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Help Please! Extreme Abdominal Pain/Gas/Bowel Symptoms ++

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 30, 2007
  • 10:40 PM

Hello, any help would be greatly appreciated! hopefully someone had the same symptons and can help me figure out what is wrong with me.

Im 19, very healthy (other than my ciggarette and alcohol use.. i run, work out, and play sports), but recently ive been having huge stomache problems.

Around August, i was started to become very very gassy. I didnt think it was a big problem and that it would go away soon. But over time it started getting worse and ive been having more symptons. I started to get very fatigue all day. And i cant seem to really feel energetic and wake up till around 2-3pm..

A few weeks later i started to feel extremely hungry all the time. and if i didnt even within 2 hours or less, i would get extremely anxious, and sometimes lightheaded. I have extreme abdominal pain almost all day long. It gets so bad it makes feel anxious/nervous and extremely figgidy (spelling?). All day long i feel like i have to burp nonstop, and ive become really flatuent too. I used to have a bad case of diarrhea, but this has gone away.

It feels like i can throw up and make the pain go away, but i know that wont solve anything. It seems the only way of dealing with this is easting every 2 or 3 hours, but it really doesnt solve anything, except make the pain go away for a little bit, but then it comes back... sometimes even worse than before. I dont know if this has anything to do with it, but at night time i also seem to have an extremely hard time to fall asleep..

My doctor has put me on: dyciclomine, zantac, and prilosec.. nothing has worked. I have tried taking tums and other anti-acids and anti-gasses.. but nothing has helped.

Thank you for your time and help!! (hope everyone gets better as well!!)

