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Having stomach pain. Take lithium. Is the pain related to lithium intake?

I take lithium and am having upper left abdominal pain and am wondering if it could be related? The pain is like a crampy, bloaty feeling that will flare up and then settle down, but really stays with me. I'm on a low dose of lithium all ready but my blood tests come back with them always being at some peak of the boarderline?
Asked On : Tue, 2 Apr 2013
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Welcome to health care magic
I can understand your situation. I appreciate your effort to seek online support.

Lithium is a mood stabilizer used in bipolar disorder. It has number of side effects which needs continuous monitoring. While on lithium following investigations are required other than Serum Lithium-
1) Complete blood counts
2) Renal function tests
3) Thyroid function tests
4) Serum electrolytes
5) ECG
As per your description, you might have some renal side effects of lithium which needs detailed evaluation by a psychiatrist. Consult a psychiatrist as soon as possible for proper treatment.
Hope it helps
Good luck
Dr. Gourav Monga
Consultant Psychiatrist
Answered: Wed, 3 Apr 2013
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