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-Personal info: I am a male american in my late 20s, 6ft 130lbs generally healthy, thin but not “fit.” No regular medications, or drug use, and no known pre-existing issues before this problem. I first noticed the symptoms in March of 2019, they started seemingly overnight but without any obvious trigger, and have been continuous since. My sensation of the pain has not seemed to get “more painful” over the year, but it does seem to have become more frequent, going from sometimes being able to be unaware of it in the beginning, to now being constantly aware of it.
-Symptoms: The pain location is always localized to what I’m referring to as the “lower right abdomen.” Meaning it is always within the area below and to my right of the belly button. Sometimes it feels more broad like the pressure of a small balloon inflating in the area, other times it feels like a very distinct point I could specifically poke, however when I do try to “poke the point of the pain” I cant seem to touch anything that triggers it to get any worse or feel exactly where it’s coming from. So I'm more just pointing to where the pain is somewhere there internally. The problem itself is definitely something internal, it always presents on the lower right of the abdomen and varies in intensity but without any predictability, one pain is very precise, sharper, and lower (like a finger length above the right leg and groin) while the other is more of a constant broad pressure to the right of the belly button. In both cases it always feels very specific like if I could reach in there and touch exactly where it is, but yet when I apply pressure I cant seem to feel any physical difference, or trigger it to be worse. Sometimes it feels like a small weight or ball is inside, or if I stretched in just the right way it would somehow release this pressure, while the sharper pain has no obvious feeling of how it could be soothed. But I often find myself absent minded rubbing and pressing my hand against my lower right abdomen, (apparently even enough so that someone who didn't know commented on it and asked if I had something going on.) The pain is a constant low level “tightness” with frequent pricks of a sharper more specific pain not unlike getting constantly pinched or poked except internally.
-Around the same time I started noticing this physical pain I also started noticing some differences in my stool, often it is thin in diameter and slightly lighter in color, or not loose like diarrhea but also not formed into a “log,” though it is consistently inconsistent and seemingly unpredictable, and I cannot find a pattern or relation to how it changes based on what I eat. Every once in a while it seems normal, but then goes back to being weird in some way shortly after. (I actually kept track of what I was eating and it did not seem to matter what I ate within my normal diet at the time. Then about six months ago I drastically changed my diet to be much more (but not fully) vegetarian, and contain much less processed foods (but again not zero,) and again even with that drastic change, it did not make any noticeable difference to this problem.)
-Tying these things together (maybe) I am also always hearing and feeling clicking and gurgling sensations again only coming from that very localized lower right abdomen area, however those sensations seem to have no effect on how bad the pain is. These sensations are not unlike maybe what you might feel when you have diarrhea or during digestion, except they are more pronounced and occur all throughout the day and don't seem to be tied to how the stool presents or proximity to a meal. Again I became aware of this being a regular thing at the same time as everything else, and I would say it causes an abnormal discomfort and is tiring to have always happening, and definitely doesn't seem “normal.” When I am laying down and press my hand where the pain is I can sometimes feel what can only be described as a bulge physically move through that area. And in the lower area I often feel a bubbling or popping, and have become much more outwardly gassy than I was previously. However it should be noted that passing gas or stool does not make the pain better, or really seem to change it at all. My curiosity obviously wonders if this pain and pressure I started to feel is in someway related to or causing these other gastrointestinal issues, since I became aware of them at the same time, but not knowing much about medical stuff I understand it could be different things just coincidentally all occurring in the same small area.
-So now for what I have already done about it. I went to my GP doctor to get it checked in April 2019 after it had not gone away on its own in a month. He did a physical exam, blood test, and other basic diagnostics which revealed nothing. I lived with it for a couple more months and went back to this doctor in June 2019, he again did some basic physical examinations which again didn’t determine anything, so suggested a CT scan, which I also completed in June 2019, the GP doctor responded that he saw nothing on the scans when he received them from the imagery place. So I continued to deal with it, but finally went back a third time in November 2019 to see if anything else could be suggested. This time he referred me to a gastroenterologist, however at this point I was just about to move cities, so I never went to that GI doctor, and then the covid started so I tried not to go in to doctors unnecessarily, and actually have yet to even set up a new GP in my new location. (Also due to the current work situation I am also uninsured, but I know in the long term my health is more important to get sorted than waiting for when I have stable benefits. But I guess that’s one of the reasons I’m posting here to see if there is anything obvious to check for first rather than just being automatically ran through a bunch of unnecessary/expensive tests.)
-Being that it's been a year and a half and I’m still here, I guess it must not be terrible lol, but at the same time something is clearly not right and it has me in constant nagging discomfort, not debilitating but still being constantly aware of something clearly not being 100% is draining over time. All in all there seems to be something wrong that is causing me broad discomfort and pain disrupting quality of life, that just is somewhere inside the lower right of the abdomen. And I would really appreciate any ideas. Thank you in advance!
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