I am a 39 year old female. For the past 2 1/2 months I have been experiencing upper left quadrant abdominal pain. It tends to localize below my ribs but above the navel, about 3 inches left of center. My side also gets tender and my mid back gets muscle spasmy. The pain has sometimes feels like a very tender pulled muscle, but also will feel like a sharper twinge (similar to what I've experienced sometimes when jogging). When the condition was most accute in 4 wks weeks ago, even my skin to the slightest touch was ultrasensitive - almost like a rope-burn type of sensation. I also had a wiggly, twitchy feeling in the muscles there in the upper lft. abd. and into my left side/flank.
I have NO nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or constipation. I have not lost any weight and energetically do not feel sluggish. My oral temperature ranged from 98.8 - 100 F. I also have pain in my left groin that feels like a groin pull and also near the front of of my hip bone. I've also noticed that occasionally my left arm feels heavy and weak, with the grip in my left hand feeling weak as well.
I have had xrays, IVP, ultrasound and CT scan. Initially my urine dip showed blood and it was thought i might have a kidney stone, but in further testing the urine showed 0 - 3 red blood cells, which I am told are normal levels, and the IVP did not turn up anything. Only the ultrasound turned up a very small (1.6cm) hemmorhaggic cyst on my left ovary. The gynocologist did not think my pain, being up so high, was caused by the cyst, and instead felt the cause was visceral and definitely not gynocological or musculoskeletal. The CT scan also showed normal, although I was told there was some fluid in my pelvic area, which was attributed to the cyst. All of my blood work has returned completely normal, including amylase / lipase levels.
I was then sent to a Gastroenterologist who asked me some questions, concluded it was muscular and sent me home to take ibuprofen. She did not do a rectal or scope me. Stool sample results came back normal: no e coli, no giardia, no parasites, no blood.
I have been prescribed darvocet, levsin, ibuprofen and naproxen, none of which have made any difference.
Also - have eliminated dairy, alcohol, caffeine from my diet and added extra fiber. I eat no red meat and haven't for approx. 20 years. I have smoked on and off for approx 20 years, most recently less than 5 / day, but have been smoke-free since 1 / 1 / 2000. I do have GERD, but treated myself with herbs and diet and have not had a reccurrence in about a year.
I am at a loss for which way to turn for help next. My primary care physician seems to be at a loss as well. I also had some thoracic and cervical xrays to see if I might have a pinched nerve causing the pain - nothing apparent showed.
Can you help with any suggestions as to what might be the diagnosis, or references to someone in my area (Boston) who might be able to help? I am also concerned perhaps something was missed on the CT or KUB xrays. Should I have a chest xray? Ultrasound of my spleen / pancreas area? Did the CT scan cover this?
I appreciate your time and consideration and any advice you can offer.