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December 23rd, 2005
Anonymous
Reply For Parent of Twelve Year Old
A friend of mine went thru having pains in her stomache all her life and after years of tests doctors could not figure out what was wrong. Eventually after growing into an adult and thinking that this was just something she had to live with, she found a doctor that had helped her. I don't remember what it was she said she had but if you could hang on for a while until I can get a hold of her and find out for you I will post it!
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replied January 4th, 2006
Anonymous
Re: Reply For Parent of Twelve Year Old
someone who cares wrote:
a friend of mine went thru having pains in her stomache all her life and after years of tests doctors could not figure out what was wrong. Eventually after growing into an adult and thinking that this was just something she had to live with, she found a doctor that had helped her. I don't remember what it was she said she had but if you could hang on for a while until I can get a hold of her and find out for you I will post it!


i've had the left-sided pain just under the ribs for about 6-8 months. It corresponds with certain foods eaten, mainly acids, or hard to digest foods like sweetcorn. But also occurs intermittently without direct cause.

A herbal relief for the pain that i've found very successful is slippery elm - you can buy it in a powdered or capsule form - usually available from health shops - it's a ground root and completely safe to take. Take before eating and it will line the stomach. When pain is severe, it can also be taken to relieve symptoms. Mix the powder with a little water and it will turn gelly-like, but is palatable.

This is a clear indication (for me, at least) that the mysterious pain is digestive related because the slippery elm certainly helps ease the pain, although we (my doctor) haven't established the cause yet.
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replied January 30th, 2006
Anonymous
Quite Painful
I have sharp pains right now. Sometimes I have it on the right side and sometimes right below my rib cage. I also have green diarrhea. Anyone find out any answers yet?
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replied March 29th, 2006
Anonymous
Pain In Stomach, Rib Area, Shoulder
Since I too have stomach pain in the upper left abdomin and have been to many doctors, the first question I always get is "do you have pain in your shoulder?" through research I found out that if you have spleen damage and/or internal bleeding due to a ruptured spleen, you typically have abdominal pain and most report that they have should pain.

If you are having shoulder pain, and pain in the upper left abdomin go to a doctor immediately. Those are the key indicators of a ruptured spleen.
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replied September 4th, 2006
Re: Stomach Pains On Left Side
I'm having the same problem. It is appearing to be quite common. I had my gallbladder out a year 1 1/2 ago. So it isn't gall stones. I've also been investigating addiction to aspertame. How many of you drink diet drinks? And how much do you drink? I've cut all diet foods and diet drinks out of my diet four days ago. I'm thinking it may be related. Aspertame causes all kinds of systoms that memic other problems. See the website sweetpoison.Com for details. Not only do I have the pain in my side, but my ears ring, my mouth is all cottony, my lips feel numb, my eye sight has gotten worse, I have major gas, incontinence, and I have major memory lapses. I've read that aspertame is addictive. I can attest to that. In the last four days the cotton mouth is less, my lips have feeling, I haven't wet my pants in two days, and the ringing is down to a low buzz; but all I can think about is having a diet coke. If that isn't addiction, I don't know what is. Once I get the toxic aspertame out of my system, i'll see what's up with the pain in my side if it's still there.
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replied November 14th, 2006
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symptoms possible cause action to take

intense pain in the lower right side of the abdomen, possibly starting as a vague, uncomfortable feeling around the navel. You may also have nausea, vomiting, or a slight fever. Appendicitis go to an emergency room now

severe pain that starts in the upper abdomen and often spreads to the sides and the back. The pain may flare up soon after a large meal, or six to 12 hours after an episode of heavy drinking. You may also have nausea, vomiting, fever, yellowish skin, and a racing heartbeat. Pancreatitis call 911 or go to an emergency room right away. Acute pancreatitis can cause shock, which may result in death if not treated quickly.

Extremely sharp abdominal pain, perhaps with other acute symptoms. *pelvic inflammatory disease
*heart attack
*perforated stomach ulcer
*shock, from allergy
*diabetic emergency
*poisoning call 911 or go to an emergency room right away.

