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May 18th, 2008
pain in left side
i've had the same pain in my left side and currently as im typing this im experiencing it . Its a sharp and sometimes achey pain and completely drains me of energy i try taking midol to relieve the pain but it doesnt seem to work. I've gone to the doctor before for this and they said i was "backed up" but I don't believe its just that it keeps coming back and my x rays showed up normal and so did the other tests. It comes and goes and it affects me being able to stand and makes me light headed and neaseated. Someone please help Sad .
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replied May 19th, 2008
pain lower side under rib
Well....you all have been so helpful. I have just been discharged from hospital yesterday following an acute episode of pain on my left side under my ribs but at a very specific point. It also seemed to be in my loin region of my left hand side of my back. The pain was about a 10 on movement and a 7 when at rest (out of 10). It also seemed to elongate through me at times. I have a lot of bloating and even water can make me feel full.
I also been getting what I call 'man burps'!!!

I had blood tests, urine tests (tested positive for nitrates and trace blood) ultrasound tests of abdo and renal, x rays of chest and abdo...all negative. Had oromorph for pain, it didn't take the pain away, I just didn't mind it. (Basically la la land!!). They treated me for a urine/kidney infection and put me on antibiotics BUT the pain is still there. Not quite as bad, but definately still there. AND I feel so so tired...

My diet is healthy as I have recently lost 3 stone at Slimming World, but due to bloating feel I can only eat little and often.

I did mention splenic flexure syndrome to the consultant I saw and his team and they didn't seem to think much about it, but reading some of the signs and symptoms of the forum people, it could actually be me talking regarding symptoms.

I am a nurse and feel this condition is very socially debilitating. I am off work for a week but will try everything I can to make myself better. Plan of action is:
Relaxation techniques
Mint tea
Probiotic yogurts
Heat therapy
Anti acids (for man burps!!)
Pain relief as required
Gentle walking when able
Any thing else I can think of

I will keep you posted and let you know if any of the above helps....

Good to know one is not alone......try and keep smiling I know I will
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replied May 21st, 2008
I can relate
Okay... I have been going absolutly crazy. It has been over a month now and I have had this pain that starts in my mid back and wraps around on my left side under my rib cage. I too have had testing... been to the doctors, chiropracters, acupunturist, massage, hospitals.... NOTHING HELPS... I am taking Vicodin....and predinone.and have also taken muscle relaxers.. still no releif. The pain is constant... it never goes away... yes... I guess it feels like a muscle... but it is also a sharp radiating pain.... I am at a loss.... I would do anything to find out what this is... any help?? On a scale of 1-10... 10 being the highest... the pain is truly a constant 6 or 7.
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replied May 22nd, 2008
try mint tea before you eat
I have been having mint tea BEFORE I eat anything and only having small meals...I am having fairly bland food and introducing things slowly. Keeping fibre and fruit to a reasonable level...being on a diet I would regularly snack on fruit. So its reasonable to think maybe I was almost 'fermenting' in my bowels!!!

I have to say the pain is bearable now. I still am having some symptoms, like the 'man burp's' but at least I don't feel all consumed by it at the moment.

I must say though I feel very tired at the moment and that is not at all usual for me. I am usually constantly on the go.

Will let you know how it goes....
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replied May 29th, 2008
left rib pain
I have problems all the time on left ribs. I was in the hospital once and the doctor of my roommate was in, he is also an associate of my gastroenterologist. I asked him what could be causing the pain I was having in my left rib area. It is between the rib and the sternum. You can see how swollen it is when I get an attack. He said it is called "costochondritis". It an inflammation where the sternum and rib cage meet. It is a form of arthritis. THe only thing that helps is pain medication. If none available, the next best thing is Aleve. Hope this helps
diannep
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replied May 30th, 2008
solution to the pain
I found out that the pain I have had is do to a herniated disk in my thoracic zone. Between t8-T9. The only way they found it was thur an MRI.... the reason all these doctors were so hesitant was because this type of herniated disk is extrememly un common. So..... if you are having this pain... please demand an MRI... I had finally went to a nuerologist (something I had to do to have my insurance approve the MRI)... I will tell you google Thoracic herniated disk... and you will find the same sypmptoms we all have been experiencing.... I am so happy to know what it is!!! GOOD LUCK
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replied May 30th, 2008
Pain on Left Side - ME TOO!
I finally made an appointment for next Tuesday. Have this same pain as all of you. Not acute - more like a knot under the left rib. Had an ultra sounds a year ago and it came up negative. Lived with it. I think someone mentioned stress. Yes, I believe it does flare more with stress. Sometimes when I'm walking down the hall at work, I have to hold my side. It's not a pain. More like a hernia or pulled muscle. Sometimes I swear it should be bulging, but when I feel, there's nothing there. Eating, drinking, working out - doesn't seem to affect it one way or the other.

