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Constant abdominal pain, keep going hot and cold, loss of appetite, unable to sleep. What to do ?

I was in hospital about a month a go with abdominal pain , they couldn t find out what was wrong ad sent me home with tramadol, I was fine with it but I came off them straight away, I went back to work (support worker) for 2 days then I fell Ill again, I have been going to the doctors and they said it was the cartilages where my ribs are that s inflamed, iv had some blood tests done n the doctors are ringing back tomorrow but I m frightened because the past few weeks iv had bowel trouble, I sometimes get loose but it seems to be normal, I feel sick, keep going hot and cold , loss of appetite my main worry is I m not sleeping it takes me about 2 hours to fall asleep I get restless it s like I m fighting to fall asleep but I can t. Please help. :(
Asked On : Wed, 13 Feb 2013
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Hello, gemmaannebramley90,
It would be helpful to know the location of the pain, constant or intermittent,
travels any where , associated with nausea, vomiting, fever or chills.
Any relationship to food intake. You mention loss of appetite and lack of
sleep probably related to stress.
Abdominal pain can come from peptic ulcer, gallstone attack, inflammation
of the pancreas (Pancreatitis), Irritable bowel syndrome or even Inflammatory
bowel disease such as Crohn's disease or Ulcerative colitis.
You mention ribs and cartilage. There is a tip of cartilage at the lower end of
the breast bone , is called the Xiphoid. It can get irritated and the inflammation
can give you that type of pain. If that is confirmed, sometimes an injection
of long acting cortisone mixed with a local anesthetic into the area can help
heal it. I hope they have ruled out all the conditions I mentioned above.
I wish you well.
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