I've been in moderate to severe pain in my stomach for years. For the past year it has gotten increasingly worse. I've been to countless doctors, tried every medication but it is only getting worse. In May of 2007, they diagnosed me with Endometriosis. I had the surgery thinking the pain would decrease but I feel like it made it worse. My lower back is killing me, my stomach is always bloated and gassy. Most of the pain resides on my right upper side and stays there all day/night long. I've had doctors that have said it's IBS, have had doctors that said it isn't. I've had and endoscopy and barium enima and they found nothing unusual. I keep getting new symptoms like dizziness, nausea, and I'm so tired and exhausted it's hard to get up in the morning and make it through the day. Any advice?????
Did you go on hormonal medication to stop your periods for a while after your surgery? This is done to give your body a rest and let it heal since some of the endometrium may still have been attached to the bowel. This would mean that every time you have a period, your bowel would also be affected.
You must go back to the gyno and be re-evaluated. Just because they cleared what they could see, does not mean it has all gone. I am not sure what medication they use now, but a few years ago it was Danazole. I was on it for 9 months after surgery and it changed my life!
A possibility that it could be, based ony your posting, is that it might not be your intestines, but your liver/gallbladder. Esp. if the pain is upper right quadrant.
You said you feel gassy/bloated/etc. and this might indicate indigestions due to bile blockages or gallbladder secretion issues. This could be made worse if you also have high fat meals.
I would focus on high fruits/veggies/greens (lettuce, spinach, kale) and cut down or out, dairy, meat, grains. Take 1 gallon of purified water per day.
Look into a good peppermint/dandelion tea and try 2 cups daily.
Also, you may look into cleansing your intestines which may remedy the problem, also. If so, check this out, may be of interest.
DO NOT RULE OUT ACID REFLUX. I SUFFERED FOR 2 YEARS WITH EXTREME PAIN UNDER MY LEFT AND SOMETIMES RIGHT RIB CAGE. BACK. STOMACH. YOU NAME IT. NOT ONE DOCTOR COULD GIVE ME ANY ADVICE. I FINALLY WENT TO A RHEUMATOLOGIST WHO DID EXTENSIVE WORK TO RULE OUT CANCER AND SAID I HAD ACID REFLUX DISEASE. ALSO, FIBROMYALGIA. HE GAVE ME RANTIDINE ONCE A DAY FOR MY ACID REFLUX AND MY WHOLE LIFE HAS CHANGED. I STILL HAVE ALOT OF HEALTH ISSUES, BUT THAT CONSTANT SHARP PAIN IS NOW GONE. I HAD PRAYED THAT GOD EITHER FIND ME HELP OR TAKE ME. THAT IS HOW BAD I WAS HURTING. BEST OF LUCK TO YOU. GOD BLESS.
I FORGOT TO MENTION. THE DR. ALSO GAVE ME CLONAZEPAM (WHICH IS A MUSCLE RELAXER)WHICH I TAKE AT BEDTIME. THIS COMBINED WITH THE RANTIDINE DID THE TRICK. HOPE THIS WILL RELEAVE YOUR PAIN. DOESN'T HURT TO TRY. PLEASE ASK YOUR DR. IF HE OR SHE DOESN'T AGREE THEN I WOULD GO TO SOMEONE ELSE FOR ANOTHER OPINION. THANKS.
Rams199, I hope you get this, my wife has had the exact same symptoms you tell. For years she's had stomach pain, tiredness, etc. She does not have the typical IBS symptoms other than extreme pain. She's had all the tests you can have and nothing. Did you ever find a cure for your pain?
You could in fact be suffering from IBS, but may have not yet pin-pointed the cause of these symptoms. While there are many causes of IBS and each person's case is unique, most cases fall into one of two leading categories for causation: (1) food allergies/intolerances (2) problems with intestinal bacteria, yeast, or parasites. There is some helpful information about these causes that may be worth your checking out. Have you been tested for any of these things? It may not end up being IBS, but I would encourage you not to discount the possibility. Due to its varying causes, IBS can be a difficult condition to diagnosis.
You could have problems with your gallbladder. I had gallstones recently and had pain in the upper right quadrant. Also, try pinpointing if any foods make you feel better or worse. You could have an allergy to something or maybe celiac disease. Keep going to the doctor until they find out what it is. You should not have to be in this much pain. Good luck!