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Mami0704
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   Posted 6/17/2008 3:54 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm new to this forum, but not healingwell. I don't know why I haven't come here sooner.
 
Ok, this may seem weird and hard to understand so I'll explain this as best I can.
 
At the bottom of my rib cage, close to the middle but more off to the right I can feel something that feels like maybe a band of muscle or organ going from the middle of my rib cage off to my right side. It's kinda hard or firm feeling and sensitive to the touch. Sometimes I get bad pains in the area where I feel it. When I slouch I can feel it a lot more and can kinda get a hold of it. I don't really think it is my intestines, but can't really think of any other organ or thing it could be. Am I just being paranoid or is this something to cause major concern? Also in another post I mention I believe the right side of my abdomen sticks out more than my left and whole stomach sticks out and is 'fatter' than the rest of my body looking like I'm a couple months pregnant. I'm sure I have bloat and I can't really lie on my stomach because it is very uncomfortable. I have other symptoms, but I'm really curious/worried about the thing I feel in my abdomen. Any thoughts on what it could be?
 
I have an abdominal ultrasound tomorrow and will tell them to pay special attention to that spot and my right side. I am also waiting for results to see about ulcers, which in the past came back negative. First time they did a blood test to look for ulcers, this time I think they used urine.
 
Thanks everyone! 
 
P.S. I'm a 22 year old F

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   Posted 6/18/2008 9:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Mami,

I'm sorry you're feeling such pain and uncomfortable-ness. How did your ultrasound go today?

Have you been officially diagnosed with IBS, or any type of IBD? The most common cause for right side (lower) pain in people with bowel issues is gas. Bloating is a big source of pain. Have you taken any OTC gas meds? There could also be other culprits like diverticulitis, appendicitis, hernia, endometriosis, kidney stones, and even ectopic pregnancies. There could be so many reasons for your pain... I think it's a great thing you're going in for an ultrasound.

about your possible ulcer... Have you been scoped? That's the best way to confirm ulcers.
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Mami0704
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   Posted 6/18/2008 10:01 AM (GMT -7)   
I haven't gone for my ultrasound yet. Its in 2 1/2 hours. It sucks because I haven't eaten or drank anything since before 10:00p last night and can't eat or drink until after my appointment at 12:30p today! I don't know if I can drink water, but I'm not taking the chance just in case. I haven't been diagnosed with IBS or anyother IBD yet. I'm at the very beginning stages of trying to find a diagnosis. I'm pretty sure I have some sort of IBD because I've been reading the symptoms and things you all have wrote and it describes me almost to a 'T'. No scopes yet, I guess thats next on the list if my doctor orders one.

Thanks for the support. I'll keep you posted on the results.

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   Posted 6/18/2008 10:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Odd pains, tender spots and lumpy feelings on the right upper side of the body may indicate a gall bladder problem. Depending on what's causing it, it may or may not show up on an ultrasound. You need a HIDA scan to check for gall bladder function if it looks normal (because looking and acting normal are two different things).

A bulge in your abdomen may be from a hernia. The ultrasound should generally be able to find it. (I had a friend who went in for hernia surgery on 3 hernia, but when they got in, they found 5--so it's possible they don't all get seen in the mass of intestines. And hers had gotten so bad they were strangling part of her intestines and giving her bowel problems.)

Mami0704
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   Posted 6/18/2008 10:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Keriamon, I had never thought about a hernia before. Like I said I'm only 22 and have had that lump for at least two years if not more. I don't know how odd it would be for someone my age to have a hernia and anything else that I may have. Anyone have any thoughts on that?

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   Posted 6/18/2008 12:28 PM (GMT -7)   
My friend was about 28 when she had her hernia surgery and she had always had them; was born that way. But apparently they got worse and/or new ones developed that started causing the bowel problems, and that's when she had to have surgery on them. Before that, they were considered benign.

My gall bladder went bad when I was 18. Don't let anyone tell you that you are too young for that! I knew at the time that my mother had hers taken out, but I found out later that her grandfather had his out, and that either that grandfather's sister or daughter died of gall bladder cancer (which is fairly rare). So I did not have good gall bladder genes.

