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I’m a 24 year old female, about two months ago I very suddenly got severe abdominal pain. I went to the ER and they said my X-rays said I was constipated. I got on laxatives and a few days later I started to feel better, or at least it wasn’t excruciating anymore. I haven’t had any improvement since then, I’ve been taking colace every other day or so, and I honestly don’t seem constipated, I’ve been pretty regular since I used the laxatives that first couple of days.
I went to see a GI doctor and they did a CT scan and an endoscopy, both were normal. I’ve been keeping a detailed food diary and I haven’t found any correlation between what I eat and how bad the pain is. The wait time between appointments is really long, where I live is pretty understaffed. They mentioned IBS-C before the tests, but now when I talked to them they said they weren’t sure if my problem is even Gastro related. They tried me on Bentyl, which I had an immediate adverse reaction to, then when I finally got ahold of them a few weeks later they put me on Levsin, but I haven’t noticed any change. The doctor told me I should go to an OB GYN, but getting an appointment with anyone here in less than at least two weeks is practically unheard of.
The pain isn’t very focused at all, I can’t even really pin point it, it just hurts everywhere in my abdomen. There’s some tenderness, and sometimes I can’t even touch my belly without pain. This is the worst timing, I’m graduating from University in five weeks and I’m trying to do my thesis, but I’m fatigued and haven’t been able to focus on much of anything besides this.
Should I try and work out an OB GYN appointment, is that likely to be connected to my problem? Earlier this year I had an ultrasound to check in ruling out polycyclic ovarian syndrome, because my periods are very irregular, but it’s always been like that, it came back normal too. Or should I try talking to the GI doctor again? Or someone else? My PCP is kind of terrible, I won’t be able to get an appointment with them within the next month or two, assuming I can get them on the phone at all. There’s a health clinic at the school, I think they have a nurse there, I could probably at least get a referral from them. Please help, I’m having a really hard time, I don’t want to have to doctor myself, but I’m having a hard time getting time of day from anyone. I hate living here, I’d drive the six hours back home (a city that’s very well known for its phenomenal medical care,) but my thesis is keeping me at the desk all the time, and now I’m behind.
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