You're young! It's probably nothing! But what if it is?
September 1, 2010 2:48 PM Subscribe
YANMD. But my choices are ER or wait. Left side pain, fever, blood, etc. What to do?
I've had minor crampy throbby type pain in my lower left side (front, sometimes back, lower - like in the pelvic area) for months. Then, two months ago, I started having fresh blood in my stool. Some in the stool, some on the toilet paper, not a lot, but noticeable. Went to the doctor this Monday, had bloodwork done that showed I'm not anemic and white blood cell count was normal, everything was normal. The doctor figured it was hemmerhoids. Didn't see any external, but thought there might be an internal one, which would explain the blood. OK. Today the lower left side pain feels worse: not terrible pain, but definitely noticeable. I also have a fever that seems to vary between 99.3 - 99.8. At the doctor two days ago it was 99.5. I feel hot, then cold, and clammy. I feel sort of crappy. I guess it could just be a cold or the flu, but I don't know. I feel a little nauseous, not very hungry.
I'm a 26 year old female. I am very healthy and fit - exercise miles daily, eat a pretty good diet with lots of vegetables. I drink coffee daily on an empty stomach - probably not good to do. I would say I feel better when I don't eat foods containing gluten, though, for example, yesterday I ate three slices of pizza and three cookies.
I had STD tests done after my last partner, all negative. Since then I was on two rounds of antibiotics for other things, including a absolutely terrible stomach flu they thought might be bacterial. I have been hanging around a person who has giardia.
I've talked with my doctor's nurse and her suggestion is I come in next week when they have appointments available or I go to the ER now and to definitely go to the ER if my fever doesn't go away or increases. A trip to the ER never convenient for anyone, but it is especially inconvenient for me right now.
I just don't know what to do. I'm scared there's something really bad wrong with me, like cancer or Crohn's or something, but doctors in general just seem to tell me: "You're young! You're so fit and healthy! It's probably nothing!"