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pain in my left lower abdomen that radiates to my back.

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For the past 2 weeks i have been having moderate pain in my left lower abdomen that radiates to my back. I Have also been experiencing nausea and the pain gets worse when i move. The doctor first said it was a UTI and then the tests showed it was not the case, she then tried muscle relaxers which did nothing for me. They cannot seem to find anything wrong after cat scans, xrays and bloodwork. It is getting worse and i need answers, please help!


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replied February 17th, 2015
Welcome to e health forum.

Based on the history, it seems that your left sided abdominal pain could be associated with the following conditions :-
1. Gastritis, GERD.
2. Pancreatitis.
3. Colitis ( inflammation of the colon) or diverticulitis ; Inflammatory bowel disease.
4. left sided renal stones.
5. Malabsorption syndromes,

Additional tests which can be helpful to get a proper diagnosis can include testing for H Pylori, Upper and lower GI endoscopy and a Stool Examination.

But if all the extensive lab tests and Imaging studies are normal it could be possible that your pain could be due to functional causes. One such cause includes irritable bowel syndrome.

Irritable bowel syndrome IBS, is a chronic functional disorder characterized by cramping abdominal pain or discomfort with alterations in bowel habits (bloating, constipation, and diarrhea).

IBS does not cause any permanent damage or any serious illness but the symptoms cause severe discomfort & distress affecting an individuals work, ability to travel and attend social events.

Most symptoms of IBS can be controlled with diet, stress management, and prescribed medications (laxatives, antidiarrheal, antispasmodics, or antidepressants).

Hence it would be recommended that you consult with your doctors and seek appropriate medical advice.

I hope this helps.
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