Pain in upper right side of abdomen; may spread to right upper back, chest, or right shoulder; nausea; vomiting; or gas. Gallstones if this is your first attack, call a doctor for emergency advice.
If you can't reach one, go to an emergency room. Don't eat or drink anything.

In a woman who might be pregnant: severe pain that arises suddenly in the lower right or lower left abdomen, usually without vomiting or fever. Ectopic pregnancy call the doctor for a prompt appointment. If you experience severe abdominal pain or bleeding, call 911 or go to the emergency room right away.

Moderate to severe cramps that wax and wane, or occasional cramps that flare up after meals, and vomiting, especially if the vomit smells like stool. Other possible signs include watery or ribbon-like stools, or no stools at all. Intestinal obstruction go to the emergency room right away.
Pain or tenderness in the lower left side of the abdomen, along with fever.

You may also have nausea, vomiting, chills, stomach cramps, and either diarrhea or constipation. Diverticulitis see a doctor immediately. If you have sharp abdominal pain along with fever, chills, swelling, or nausea and vomiting, call 911 or go to an emergency room right away. You may have peritonitis, a life-threatening infection of the abdominal cavity.
Chronic abdominal pain along with dark urine and yellowish skin and eyes. Viral hepatitis see a doctor promptly.

Pain in the back that usually spreads under the rib cage, around the front, and into the groin. Kidney stones see a doctor promptly

searing, stabbing pain in the upper abdomen; pain in the back between the shoulder blades; pain under the right shoulder; nausea, vomiting, and indigestion. Gallstones or an infection of the gallbladder. See your doctor promptly. If you also experience sweating, chills, and fever, see a doctor right away

chronic abdominal pain in the upper right quadrant, along with a fever, sore throat, and extreme fatigue. Mononucleosis or other viral infection see a doctor promptly. In addition to taking medications, you'll need to get plenty of rest.

Bloody stools or bleeding from the rectum. In some cases, abdominal pain. Bleeding hemorrhoids, colon polyps, or (rarely) colorectal cancer. (hemorrhoids and polyps rarely cause abdominal pain.) see a doctor promptly.

In a woman: dull, constant pain in the lower abdomen along with vaginal discharge and fever. Pelvic inflammatory disease. See a doctor promptly.

Dull, gnawing stomach pain that comes and goes. The pain is often worse when the stomach is empty and goes away after eating. You may also have indigestion, nausea, vomiting, heartburn, gas, and dark stools. *stomach ulcer (peptic ulcer)
*gastritis (inflammation of the stomach lining) take an antacid or acetaminophen if necessary, but avoid aspirin, ibuprofen, and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
Don't drink alcohol or smoke.
If pain persists or quickly comes back, see your doctor.
Call 911 or go an emergency room right away if you throw up blood or anything that looks like coffee grounds; if you feel faint, chilly, or sweaty; if you have black or bloody stools, or if you feel lightheadedness, as if you would faint.
See a doctor right away if you have sharp back pain with ulcer symptoms.

Frequent burning pain in the upper abdomen or chest, possibly accompanied by a sour taste in the mouth, a lump in the throat, or trouble swallowing. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (gerd) suck on an antacid lozenge at the first sign of pain. Over-the-counter acid blockers can help prevent future attacks.
If pain persists or quickly comes back, see your doctor.
See your doctor promptly if you have trouble swallowing, especially if solid food gets stuck.

Vague, widespread, cramp-like pain, accompanied by bloating, tiredness, gas, and occasional nausea. You may also have diarrhea, constipation, or bouts of both. Irritable bowel syndrome try cutting back on stress.
Reducing fat in your diet may also help. If you have constipation, try eating more fiber and drinking more water. If problems persist, see your doctor.

