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A Year Without A Diagnosis - Nausea, Stomach Pain

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  • Posted By: jdmc1973
  • November 25, 2008
  • 07:29 PM

About a year ago I started having what I would call episodes of unsettled stomach, which would be almost nausea, but not quite. I wouldn't be hungry and would not want to move around much because that made it worse. Those would happen maybe once every 6-8 weeks, so I attributed it to something I ate. I had been diagnosed with IBS several years ago, but I didn't have the associated cramping and diarrhea with this new problem. Last July I went to a GI doctor, the one that diagnosed me with IBS and told him about the occasional unsettled stomach, pain just below my sternum and around my belly button. He did a few lab tests that all came back normal and said it was probably just acid reflux. Well, about 3 months ago, I started having nausea attacks for no apparent reason. They happened at random times, sometimes before I ate or after I ate. For 2-5 days after that I would have the unsettled stomach and not be very hungry if at all. I've taken Aciphex and Hyoscyamine and that has had no effect on the symptoms. The last nausea attack was in the middle of the night, it woke me up and I had to take a Phenergan to be able to get any rest. Like I said I've had the lab tests done for liver, thyroid, celiac, ct scan with contrast over my abdomen. All they've found were some common cysts on one kidney and my doctor told me not to worry about those.

I'm about to lose my mind here if I don't get a diagnosis for what's wrong with me. There are more days than not that I have some kind of stomach problem that makes me not want to eat or eat very much. I also want to stay in for fear I'll have another nausea attack and have to come home like I've had before. My current symptoms are nausea attacks(before or after meals, doesn't matter), gas(sometimes a lot of it), pain/discomfort in my stomach area and sometimes on the right under my rib cage.

I'm scheduled to go back to my regular internist on Dec 8th, but aside from asking for an H. Pylori test I don't know what else to do. There's gotta be something wrong, I wasn't like this until the past year. :confused:

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  • Lactose intolerance?
    aquila 1263 Replies
    • November 25, 2008
    • 08:46 PM
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  • I have 2 suggestions for you. First, go to the multiple symptom checker and look up kidney cysts. I just looked and it is there. See if anything listed on the page fits you at all. It kind of worries me that you have these cysts and the doc is saying not to worry about it. I say that cause I have seen to many stories on TV where a doc said something like that and it turned out that symptom was the key to what was wrong with the person. So until you yourself are confident that the cyst is nothing, I would not discount it. Second, and this is a long shot, you might want to ask for a brain MRI. Years ago when I was in college a friend told me a story about a friend of hers. This girl started throwing up. Lots of tests were run but nothing was fround wrong with her. Being a freshman in college she was told she had stress and to see therapist. Her mother took her to a therapist. When the very first appt. was over with, she and her mom got up to leave. Something the therapist saw alarmed him and he told her mom to get her to a neurologist fast. Well, it turned out she had a brain tumor. Most likely that is not your problem. But, if no one can find a cause for your problems you might consider asking for an MRI just to make sure.
    halal37 96 Replies
    • November 26, 2008
    • 02:47 PM
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  • I know your post was originally posted years ago, BUT... have you had your gall bladder checked?? Symptoms sound SO MUCH LIKE IT!! Sounds like biliary colic to me... "Characteristically, biliary colic comes on suddenly or builds rapidly to a peak over a few minutes.It is a constant pain, it does not come and go, though it may vary in intensity while it is present.It lasts for 15 minutes to 4-5 hours. If the pain lasts more than 4-5 hours, it means that a complication - usually cholecystitis - has developed. The pain usually is severe, but movement does not make the pain worse. In fact, patients experiencing biliary colic often walk about or writhe (twist the body in different positions) in bed trying to find a comfortable position. Biliary colic often is accompanied by nausea. Most commonly, biliary colic is felt in the middle of the upper abdomen just below the sternum. The second most common location for pain is the right upper abdomen just below the margin of the ribs. Occasionally, the pain also may be felt in the back at the lower tip of the scapula on the right side. On rare occasions, the pain may be felt beneath the sternum and be mistaken for angina or a heart attack. An episode of biliary colic subsides gradually once the gallstone shifts within the duct so that it is no longer obstructing.Biliary colic is a recurring symptom. Once the first episode occurs, there are likely to be other episodes. Also, there is a pattern of recurrence for each individual, that is, for some individuals the episodes tend to remain frequent while for others they tend to remain infrequent. The majority of people who develop biliary colic do not go on to develop cholecystitis or other complications."http://www.medicinenet.com/gallstones/page4.htmAlso check out...http://www.merck.com/mmhe/sec10/ch140/ch140c.html"Gallstones may cause pain. Pain develops when the stones pass from the gallbladder into the cystic duct, common bile duct, or ampulla of Vater and block the duct. Then the gallbladder swells, causing pain called biliary colic. The pain is felt in the upper abdomen, usually on the right side under the ribs. Sometimes the location is hard to pinpoint, particularly for people with diabetes and older people. The pain typically increases in intensity over 15 minutes to an hour and remains steady for up to 12 hours. The pain is usually severe enough to send people to the emergency department for relief. Then the pain resolves over 30 to 90 minutes, leaving a dull ache. People often feel nauseated and vomit."Hope this helps and/or you are doing better now!!!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 30, 2010
    • 08:59 PM
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  • About a year ago I started having what I would call episodes of unsettled stomach, which would be almost nausea, but not quite. I wouldn't be hungry and would not want to move around much because that made it worse. Those would happen maybe once every 6-8 weeks, so I attributed it to something I ate. I had been diagnosed with IBS several years ago, but I didn't have the associated cramping and diarrhea with this new problem. Last July I went to a GI doctor, the one that diagnosed me with IBS and told him about the occasional unsettled stomach, pain just below my sternum and around my belly button. He did a few lab tests that all came back normal and said it was probably just acid reflux. Well, about 3 months ago, I started having nausea attacks for no apparent reason. They happened at random times, sometimes before I ate or after I ate. For 2-5 days after that I would have the unsettled stomach and not be very hungry if at all. I've taken Aciphex and Hyoscyamine and that has had no effect on the symptoms. The last nausea attack was in the middle of the night, it woke me up and I had to take a Phenergan to be able to get any rest. Like I said I've had the lab tests done for liver, thyroid, celiac, ct scan with contrast over my abdomen. All they've found were some common cysts on one kidney and my doctor told me not to worry about those. I'm about to lose my mind here if I don't get a diagnosis for what's wrong with me. There are more days than not that I have some kind of stomach problem that makes me not want to eat or eat very much. I also want to stay in for fear I'll have another nausea attack and have to come home like I've had before. My current symptoms are nausea attacks(before or after meals, doesn't matter), gas(sometimes a lot of it), pain/discomfort in my stomach area and sometimes on the right under my rib cage. I'm scheduled to go back to my regular internist on Dec 8th, but aside from asking for an H. Pylori test I don't know what else to do. There's gotta be something wrong, I wasn't like this until the past year. :confused: I would say check your gall bladder...ask about that. and if thats not it, ask about an edoscopy so they can make sure u don't have an ulcer of some sort..or your stomach could be producing to much acid. ask about taking Prevacid and/or Zantac and see if that helps (it stops the acid from producing in your stomach)
    Missa995 38 Replies
    • February 3, 2010
    • 00:24 AM
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