Huh! Just when you think your day can't get any crapper, your period starts! Although I was rather hoping for a duodenal ulcer and a packet of pills, it does make me slightly relieved that I wasn't imagining this not very painful pain. Because it didn't fit the profile of the usual common complaints e.g. when I press on the area, it feels like the organ underneath is bruised - if you have an ulcer on the lining of your stomach, it feels definitely "internal", whereas this derives from the muscle layer and pokes out as well as in IFSWIM; and it doesn't hurt at the times you'd expect an ulcer to hurt, I think the doctor thought I was making something out of not much. Moral: don't neglect stuff that doesn't go away. I could kick myself now for not having the endoscopy last October when he offered it. I thought I'd try the less unpleasant blood test, pills and scan first!