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Unknown Cause for Left Side Abdomen Pain

I have been have pain on the left side of my Abdomen for approx 2 years.  First the doctor said it was IBS,but
in January after a bad attach and going to emergency, they said I have a blocked bowel and I was in the hospital for three days.  After being release from the hospital, they ran all kinds of test, Upper GI, CAT Scan and found nothing to have caused the blockage or pain.  I have a Colonoscopy two years ago, so they saw no need to do that test again.
I have had several surgeries, gallbladder, hernia, hysterctomy and doctor thought it would be scar tissue, but test
showed none.  Help the pain seems to be getting worse
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Hi
Welcome to the MedHelp forum!
There are various causes for left lower abdominal pain. I understand you have undergone several investigations. Please go through this and see if something was missed. Pain and discomfort on the lower left side of abdomen just below and to the left of  navel can be due to several causes such as Crohn’s disease, diverticulitis, infection in kidney, kidney stones, constipation, and an abscess in rectus abdominis muscle or psoas muscle. Since you do not have a lump or a tender hot spot, in all probability it is not a muscle. It could also be a periumbilical hernia that has got trapped resulting in small bowel obstruction or mesenteric ischemia. Mesentry is a thin layer of tissue attached to the intestines that carries the blood supply and lymphatics to the intestine.
There is a possibility that there is a stone in the urinary system. This also causes pain that can be felt in groin and hip area.
Since you have had multiple surgeries, possibility of adhesions between abdominal and pelvic organs are very high and can be a cause of unexplained pain. However the only way to diagnose them is to carry out a laprotomy and then cut the adhesions. It is difficult to comment beyond this at this stage. Please discuss this with your doctor.
Hope this helps. Please let me know if there is any thing else and do keep me posted. Take care!

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Thanks for your response, but wouldn't the things you suggested that could be the cause show up in the CAT scan or other tests I had.  Doctor suggested exploritory surgery, but he said with all the risks he wouldn't recommend it and he would probably not find anything.  The pain is real and the obstruction was real - so I know there is a problem and it is frustrating.
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