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I've been reading these forums for help on my current situation and I've read some good tips, but I wanted to make my own post to see if you guys could hopefully help.
I'm a 23 year old Male and have been experiencing lower left abdominal pain for the past 6 months. It seems to be the most noticeable in the morning. I wake up and press down to the right of my left hip bone and the best way to describe what I feel is a muscle or something that is distended inside my abdomen. When I do press on this area, I feel immediate pain. I do not get this same type of feeling on the right side of my abdomen, nor do I feel a distended type of muscle. The best way I can describe the pain is a more of a dull-achey feeling rather than sharp stabbing pain, but it's definitely noticeable. Even if I don't press in the area, I can still feel that something isn't right. It does however feel temporarily better with a bowel movement, but gradually gets worse as the day goes on. Lastly, I do notice when I press on the affected I hear like a sound liquid moving around in there, or it may be trapped gas?
I've had a sigmoidoscopy (not full colonoscopy, since my GI doctor didn't thing it was necessary since my pain is only on the left side) and a CT scan several months ago, both came back clear. The doctors said they saw no signs of Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn's or Diverticulitis and are diagnosing this as IBS.
While I feel I do suffer from IBS, I can't help but feel that they missed something. This isn't the normal "IBS" type of pain to me. I've also tried being on different meds such as Nortriptyline for the pain, but that didn't help.
Also, recently I've been having trouble with my left ear. I have to constantly keep popping it for it to remain "open" and it feels sore inside. Does this have anything to do with the abdominal pain that I've been having or is this a separate issue?
Has anyone else had similar experiences? If so, please share and if you have any advice I would love to hear it.
I really appreciate everyone's time to help. I would just love to be out of pain. Thank you so much!
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