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CT Scan benefit outweigh the risk? I'm 23 with 3 CT scans already. Doctors concerned about chronic upper left abdomen pain radiating to back.

CT Scan benefit outweigh the risk? I'm 23 with 3 CT scans already. Doctors concerned about chronic upper left abdomen pain radiating to back.

Depends: It depends on what your dr is concerned about. CT scans do provide significant radiation exposure. Some causes of left upper abdominal pain can e assessed by ultrasound or endoscopy, depending on your other symptoms and risks. If however, your doctor can provide good reason why CT scan is necessary, then it is probably worth doing. You can always seek a second opinion. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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My 15 yr old son has been suffering for yrs. 1st he is T1D. Endo says its not related, allergist says No allergies, Gastro says No problems. He gets small clear blisters and itch in mouth, chronic canker sores, and severe Chronic upper left abdominal pain

My 15 yr old son has been suffering for yrs. 1st he is T1D. Endo says its not related, allergist says No allergies, Gastro says No problems. He gets small clear blisters and itch in mouth, chronic canker sores, and severe Chronic upper left abdominal pain

Look further: There are 2 conclusions can be drawn from this:there is nothing wrong with him or whatever tests have been run have failed to show what the hell is wrong with him. I favor the later. Do not give up. You need a holistic physician who can look at it from a different perspective. Go to www. Aaemonline. Org and find a physician near you. Hope it helps you ...Read more

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I've had a bad cough, bronchitis, recently stopped smoking, metallic taste when I cough. Cough turned dry and chronic last 3 days. Difficulty breathing. Severe lower left abdominal pain started today

I've had a bad cough, bronchitis, recently stopped smoking, metallic taste when I cough. Cough turned dry and chronic last 3 days. Difficulty breathing. Severe lower left abdominal pain started today

M.D. visit: Since you have abd pain, difficulty breathing and a cough, these symptoms may indicate that you have pneumonia. Pneumonia does not necessarily mean that you have a bacterial illness, but this sometimes does occur following a viral illness.
Please see you physician and a virtual consult is also available on follow up. ...Read more

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What causes upper left abdominal pain?

Possible causes: Causes of left upper abdominal pain include but are not limited to: angina, heart attack, pneumonia, injury, enlarged spleen, ruptured spleen, pancreatitis, infection / abscess of the spleen, renal infection or stone, aortic aneurysm, cancer, shingles and obstipation. It is best to have chronic abdominal pain evaluated. Severe abdominal pain = er. ...Read more

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Upper-left abdominal pain. What's there?

Upper-left abdominal pain. What's there?

Lots!: The organs in the left upper abdomen (luq)include the stomach, liver, spleen, pancreas, kidney, colon, small intestine, & adrenal gland. Of course, abdominal pain may often originate from the abdominal wall rather than the internal organs. When trying to sort out this type of pain, a "face-to-face" evaluation is necessary, supplemented by lab+/-radiology tests. Best bet: c ur primary care dr. ...Read more

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What should I do about this severe upper left abdominal pain?

Severe ABD pain: Severe abdominal pain warrants emergency medical evaluation. Causes of left upper abdominal pain include but are not limited to: angina, heart attack, pneumonia, injury, enlarged spleen, ruptured spleen, pancreatitis, infection / abscess of the spleen, renal infection or stone, aortic aneurysm, cancer, shingles and obstipation. It is best to have chronic abdominal pain evaluated. ...Read more

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Can upper left abdominal pain mean I have pancreatitis?

Can upper left abdominal pain mean I have pancreatitis?

Abdominal: Pancreatitis can cause upper abdominal pain.There are other conditions like peptic ulcer disease, irritable bowel syndrome which can also cause similar pain. Please see your M.D. ...Read more

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What causes Upper left abdominal pain when breathing deeply?

Maybe pleurisy?: Anatomically, the left upper quadrant (luq) of abdomen includes: spleen, pancreatic tail, stomach, descending duodenum, splenic flexure of the colon, associated vessels. Don't forget the diaphragm, heart, and lower chest are pretty close by. The abdominal musculature, ribs, and skin can all contribute as well to localizing luq pain. An exam is appropriate for clarity of diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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I have severe upper left abdominal pain which feels like severe stitch. It lasts for several days then gradually subsides then comes back.?

