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pain between sternum and navel

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • August 23, 2009
  • 00:07 AM

My husband, a 27 year old male weight – 270 lbs. height – 6’1” came home and complained of a “crampy” abdominal pain (he described it as, “how your stomach feels when it is empty and you are really hungry”) right in the midpoint between his sternum and navel, we assumed it was something he ate and didn’t think much of it. In the days following he told me it was still there and starting to get worse. At first it only hurt occasionally and slightly when pushed on. As the days followed the symptoms got worse, movement made it worse now (especially leaning forward while sitting or standing), after eating it was worse, and now it was very sensitive to touch. He spoke with a Pharmacist and started taking Omeprazole (an acid reducer), and has been taking that for 3 days with no real help, but the meds say they may take 4 days to take effect. Now, more than a week since the pain has begun, he couldn’t even sleep last night because the pain was so bad. It didn’t matter what side he slept on it hurt, and he was uncomfortable lying on his back and pain relievers didn't seem to help. He finally got a little sleep by laying on his right side and holding me tightly against his body. He said this helped support his stomach and kept the pain from being too bad. I have been looking all over the place, at every website symptom checker I can find to see what the problem is, but nothing seems to match it 100%. Can someone please tell me what it could be, if it will just go away, or if it needs rapid medical attention, or if there are any home remedies?

p.s. so far no vomiting or bowel troubles.

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  • My husband, a 27 year old male weight – 270 lbs. height – 6’1” came home and complained of a “crampy” abdominal pain (he described it as, “how your stomach feels when it is empty and you are really hungry”) right in the midpoint between his sternum and navel, we assumed it was something he ate and didn’t think much of it. In the days following he told me it was still there and starting to get worse. At first it only hurt occasionally and slightly when pushed on. As the days followed the symptoms got worse, movement made it worse now (especially leaning forward while sitting or standing), after eating it was worse, and now it was very sensitive to touch. He spoke with a Pharmacist and started taking Omeprazole (an acid reducer), and has been taking that for 3 days with no real help, but the meds say they may take 4 days to take effect. Now, more than a week since the pain has begun, he couldn’t even sleep last night because the pain was so bad. It didn’t matter what side he slept on it hurt, and he was uncomfortable lying on his back and pain relievers didn't seem to help. He finally got a little sleep by laying on his right side and holding me tightly against his body. He said this helped support his stomach and kept the pain from being too bad. I have been looking all over the place, at every website symptom checker I can find to see what the problem is, but nothing seems to match it 100%. Can someone please tell me what it could be, if it will just go away, or if it needs rapid medical attention, or if there are any home remedies?p.s. so far no vomiting or bowel troubles.Hi,I would think a visit to your GP maybe a good idea to put your mind at rest especially as he cant sleep. It could be something as simple as a spasm in his colon the smooth muscles but I have had this and it normally recovers in a couple of days at most. Does he get any other symptoms like heart burn or reflux?IanJ
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 23, 2009
    • 00:41 PM
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  • Did you & he ever figure out what it was?? I have the same symptoms right now.My husband, a 27 year old male weight – 270 lbs. height – 6’1” came home and complained of a “crampy” abdominal pain (he described it as, “how your stomach feels when it is empty and you are really hungry”) right in the midpoint between his sternum and navel, we assumed it was something he ate and didn’t think much of it. In the days following he told me it was still there and starting to get worse. At first it only hurt occasionally and slightly when pushed on. As the days followed the symptoms got worse, movement made it worse now (especially leaning forward while sitting or standing), after eating it was worse, and now it was very sensitive to touch. He spoke with a Pharmacist and started taking Omeprazole (an acid reducer), and has been taking that for 3 days with no real help, but the meds say they may take 4 days to take effect. Now, more than a week since the pain has begun, he couldn’t even sleep last night because the pain was so bad. It didn’t matter what side he slept on it hurt, and he was uncomfortable lying on his back and pain relievers didn't seem to help. He finally got a little sleep by laying on his right side and holding me tightly against his body. He said this helped support his stomach and kept the pain from being too bad. I have been looking all over the place, at every website symptom checker I can find to see what the problem is, but nothing seems to match it 100%. Can someone please tell me what it could be, if it will just go away, or if it needs rapid medical attention, or if there are any home remedies?p.s. so far no vomiting or bowel troubles.
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  • Do you feeling any nausea or indigestion and even heavyness in your stomach as, if you are feeling all these then there may be a problem in your stomach that needs to be taken care of and very necessary for you to seek a Gastro doctor.In the mean while, you should take better diet without any spicy stuffs that may leads to some more problems.Thankshttp://www.liferaftgroup.org/gist.html
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