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sharp abdominal pain on left side with fever, doctors no help!

Every 2 months or so for nearly a year I've had a sharp constant pain in my left side about 2 inches from my belly button. This time it has lasted a week and still going but started off as rig ht side pain then moved to left. Had a fever and chills and felt generally unwell so maybe an infection. Im always at the doctors and just get sent away with anti biotics which never work! There is a history of pancreatitis in my family so obviously worried about that but my doctor just says infection all the time. So ear only had blood tests and ultrasound of kidneys for this. I want to know what it is but don't know what more investigations to ask for or what it could be?
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replied August 8th, 2012
Hi,
Welcome to the ehealthforum and I am glad to help you out. As you’re having this pain frequently, it makes sense to investigate it further. By doing the serum amylase and lipase, we will be ruling out the possibility of pancreatitis. These are the pancreatic enzymes and tend to get raised in blood in acute pancreatitis. However, these tests have to be done within 72 hours of the onset of the symptoms. A contrast enhanced CT scan of the abdomen/upper GI endoscopy will help in finding out the cause of the pain. The pain could possibly be due to gastritis/peptic ulcer disease. A stool analysis should also be done. Please consult a gastroenterologist for the same. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care.




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replied August 8th, 2012
Hi,
Welcome to the ehealthforum and I am glad to help you out. As you’re having this pain frequently, it makes sense to investigate it further. By doing the serum amylase and lipase, we will be ruling out the possibility of pancreatitis. These are the pancreatic enzymes and tend to get raised in blood in acute pancreatitis. However, these tests have to be done within 72 hours of the onset of the symptoms. A contrast enhanced CT scan of the abdomen/upper GI endoscopy will help in finding out the cause of the pain. The pain could possibly be due to gastritis/peptic ulcer disease. A stool analysis should also be done. Please consult a gastroenterologist for the same. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care.




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