I'm 32, happily married with 2 kids aged 10 & 8!
For the past 2-3 months, I've been getting pain in the epigastric region and feeling nauseous (without ever vomiting), experiencing pain around the belly button and pain in the upper left and right of the abdomen.
The pain in the left and right upper quadrant of the abdomen is sharp (like when you get a stitch from exercising) but the pain in the epigastric and belly button is a dull ache that can be felt quite deeply and moves around the whole abdomen (like if I press a spot that is painful to touch, I can feel that same pain in other areas of the abdomen as well)!
I also get chest pains, pain in the back between the shoulder blades, and sometimes muscle aches and joint pains (left shoulder, left wrist, left hip and left knee).
I've been having night sweats, but no fevers. My lymph nodes around my my jaws, neck (front, back, sides and collar bone areas) are swollen and tender to touch with the biggest ones being at the front to the left and right of my thyroid and I think they are interfering with my swallowing as it feels like I'm going to choke because it's difficult to swallow sometimes.
I don't have a cough, cold, runny nose or any other cold or flu symptoms, but I do feel more tired but that's probably because the abdo pains wake me up during the night and then I have a hard time getting back to sleep!
I've done a FBE, UEC, Thyroid FT, Liver FT, Amylase, Lipase, ANA, ESR, CRP and Iron Studies in Oct '07 and these all came back normal. My GP has repeated these tests again and I won't get the results until next week and he's also given me a referral to do an upper and lower abdo ultrasound which I'll do on Sat 2nd Feb.
I don't take drugs, drink alcohol or smoke cigarettes!
Please advise what my problem could be and I'll be you informed about the outcome of my blood and ultrasound results.
Also, is there anything else that I could do to better diagnose this problem, i.e. other bloods, scans or include/exclude certain foods/drinks?
Thank you for your time and patience,
May everyone be blessed with good health, Cheers :)