Anyone Deal with this Medical Issue?

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  1. KinderCowgirl

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    Ok - so about a year and a 1/2 ago I started having this abdominal discomfort on the right side. It would come and go, get more mild and more extreme. I went to several specialists-gyno, urologist, gastroenterologist, even a general surgeon to rule out a hernia. No answers and about $2,000 in office visits and tests that I had to pay :eek: (deductible plus 20% of everything after that-CAT scan alone was $4,000 before insurance).

    Anyway, finally settled on it was probably endometriosis (even though the pain is not cyclical at all) and no test confirmed this. Well, a few weeks ago I started getting the same discomfort on the left side! It's worse when I exercise or lay on that side or when I sit like in the car for a long period of time and stand up.

    Anyone ever deal with something like this? I can deal with the discomfort, I'm just of the belief that you don't hurt for no reason and really don't want to go through all that testing, etc. again, especially with the possibility of again getting no real answer. :help:
     
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    Have you had any previous surgeries or injuries?
     
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    I used to get weird unexplainable pains on one side or the other, and it turned out that I had been having ovarian cysts. Normally they resolve themselves... but I had one that didn't. It ruptured and caused something to bleed internally, and I ended up having emergency surgery.

    Hopefully a doctor can figure out what is going on before something like that happens! Good luck!
     
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    I would see a reproductive endocrinologist to see if it is endometriosis. They can check out the pain which sounds like a cyst to me too. It may be fluid-filled cyst that has just grown instead of popping when it was small (this is what happens when you ovulate) or it may be an endometrial cyst which would need to be monitored and both may be able to be treated with medication. Also, if you do have endometriosis there are treatment regimens to lessen it and keep it from growing to reduce pain and preserve future fertility.
     
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    Ditto, I also had the same thing with pain after sitting in the car especially after a 11 hour drive home in August. When I had it previously my nurse practicioner said it was probably cysts - I have polycystic ovarian syndrom so it fits. Fortunately the pain went away after about a week this time - fingers crossed.

    I hope you feel better soon.
     
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    I was about to post the same thing--maybe it's ovarian cysts. I have PCOS and have this pain from time to time. The cysts aren't harmful, but they are painful, at least to me. Sometimes taking birth control pills can alleviate the pain.

    Make an appointment or get a referral to an endocrinologist. S/he can run a variety of blood tests in order to determine whether you have PCOS or a similar condition.
     
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    Or it could be fibroid tumors - usually benign and often resolve themselves. These can be seen with an ultrasound. My dr. wants me to have one done, but I'm afraid to be diagnosed with something that might make it difficult to find insurance. I'm not in pain, though. If I were, I would have the ultrasound. Sometimes theses tumors can grow quickly and cause some pain.
     
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    A note of caution - you don't want to ignore the possibility of endometriosis. Mine was undetectable for many years. They didn't even know the extent of it after having an endoscopy (which isn't bad at all). When I finally had surgery, they had to do a complete hysterectomy. I hope you get some answers and treatment and feel better soon.
     
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    Thank you all for your replies. I really appreciate hearing your experiences.

    I do take birth control to prevent cysts because I've had them before, completely resolved itself on its own and I never had any symptoms. I know that may not be entirely effective. No previous surgeries or anything.

    I will make some appointments and see if I can't get an answer this time!
     
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    When do you start to feel it? If in the afternoon, remove High Fructose Corn Syrup from your diet.

    Works for me.

    My stomach pain baffled the doctors and then my parents found a WebMD article detailing how some people react adversely to HFCS, because of the way it is processed. It can cause stomach discomfort. Since I have removed it from my diet mostly, my stomach pain is greatly reduced.

    Have you tried an antacid, or is it not that kind of pain?
     
  12. bonneb

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    My DH has pain on one side. His was resolved through seeing a naturopath and changing his diet. The N.P. determined he had a yeast overgrowth. He started drinking something called Kefir every day, and the pain subsided. He also took some Candida exterminator pills. All natural. I would check out this angle also. Something as simple as a supplement and yogurt drink helped my DH tremendously. This was after all the medical tests showed nothing. He had endoscopy and colonoscopy before he consulted the naturopath.

    I also agree to see the specialist one more time to check for endometriosis.
     

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