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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I've had a feirce bruising sensation on my left side just underneath my bottom rib. Feels like I banged it up pretty bad but no bruise. Is this something I can ignore? It's been going on for about 3 days now.
Doctor :   hello
User :   hi
Doctor :   i am Dr Oberoi here
User :   nice to meet you
Doctor :   may i know your age and gender please ?
User :   female 43
Doctor :   is the pain constant ?
User :   yes like when you have a bruise and it's actually been since Sunday so 5 days now
Doctor :   do you have any other medical condition >?
User :   lol...yes but I use herbs instead of docs most of time... I'm hypoglycemic and have had lots of thyroid problems...I'm in remission from grave's disease now
User :   i'm also asthmatic and have fibroids
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   3 days of constant pain
Doctor :   well this is something you CANNOT ignore
User :   actually since Sunday so 5's not earth shattering more like a bad bruising feeling
Doctor :   what makes it better and what makes the pain go a away?
User :   not touching it makes it ok...but i drive school bus and when i use parking break it hurts really bad
User :   but if i'm just walking around i don't notice it so much unless i turn or twist
User :   or touch it
Doctor :   ok well it does need to be physically examined
User :   what's under that side of your body?
User :   i can call for an appointment...i just have no insurance so didn't want a several hundred dollar bill for nothing
Doctor :   it can be your gall bladder
User :   my gall bladder is gone
User :   and isn't that on the right side? that's where my scar is
User :   this is on my left
Doctor :   is the pain radiating ?
User :   no
Doctor :   any relation to food ?
User :   no
User :   i just made appointment....will see thank you for your time
Doctor :   organ pain can radiate to either side thats why i had mentioned it
Doctor :   a constant pain for 5 days do require a abdominal ultrasound
User :   yikes...ok...they gave me appt for 15th so hopefully it will disappear before then...
User :   i had seen something online about left side pain being possible from hepatitis and that startled me because hepatitis is a bad thing here in Alaska
User :   is that a possibility?
Doctor :   have you had unprotected sexual intercourse ?
Doctor :   hepatitis will also cause jaundice
User :   no i'm abstinent and have been for over 3 years now
User :   i'm just not interested in sex
Doctor :   then its not hepatitis
User :   good
Doctor :   as hepatitis A will not cause it
User :   is the spleen on the left side?
Doctor :   yes it is
Doctor :   but its usually a traumatic injury that can cause it
User :   two weeks ago i fell on my left side but registered no pain in rib area as i fell on my left hip and shin
User :   so i don't think it was that
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