Pain in the lower abdomen. You may also have blood or mucus in your stools, fever, unexplained weight loss, skin rashes, tiredness, or joint pain. Crohn's disease (pain in the right side) or ulcerative colitis (with pain in the left side).
Dysentery is also a possibility. See your doctor promptly. Be sure to tell your doctor if you may be at risk for dysentery, or diarrhea containing blood, which is often caused by exposure to water contaminated by bacteria or protozoa. If diagnosed with ulcerative colitis or crohn's disease, you should eat nutritious meals, get plenty of rest, and cut back on stress.
Avoid alcohol and aspirin.

Pressure in your upper abdomen, especially associated with heartburn. Hiatal hernia make an appointment with your doctor. You can also help yourself by avoiding large meals (especially within three hours of bedtime), raising the head of your bed by 4 to 6 inches, and not lying down for three hours after eating.

Pain in the lower abdomen, often combined with burning or stinging when urinating; yellow discharge;
difficulty urinating; strong-smelling, murky, or bloody urine; and in women, pain during intercourse urinary tract infection see your doctor promptly. You can help yourself by drinking at least eight to 10 glasses of water or clear liquids a day.
Some physicians advise avoiding alcohol, caffeine, and spicy foods. Don't have intercourse until you're cured.

Stomach discomfort or bloating after drinking or eating dairy products, such as cow's milk and ice cream. Lactose intolerance avoid dairy products or take medicine to help you digest lactose.
Bloating along with fewer than three bowel movements a week, abdominal pain, or hard, dry stools that are difficult to pass. Constipation eat a high-fiber diet, drink plenty of liquids, and walk or exercise each day if possible.
If problems persist, call your doctor for advice.
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replied October 15th, 2007
Pain On Left Side
Not everyones appendix is on the right side. Look it up. 1 in every 10,000 people are born with their appendix on the left side. I am one of these people. There is no way to determine if you have your appendix on the left side without an xray. However, the doctor that did your son's blood work would have shown if he had appendicitis. Best thing is the gastrologist. He can make the best determination. Good luck!
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replied January 6th, 2009
This happened to me and i went to the doctor.
they took x rays and blood and said that it was because i didnt have enough fibre.

I take fibre medicine now that disolves in water and is tastless. YOu can buy it at the grocery store.

Whenever i dont take it the pain comes back. So try taking fibre. It might help you. It sure helps me
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replied February 12th, 2009
help if it works 4 u
i too am suffering from this left sided pain my doctor gave me a prescription for buscopan and for me it helps ease the pain it also makes you very drowsy probably not a good idea for children but can be taken by them. i am going for a surgical assesment today so hopefully at last i can have my answer
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replied February 20th, 2009
pancrease
my niece is only 22 and has had stomach problems for most of her life.. this year it got worse.. they kept prescribing acid reflux medicine despite the lack of those symptoms and calling it a potential ulcer despite lack of evidence.

Until last week when it got so bad they found out she had acute pancreatitis and had to have her gall bladder removed (the old fashioned way..no lazers.. it was too bad I guess).

Not pretty..and the worst part is..she did the right thing and tried to catch it early on..thousands and thousands of dollars later (despite insurance), she finally got lucky and someone listened to her beyond trying to fit her into the textbook they had memorized.
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replied February 20th, 2009
answer i got
i finally have had an answer from the doc of what is going on it took not being able to stomach anything for a couple weeks for the docs to actually realise this was not in my head i met a doctor who listened to what the problem was and his answer is that it is a condition which has no name and people get this pain for no apparent reason its tretable with a combination of strong pain killers anti-sickness drugs, gastro restraints such as omeprozole and lansoprazole also stomach and bowel relaxents. the down side to this answer is once it starts its never going to stop its a life long illness and its not pleasent either
hope this helps anyone looking for answers it may not be your case but it may be worth checking out
and if a doctor tells u its all in your head demand an apologie cause there very wrong and are just saying that because they dont have a clue!
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replied May 2nd, 2009
I've had the same feeling now for about two days. I used to have it all the time last year, but it just recently started coming back. I'm 16 years old, and when i went to the doctors last year he said it was acid reflux. the medicine i took eased the pain, and the pain eventually completely disappeared. I am now wondering if it has anything to do with my gallbladder?
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replied August 15th, 2009
12 year old left side pain
My son has pains in his left side quite servere at times.
I get them too. They usually start when I am anxious, nerves about something. I find that is how it starts in my son too.
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replied January 11th, 2010
I have experienced the pain. i was in the hospital for about almost a week. i was hurting on labor day throwing up and could not keep anything down. my regular doc. said that it could be a bad stomach virus but on sept 19 i was at the creed concert and had to be set to hospital. they did catscan and found that it was my appendix. turns out my appendix pefferated which means my appendix was close to repture but had just a hole in. so i strongly recommend going to the hospital and asking for a catscan because before my catscan i was in critical pain and all blood results came positive (being good) so please please please try to get a catscan

