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Hello. I'm Dr. Phil, licensed and practicing internist.
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Thanks for this question Jan
this sounds like an IBS flare in part.
Are these typical symptoms of your IBS?
These symptoms aren't very similar to what I used to get, which was normally severe stomach cramping which went off after a couple of hours. Plus sometimes fatty stools too.
The scratchy, pulling sensation I have now is not the same at all.
When I googled 'pain under left ribcage' there was information about potential pancreatitis, spleen and gall bladder problems - are any of those likely to cause these symptoms, in your opinion?
And what about pancreatic cancer or other cancers in those organs?
When you suggest an exam of the belly what would you expect the GP to be checking for?
OK thanks for your help.
I'll ask the GP to do that and also check the thyroid treatment is working adequately.
Thanks - it will probably be a week or so before I get to see the GP.