I have severe upper left abdominal pain which feels like severe stitch. It lasts for several days then gradually subsides then comes back.?

Many Possibilities: Abdominal pain can be caused by a long list of disease and problems, ranging from simple nonthreatening muscle strain, to serious conditions like cancers. Persistent unusual pain or recurring pains should be evaluated by a physician. Upper left pain could be related to your spleen, stomach, pancreas, colon, lower lung, kidney, ECT ect. ...Read more

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Husband is 36. Has moderatly sharp upper left abdominal pain. Occurs when lying down. Had severe GI upset 3 days last week. Related? What could it be?

Probable reflux: Several possibilities. It sounds like it has not been long term. No mention of injury so probably not spleen, onset with lying down indicates a high probability of esophageal reflux, possibly gastritis. Since it seems to be recent onset (3 days) in a 36 year old man and the pain is now severe, he may have helicobacter pylori gastritis and peptic ulcer disease.. H. Pylori is felt to cause ulcers. ...Read more

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Sudden upper left abdominal pain could this be a cough strain?

Possibly: Assuming that you have no other antecedent events, and had a coughing spell, this pain could be musculoskeletal, i.e. Muscle strain, since vigorous coughing does utilize abdominal and chest wall muscles. However if it was preceded by other events, such as vomiting, abdominal pain, swallowing a foreign object such as a fish bone, falling, etc., then if the pain worsens, you should see your md. ...Read more

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Shooting stabbing upper left abdominal pain that comes and goes, but is painful. Possible GI/ liver etc causes?

Shooting stabbing upper left abdominal pain that comes and goes, but is painful. Possible GI/ liver etc causes?

Ulcer: A stomach ulcer would be one of the most concerning reasons for your symptoms however more likely you are experiencing gastritis which is inflammation of your stomach. Please consider seeing your health care provider if it persists or worsens. ...Read more

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Upper left abdominal pain and severe heartburn. Pain for 7 weeks and heartburn for over 24 hrs. Nothing relieves it help?

Be seen: If you have been having pain for 7 weeks and have tried OTC remedies, I think you should be seen ASAP. You could have a severe gastritis, (inflammation of the stomach lining), or an ulcer. There are other causes of upper abdominal pain, all which need to be ruled out. Best wishes. ...Read more

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3 weeks w/ sharp upper left abdominal pain that comes & goes, wakes me up at night, worse on empty stomach, periodically relieved if I eat. Help?

3 weeks w/ sharp upper left abdominal pain that comes & goes, wakes me up at night, worse on empty stomach, periodically relieved if I eat. Help?

Gastroenterologist: A gastroenterologist may give you a definitive diagnosis. In your age, especially if at school and stressed out, it could be developing ulcers of the stomach or just some reflux.
Make sure you see a doctor. ...Read more

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Have dull upper left abdominal pain/discomfort for about 10 days? What's causing this and should I see my doctor? It doesn't affect by day, very minor

Have dull upper left abdominal pain/discomfort for about 10 days? What's causing this and should I see my doctor? It doesn't affect by day, very minor

LUQ anatomy: Anatomically, the left upper quadrant (luq) of abdomen includes: spleen, pancreatic tail, stomach, descending duodenum, splenic flexure of the colon, associated vessels. Don't forget the diaphragm, heart, and lower chest are pretty close by. The abdominal musculature, ribs, and skin can all contribute as well to localizing luq pain. Decide if concern about your "very minor" symptoms warrants eval. ...Read more

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Been having acute and intermittent sharp upper left abdominal pain, under ribs. No other symptoms. Almost daily for 4wks. Pain can be mild to intense?

Been having acute and intermittent sharp upper left abdominal pain, under ribs. No other symptoms. Almost daily for 4wks. Pain can be mild to intense?

Get it evaluated: Then you need to have the issue evaluated. These evaluation will likely include a ct scan. See a doctor. You will not find a definitive answer on the internet. ...Read more

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