I've also had stringy bowel movements the past four weeks, so I got worried about bowel obstruction . . . but that could very well be stress too. Three close people died, and my boyfriend and I broke up recently - but this has been going on over a year now! I keep worrying about a growth or something weird. Most of the time I just try to ignore it . . . but lately it's been more constant, so it's finally time to try this again. Thank god I found this website - I already started printing off many of the postings to take with me. I know, these days, YOU have to diagnosis yourself long before you see the doctor!!
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replied May 30th, 2008
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I should mention I'm 48 years old, fairly health - although I do smoke. Have had coughing from sinus infections, which at first I thought was causing this - but also notice it with gas or anything else. Sure feels good to read all these!!

Relaxing? I tried a hot tub a few weeks ago - it seems like it was still there, even while I was in the tub. Maybe I need to sit in there longer?
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replied June 3rd, 2008
The left side pain results
I had a barium enema, and the doctor said "negative to results BUT that it did show
Diverticula. I did a little bit of reading about it, but not much.

A diverticulum is a small pouch with a narrow neck that protrudes from (sticks out from) the wall of the gut. Diverticula means more than one diverticulum. They can develop on any part of the gut (intestines), but usually occur in the colon (sometimes called the large bowel or large intestine). They most commonly develop in the section of the colon leading towards the rectum, where the stools (sometimes called faeces or motions) are becoming more solid. This is on the left hand side of the abdomen. Several diverticula may develop over time. Some people eventually develop many diverticula.

So that would maybe explain some of the pain i've had on the left side. Hopefully this helps some of you out there!
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replied June 4th, 2008
Pain and bulging under right ribcage
Embarassed

I have a strange situation....I have a really bad pain everyday under my right ribcage and also when I experience the pain I have a bulge under my right ribcage....Sometimes I can even push the bulge back in place and feel fine...but that's not normal. I had an x ray done and they thought it was a hernia but during surgery they could not find a hernia in that specific area.....I feel like im going crazy...and the pain is really bad...anybody else have this problem? Have any clue to what it is?
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replied June 9th, 2008
Pain Under Lower Left Ribcage too
I am a 42 year old male.

I have a medical problem and have been Googling for answers.

Just wondered if you can shed any light on what you discovered and how you are all doing now in 2008?

If I explain my problem to you it would be just as easy to copy your text and paste that, basically most of you describe my problem exactly.

I have daily pain at the bottom of my left rib cage, underneath my left lowest rib and below that rib. I have a slightly raised puffy area there too which initially made me think it is a hernia.

I have had the following tests with nothing found:

MRI – Thoracic area back

Bone Scan – Back

CT Scan – for front pain – report showing extensive Diverticulitis (hernias in the colon)

Ultrasound Scan - for front pain

Gastroscopy/Endoscopy - for front pain

Colonoscopy - for front pain – (done after the Diverticulitis found on CT Scan) this report not showing any Diverticulitis

Chest X-Rays

Urine tests

Fecal Tests

Blood Tests

I have allot of pain in my thoracic area of my back, I have a history of having a bad back but it was always in my lower lumbar region. Since I have had this pain at my left rib my back pain (thoracic/middle back) has become really bad. My doctor keeps saying my back is bad and is agrivating a nerve (maybe) that makes my front (rib area) sore.

I don’t believe she is even close to finding the problem. I believe I have a problem in my rib area that is agrivating my back, the other way around.

I get shooting pains accross my stomach too and sometimes shooting aching pains accross my chest and other ribs towards my left shoulder. I am obviously worried about all of this as I have spent the last 7 months trying to find out what the problem is.

