybe it is appendix acting up  mine did several times before they ruptured
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Isn't ur appendix on the right?!  
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I have had the endoscopy which was considered normal. I have questioned by gall bladder and appendix, but was told that ct was normal and they would not cause pain/discomfort on the left side of my abdomen.

I have been referred to a general surgeon for a diagnostic laparoscopy. Unfortunately, the earliest that I can get in to see him is another month away and I'm not sure if I can deal with the pain,nausea, lack of energy (prob from lack of food and sleep), for another month. I have tried having the apt moved closer with no luck. I have been in tears twice this week and dryheaving from being so bloated and nauseous.  My husband and dad are ready to pack me up and take me to a university hospital about an hour away. I am ready to go, but am not sure that it will be a worthwhile trip. Being that I am already under doctors' care and nothing has changed, what else will they do? Do you think it's worthwhile or will it be another wasted trip just to say keep following up with my doctors?
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BTW the pain is nagging all day everyday - but at times gets severe enough to bring me to tears. The nausea and bloated feeling is every time I eat anything more than jello. I would be content to NOT eat at all, as I'm not hungry, however, I am having to make myself eat a little something to keep my kids and family off my back and to keep some energy.
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Gastroparesis was my diagnosis.
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