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Pain Right Below Sternum (attack)

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • August 7, 2010
  • 05:43 PM

I have had acid reflux for a long time. It wasn't too bad, i would just eat something heavy during lunch and i would be good for the rest of the day. It all changed when i lost my job and got a job working graves 1:30am - 9:30am. They acid kicked into high gear even though i changed my diet and made sure not to eat hours before bed time. I have started to have these attacks and was wondering if anyone has had the same thing. I have had them a couple of times and know when its going to happen. Here's how it breaks down in minutes.

00 Getting tired and feel drained.
02 Burping having bad smelly gas.
03 Mild nasua, acid reflux
05 Cramping right below sternum (Pain 3-10)
07 Cramping/Pain below sternum (Pain 6-10)
10 Back pain in between my shoulder blades. Feels like my back needs to pop. Whatever position im in is uncomfortable. Almost like my spine is cramping.
12 So nauseated i feel like i need to make myself vomit.
15 Cramping/Pain below sternum (Pain 10-10). It feels like im going to die. Like someone has there hand below my sternum and is squeezing my guts.
17 Cold sweat
25 Cramping/Pain below sternum (Pain 7-10)
30 Cramping/Pain below sternum (Pain 4-10)
35 Cramping and pain is gone. Mild nasua

After i have one of these attacks i feel nauseated for about a week. Usually i eat soup and small portions so i don't upset my stomach. I have tracked what i ate and when i ate it but there is no pattern. I have them about once a month or so. Anyone else experience this?

The only way i can dull the symptoms is to take an Alka-Seltzer within the first two min.

Things im looking into with my doc are Ulcers and Gallstones.

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  • Wow, that must be really awful to deal with. We all have to eat. I don't have the same sort of issues myself, but both my father and brother do. At least it really sounds the same to me. What they have is called Esophageal Achalasia or Esophageal Aperistalsis. The symptoms sure sound the same to me, except my dad does vomit sometimes. The food just won't go down right. It's very painful. They are both treated with meds mostly and it's pretty under control. You can go to a Gastroenterologist and have some studies done to figure it out or just ask your regular doc if he thinks it's a possibility in your case. Hope that helps. Best of luck to you.
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  • Well my doc is having me do an upper gi and a ultrasound. Im also on nexium. It feels like nexium is helping a lot. Ill post if they come up with anything on the tests. I don't have any trouble swallowing. Mainly acid reflux almost constant and these attacks that sometimes occur out of the blue.
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  • Just to report back.My upper gi didn't really report back anything. They did say i had a mobile cecum but no ulcers.My ultrasound reported multiple gallstones. Questionable gallbladder polyp versus adherent stone. No evidence of billiary dilatation.So my doc is going to keep me on nexium since it helps with my acid and i haven't had another attack yet. They don't really want to have to remove my gallbladder if they don't have to.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 11, 2010
    • 05:25 PM
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  • Just found this and u have described exactly what I've been experiencing. Any update on the investigations ?
    Anonymous 1 Replies
    • December 13, 2014
    • 08:29 AM
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