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Pain under left ribs shooting through to back

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I have pain under my lower left rib cage in front and middle left back. I have some swelling in the front. It's a stabbing pain that feels like I've been impaled.
I went to the emergency room when it got really bad and they admitted me. 3 blood tests, x-rays, ct scans, ultrasound, and another test involving radioactive dye and an hour under a machine finally told doctors that all of my digestive tree was working fine.
The whole time i'm telling them, "It's further up". and the docs kept insisting the galbladder. I'm glad they ran the tests to rule it out, but next I go to an upper GI scope and then to a specialist. It feels too far up to be GI and my white blood cell count is high as well as some liver enzymes, yet nothing dangerous.
I'm beginning to think they think I'm crazy. Nothing seems to touch this pain. Anything I do with my left side including walking magnifies it considerably. When in the hospital they tried morphine, phentanyl, and demerol. Nothing even began to help. I made them stop as I'd rather be awake during testing.
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replied April 7th, 2012
Welcome to e health forum.

Since investigations like CT scans, Ultrasound and the HIDA scan (to check for Gall bladder function) have been normal, they have ruled out conditions like Hepatitis, Gallstones and related issues.

Hence the only issue here would be conditions like gastritis or Peptic ulcer disease.

Gastritis pain occurs in the left upper portion of the abdomen and in the back. Other symptoms of gastritis include - Belching, Nausea and vomiting, ‎‎‎‎‎Bloating, Feeling of fullness or burning in the upper part of the belly.

‎Once you undergo tests including upper GI endoscopy, your underlying issue will be diagnosed, allowing proper treatment measures to be initiated.

In the mean time taking antacids (Mylanta, Tums ,Gelusil) and Acid reducing medications (Prevacid, Nexium) should help reducing symptoms.


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