Back towards the end of February I noticed a mild ache, sometimes a sense of pressure just under my ribs on the left side. I was helping the kids and spending an awful lot of time carrying a baby around and I thought maybe I had strained something. It did go away for a while. Then it came back. Never really a pain. Just sort of a very mild ache. With all my running hither and thither I didn't get into the doctor's until this Monday. Told her it really didn't hurt - it just was just a mild ache that was always there and the fact that it wouldn't go away was beginning to concern me. Particularly since my mother had a hereditary disease that destroyed her spleen and the feeling was in the spleen area. So as expected I got the referrals and appointments to start the look-sees. Starting with an ultrasound next Tuesday. Well, apparently my body decided that it hadn't been emphatic enough in telling me that something's wrong. My stomach started raising hell right after the appointment. And just got worse all that day. And it's still raising hell. It hurts if I start getting hungry. It hurts if I eat much. Sharp pain, shooting into the shoulders and down to my left hip. Source of the pain can definitely now be placed at stomach. Antacids help, but I don't feel very good. Which is making me wonder if I've got myself an ulcer. They are caused by bacteria, but stress, exhaustion, erratic eating - that's been my life for months. All of which runs a body down and and makes one vulnerable to infection.
I am not a happy camper.