Hi Dr. For the past month I have been experiencing a strange kind of pain. I am getting sharp pains on the left side of my stomach, right at my waist. I will get 2 or 3 pains and then it will go away, it usually just lasts a few minutes. Some days this happens once and other days it happens multiple times. If I am standing for a long period of time and have these pains I will also experience back pain on my left side which shoots about halfway down my left leg leaving an aching back and leg which can be quite painful. I have also been experiencing a lot of bubbles in my urine, I don't know if this is related but I am guessing it is because when I am in pain I seem to get more bubbles. This pain also happens sometimes when I am sitting but it is mostly when I stand. The pain is tolerable and hasn't gotten worse but it's not going away either. Anyways, I have a few questions:
1. Any ideas as to what could be causing this? I have tried to track the pain to a particular activity or food and have had no luck.
2. Any home remedies I can try to alleviate these symptoms?
3. I don't have health insurance and know if I have to go to the doctor and have tests it is going to cost me a fortune. If I have to go to the doctor can you recommend what type of doctor I should go to so I can try to minimize costs so instead of going to my general doctor and getting a referral maybe I can go straight to the source.
To answer your questions:
1) Left lower quadrant pain can be caused by diverticulitis, colitis, inflammatory bowel disease, or non-GI causes like a kidney stone, hernia or groin pull.
2) Treatment is difficult to recommend without knowing exactly what is causing the discomfort.
3) I would suggest a GI physician. A CT scan and colonoscopy would comprehensively evaluate the lower GI tract for possible causes.
These options can be discussed with your personal physician.
Followup with your personal physician is essential.
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