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Anyone have any idea how to treat this?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • August 3, 2008
  • 03:52 AM

My 34-year old fiance has had a medical condition for about a year and half that we have no idea how to treat. His symptoms are as follows:


severe abdominal pain
heart flutters and sometimes pain
aching jaw musclesHe had an episode the other night and the last one before that was 4 months ago. They usually last about 30 minutes. The first one he had, he thought he was having some kind of heart attack or something. He went to the emergency room, however, by the time he got in to see the doctor, it had stopped and the doctor couldn't diagnose him.

After the first couple of episodes, we thought it was a food allergy because it happened within an hours after he ate. Now we think it might be a gas problem, because he tells me it is slightly relieved by putting pressure on his abdomin to force flatulation. He also has other digestive problems that we haven't gotten diagnosed, but this one is the most severe.

We don't know if we should try a colonoscopy, go to a food allergist, find a gastrol or intestinal specialist, or what. This episode happens so rarely that it can't be replicated for a doctor to treat, but often enough that it needs to be diagnosed so that we can figure out how to avoid it. Obviously, we don't want to spend gobbs of money seeing 4 or 5 different doctors to get a diagnosis. So, if anyone has any ideas they can bounce my way, I'd appeciate it.

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  • I am not sure I can help you with the GI problems, because it can be anything: food allergy, Crohn’s, celiaki etc. But has he tried probiotics on a daily basis? This can at least relieve his symptoms. His sore jaw muscles can be a result of his stressfull situation. He can be clenching or grinding his teeth at night. This can be relieved with a splint made by a dentist.Good luck!
    Felsen 510 Replies Flag this Response
  • The aching jaw muscles is part of the episode, and I'm sure it is stress related. However, it only happens while the episode is happening, about 30 minutes. It would be pointless and a waste of money to get a splint from a dentist since this is the only time it happens. I need to get to the root of the problem, but again we have no idea where to start. :confused: I am not sure I can help you with the GI problems, because it can be anything: food allergy, Crohn’s, celiaki etc. But has he tried probiotics on a daily basis? This can at least relieve his symptoms. His sore jaw muscles can be a result of his stressfull situation. He can be clenching or grinding his teeth at night. This can be relieved with a splint made by a dentist. Good luck!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
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