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I have been having a sharp pain in my lower left abdomen for a couple of months. I do not have any vomiting or diarrhea. My primary care physician ordered a series of tests including an ultrasound, 2 CT scans and blood work. The ultrasound came back normal but the CT scans showed a small amount of free pelvic fluid on the left side as well as enlarged blood vessels around my left ovary. My doctors are at a loss as to what is causing the enlarged blood vessels and the pain. They ordered blood work, which came back normal. They want to refer me to a GI specialist but I am not completely convinced that it is not a gynecological problem. Can you offer any advice?
The ultrasound is the most accurate test for the uterus and ovaries. A small amount of pelvic fluid is normal. You can see that after ovulation.
enlarged blood vessels in and of themselves is not an abnormality.
there is a congenital condition of varicosities of pelvic blood vessels (just like having varicose veins of the legs.
I suspect this is a red herring.
if you have persistent pelvic pain with normal scans either:
it is a neurological problem
or it is a functional problem of the bowel 9irritable bowel, spasm).
It is important to be sure you have a normal colonoscopy..
if your pain is cyclic and related to your menstrual cycles, another option is a laparoscopy to look for endometriosis.
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