August 27, 2009
    Left lower rib cage and stomach pain?
    August 27, 2009

    I have been having stomach pain for six months.  It's basically on the left side in the lower/middle abdomen below the rib cage. Symptoms vary like crazy and the pain fluctuates from 1-5 on the pain scale; there doesn't seem to be any connection with time of day or eating/not eating.  My bowel movements are diarrhea-like and I go three or more times day.  I had one ultrasound, a colonoscopy and an endoscopy; I have also taken several IBS medications (Protonix and Dicylclomine) and Gastrocrom.  Any ideas?



  • Elizabeth Roberts
    Health Guide
    August 27, 2009
    Elizabeth Roberts
    Health Guide
    August 27, 2009

    Hi JWK,

     I'm not a doctor so can't give you a clinical diagnosis. But can say that sometimes when all tests have shown nothing wrong and symptoms continue to persist you might have to look very closely at what you're eating. Or, at things like how you are or aren't digesting you food.

    I might suggest that you keep a food diary, or you could call it a health diary if you prefer. For at least 2 weeks, a month would be better, write down everything that you eat or drink or ingest. Also keep track of how you feel throughout each day, your BMs, energy level, sleep, etc. After a couple of weeks you may well notice a pattern of some type emerge. You may be having issues with dairy products, gluten, eggs, pork, soy, etc. Or, you may be eating too much in one sitting and may need to eat 4 or 5 smaller meals throughout your day.

    Or, you may need to find a different doctor like an Integrative Medicine doctor (think Andrew Weil) or a doctor of Osteopathy who look at us as whole people not just a symptom or set of symptoms to be treated with Rx medications.

    Try these few suggestions and see if any of them help.




    Here are some links on pain control you might find useful:

    Using Tylenol Responsibly

    Let’s Talk Pain Meds

    7 Ways Your Body Says You’re Stressed



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