Very mild pain on left side of abdomen

by Geoffrey Lawrence
(Australia)

I have been having a slight uncomfortable feeling (I wouldn't term it as pain though) on the left hand portion of my stomach (between the belly and the rib section). It has been there for the past few months now (3 - 3.5 months)


The symptoms are that my bowel habits are completely irregular and random. The frequency is also not at all predictable. On top of that, I have also been belching and breaking wind very frequently. I also do not feel hungry that often (and at the right times).

To be very honest, I consume very little water everyday (sometimes just a glass or two). I drink a lot of juice and considerable amount of pepsi as well. I skip a lot of meals as I have a lot to do at work and breakfast is also very irregular. I also smoke 3-4 cigarettes per day.

I went to a doctor last month and he prescribed me with psyllium husk to be taken twice a day with juice and consume a lot of water. I have been taking it but there seems to be no change. My diet still remains the same with less water and less food as well. I am pretty much sure that this is the problem. Please help me here and also do let me know as to what I need to do to get rid of the problem.




Dear Mr Lawrence,

Many thanks for using our online service.
I am curious about the symptoms you described. It well sound like your doctor is thinking along the line of constipation. I agree with him. My only concern is that if this has gone on for more than 3 months, with reduced appetite, and the other symptoms described, I think we need to do more to unearth or dispel any other potentially serious cause. I guess you are more concerned about something else. Have you discussed your main worry with your doctor?

If you are afraid of the big "C" word or cancer, I am not surprised, though I have NO reason to indicate that that is what it is. Are you more than 50 years of age? Has there been any unintended weight loss? Is there any history of bowel problems in the family?

What about seeing your doctor and consider having at least some routine blood test plus colonoscopy if possible. This will to a large extent eliminate any lingering uncertainty.

You have identified the fact that your diet could be more healthy in terms of regularity and perhaps content. Any plans on working on this area soon? That might also help resolve this problem, if it is due to straight forward constipation.

Please keep us informed as I am eager to know the outcome of your investigations. Do not hesitate to contact us please, should there be any other specific question or issue you want us to help with.

Many thanks again for visiting us here at abdopain.com.

Dr O Edema

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Nov 16, 2012
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Very mild pain on left side of abdomen
by: Anonymous

Hi,

Thank you so much for writing back! Yes you are absolutely right. I went to the doctor last week and even he was suspecting that it could be irritable bowel syndrome. I just had a blood test done today recommended by him and I will be going to meet him again next week after getting the results. Fingers crossed!

Thanks again,
Geoffrey

Nov 15, 2012
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Very mild pain on left side of abdomen
by: The Abdopain Team

Hi Geoffrey Lawrence.

Thanks for your post on the above subject. It is not likely from the brief story you volunteered that the cause of your abdominal pain is cancer.

If you are constipated very now and then, it could be that you suffer with chronic constipation, or perhaps irritable bowel syndrome. See these topics discussed here on the site.

Regarding tests you can do, you will need a doctor to write out a request for you to do a Complete Blood Count also refereed to as Full Blood Count (CBC or FBC), electrolytes and urea test (BUN), ESR or CRP for a start. If need be, your doctor might then request other more specific test for you.

I will not dash off to get a CT scan or colonoscopy done, without first doing those basic blood test and then discuss these with your doctor.

Is that the kind of signposting you were looking for?

Please do not hesitate to come back to us, should you require any further information.

Nov 07, 2012
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by: Geoffrey Lawrence

Hi,

I am currently 26 years old. My grandfather had lung cancer several years ago. Though I am underweight since birth, there has been no weight loss for the past three months.

I am a bit scared of the C word though. When I asked my doctor what it could be, he told me that it was most probably because of constipation. I have also had constipation problems every now and then since birth.

Please do let me know what specific tests I could take. I am a bit concerned actually. I live in Australia and it medical expenses are quite expensive here :(

Or are there any tablets/drugs that I could probably take?

Please do help me on this. Thanks a ton!

Nov 07, 2012
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by: Geoffrey Lawrence

I think I should not have mentioned reduced appetite. I do feel hungry and I eat quite a lot actually. My bad...I should've been clear with my statement. The thing is I feel hungry at odd times and my intake with respect to meals is not very proper.

Nov 06, 2012
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by: Anonymous

I think I should not have mentioned reduced appetite. I do feel hungry and I eat quite a lot actually. My bad...I should've been clear with my statement. The thing is I feel hungry at odd times and my intake with respect to meals is not very proper.

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by: Anonymous

Hi,

I am currently 26 years old. My grandfather had lung cancer several years ago. Though I am underweight since birth, there has been no weight loss for the past three months.

I am a bit scared of the C word though. When I asked my doctor what it could be, he told me that it was most probably because of constipation. I have also had constipation problems every now and then since birth.

Please do let me know what specific tests I could take. I am a bit concerned actually. I live in Australia and it medical expenses are quite expensive here :(

Or are there any tablets/drugs that I could probably take?

Please do help me on this. Thanks a ton!

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