Stacy -- I have had the same pain in the left rib cage area for a couple of years. Also, I have an ulcer for which I've taken meds for years to no avail and doctor after doctor has advised that I undergo a gastrectomy. I have had three doctors now whom I have told about the pain in my left side after I eat meals and none of them have ever said anything about "splenic flexure." My recent gastro guy finally agreed that I may have a "kink" there. Only now that I am with a homeo chiropractor have I heard the words "splenic flexure" for which he is treating me. Although I have only been with him for a very short time, already I am feeling some relief (the pain feels different is all I can characterize it as). He uses manipulation by hand as well as a laser gizmo that uses light to open up that area. I am hopeful. But I am thoroughly dismayed that no gastro guy ever even mentioned this syndrome.View Thread
I, too, have been diagnosed with splenic flexture, not by the gastro doctor but by my new chiropractor. I have only just begun to see this guy but he immediately diagnosed my condition that seems far less painful than some here are experiencing. However, I have had it for years and the pain occurs on that upper left side like clockwork after each meal and lasts until all my food has passed through. My gastro doctors (and there have been many) all ignore my pleas as to what is going on. My recent gastro guy did call it a "kink" at one point but he and several other doctors I've seen through the years focus instead on a stomach ulcer I have that refuses to heal. It's located right at the mouth of the pylorus so scar tissue has formed around the exit into the duodenum. All doctors have insisted I have a major operation to remove that whole area of my stomach (a gastrectomy). But the truth is that the only pain I experience is in the splenic flexture area and now this chiro guy has already manipulated the area to the point where the pain seems far less. I will keep you posted because I have only seen this man four times but he is convinced he will solve the problem for me. I really don't want that major operation so I will continue to do what the chiro guy says...View Thread
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