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What will Ultrasound test reveal? I have a severe constant

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What will Ultrasound test reveal?I have a severe constant pain whenever I'm sitting down, it's on the upper left side of my abdomen, next to my stomach and behind my left ribs, it's always in the same place. This place hurts when I'm using my laptop or when I'm watching TV or when I'm sitting on the bus. Sometimes I get sharp stabbing pain on the left side of my stomach. The pain seems to dissapear after I stand up. I suffered the residual effects of all these symptoms for more than
4 years.
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 8 months ago.

Hello. I'm Dr. Phil, licensed and practicing internist. Excellent service is my goal.

Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 8 months ago.

does eating do anything?

what are they going to ultrasound? the whole belly?

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Sometimes when I eat the pain is there, but I can adjust and the pain goes away while I still eat.The Ultrasound sheet said abdomen, that's all I remember.
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
The pain is not in my tummy, it's on the upper left side of my abdomen
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
The location of the pain is the spleen.
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 8 months ago.

did your doctor detect enlargement of the spleen?

that could be the case

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
No he didn't detect it as far as I know because I was just describing my symptoms and showed him the area and he said it's the Spleen.
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 8 months ago.

Okay.

This is probably what is going on

I suspect enlargement of the spleen.

have you been sick lately?

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
I haven't been sick but the abdominal pain I've had for every day since 4 years ago
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 8 months ago.

OKay. This should be done then

and if this is normal then a scope of the belly

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
an Ultrasound should be done and it is normal a scope of the belly. Sorry what do you mean by 'scope of the belly'?
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 8 months ago.

scope of the inside of the stomach

endoscopy

to see if maybe it is coming from the stomach

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Do you think I should do a Nerve Conduction Studies/EMG to see if it is a nerve or muscle problem?
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
It's not the stomach, my stomach is fine, I eat fine and excrete fine
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 8 months ago.

Only if the ultrasound is normal

sorry about the late reply

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Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Which test do you think will be better, a Nerve Conduction Studies/EMG or a Lumbar Puncture?
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 8 months ago.

EMG first

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
What would be the reason to do a Lumbar Puncture test if you had already done a NCS/EMG first and that showed you had no nerve or muscle conditions?
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 8 months ago.

would you mind accepting additional services?

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Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Sure
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 8 months ago.

thanks

the LP would be looking for things like MS

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
What would the Lumar Puncture be looking for that NCS/EMG doesn't look for?
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 8 months ago.

things like MS

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
What kind of infections does it look for apart from MS?
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 8 months ago.

not likely infectious at all

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
What's the difference between Central Nervous System and Peripheral Nervous System?
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 8 months ago.

Central is brain and spinal cord.

peripheral is everything else

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
NCS/EMG is PNS and Lumbar Puncture is CNS?
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 8 months ago.

correct

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
because my pain is on the upper left side of my abdomen, next to my stomach and behind my left ribs, is it a Central Nervous System problem or Peripheral Nervous System problem?
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 8 months ago.

probably PNS

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Who diagnoses Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, a Rheumatologist or Neurologist?
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 8 months ago.

yes.

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Which one?
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 8 months ago.

rheumatologist

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
I showed my GP the area of the pain and he said it's the spleen. What's the difference between organ originated or PNS originated? If it's organ originated pain, then will NCS/EMG or Lumbar Puncture pick it up on the test?
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 8 months ago.

I doubt it is CNS related

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
If it's the Spleen, then does it mean it's CNS related?
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 8 months ago.

No, then it is just organ related.

CNS and PNS refers to the nervous system only

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Okay so if Ultrasound comes out normal then I should look into EMG/NCS?
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Will the Ultrasound say if it is organ related?
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Will the Ultrasound say if the pain is organ related?
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 8 months ago.

correct

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Which one is better an Ultrasound or CT scan for abdominal pain?
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
What's the difference between CT abdomen and Ultrasound abdomen?
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 8 months ago.

CT is too much radiation

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Ultrasound is used more often for abdomen scans?
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 8 months ago.

no, but they should be

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
What's the difference between CT abdomen and Ultrasound abdomen in terms of the diseases it detects?
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Is chronic pain syndrome the same as chronic fatigue syndrome?
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 8 months ago.

no they are different

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
What's the difference between CT abdomen and Ultrasound abdomen, in terms of the diseases it detects?
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 8 months ago.

They detect basically the same things.

The ultrasound is just less radiation

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
How long does it take to get Ultrasound scan results?
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
When does the GP get the results?

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