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Abdominal bloating, sharp pain under sternum

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • May 6, 2011
  • 05:38 PM

For the past six months, maybe more, I have been experiencing what felt like a golf ball or something larger below my sternum/left rib cage. At the moment I have some intense pain starting to radiate out my left lower back. It seemed like it happened occasionally at first, the feeling of abdominal pressure and back pain. It is almost a daily occurance now. It is very unpredictable as to what causes it, but everything seemed like it was gallbladder related. Blood work came back normal except one number in liver function test that pointed to possible gallbladder. I have had many afternoons or evenings with as much as four hours worth of pain. After seeing my doctor the other day she said if pain last longer than an hour to go to emerg. I spent six hours in emerg the other night and returned most of the next for tests. After blood work and ultrasound being conducted they said everything came back negative with regard to gallbladder, pancrease, liver and so on. Now I'm waiting for the next set of tests or next visit to emerg to hopefully find something. This seems to be increasing in frequency. The days I feel the best is when I eat the least amount of food. The other day I eat sweat and sour spare ribs and rice (I know I probably shouldn't have) and had pain so bad that it was almost hard to breathe. One night I eat chicken (including the skin) and had pain for almost four hours, quite intense at times. The latest now is the sharp stabbing pains through the sternum. Hope to find out soon what this is and get it resolved.

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