A lipoma can cause the discomfort, but I would exclude other causes first. Indeed, a CT scan would give a more accurate reading.
If the symptoms continue, you can consider an upper endoscopy. This can exclude major upper GI causes including GERD, an ulcer, or inflammation of the digestive tract.
A negative ultrasound would make gallbladder or liver diseases less likely.
These options can be discussed with your personal physician.
This answer is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice - the information presented is for patient education only. Please see your personal physician for further evaluation of your individual case.
I've had an upper endoscopy a year ago and all they found was a stomach infection.
I forgot to mention that I've also had an chest x-ray and all was normal.
So what specialist should my doctor be sending me to see?
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You may possibly have an inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's or Ulcerative Colitis) in which case you need a referral to a gastroenterologist. I have Crohn's and regularly have a calprotectin stool assay test - cheap and non-invasive. If the calprotectin level if out of range, norm is 20, mine can be as high as 40, this identifies inflammation somewhere in the GI tract, but not specifically where. However, this does give the gastro the "green light" to do invasive testing, such as upper endoscopy and/or colonoscopy. The procedure you referred to in your original post, was I believe, a sigmoidoscopy, which only goes so far up the rectum into the colon. A colonoscopy should be able to get right up to the end of the small intestine, and allows biopsies of any suspicious tissue to be taken, for pathological review.
Will have a talk to my doctor.
is the calprotectin stool assay test something that you can buy OTC, or is it through your gastro doc?
Re: lump sticking out in abdominan
I had a growing lump sticking out by my duodenum starting last year.
With a Cat scan they found a cyst.
I had this complication with a cyst on my pancreast, and the bile leaked, the pain was so excruciating, even after a 2nd ECRP 2 days later...
I was in the hospital for 4 months so fat this year because of the cyst and complications of leaks from the pancreas. I had dilaudin (much stornger than mprphine) and morphine. In fact I live on morphine, and there has been no end in site from having to take morphine, been on it many many years.
I had my gallblder out in 1993 because of the inflammed gall bladder and bile duct. The pancreaitis started from the ECRP and cyst removale a few months ago.
All the time I spent sick the docotors and I labeled mysylf as a mystery problem with IBS. I went through stages of extremem diareah for many many years. But with the morhine, it helps change it to constipation, both are evil in their own way. The pain and nausa I have lived with and have no other choice. I take so many prescription drugs for al this.. also antibiotics.
Mate I'm so sorry. Sounds like you've had a very tough time.
I hope eveything resolves itself for you soon.