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I'm not sure where to start with this...

I've been having pain in my upper left quadrant area just below my ribs for some months now and it has recently become worse. In addition I'm also having a lot of pain and constant achiness all over but especially in my upper back and arms which I think might be related in some way to the left side pain.

I've just had blood work and an abdominal ultrasound done and they said that everything has come back 'normal'. They said that my spleen was enlarged at an ultrasound last year but that it's now returned to normal size. At this current ultrasound, the technician also asked if I'd had an infection in the abdomen before, but would/could not elaborate on why she was asking this.

They did not say anything about my iron stores and I'm just wondering if my hemoglobin could be normal while my iron stores could be low? Could this be the cause of all my achiness/tiredness and pain?

I feel so tired and run down and am frustrated that none of these tests have revealed what's wrong with me.

I eat very little meat (almost no red meat), have fairly heavy periods and am still breastfeeding my one and a half year old. I also lost quite a lot of blood with the birth of my daughter, but that was 16 months ago now. Just mentioning this as it might have to do with low iron stores? Could low iron stores cause they symptoms?

I was also diagnosed with borderline/low-grade ovarian cancer on the left side that was successfully removed with surgery and no further treatment was required. Because of this I am particularly anxious about these aches and pains I have now.

Please, if anyone has any insight into all of this, I would so appreciate your response!

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replied May 5th, 2011
Hello and welcome to e health forum.

From the description provided, the pain could be due to musculoskeletal pain or due to the intraabdominal inflammation, or a result of adhesions resulting due to the past surgeries.

The diagnosis might require imaging studies like a ultrasound, or a CT scan.

The pain and the suspected anemia is not related to each other.

In case, you think, you have anemia, you might consult with a hematologist, who can get the iron studies and a peripheral blood smear, which can determine the cause and severity of anemia.

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