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23 with reoccurring extreme stomach pain in morning. 6 months of tests with no answer

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  • Posted By: s34nsm411
  • June 28, 2010
  • 08:59 PM

Hi all, this is my first post here. I am a 23 year old white male and I have been going through tests for about 6-7 months with no real diagnosis.

In December after drinking a few shots one night (I am not a heavy drinker by any stretch of the imagination, just happened to be 'partying' that night) I began experiencing abdominal discomfort located in a softball sized area about 2-3 inches above my belly button and very slightly to my left. The discomfort I feel from this pain is like nothing I've ever felt in my life. It is the most horrible distressing feeling ever. This time it lasted about 8 hours. I have not had any alcohol since.

After that, the frequency of my attacks increased to where it is now which is about 1 a week. They begin about 1-2 minutes after I wake up for the day. I will feel discomfort in my abdomen that keeps getting worse and worse over the course of about 10 minutes and then it plateaus for about 4 hours on average. I have had to go to the ER about 4-5 times in the past 2 months because the pain is so intense I feel some mortal wound has been inflicted upon me and I am in a serious situation. They usually give me morphine at the ER which helps immensely.

I went in for this after my first attack I had from drinking that I described above. They have given me the following tests:

Ultrasound - nothing unusual, no gallstones or anything

CT scan - slight inflammation of part of my upper intestine but this was after about 5 hours of an 'attack' so the DR said it was most likely from that

H pavlori test - negative

Fluoroscopy - Everything looked normal

Endoscopy - possible mild gastritis, no ulcers or anything

Colonoscopy - All normal

They say they are about out of tests to run at this point and need to consider causes elsewhere. This is all very frustrating to me because of how very very intense my pain is and for such a time duration, yet all my tests say I am perfectly normal.

Things like greasy foods, heavy meats and such agitate my stomach. I also drank a slurpee one morning which triggered an attack, so maybe something about sugar my digestive system does not like?

A little related history: When I was 16 I started to get very similar pains when I would eat fast food for lunch in highschool as my first meal of the day. Back then my attacks would last 15-20 minutes like clockwork though, never more, never less, so I kind of attributed it to my less than ideal diet of a teenager.
These attacks have been bothering me ever since, but sometimes I will not have one for a couple months and sometimes I will have a few a week. As of December they started lasting anywhere from 4-8 hours instead of 15-20 minutes, which worried me a great deal so I began seeing the doctor.

If anybody has any info at all that they think could be related to my case I would appreciate it! Thanks

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  • bump cause this is still making my life ***l! :(
    s34nsm411 2 Replies
    • October 4, 2010
    • 00:50 AM
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  • Hi I don't have a definitive answer for you, but my wife has had similar problems. Hers however only happen once or twice a year at most. She has spent time in the hospital and had numerous tests but unfortunately ended up with a 'live with it' outlook. That's a real bummer I imagine if it's happening every week or so. In her case, she's found that a heat pad applied to the area helps to ease the pain. Take care of your diet my friend, and try not to be too disappointed with the test results. No news can be good news, right?
    jamieren 5 Replies
    • October 4, 2010
    • 04:34 AM
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  • Yeah the live with it idea is pretty much what doctors are telling me at this point after ruling out everything they can think of. I should update that my attacks have been less frequent, about once every 3-5 weeks right now. I guess it could just be one of those things my body will have to hopefully get over in time. I will try the heatpad idea in the meantime though, thanks!
    s34nsm411 2 Replies
    • October 4, 2010
    • 07:14 PM
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