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  • Oh, i have also quit smoking cigarettes, and drinking alcohol. i didnt feel any bit better :(
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 30, 2007
    • 10:44 PM
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  • Hello, any help would be greatly appreciated! hopefully someone had the same symptons and can help me figure out what is wrong with me.Im 19, very healthy (other than my ciggarette and alcohol use.. i run, work out, and play sports), but recently ive been having huge stomache problems.Around August, i was started to become very very gassy. I didnt think it was a big problem and that it would go away soon. But over time it started getting worse and ive been having more symptons. I started to get very fatigue all day. And i cant seem to really feel energetic and wake up till around 2-3pm.. A few weeks later i started to feel extremely hungry all the time. and if i didnt even within 2 hours or less, i would get extremely anxious, and sometimes lightheaded. I have extreme abdominal pain almost all day long. It gets so bad it makes feel anxious/nervous and extremely figgidy (spelling?). All day long i feel like i have to burp nonstop, and ive become really flatuent too. I used to have a bad case of diarrhea, but this has gone away. It feels like i can throw up and make the pain go away, but i know that wont solve anything. It seems the only way of dealing with this is easting every 2 or 3 hours, but it really doesnt solve anything, except make the pain go away for a little bit, but then it comes back... sometimes even worse than before. I dont know if this has anything to do with it, but at night time i also seem to have an extremely hard time to fall asleep..My doctor has put me on: dyciclomine, zantac, and prilosec.. nothing has worked. I have tried taking tums and other anti-acids and anti-gasses.. but nothing has helped.Thank you for your time and help!! (hope everyone gets better as well!!)Did you have blood work done? How was your protein? How about the urine test? was it too acid? or too much protein?You need to have your liver check- also review your dietary habits. What goes in the body goes in the body!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 30, 2007
    • 10:48 PM
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  • Yes, i have had my blood checked, they said everything was fine. I have not had a urine test so far. ive been dealing with a general doctor for the past few months, i just recently finally got an appointment with a gastrointenstinal doctor. I eat pretty healthy. I eat subway for lunch at work. During the evening i usually have a salad, and i cook myself a pretty healthy meal. I also take multi vitamins. I guess im going to have to wait till february 6th to figure out what the gastrointenstinal doctor sais. I cant put up with this anymore. The pain is become way too extreme. The next few years are supposed to be the best years of my life, and if this goes on any longer I wont be able to enjoy them. I turn down many social events because this is getting so bad.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 30, 2007
    • 11:00 PM
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  • Have You Ask Your Doctor About Ibs Or Crohns Diesease? Right Know My Stomach Is So Bloated That I Get Short Of Breath. I Have Crohns And Any Pain That You Are Discribing Should Be Looked Into Immediatly. There Are Many Symtoms To These Type Of Disorders And Sometimes It Is Very Hard To Find An Answer. You Really Should Have A Small Bowel Xray With A Follow Thru. That Was The Only Test That Found My Crohns. Hope This Helps.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 6, 2007
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  • Yes, i have had my blood checked, they said everything was fine. I have not had a urine test so far. ive been dealing with a general doctor for the past few months, i just recently finally got an appointment with a gastrointenstinal doctor. I eat pretty healthy. I eat subway for lunch at work. During the evening i usually have a salad, and i cook myself a pretty healthy meal. I also take multi vitamins. I guess im going to have to wait till february 6th to figure out what the gastrointenstinal doctor sais. I cant put up with this anymore. The pain is become way too extreme. The next few years are supposed to be the best years of my life, and if this goes on any longer I wont be able to enjoy them. I turn down many social events because this is getting so bad.Make sure the doctor checks you for h pylori.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 6, 2007
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  • Please research Candida - www.candidasupport.org and www.wholeapproach.com This can cause leaky gut and all sorts of gas/bloating/fatigue, etc...Ask the GI doc to do a stool test for candida. If he laughs at you, find another doc who will listen. Get yourself some good digestive enzymes and take two at each meal. Also, get a good probiotic to rebuild your intestinal flora. If you can research candida and see if it fits, then I would recommend you take Threelac to treat it. Western antifungal meds are extremely toxic so please don't take them! Hope this helps.DOM
    acuann 3,080 Replies
    • February 6, 2007
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  • It would be wise to do your own research on using those crazy medications.. There is a website by Raymond Francis. He also wrote a book, Never Be Sick Again. Completely changed my life. Bottom line - If your doctor doesnt know what is wrong with you, he is uneducated in health and nutrition. You are either experiencing a massive deficiency or toxicity to something, or both. Here's the big question: Have you used a lot of antibiotics over the years? If you have, your answer will come through researching. I have found that using a high quality Pro-Biotics works wonders for this problem. You may experience gas, bloating, cramps, constipation.... all signs that the probiotics are working because there's a war going on inside between friendly bacteria and bad bacteria... and it will go away when the friendly bacteria take over. I would also check out the website by MERCOLA - Dr Joe Mercola. They sell the absolute best probiotic I have ever used. Works amazing.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 11, 2007
