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I've been dealing with ongoing abdominal discomfort and GI stress for the past 5 weeks now. It came on very abruptly - a few hours after dinner one night I felt like I was getting some sort of stomach bug, with slight fever and pain 1 inch above my belly button. It subsided a bit over the next couple days, but I checked in with my doctor just in case and he sent me to the ER because he thought it could be early signs of appendicitis. Blood work, an ultrasound, and a CT scan were run at the hospital and they all came back normal.
Fast forward 5 weeks, and the pain/discomfort is still there. I hesitate to say pain, as it is not really debilitating and hasn't affected my daily life much (apart from not being able to go running). It is a constant discomfort, and when I say constant, I mean it hasn't gone away once since it started. It is worse when I am sitting down and sleeping, and is less noticeable when I am walking around doing stuff. Food doesn't seem to aggravate it or make it better. Sometimes it feels like a burning sensation, other times it feels like there is a rock at the pit of my stomach. It is very localized to a spot roughly 1 inch directly above my belly button.
Related symptoms that I am having are a fair bit of bloating and gas, and my bowel movements aren't quite normal. I wouldn't say I have diarrhea, but they are certainly looser than they used to be and seem to fluctuate daily so there is no consistency. I am also getting bouts of nausea a few times a week.
Since visiting the ER, I have done a stool sample to check for parasites, a stool culture, blood work, and H Pylori breath test. All of these came back normal apart from the blood count, which indicated a slightly lower white blood cell count, but multiple docs have said it's just slightly below the threshold and nothing to worry about. I am waiting on results for more blood work to check my liver and for celiac disease, and another parasite check, as the stool tests are apparently not very accurate. I've been on pantaprazole, which did nothing to help symptoms, so it's unlikely an ulcer. I have a referral to go see a gastroenterologist 2 months from now, but the process here in Canada takes forever and I really just want some relief from these symptoms.
This is the first time I have every dealt with something like this before. I'm a 23 year old male, eat well, exercise all the time, and lead a relatively non-stressful life. For some reason, the onset of this has caused me severe anxiety, and I can't help but think I have cancer or some other terminal disease. I'm trying to convince myself that something abnormal would have shown up on the ultrasound, CT scan, or blood work that has been run if it was a serious issue, but I'm still fearing the worst. I'm just looking to see if someone has dealt with similar symptoms over such a long time period before.
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