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HI there. How often do the cramps occur? How long do they last?
And the cramping is above the belly button? Are you experiencing any diarrhea or constipation?
Are you in good overall health? What is your age?
And you feel well in between episodes?
The left upper quadrant includes part of the stomach, pancreas, spleen and colon. Any one of these organ systems could be involved, though the intermittent nature of the cramping would suggest either the stomach or the transverse colon.
The stomach and transverse colon are dynamic organs, of course, always moving and changing configuration, processing gas, fluid and solid material. Either one can be irritated, or slightly injured, by material passing through them and can respond by dilating or clamping down into a spasm.
These types of irritations or mucosal injuries perhaps tend to be temporary. While I have seen cases that took several weeks to settle down, one week is a bit long, especially given your surgical history.
Your anatomy has changed, for example, due to the surgery, so the usual signs and symptoms we look for may be different than they are for those who have not had their anatomy altered. So, a plain film of the abdomen (x-ray) might be helpful, or a CT if the xray is not helpful in providing an answer.
Ask your doctor about this when you see him. Hopefully you will be a lot better by then anyway. :-)
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