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I have crohns disease but I have Been having pain under my left ribs and stomach area. I have been vomiting, bloating, feeling like I can't swallow my food down and in pain of and on. I have been having test done lately because I have a thickening in my small bowel again. I had a baium X-ray and cat scan done. In 2002 I was there was some ulcers found in my stomach but I never had problems with them. I really think there is something very wrong in my stomach but nothing has been said that anything was there. I was wondering if ulcers or stomach cancer can be missed on these test. I am normally full of life but now have little energy. I am seeing a specialist surgeon in January but don't know if i should go see a doctor before that to let him know about this pain as well. It has been going on for a long time but it could be from bowel thickening. Confused!
Stomach ulcers are best diagnosed on endoscopy while cancer is best ruled out by biopsy of suspected areas. If these tests have turned out to be normal, malignancy is an unlikely possibility. In addition to GI causes, discomfort under the ribs could also be caused due to issues related o the respiratory tract, chest wall, neuro-muscular causes or due to referred pain from other regions. I would suggest consulting a primary care physician or an internist initially and depending on the cause diagnosed/ suspected, it can be managed accordingly or specialist care may be sought. If there are specific GI symptoms, evaluation by a gastroenterologist may be more appropriate.
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