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Occasionally I get this really weird pain in my lower right abdomen and it’s been happening since I was 15 (I’m 24 now). No doctor or ultrasound has been able to tell me what it is (nothing on my ovaries/uterus and they cannot see my appendix in the imaging). It feels like it has no rhyme or reason to it and it’s kinda hard to describe. When it happens, the pain swells until it’s sharp and then subsides and continues to do that anywhere from a couple minutes to a couple hours. Sometimes it’s been so bad that I can’t move and it basically knocks the wind out of me. Tylenol and Advil seem to work sometimes, but they never do enough to make the pain go away. The weird part is that I cannot tie it to anything and I’ll go for weeks or months, even a year at times, without experiencing it. But then it comes back out of nowhere!
I’ve seen a GI doctor about it and they didn’t take me seriously when I tried to tell them how scared and frustrated I was because of it. They basically told me I need to eat more fiber and it will go away. I did that, and it didn’t help! I tried suggesting other potential causes that are a bit more rare (chronic appendicitis, diverticulitis, etc.) but they dismissed me. They basically made me feel like I was wasting their time being there and it’s made me hesitant to see another doctor about it.
Has anyone else ever experienced this kind of pain? And how do you approach doctors in these situations so that they take you seriously? It’s almost like I can never fully articulate my symptoms and therefore cannot get the proper help/answers from a doctor.