Follow-up doctor's appointment

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   Posted 12/17/2007 11:48 AM (GMT -7)   

I went in today to see a GI physician's assistant as a follow-up from my visit with my primary care physician. My primary care physician had run some tests and suspects Crohn's disease. When I went to physician's assistant he felt around my belly and asked where it hurt. I had pain when he pressed on the lower left side (my left) of my abdomen and also the lower right side. The most severe is the lower left. He kind of made some faces when he was feeling around. I will probably have a colonoscopy within the next six weeks. Is the colon on the lower left or what is in that area that would hurt? Also, I probably should have asked the doctor this, but I start having pain almost immediately after I eat, but doesn't it take time for the food to pass from the stomach into the intestines? I didn't realize until today that the colon and the large intestine are the same thing!


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   Posted 12/17/2007 12:58 PM (GMT -7)   
you will get more educated answers then mine, but I can tell you that your colon, or large intestine, wrap around the top of the belly button and on the left and right sides. it usually takes 2-3 hours to get food to the smaill intestine and anywhere from hours to days for it to go out from the colon.

pain with this DD is confusing and seems to end up in all sorts of places. what tests did they do to suspect crohns? if you haven't had a small bowel follow through that is one that can usually be done pretty quickly. the different tests look at different areas, so it can take a while to get a clear picture of what is going on. the best thing to do is DON'T panic and breathe often. yp
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. In December had adhesions cut through a laparoscopy. Now just taking Glycolax, metamucil and vicidin as needed.

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   Posted 12/17/2007 1:12 PM (GMT -7)   
My pain started about a year ago.  My stomach was really sensitive and bloating frequently.  Most of the pain was on the left side.  I had a CT scan they first diagnosed me with situs inverses (organs flipped).  However, after going to a differenct doctor that was not the case at all.  Then I was diaganosed with prostratitus.  Nothing seemed to help.  I had blood in my urine, I was peeing frequently and a lot of BM's.  Anyways finally went through colonoscopy; nothing showed, did small bowel follow-thru nothing showed, did upper endoscopy and they found abnormalities in my villis and susptected celiac disease, however did a pillcam endoscope and it showed chrones in my small bowel.  It kept stumping doctors though why hurting on my left side the most.  Go back this wednesday to talk to doctor, good luck with yours.

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   Posted 12/17/2007 1:34 PM (GMT -7)   
You can have pain right after you start eating because just smelling and/or chewing can start the digestive process. That means your intestines are moving around (peristalsis), and it may be painful if you have active disease whether you have food that far down or not. 

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   Posted 12/17/2007 1:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Man I can't beleive how informative this site is.  Sometimes I think people on here knows more about the disease than the doctors do.
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