    • 09:29 PM
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  • 38 yr old with same symptoms. Many tests run with no abnormalities found. I've been tested for almost everything with no pos results. There are many people with these same symptoms and no clear diagnosis, or everything has been ruled out.I remember how Epstien Barr and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome victims were treated before they had good diagnosis's. I hope someone figures this out and fast.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 13, 2007
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  • just read your posting. You said you eat at Subway? STOP!!!! I used to work at Subway and just after the Spinach scare and just before the green onion scare I became very very sick. Diarrhea, anal leaking, really bad smelly painful gas, yellow stool, vomiting, nausea, dizziness and delirium. Yes, I used to eat Subway EVERY DAY. Can't confirm a connection yet and still in the diagnoses process but... I urge you to be leary.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 15, 2007
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  • Im 20 years old and have had alot of the same symptoms. I do not drink, smoke or anything like that. Since i was 8 years old my stomach would kill me day after day. Just 30 minutes after i would eat, i would have to use the bathroom. Dr's just said i had a nervous stomach. It just got worse, i would have intense stomach pains that would feel like a hot steel poker being shoved into my abdomin. I can not stand or walk straight, i have to move around hunched over. I would have gas and belch and the pain would last 3-8 hours and then subside. but i would still have a upset stomach for an additional 2-3 days. 5years ago i was diagnosed with gerd or gastroesophageal reflux disorder. Its associated with heartburn. but i hardly ever have heartburn, its only the stomach. They put me on antacids, but they just made me sick on an every day basis instead of a few times a month, so i stopped taking them. Here are a few things that help me out:Preventing:Before i eat something spicy/acidy i take antacidsafter i eat something spicy/acidy i drink peptobismolRunning made my acid act up more-so i dont do it anymoreNeverskip a meal, the acid will have nothing to feed on if you do. During an attack:If im having an "attack" it helps to eat breadStay away from water,sodalay on the floor flat on your stomach--this will help push the gasses outIf you have to pass gas, better out than in.Gaviscon helps fast- its like tums but more expensive and stronger I hope this helps you.
    racing girl 2 Replies
    • February 20, 2007
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  • Celiac Disease ... abdominal bloating
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  • This is the original poster, i had an endoscopy, and they said everything was fine, they keep thinking its stress related, even though i live a stress free life, basically everything is going great except for the extreme bloatyness/gassyness. and the abdominal pain. now the doc is making me try prescription strength pepcid ac, which doesnt work either.. he sais i should come back sometime in the next 3 months, earlier if this doesnt subside. they have done blood work and stool samples and both came back fine.. my gastrointestinal doctor thinks it may be because i dont have enough suger, so ive tried fixing that, but still nothing.. it really sucks living in a college enviroment and not being able to enjoy it like the rest of my friends.thanks for all your help/support, and sorry about the late reply.
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  • Hi there,I am really surprised no one has brought up a possible Ulcer?Ulcers not only can cause gas and indigestion, etc, but it is very classic to have alot of pain/hunger that is relieved by eating.To note: Ulcers are NOT always spotted when they "look for them" and the absense of H Pylori also does neca rule out an Ulcer. Could also be general irritation of tummy lining/gastritis.Acid reducers will helpthis/help it heal, but they can take time!I got put on Protonix for mine and it took about two weeks before I noticed any real diff...soon I didn't have to take as many ant-acids...and now it isn't an emergency to eat! Before I was in agongy. The burning and the constant hgaving to eat...it was awful!!!Unfortunatly, Protonix almost reduces it too much as now I think I am having loose stool issues/gas from that...But it has been a start.(Ya I am still in the process of full healign myself)But says it can take 4 to 8 weeks for this kind of thing.Ask you doc about this stuff!Hope that helps
