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New to the Group - Pain in upper left quadrant


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Hello everyone.

I am new to the group , I have been suffering with pain on my LUQ( left upper quadrant around my rib cage for the last one year. Had been to gastro  and dis all the tests- MRI, CT scan, Colonoscopy, endoscopy and all came back good. Dr finally concluded I have IBS , All prescription medication including TCA's never worked.  The pain starts after I poop in the morning and feel nauseated and stays whole day , sometimes gets  better  late evening. Sometimes the pain is on the right side. I have no Constipation or Diarrhea. This is affecting my daily life and feel frustrated. I have tried probiotics, low FODMAP diet, Gluten free diet. Nothing seems to work, I had a second consult wit a GI and he says the same- IBS Anyone having such symptom's? Thanks 

 


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Jeffrey Roberts

Hello,

This sounds frustrating and uncomfortable. To me, it sounds more like Functional Abdominal Pain rather than IBS since you don't have constipation or diarrhea associated with it; however, could the pain be coming from somewhere else besides the bowel? It's good you have had an MRI and CT to rule out any other abdominal causes.

There are a host of meds that can try to manage the pain. It takes a psychiatrist with knowledge of gastroenterology to prescribe the right one. Lyrica and Cymbalta come to mind as possible options.

There is also Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Hypnotherapy which might also help to turn down the "volume" on the pain.

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