I apologize in advance if this is lengthy. I'm a 48 yr old woman with history of HBP, lupus (SLE), severe arthritis (all over), fibromyalgia, GERD, IBS, asthma. Past surgeries for hysterectomy (1998), tonsils/adenoids (1970), R shoulder replacement (2008), gall bladder removal (1999), R & L knee arthroscopies (dont' remember what years, but was many years ago), ovarian cyst removal prior to hysterectomy (1985).
For about the past month or so, I've had intermittent left upper abdominal pain that ranges from a sharp, pinching pain to an aching pain (anywhere from 3-8 on pain scale) I do not have any heartburn with this pain. The area where the pain is located is also sometimes quite tender to the touch. Some intermittent nausea as well - no fever. No change in bowel habits from "my norm". No changes in any medications. Pain does not "travel" anywhere such as back, neck, other areas of abdomen, etc.
Pain is usually more pronounced after eating/drinking, however, it does not matter what I've eaten/drank - it can be water, fruits and veggies or heavier, fattier foods and it doesn't make any difference. Also no difference if I've had gluten or not. Also does not seem to make any difference if I've only had a few bites or eaten an entire meal. It also is NOT ALWAYS more pronounced after eating/drinking, but I have noticed some correlation to that.
This pain is different from the occasional lower stomach cramping that I get with my IBS, and also since there has been no bowel changes, I feel strongly that this is not IBS related. And, of course, since I've had my gall bladder removed, I know it's not gall bladder related.
Does anyone have any ideas as to what this might possibly be? Of course, I know nobody can "diagnose" me over the internet - I'm simply trying to get some ideas of what it might be. I have a regularly scheduled doctor appointment next week and plan on discussing this with my doctor but would like some input before then if possible.
Any suggestions/advice greatly appreciated. Thanks!