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  • Hi there,I am really surprised no one has brought up a possible Ulcer?Ulcers not only can cause gas and indigestion, etc, but it is very classic to have alot of pain/hunger that is relieved by eating.To note: Ulcers are NOT always spotted when they "look for them" and the absense of H Pylori also does neca rule out an Ulcer. Could also be general irritation of tummy lining/gastritis.Acid reducers will helpthis/help it heal, but they can take time!I got put on Protonix for mine and it took about two weeks before I noticed any real diff...soon I didn't have to take as many ant-acids...and now it isn't an emergency to eat! Before I was in agongy. The burning and the constant hgaving to eat...it was awful!!!Unfortunatly, Protonix almost reduces it too much as now I think I am having loose stool issues/gas from that...But it has been a start.(Ya I am still in the process of full healign myself)But says it can take 4 to 8 weeks for this kind of thing.Ask you doc about this stuff!Hope that helpshey, this is the original poster, they have already done an endoscopy, what should i ask them to try now? ive recently become extremely stressed out because of this, i always feel a tingly jittery feeling in my arms and legs, and have become extremely paranoid... this is extremely awkward, because i used to be an extremely outgoing, care free person, and ever since this pain, everything has changed. the doc has prescibed me xanax and lexapro, for the anxiety. they keep thinking its stress related, but i know 100 percent its not, i was stress free before this. and its just getting worse and worse. thanks for all your help..
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  • have you asked your dr if it could be ciliac? its a autoimmune disease that basically means your body cannot digest gluten. its very serious and can be diagnosed by a blood test and biopsy of your small intestine....check it out
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  • Hi, I think you may actually be suffering from the opposite of what you think. Low stomach acid can actually show the same symptoms as high acid. Read below and if you think it seems like you do this test: http://altmedicine.about.com/library/weekly/bl_quiz_hypochlorhydria.htmLow Stomach Acid Related to Digestive ProblemsIndigestion, bloating, constipation and gasIn the digestive system, a little steak can go a long way. But while many people reach for antacids to ease bloating and indigestion, low stomach acidity may be the true culprit.An estimated 30% of North Americans have low acidity. Natural aging, a poor diet, chronic use of certain medications, and past infection with the Helicobacter pylori bacteria can impair the stomach's ability to produce acid.Stomach acid, technically known as hydrochloric acid, is essential for proper functioning of the digestive system. It activates digestive enzymes that break down food into small particles for absorption. Low acidity may result in only partial digestion of foods, leading to gas, bloating, belching, diarrhea or constipation.Normal levels of stomach acid help to keep the digestive system free of bacteria and parasites. zSB(3,3)With low acidity and the presence of undigested food, bacteria are more likely to colonize the stomach or small intestine and interfere with the digestion and absorption of protein, fat and carbohydrates.Many vitamins and minerals require proper stomach acid in order to be properly absorbed, including calcium, iron, vitamin B12 which helps to regulate nerve function in the body, and folic acid. Signs and Symptoms of Low AcidityBloating, belching, and flatulence immediately after mealsIndigestion, diarrhea, or constipationSoreness, burning or dryness of the mouthHeartburnMultiple food allergiesFeeling nauseous after taking supplementsRectal itchingWeak, peeling and cracked fingernailsRedness or dilated blood vessels in the cheeks and noseAdult acneHair loss in womenPeripheral nerve abnormalitiesUndigested food in the stoolsChronic yeast infectionsLow tolerance for denturesAlthough these signs and symptoms are helpful in the assessment of low acidity, they can also be caused by other health conditions. Thorough investigation by an appropriately trained health practitioner is essential. Conditions Associated with Low AcidityCertain health conditions may cause or be the result of low acidity. These include Addison's disease, anemia, chronic autoimmune disorders, depression, asthma, eczema, gallstones, hepatitis, chronic hives, osteoporosis, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, rosacea, vitiligo, dermatitis herpetiformis, and thyroid disease. Assessment and TreatmentNatural health practitioners can assess low acidity by using a test procedure that measures the pH in the stomach. Treatment options include supplementing with betaine hydrochloride (HCL) and bitter-tasting botanical tinctures to stimulate stomach secretions. Betaine HCL is a supplement that contains hydrochloric acid. It should only be administered under the supervision of a health practitioner after a proper diagnosis has been made; improper use of betaine HCL may damage the stomach lining.People with a history of ulcers, gastritis, stomach discomfort or pain, and heartburn must be closely supervised. People taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), cortisone-like drugs, or other medications that may cause a peptic ulcer should not take betaine HCL.
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  • Sounds a bit like celiac. If it's an allergy, try cutting something out (like bread or heck, stop eating at Subway) for a month and see if you feel better.
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  • Hey, thanks for all the responses, this is the original poster again. Im going to the doctor again next week, to do a check up and see how im doing. I still feel the same way i did before. but im going to ask them to do more testing for ciliac and low stomach acid... i took the low stomach acid test, and i answered for: "possible hydro...."
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  • I had these same symptoms when my thyroid caused me problems. It might be something you may want your MD to test you for.
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  • To the last poster that responsed that Thyroid might be the problem... what was your circumstance with stomach pain and Thyroid? I have entense stomach problems for the last week AND my doctor also did a physical and my thyroid is enlarged. Can you elaborate on this? Thanks ! Elle
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