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Question: Pain left side


 sheryse - Sat Feb 18, 2006 1:36 am

I am a 34 year old female and suffer from an annoying ache on my left side under my rib cage. I have gone to the doctor and they don't find anything. One doctor treated me for possible IBS, but the ache still comes back. I've had an ab sonogram, but nothing. What is causing this? Could it be diverticuluos?
 Dr. Tamer Fouad - Sat Feb 18, 2006 3:19 am

User avatar Hello,

Left upper quadrant pain is commonly associated with colonic diseases or splenic diseases. The spleen may be enlarged or may be the seat of an infarction. Diseases of the colon may include anything from distension of the splenic flexure of the colon as in cases of irritable bowel syndrome to colonic cancer.

Is the pain you mention associated with anything else such as bowel habits? What relieves it?

Have you considered consulting a gastroenterologist?
 sheryse - Sun Feb 19, 2006 3:09 pm

Thanks for responding. Sometimes my pain is relieved after I've had a bm, which could be either loose or pellet like. However, there are times when I'm constipated. Also, I notice after I eat sometimes the pain will return or increase. There's no family history of colon cancer, so I hoping its not that. I'm trying to find a gastro and hope to make an appointment soon.

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