For the past two months or so, I've been having pain in my stomach, lower abdomen, and my sides. While my sides ached a little every now and then, it got much worse after I had gotten over a very bad virus that caused me to vomit every couple of minutes. I had to go to the hospital and get an IV put in me to stop the vomitting and to get rehydrated. The first evidence of the stomach pain came when I was eating dinner one night. My stomach started hurting pretty bad, and I immediately thought it might be an ulcer. The stomach pain continued after that, so I started taking Prevacid. While it seemed to help at first, it started becoming less effective as time went on. I also started thinking it may not be an ulcer after all since I'm having some sharp pain in my sides as well, sometimes made much worse by laying on the side that hurts at the moment. I'm not an expert on the subject though, so maybe ulcers can cause pain in the sides as well? Recently, the pain has increased a considerable amount, though the increase could be due to my deep worry over the situation. I have been an avid worrier ever since I had my first panic attack in December of last year, and when I get some kind of pain in my body, I can't help but dwell on it, and this dwelling has given me stomach aches in the past. My worry is that the pain could be stomach cancer, and that absolutely horrifies me. The stomach pain is quite erratic. Sometimes just eating a small amount will hurt it, and other times it'll hurt when I'm hungry. The main areas of pain seem to be in the upper part of the stomach and right around my belly button. My abdomen hurts every now and then too, while my entire lower sides hurt quite often. My mother works in a doctor's office, and she brought me some of those tests to check for blood in your stool. I took two of them, and both were negative. It hasn't stopped my fears in the slightest though. Anyway, I definitely intend to see a doctor about this, but after my hospital visit for that virus and all the Christmas shopping I've done, I'm not going to be able to afford going to the doctor until at least mid-January. Thus, since the folks here at the HTF helped me make huge progress with my panic attacks, I just figured I'd try and get some input on this situation while waiting to get my cash flow back on track. To put it lightly, this has not been my year.