I am a 22 year old male, 195lbs, 5' 11", muscular build... In the morning the pain is minor and as the day progresses bloating and discomfort increases, by bedtime it's quite uncomfortable... The area of concern is my lower left abdomen and occasionally reaches up my left side of my back. Towards the end of the day that area is "boiling" with gas and makes a lot of creeks and grunts. I feel like it is a flatulent building up to expel but it rarely reaches a point to where I feel like it will escape and if it does get close, very little leaves and the "gas bubble" retreats back up. Laying down helps but doesn't help expel the gas, just relieves discomfort. I use the elliptical nightly for 30 minutes and it seems to make the discomfort leave for a while.
I notice that I have a slightly "swollen" look to the front left of my bellybutton and down into my pelvis just above my testicles, mainly at my pubic hair line. The right side of my body feels healthy and normal.
I grew up on a poor diet (fast foods and a lot of junk) but have really turned around my habits since age 19 or so. I try to eat natural foods only... meats, grains, veggies (tomatos, lettuce, onion), and lots of fruit (bananas, grapes, & avocados). Also, a lot of water, Orange Juice, and skim milk. I've tried eliminating lactose but get little relief if any.
As a child I had somewhat severe constipation. I believe it was due to stress from an easily agitated father. I ate Metamucil and sometimes needed suppositories.
My poops are variable (sometimes dark, light, float, sink, hard, soft, diarrhea, narrow, or very girthy). When my diet is simple and filled with natural foods I have poops that equate to my food intake but the discomfort remains, although less severe. The feeling I get when I try to push makes me think I'm going to pop or burst the area of concern. I rarely feel I have a fully empty bowel and poop usually once a day, sometimes none. I picture a blockage in the intestines from the feeling I get but I really wouldn't know.
I have seen a GI doctor who suggested i take stool softeners and see what happens, no significant changes were observed, I haven't returned since (6 months). I've seen a Urologist who said I have varicose veins in my left testicle and wants to perform a CT scan on the abdomen. I'm hesitant to do so because I've had many ultrasounds for this issue as well as a CT scan (he is unaware of) earlier this year. Not to mention dental exams, and foot x-rays (for corrective surgery to my extremely flat feet, only did the procedure on the right foot, left is natural and flat)... The urologist asked if I urinate frequently and I hadn't really thought so but after paying attention to it I feel that I do more often than normal (8-12 times daily).
I have 3 great uncles who had prostate cancer, 2 of which died from it.
I am desperate for an answer to this issue, it's been years of discomfort and I want to feel normal again. I feel very restricted when moving at all, especially working out (which I love). I'm about to enter a Firefighter Academy in 6 months. Please any help would be GREATLY appreciated. Thanks for your time! :]
PS: I read an ad that says to take Eztra Virgin Siberian Pine Nut Oil relieves Gastritis & Peptic Ulcers (not sure if that's me but I'm ready to try). I prefer natural remedies over pharmaceuticals. THANK YOU!!!