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#1 Aaronymous

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Posted 18 February 2011 - 01:06 PM

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First, just a quick history about me and IBS. I'm an overweight 27 year old male. About 6-7 years ago I was diagnosed with IBS, which started following a pretty strong stomach bug I dealt with. After the diagnosis, I struggled with moderate symptoms (altered stool form, bloating and general discomfort) for well over a year fairly consistently. Finally, after some major diet and attitude changes (like not worrying about it constantly) my symptoms seemed to disappear for the most part. I've dealt with some minor issues ever since (some minor bowel irregularity, nothing serious.)Now, about 6 weeks ago I started feeling some discomfort just under my far left lower rib (almost on my side, but forward an inch or two) that only really "hurts" when I push in on it with my fingers but there is definitely constant discomfort there. I've also had a resurgence of some of my older IBS symptoms (constipation, sometimes diarrhea, and altered stool form) However, this pain is what's concerning me the most. Its severity seems to come and go, and it actually almost disappeared one day I had spent laying in bed. (Just playing video games with my wife, I wasn't sick or anything) I also notice than when I lay a certain way on my left side back I feel pressure around where the pain originates. Does anyone have any idea what it could be? I've thought about everything from colon cancer (I know, highly unlikely), to just a sore muscle. I also don't have health insurance so I'm really trying to avoid going to a doctor with the possibility of having to go through expensive tests. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.Thanks! :)


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Posted 02 March 2011 - 11:08 PM

No ideas? I can say, that it seems noticeably better if I take Milk of Magnesia... however it is still constantly sore to touch going on 2 months now.

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Posted 03 March 2011 - 08:09 AM

No ideas? I can say, that it seems noticeably better if I take Milk of Magnesia... however it is still constantly sore to touch going on 2 months now.

I just posted about this, you might want to check out my other post.I frequently experience the rib pain and am going through a period now where my sternum and lower rib on both sides is extremely painful to the touch. It is dull pain when not being touched and more of a feeling of something being lodged in there. My pain is always better in the morning and worse as the day goes on. Obviously this is inflammation but from what? Perhaps a hiatial Hernia or just regular GERD? I worry about pancreatitis but I am told it is fairly uncommon and the pain from that is overbearing. Another thing to consider is costochondritis, which seems to be very common. Good luck to you and all of us!J

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Posted 04 March 2011 - 06:07 AM

Should not be neglected . Better to consult to the doctors.

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Posted 11 March 2011 - 10:33 AM

Well, I finally went to a doctor. Of course the morning I went, the pain was barely noticeable and then got worse later that day lol. Anyway, she had me go in for some blood work and that came back fine. Now she's having me try Prilosec to see if there's some inflammation in my stomach. I didn't think the stomach reached that far left under the ribs, but I'll try anything at this point.

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Posted 21 May 2011 - 09:52 PM

Aaron,I experience similar pain and have for well over a year now, I think. Initially, I was very concerned, as that area is where the spleen usually lives, and I had a chance (due to past abdominal surgery and trauma) that I was having problems with my spleen. I was pretty freaked out for a while.But now, I'm at least a little reassured.First of all, I just got out of the hospital. During my stay, I was imaged and reimaged most ways from Sunday (with the exception of physical exploratory surgery) - and the doctor said internally, everything looked good and healthy.Second, since I've found these forums, I've learned A LOT. If you look at general anatomy of your body, you'll see that there is a turn in your large intestine or colon just under either side of your ribs. This image shows it pretty well:

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[NOTE! When you look at this picture, remember that what is pictured on the RIGHT side of the screen occurs on the LEFT side of your body! I know that might sound like a forgone conclusion, but for some reason, for several years, I had the impression that my liver was on the left of my body and my stomach on my right. I'm not sure WHY I thought that, but I did. For some reason, I think that many people think the stomach is on the right, not the left. So I wanted to clarify, not just for your sake, but for anyone else like me that was making that incorrect assumption.]See where it says "Transpyloric plane"? That is the general area I have my pain. But, if you factor in IBS, especially if you are like me and have a spastic colon, it would make sense that there could be pain there. The pain could be directly related to IBS and not to any problems with any of the other organs in that area.Of course, I'm NOT a doctor, and this is NOT medical advice. It is just that my opinion of my pain in that location now is that it is related to my current IBS diagnosis. Not my stomach, not my spleen, not anything else. The imaging (two CT scans in a week, one complete with oral barium and contrast, one with out barium but with and with out contrast) for me sort of backs up my conclusions.After these realizations, I've really become less concerned about my pain there. So maybe you might be too, IF that is your problem. Of course, again, I'm not a doctor and I have had NO medical training. I've only tried to look logically at my problem and have only related to you my own conclusions. [Haha! Medical training I lack, but legal training I don't - clearly!]So have hope!-mk

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Posted 22 November 2011 - 09:46 PM

i have just read this and that is me to the dot.im due to see specialist next week for first consultation with view to a colonoscopy.if you ever check this post again and have since figured out what that pain is, please let me know....

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Posted 28 December 2011 - 01:22 PM

Aaron,I experience similar pain and have for well over a year now, I think. Initially, I was very concerned, as that area is where the spleen usually lives, and I had a chance (due to past abdominal surgery and trauma) that I was having problems with my spleen. I was pretty freaked out for a while.But now, I'm at least a little reassured.First of all, I just got out of the hospital. During my stay, I was imaged and reimaged most ways from Sunday (with the exception of physical exploratory surgery) - and the doctor said internally, everything looked good and healthy.Second, since I've found these forums, I've learned A LOT. If you look at general anatomy of your body, you'll see that there is a turn in your large intestine or colon just under either side of your ribs. This image shows it pretty well:

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[NOTE! When you look at this picture, remember that what is pictured on the RIGHT side of the screen occurs on the LEFT side of your body! I know that might sound like a forgone conclusion, but for some reason, for several years, I had the impression that my liver was on the left of my body and my stomach on my right. I'm not sure WHY I thought that, but I did. For some reason, I think that many people think the stomach is on the right, not the left. So I wanted to clarify, not just for your sake, but for anyone else like me that was making that incorrect assumption.]See where it says "Transpyloric plane"? That is the general area I have my pain. But, if you factor in IBS, especially if you are like me and have a spastic colon, it would make sense that there could be pain there. The pain could be directly related to IBS and not to any problems with any of the other organs in that area.Of course, I'm NOT a doctor, and this is NOT medical advice. It is just that my opinion of my pain in that location now is that it is related to my current IBS diagnosis. Not my stomach, not my spleen, not anything else. The imaging (two CT scans in a week, one complete with oral barium and contrast, one with out barium but with and with out contrast) for me sort of backs up my conclusions.After these realizations, I've really become less concerned about my pain there. So maybe you might be too, IF that is your problem. Of course, again, I'm not a doctor and I have had NO medical training. I've only tried to look logically at my problem and have only related to you my own conclusions. [Haha! Medical training I lack, but legal training I don't - clearly!]So have hope!-mk



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Posted 26 January 2012 - 11:10 PM

Wow! I thought I was the only one with that pain on the left right by ribs...Thank you for clarifying that it's normal and IBS related! I was getting really worried about it!What about back pain? Does anyone else suffer from it? I get really bad back pain once in a while, the type that you can't move out of bed....but it's not constant it just comes randomly...thanks





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