right sided abdominal pain

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ERANJO
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   Posted 5/28/2008 10:03 AM (GMT -7)   
confused  I have had some pain in my right side of my abdomen, along with nausea. This has been going on since about May 1st, I have had a CT scan, Endoscopy, Ultrasound, and a Gastic Emptying Scan, everything comes back NORMAL...I talked to my GI doc yesterday, he said he was gonna call me a script in, take that for 10 days then he wants to see me again, if that doesn't help he is gonna refer me to a surgeon for exploratory surgery.....has this or anything like this happened to anyone out there before?????   Could it just possibly be a flare up????  Sometimes I feel like I am going CRAZY.....  please help..... confused

angel88
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   Posted 5/28/2008 10:50 AM (GMT -7)   
hey :-)
when i was first diagnosed with crohns i had the pain on the right side of my abdomen. it was there twenty four seven and no matter how many pain killers i took nothing worked. i started with the pain in oct of 06 and was told i had crohns in march 07. i had gone that long with the pain but the doctors wouldnt listen to me.

anyway like you i had the nausea and i was vomiting near enough every day. no appitite losing weight ect... i was put on steroids when i was diagnosed and was on them for ages but they didnt work at all. i was just in pain the same if not slowly getting worse. sad

my GI eventually said that he thought surgery would be the best option for me. i didnt want to go ahead with the surgery unless absolutley necessary but i just wanted rid of the pain.

i went for a sigmoidoscopy two days before surgery and they said everything looked fine. i had crohns in my rectum but it wasnt flared up at the time so that was ok. i also had it in my ilieum and a bit further up from that and that was what was causing me the pain.

well the surgery didnt quite go as i expected. i just thought it would be a srtaight forward re-section but boy was i wrong.

i had two large abcesses in the ileum which had eaten through my bowel i had 20cm of ileum took away as well as 4cm of my large bowel. i also had a fistula going from the large bowel into the small bowel.
so not quite what they were expecting to find.they said it was a mess. so you can imagine my shock when i woke up with a stoma. they had to give my bowel time to heal. i was thrilled to hear it was reversaible.

maybe the exploratory surgery is the best thing to do. i know you said nothing was found when you had the test but just because nothing is found doesnt mean theres nothing wrong. in my opinion your body gives you pain to tell you something.

i dont mean to scare you by telling you my story and you might even turn out to be fine and the pain might just wear off but just be aware of things that can happen.
 
hope everything turns out to be ok for you :-)

Illy
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   Posted 5/28/2008 10:56 AM (GMT -7)   
at the very least I would get a colonoscopy and have the ileum examined and biopsied.  the ileum is on the right side and it is probably where your pain is coming from.  colonoscopy is a lot less invasive than exp. surgery. 

yogaprof
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   Posted 5/28/2008 11:22 AM (GMT -7)   
have you had any previous surgeries that could be causing adhesions? that is where my pain has always been and it was from my colon being attached to the inner wall.
48 y/o woman.  Diagnosed 4/06 after colonscopy, SBFT, CT-scan all showed crohns. 3 months later, after pred and remicade, all tests showed no crohns. December '06 had adhesions cut through a laparoscopy. Now taking Glycolax, Ultra Fiber Plus, Florastor, and DHEA. Have become gluten-free diet per naturopath's tests.


Illy
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   Posted 5/28/2008 12:22 PM (GMT -7)   
wouldn't that have shown up in the CT scan or the ultrasound?  depending where they were, of course.

yogaprof
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   Posted 5/28/2008 3:21 PM (GMT -7)   
if you mean adhesions, Illy, they don't show up on any tests--only thru surgery, which causes more adhesions.
48 y/o woman.  Diagnosed 4/06 after colonscopy, SBFT, CT-scan all showed crohns. 3 months later, after pred and remicade, all tests showed no crohns. December '06 had adhesions cut through a laparoscopy. Now taking Glycolax, Ultra Fiber Plus, Florastor, and DHEA. Have become gluten-free diet per naturopath's tests.


Illy
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   Posted 5/28/2008 3:39 PM (GMT -7)   
not even on MRIs?

Illy
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   Posted 5/28/2008 4:45 PM (GMT -7)   

P.S. I had NO pains until the year I had a laparoscopy then food poisoning some months later.

after those two events, the abdominal pain started

what adheres to what?


Pooie1981
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   Posted 5/28/2008 8:05 PM (GMT -7)   
I have had this darn right sided abdominal pain since March !! I have appt with GI on June 9th and hopefully she won't be recommending exploratory surgery !! Scary !! I am hoping for a colonoscopy at the most !!!!
Jenn 26/female
Ulcerative Colitis Diagnosed May 2004
Sulfasalazine 500MG as needed <usually one pill a day> until I see my GI
Daily Vitamin for Women and Folic Acid
Currently in a flare since March 6 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


yogaprof
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   Posted 5/28/2008 8:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Illy said...

P.S. I had NO pains until the year I had a laparoscopy then food poisoning some months later.

after those two events, the abdominal pain started

what adheres to what?


adhesions are sticky scar tissue that can adhere anything to anything. loops of small bowel to each other, organs to the inner wall or to each other. no, an MRI can't see them. as I understand it, you have to be opened to see them. some docs believe they a great cause of pain, some don't think they cause pain. however, I had adhesions cut away and the surgeon said it looked like someone poured super glue in my gut. that has gotta hurt!

ERANJO
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   Posted 5/29/2008 10:20 AM (GMT -7)   
I had a colonoscopy back in February, that the doctor said everything looked good, except a growth on my Cecum, (which he biopsied and said everything was good)....I have never had any surgeries yet... I guess I will find out what is next when I see him next week... thanks for all your responses.
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