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   Posted 6/18/2008 3:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Mami,
I'm sorry you're feeling so uncomfortable. I wanted to throw it out there that it could be a number of things and even when the symptoms describe an illness to a T, it doesn't mean the person has that specific illness. I just don't want you to set yourself up for frustrations down the road - I've been there myself and it took me a long time to accept some truths about my body that are not readily apparent and "diagnosable." Best of luck and keep us updated.
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Mami0704
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   Posted 6/19/2008 10:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Well I had my ultra sound yesterday. They used hot gel instead of the cold stuff I would have preferred. They went over my 'lump' many many times and took pictures of it over and over. They had me lie on my back then on my side and went over it. The woman told me my kidney and I believe she also said my gall bladder look fine. I don't think she said my liver looked fine. My father has severe poly-cystic liver and other poly-cystic organs seem to run in my family. Also both of my parents had their gall bladders removed and I believe some of my grandparents and/or blood aunts and/or uncles, so bad gall bladders seem to run in my family too. When I asked if she found anything abnormal she said she couldn't tell me and that I'd have to go over everything with my doc. Does that mean they found something otherwise she would've said everything looks fine like with my kidney? She didn't go over my left side or lower down my abdomen.

Also my doc gave me a referral for a pregnancy test to see if I was pregnant before I started taking some perscription for acid reflux (started with a P I think, like Plavex...). Anyway she told me if I started my period that I didn't have to got do the pregnancy test. Well after someone here mentioned the H. Pylori test for ulcers, I looked closer at the pregnancy test referral. Also written down on there was the H. Pylori test which the doc didn't tell me about was on that same referral (they had me pee in a cup and I thought that was how they were going to do the ulcer test). She only said the referral was for pregnancy test and nothing else. If it wasn't for you guys and my gut instinct double checking with the doctors at the other place I wouldn't have gotten the test done because I didn't know about it being added onto the referral for the pregnancy test. It sucks that not only do we have to try to decipher doctors handwritting for prescriptions and other things (which is why I don't know exactly what my prescription was for) that now we have to get other doctors to tell us what our doc actually wrote down because they don't tell us everything!

So I'm still left with more questions than answers. I donate my blood to the red cross on the 23rd and the 24th I have another appointment with my doc for follow up and to go over the results. I also wanted to talk to her about my dizzy spells/lightheadedness/spaced out feelings that I get on and off and vary greatly with their intensity each time they happen (I have been getting them for about 5 years now. They used to be real bad where I couldn't walk, but now they just give me a real sick feeling). Anyway I think that is going to have to wait so I can talk to her more about my abdominal issues.

I'm just full of problems aren't I? And thanks Keriamon for letting me know and confirming that age doesn't play a role in all this, that it can happen to anyone at any age.

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   Posted 6/19/2008 10:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Isn’t it so frustrating to go through tests and then not get anything answered? Welcome to our medical system. Actually, it’s not like I have much experience with foreign systems, but they’re probably better than ours. Anyway, I digress. I wouldn’t worry about the Tech not confirming that she didn’t find anything abnormal. I think it’s standard procedure. The reasoning behind it is that if she’s wrong, you can probably sue or something. Can you imagine if she said you were A-OK but then the doc noticed something she didn’t? Or vice versa? Don’t panic just yet.
When is your follow up appointment?

As for your dizzy spells, light-headedness and spaced out feelings – have you seen a neuro guy? My buddy had a lot of that growing up and they ended up fining out that he was having minor seizures. I’m not saying that’s what’s happening to you... I’m just suggesting you get it check out. You could have low blood pressure.


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Keriamon
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   Posted 6/19/2008 10:57 AM (GMT -7)   
A co-worker's husband developed dizziness so bad he had to take a leave of absence from work as a journalist to stay at home in bed. They got him into a neuro doctor and he was diagnosed with crystalizing inner ear fluid. They dr said that the inner ear fluid hardened, like it had been frozen, and that's what was throwing him off balance (literally). He prescribed him physical therapy, of all things. Apparently moving your head around in certain ways helps reliquify the fluid. Of course, when you are dizzy, the last thing you want to do it move your head, so you actually allow it to get worse when you stop moving! In any event, the PT helped tremendously, to the point he was able to go back to work. If the symptoms started to reappear, he could do the head movements he learned and that would reverse it.

I'm not sure if the crystalization of the inner ear fluid is common, but I saw an article on this last week--apprently dizziness is common and treating it with physical therapy is common. But you will need to see a neuro doctor to get prescribed the therapy, I'm sure.

<<I wouldn’t worry about the Tech not confirming that she didn’t find anything abnormal. I think it’s standard procedure.>>

It is. Some people are serious about following that to the letter, but some are not. So sometimes you will get someone who tells you everything is fine and someone else who won't even tell you you're fine. Personally, I'm spoiled. My stepfather and mother both worked in the medical field (my mother is still a home health nurse, although she's primarily doing office work) so they knew everyone at the hospital in my small town and the techs, nurses, etc. never had a problem telling them upfront what was wrong with me. Heck, they knew what was wrong with me most of the time anyways; that's why I was at the hospital. In fact, my stepfather did my HIDA scan and he told me my gall bladder was bad before I got up off the table. He later called my mother at home and told me that the radioologist (and a close friend of his) had confirmed.
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