Since about 2012, I've been suffering from right-sided abdominal pain concentrated just under my right rib cage, but sometimes is also present just under the sternum or lower right side between the ribs and pelvis.
When I'm just going about my daily life, it only exists as a mild dull ache; sometimes I barely notice it, but if I ever press on that area under my ribs, it's very painful. It feels as if someone's taken my colon or liver and punched it several times, resulting in it becoming bruised and swollen. I've had some bowel issues too, I had episodes of constipation, which caused recurring fissures.
I've seen maybe three or four e doctors since it all started. I've had a liver function test (normal) and a couple of other blood tests which were also normal. 2 x-rays and 2 ultrasounds, both showing no abnormalities. I was put on fybogel to help with the constipation/fissures, which worked, but occasionally the fissures do come back. But nothing has helped with the pain, and I've not been able to identify anything that makes it worse/better (ie diet, posture etc).
Given this history, two doctors at my GP have both been unwilling to refer me to a specialist or more tests, despite my asking, basically telling me "it's just one of those things". Weirdly, the suggestion of IBS has not been brought up once by either of them; one suggested costochondritis, which I am unconvinced by.
Is this sort of pain typical of IBS? I'm considering returning to my GP in the new year and exaggerating symptoms to prompt a referral or going through my work's private cover (I'm not yet sure if I can as I don't know the policy). I'm just very unconvinced that this pain is nothing to worry about.