Undiagnosed left sided abdominal pain for many years - help!

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I have had stomach pains ever since i was a child and i have repeatedly been diagnosed with IBS. i have stabbing pains in the left side of my abdomen that are so severe I cannot function when they occur. the pain is NOT stomach cramping, it is always in the same place and if i put a lot if pressure on the area it eases the pain temporarily. I have tried every single possible IBS medication over the years, I have had every possible test done, and I am not convinced I have IBS. nothing seems to trigger my pain, it can happen at any time during the day.

NOTE: I do not have periods, I eat a healthy vegetarian diet, I take vitamins and probiotics (only this last year). I am 25, female.

i have previously posted this same topic over a year ago - https://patient.info/forums/discuss/undiagnosed-left-sided-abdominal-pain-for-many-years-help--680667

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    Can i ask what vitamins you take ? At your age of 25 without having a period ,were you given i diagnose for that ?

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    Since you have been repeatedly diagnosed with IBS, you have had all the tests and they have come back negative, accept your diagnosis because your doctor is the expert. Your symptoms sound very like it. IBS does not show on tests because it is functional and not a problem with a particular organ. Not having periods may be contributing to your symptoms and hormones can make IBS worse. Irritable bowel is diagnosed when all other causes have been ruled out. Some people have severe IBS and don't respond to treatments. You may have to ask for a different IBS medication. It is very common to doubt your IBS diagnosis, diagnosis acceptance can be very hard.

    Have you tried a food diary to see if a food is causing you pain?, Have you had any recent stress? Looking at these things may help you to identify a pattern to your pain. IBS is has all sorts of triggers; food intolerance and stress are the main ones. I was unable to identify my triggers for my abdominal pain and was unaware that stress was causing it. My doctor identified stress was the cause and diagnosed IBS. A previous doctor suggested IBS, but I dismissed it because I had read a lot about IBS over diagnosis and my brother's IBS was different from mine. My pain could come at any point of the day too.

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