If anything, it has slowly got worse over the past 7 months. I don’t get any nausea and the bowels are pretty normal, I am just in constant pain under my left lower rib. Every now and then I have a day with almost no pain, but that is rare. Just after Christmas I had a month of no pain but it returned. When I get the pain, my back also aches, I feel like I have no energy, I feel quite ill and if I sit in one place for a long time (at TV, at computer) it seems to get worse. Some mornings I wake up with a terrible pain going from my left lowest rib to the top of my stomach, almost the sturnum area. Sometimes I even feel a bit feverish. I noticed some people say their pain subsides after they pass wind or do #2's. My doesn't get any relief from these 2 things?

Any medication or suggestions for Splenic Flexure Syndrome??

Any help would be appreciated.

Splenic Flexure Syndrome?
Hernia?
Spleen Problem?


Hope you are doing ok now.

Cheers all.
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replied June 9th, 2008
I am a 29 year old male that has been experiencing similar symptoms as the rest of you.

My pain started in the summer of 2007, and hasn't stopped yet. The pain is generally in the same spot. Below my left breast, but not below my ribcage. Maybe 5 ribs up from the bottom. The pain comes on when I am sitting at work, or resting at home. The only way I can make the pain go away is to do something active. As soon as my heart rate goes up, the pain stops. When I rest, it comes back.

The first time I went to the doctor about it (late 2007), I was told to take Zantac two times a day. It has helped me with heartburn, but the side pain is still there.

The second time I went (last week) I was told that I have Costochondritis and was given a medication that is commonly used to treat arthritis. So far, it hasn't worked either.

I have no idea what this pain is, but it is very annoying and sometimes a bit scary.
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replied June 9th, 2008
Yep
Yeah, the pain is "up" under my ribs on the left side only from the sturnum to the lowest point of my ribs, also the soft area just below my ribs... like someone said it's like a balloon under your rib cage, I agree. When it's hurting you don't want to do anything, hang out, work, play... because you feel like crap.
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replied June 9th, 2008
Re: Pain Under Lower Left Ribcage too
Brigzy wrote:
I am a 42 year old male.

I have a medical problem and have been Googling for answers.

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Hope you are doing ok now.

Cheers all.


You could be describing me perfectly. Except under my left rib I have a small lump, kind of runs along the rib. And a lump on the rib itself. Doctor has felt it, doesn't show up on CT scan. I'm at a loss.
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replied June 10th, 2008
Interesting
Just as a thought... whats your diet like? Not so much what you eat but when you eat? I go for hours with no food, really bad thing to do. I skip breakfast and sometimes lunch and have a big dinner.. sometimes day after day, I just can't eat if I am not hungry or busy. I'm not fat or skinny, kinda in between. I think that could be the cause of this. Tonight I have sharp stabbing pains shooting through the soft area 1-2 inches below my left rib. It's a pain in the rib!
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replied June 10th, 2008
Banana
Theres really nothing funny about all of this but can't help but wonder whats wrong with my Narnaphone? I can't hear anything.
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replied June 10th, 2008
To those of you that have previously posted in this thread, especially the ones from a while back, would you please return and give us an update so we will know if have to look forward to this pain for years to come?
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replied June 10th, 2008
You can visit this new topic just started.
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replied July 3rd, 2008
Re: Pain Under Left Side of Rib Cage
kathib wrote:
I have had this pain and its ongoing for over a year now, on the left side under the rib cage....Do not notice any signs of an onset. It is a constant uncomfortable feeling that sometimes flares up and shoots pain across the top of my stomach....Alot of times will cramp and hurts to move. There are no other signs of anything else...No probs. With bowels or nausea...Anyone else have same issue?


i seem to share the syptoms you are all describing....
mine has been going on for some time now - i am hoping it is trapped wind, but i can't seemt o eat much without it coming on and sometimes I wake up with the pain in the morning. it is always better just after I get up int eh mornign and begin to move about a bit. sometimes terrible though and I hate taking pills !
anyone any more info on this
paddie
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replied July 3rd, 2008
update
just to update you all..
i had already written this a while back...
but wanted to let you guys know again..

i've had this on going same pains since january....
and i had a barium enema (fun stuff-ugh) and this is what they told me i had

Diverticula

so if you research it online it will explain exactly what we more then likely have...

i'm 30 years old and was worried about it for quite some time...

hope this helps any of you Smile
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