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Abdominal Discomfort

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • October 28, 2007
  • 02:17 PM

Hi,

I am a 17 year old relatively healthy male.

For the past month or so, my stomach has been feeling very uncomfortable. I sometimes feel nauseous, but never actually vomit. My eating habits have not changed, nor has my diet. It is incredibly uncomfortable, and sometimes prevents me from sleeping. I dont feel this way all the time though, it comes and goes. It is the worst in the mornings when I get up and probably late in the evening. I havent noticed any change in appearance of my stomach, and my doctor physically examined my stomach and said he could find nothing wrong. He said that my symptoms were inconsistent with an ulcer or cancer and that most common causes were ruled out by the fact that I dont actually vomit. He said it could be stress related but Im not sure about that. Not much has changed in my life stresswise. I understand fully that the nature of my symptoms makes whatever I have hard to diagnose, but there must be some sort of explanation, I cant be experiencing such discomfort for no reason at all. I will make an appointment with my doctor at the earliest opportunity, but my symptoms havent changed so I dont know what he can do for me. I really dont know what to do. Any advice, suggestions or information would be appreciated greatly. If you need to know anything else, please ask.

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  • I have no clue really, but I'll take a stab at it... You say your eating habits haven't changed, but have they not changed at all? Not even a little bit? What I'm looking for here is possibly switching to drinks that have an artificial sweetener (like sucralose, also known as Splenda), or maybe eating things (say, yogurt, for example) that are the low sugar or sugar free version of the regular foods. Some people do this, thinking it's actually healthier and not really a "change" in their eating/drinking habits, and it may be healthier for some people. But my daughter has a friend (also a teenager) who had a very similar reaction to yours and it turned out to be an apparent reaction to Splenda. She didn't even realize she was ingesting Splenda, since it isn't always obvious unless you read labels carefully. Another friend of hers broke out with a rash on her face for about a month. She couldn't figure out what was causing it, but it went away after she stopped ingesting Splenda. Just a thought. I could be totally off base.
    ghostwriter38 2 Replies
    • October 29, 2007
    • 00:20 AM
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  • Hi,You would probably benefit from going to see a gastroenterologist who would look further into your symptoms rather than giving you only a physical examination. It might benefit you to go back to your primary care and get a referral. Doing this will signal to your doctor that your stomach is really bothering you. If the symptoms are that bothersome, don't ignore them. You might be able to just call your primary doctor and request a referral.
    bl2671 1 Replies
    • October 29, 2007
    • 02:23 AM
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  • One thing you could try is to keep a food diary. Note what you eat for each meal and any snacks, time of day, how you feel afterwards, and when you are feeling the nausea. This will help you determine if there is a pattern, or common food that accompanies the feeling. In addition, this will also greatly help your Doctor find a solution. As a young adult, your body is changing very quickly, it may be time to review your current lifestyle and adjust to meet your changing health needs. And definitely stay away from the artificial sweetners... Hope you feel better soon!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 29, 2007
    • 05:54 AM
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  • look up gastrochesis
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • October 30, 2007
    • 11:01 AM
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  • Hi there,My husband suffered with abdominal discomfort for years and was told he was probably just stressed. He had ultrasounds, blood tests, CAT scans, etc., and nothing showed up. Then he was tested for celiac disease, and that was the problem! It can't hurt to be tested-- it's just a simple blood test. Check out the disease at celiac.org. Hope you feel better soon.p.s. The disease is an autoimmune reaction to gluten (found in wheat, rye, and barley), so if you are going to get tested, do NOT stop eating those foods. The antibodies need to be present in your bloodstream for you to be diagnosed.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 31, 2007
    • 09:08 AM
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  • I can't figure out why I wrote gastrochesis. I meant rapid gastric emptying or dumping. Sorry
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • November 3, 2007
    • 10:48 AM
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