contant pain in lower abdomen and groin

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Hi , since december i have been suffering from constant pain and discomfort in my lower abdomen and groin area on the left side.  i have had an ultrasound which showed nothing abnormal and blood tests have all come back ok.  The pain varies from a constant dull ache to a shooting pain which can be worse if i am wearing tight clothing or anything that presses on the area.  Even on my good days i feel very weak on the left side and walking for any length of time is a struggle.

My GP is at the point where all he can give me now is pain killers which i am scared to take incase they affect my stomach.  i am on a waiting list to see a colo-rectal surgeon consultant but that is taking a huge amount of time. Does this sound similar to anyone elses experience ?

At first we thought it was diverticulitis but i thought that would have come and gone and not been a constant pain ?  I have changed my diet completely and am taking Fybogel daily.

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    Hi Janice, I to had the same type of pain and in the same area. It was pretty constant for nearly four years. All testing came back normal. By coincidence I discovered that sugar free coffee creamer was causing me this pain. Since I no longer use it the pain is gone, but every now and then I test it out and put a little in my coffee and BAM, it's back. I assume it's an allergic or sensitivity to whatever is in that product. Not saying that is your issue but perhaps . Hope this is helpfulsmile

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      so you think it could easily just be one type of food that is causing this ?I have tried to keep a food diary to try and work out what it imight be that is making things worse but so far it is not very clear, even if i eat quite plainly ( chicken, potatoes or rice and maybe peas) i dont seem to improve or at least it makes little difference. thank you for your reply biggrin
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      ok , i will try that . thank you for your help. it is so hard to know what to do for the best and very frustrating
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      It is very much about trial and error.  Everyone is different so it is hard to pin down.  In the end, you wiil get answers; it just takes so much time and effort!
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    Your problem could be IBS which can cause the pains you describe, can be constant or come and go.  Has diet change and Fybogel helped?  Have you tried Low Fodmap? I take it you had a pelvic ultrasound?   Have you had any recent stress which can trigger stomach problems like IBS?  If nothing shows on scans and other tests, IBS is diagnosed.

    I would try the painkillers your doctor has prescribed to see if they help.  If they don't, you can always stop them and try something else.  I was given Mebeverine while waiting for diagnosis, but they made me so much worse so I stopped them and tried Buscopan and Nurofen which work and I can tolerate.  I tried Peppermint tea to see if something natural would be better but I got heartburn and it did nothing for my pain.  You will probably have to try several medications to find what suits you.

     I first noticed my IBS pain when I had my seatbelt on in my uncle's car.  It pressed on my stomach and caused pain.  Also when I had my ipad folder leaning against my stomach, I again felt pain.

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      thank you for your reply .  I have found that the Fybogel makes me more regular but i am not sure that is helping.  I have also made my diet very basic but again that is not making much of a difference.   I also try to avoid stress but to be honest , this situation is getting quite stressful so it is difficult to avoid.    I have had the pelvic ultrasound and that came back normal.  As you mentioned, the pain is definately worse when something presses on the area - maybe i will try the Fodmap.   I discounted IBS when the doctors didn't mention it and when the pain was constant and did not go away.  I also find the "tiredness" in the leg/groin very frustrating as even on my good days i have that.    thank you for replying pippa smile

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      If the Fybogel is making you more regular, then it is helping so I would continue with this.  These days, you have to ask your doctor about various conditions because otherwise they don't mention them.  I went eight times with long lists on my phone and went through each of my worries to rule out possibilities.  After each visit, my list got smaller, but in between appointments, my list crept back to the same number of questions or even more!

      Although, googling is not the best thing to do when you are anxious, I was forced into it to give the doctors more to work on.  I had to ask about celiac because no one considered it and one of my doctors was amazed I hadn't been tested for it!  At least it was negative.

      Definitely ask your doctor about IBS to try and get a definitive disgnosis.

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      t's possible that you may have a condition I recently got diagnosed with called May-Thurner Syndrome. It was causing me all of the same problems that your'e having, lower abdominal pain, left-sided groin pain, leg weakness and fatigue especially left leg, and balance Issues. It can also cause anxiety, fatigue and depression, Pelvic Congestion Syndrome and IBS. The problem with this condition is that if you don't have blood clots and swollen legs no doctor would ever think of May-Thurner. I didn't have any blood clots but still have severe compression of my left iliac vein. After a doctor placed a stent recently for this condition, almost overnight all problems disappeared. Hope this might help as I know doctors know very little about May-Thurner and the problems it can cause.

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      Hi Jim , thank you for your reply. What led to you eventually being diagnosed with this ? was it your GP or a specialist ?  i am currently on a list waiting to see a Colorectal Surgeon Consultant.
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      It was almost by accident while I was having what I thought was an unrelated vein procedure called a Vericocele Embolization. Afterwards the Interventional Radiologist told me that I also had May-Thurner Syndrome. It turns out May-Thurner can cause Vericocele Veins as well. This condition has been causing me problems for the past 25 years and no doctor has ever thought of May-Thurner as a cause. Here's the symptoms that one vein clinic listed as being caused by MTS:

      Fatigue

      Anxiety

      Depression

      Exercise Intolerance

      Then at 70% or more compression of the Left Iliac Vein can cause Leg Pain or Swelling, Pelvic Pain, Pain w/Intercourse (Dyspareunia), Pelvic Pain after Intercourse (Post-Coital Pain), Lower Back Pain, or Urinary Bladder Discomfort.

      Basically all the problems I've been having for a long time! I would at least recommend having this condition ruled out first, especially if you're considering surgery. If you do have a simple stenting procedure could give you great relief from your problems. A Vascular Surgeon or Interventional Radiologist would be the doctors that deal with this condition.

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