I have had a dull pain in the upper left quadrant of my adbnominal area, which turns into a sharp pain when I breath in, especially deep breaths. Started Friday afternoon with a series of vommitting. The pain continued through the night but wasn't as bad the next day. Saturday evening, the pain returned and was worst.
I have gone to urgent care. The doctor prescribed Zantac, which has not helped with the pain. He also prescribed codine.
The initial blood work for an ulcer came back standard, but with a WBC level of 11.5. The urine test also came back with no sign of a urinary tract infection.
Pain felt at the upper left abdomen can be due to pancreatitis, an inflammation of pancreas.
This pain can be felt in the center of the abdomen, or can even radiate through to the back.
Sitting up and leaning forward may reduce pain, but coughing, vigorous movement, and deep breathing may accentuate it.
Usually persists for several days and is accompanied with nausea and vomiting.
The WBC count usually increases to 12,000 to 20,000/Î¼L.
Ask for serum amylase and lipase tests and imaging techniques!