50 female, menopause and all it's glory. Had lots of issues over the years. I've had belly tenderness and pain for 3 weeks now. Right side below the rib cage and it moves around my back. I feel like there's a football in there taking up space. On occasion, a very sharp/knifelike pain in my back on the right. Over the years I've had off an on issues with my belly on the right. They tell me it 'must be IBS' and when you can't 'go' or you are passing/puking blood, then is the time to call the doc. Well, my 'gut instinct' is telling me this isn't a good thing happening. Should I wait until one of the 3 options happens? I know that describing belly pain is a nightmare since it could be something totally not 'belly' related.
How tall are you (feet and inches)?: 5'4"
What is your weight in pounds?: 153
How old are you?: 50
How long has this been going on?: A week or two
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Describe associated symptoms not listed above: Belly is tender to the touch just below my right rib cage. From the belly button on a diagnoal about 2" up. Constant 'discomfort and pressure' which escalates to sharp shooting pain that circles around my right side to my back. When I breathe in deep, it feels like there is a football stuffed in my belly on the right. I have a buging disc at C3-4, C5 is crumbling/pinching nerves and there is pressure on my spinal cord at C4-5. I have been seeing a pain management specialist for 6 years now. Injections as needed into the C3-4-5 area.
What have you done so far to remedy this condition? Please include tests and relevant studies here.
Increased water and fiber, lower caffeine and alcohol. Haven't complained to my GP yet. Trying to walk more.
Please list any chronic medical problems and also list any prior surgery (lacerations don't count!):
I have a 5.5 cm hiatal hernia/reflux/Barrett's esophagus ongoing for 15 years. I've had a salpingo oopherectomy/hysterectomy thanks to stage IV endometriosis, gallbaldder removed, tonsils are gone and they took the appendix with the removal of the first offspring. DCIS diagnosis 9/11 (no big deal).
Check all conditions present in your immediate family... :
Asthma / Lung Problems
Please list any medication allergies that you have : : Recent bad reaction to sulpha drug for UTI. Turned beet red and felt as if I was on fire. Stopped the drug immediately. Old fashioned penecillin doubles me over with intestinal pain/cramping/diharrhea.
Please list any medications you are currently taking (and dosage if known) ::
Nambumetone ??mg 2Xday), gambapentin (100 mg 2Xday), albuterol(as needed/not to exceed 2 inhalations 3Xday), advair 100/50 2Xday), citrical-D, vit C, magnesium, skelaxin(as needed ??mg).
When was your last menstrual cycle?: I no longer have a menstrual cycle
Are you currently using or do you have a history of tobacco use?: Yes
Are you currently using or do you have a history of illegal drug use?: No
Please describe your alcohol consumption :: Weekly
I don't want to be labelled a cry baby/whiner/hypocondriac which is what happens as soon as you walk in and you don't obviously have a knife sticking out of your body. On the other hand, I'm really close to being in a miserable state and realize this is not an ER issue. If you can at least tell me the best language to use with an MD to describe my pain that would help. I'll be seeing my oncologist on Friday and he's bound to go poking on my guts.
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