Shortly after I got out of college, I took a job at a local grocery store to help defray the cost of college, and it was during this time that I developed severe abdominal pain. I could not figure out the cause of it, and nothing that I did seemed to help.
It all started out one day when I was sitting in the break room and thought that I was going to get sick. I ran to the bathroom and had dry heaves, but that was all. I felt shaky and weak, and slowly returned to my department to finish out my shift, which was pure misery.
The next day I woke up and my stomach was still really upset. Just as I started my shift that day, I felt nauseous again and ran to the bathroom, but again, I did not actually get sick. My stomach was very upset, and now I was starting to feel abdominal pain as well.
I thought that maybe I just had a stomach bug and I could just eat lightly for a few days and it would go away. That never happened, however, and within a week, my abdominal pain was so severe I could hardly stand it and actually had to call in sick to work on a couple of occasions.
The scariest thing for me was not knowing what was wrong with me. I tried taking Alka-Seltzer and Pepto Bismol, but neither worked at all. This went on for nearly four months, and I had a brief flash of terror wondering if I had stomach cancer. That quickly passed, however, as I had not lost any weight and, besides the abdominal pain, I felt fine, except that I was having a lot of headaches.
I finally broke down and went to the doctor, and within about 10 minutes of diagnosing me, he discovered the problem. I was allergic to the medicine that I was taking for my headaches, which I just started taking when I started working at the grocery store, and it was making me sick to my stomach.
I had been taking it on a regular basis, even when my stomach was upset, because I was still having those headaches. I had no clue that it was causing the problem. My doctor said that was what was causing the abdominal pain and to stop taking it immediately. I did, and within two weeks my stomach problems were gone.
I think a lot of times people avoid going to the doctor because they feel that whatever they have will eventually go away on its own, and I don’t necessarily think that is a bad thing. If you are having abdominal pain, however, and it lasts more than a day or two, you should really go and get it checked out. You never know what it might be.