i am glad to take my time and type up my story/ experiece of the pain of the left side of the stomach although when it is the appendix it is usually on the right side where the appendix is please write me at to tell me what you think of my story and if you will or will not go to hospital to get catscan.

IT IS a possibilty that it is the appendix. just because it is on the left side doesnt mean it cant be the appendix

my pain was on the left because the bacteria was making my bals back up which is NOT plesant
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replied January 12th, 2010
I have been having pain on my left side (high) - first they thought it was acid but they did the dye test on my gallbladder and it is only functioning at 14% but they won't remove it because the pain is on my left side - SO FRUSTRATING
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replied April 18th, 2012
My husband has been going through the same thing. Left side pain and and 15% gallbladder function. What has happened in the last 2 years since you wrote this? Thank You
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replied January 23rd, 2010
GallBladder pains all over?
I've had pains on my right and left sides..and in the middle too. Sometimes high in the middle, sometimes low near the belly button. I've had pain in the spleen area since October and pain in the right side since November. On a good day the pain stays on the right side and I also have pain in the shoulder, back and arm on the right side. Foods do bother me too - so I am convinced my gallbladder is not functioning. I can not eat red meat, drink soft drinks (which I normally do not touch, but crave Sprite when my throat hurts), fried foods or chips. I've been through rounds of blood work, spleen ultrasound, URQ ultrasound and a CAT Scan of the stomach and surrounding organs. Also had a trip to the ER with more blood work and X-Rays. None of these tests have shown anything wrong with me. I am scheduled for a HIDA Scan on Monday and more tests the following Monday.

Has anyone out there had gallbladder problems and had pain in more areas than just on the right side? All of the stabbing pain is on my right side, but other pain is pretty much all over. Before this I was relatively healthy, I am not overweight and I maintain a healthy diet.
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replied April 9th, 2010
stomach pains
I am still having the same pain and i went to the ER and the doc told me i have a small cyst on my ovaries so i advise the females to ask these docs to go more into other then what they are doing
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replied July 26th, 2011
I have been dealing with a dull ache and sometimes sharp pain on my left side under rig cage since December. I have had upper abdominal series, cat scan, colonoscopy and an endoscopy done and still no answer. Doctors are attributing it to my IBS and stress. I don't believe this is the case though. It especially gets worse 3 to 4 days before my period. I do however have a cyst on my ovary and I am wondering if that is connected? Anyone have any answers yet....I'M DESPERATE!
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replied July 26th, 2012
How are you feeling now days. I have being going through the same since oct 2011.
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replied February 29th, 2012
bely button pressure
i am 15 and having the same problem but i was born with male rotation of the stomach and bowels and was wondering if the pain and pressure on my bellybutton could be caused by that or the scare issue
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replied July 11th, 2012
I too have stomach pain and heartburn after breads. I seem to do ok with tortillas and flatbreads so I'm thinking mine may be more of a yeast intolerance. I tested negative for celiac but my doctor said it does only test for a certain aspect of wheat and that it was obvious by the improvement in my health when not consuming it that I definitely have some type of intolerence. I was also not able to lose weight while consuming it and after eliminating it I started to lose.
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Also know about : stomach pain after eating
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