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Frusterated with no diagnosis and upper abdomen pain

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  • Posted By: k333ly
  • January 10, 2008
  • 11:59 PM

(Someone told me today that it could be gall bladder/pancreatitis)
19, female, frusterated, ex-alcoholic/drug addict (yeah I know, sad)
Okay, well a few days before Christmas I was struck with this weird feeling of fullness and pressure in the upper part of my abdomen, directly behind the ribcage. It felt as if I did not have enough room in my rib cage for all my organs. It also was a bit hard to breathe at times like I could not get enough air, which made me hyperventilate from freaking out and excessive yawning.
After a few days of that I was struck with horrible pains all over my belly christmas eve to where I could not move for hours. No matter which way I turned, laid down, walked around, etc there was no lessening of the pain. Even crying hurt like ***l. For weeks after this I have had horrible pains constantly which are generally moving back and forth from the first two spots...right where my gall bladder and pancrease are (says the doctor)
It gets a lot worse after I eat, HORRIBLE after I eat any kind of fatty, fried, or greasey food. The pain gets even worse at night, and it makes it sometimes hard to sleep. It is somewhat reciding now after a few weeks, but it's still there and seems to be flaring up yet once again.
I have been put on antispasm pills , anti-arthritis pills, pain killer, meds to make food travel faster in my stomach, anti-acid (prevacid) and none of those have had any good results. The anti-spasm pills made me have mini-seizures, a near stroke, and auroas without migraines because of all the drug interactions.
So far I have had these tests done with ALL Coming back "outstanding" or normal. Just now asked the doctor to see if they ever read my pancreas enzyme levels....but no call back.
Ct scan of abdomen
2 blood tests
urinalysis
a lot of x-rays
upper gi
small bowel series
mri of brain
heart monitor (haven't gotten results yet)
that electro-brain test where you sleep and they put a bunch of wires on your head and try to induce a seizure
A gallbladder test...where they inject you with dye and put you in a machine
Etc ...and absolutly nothing!!! I've never been so frusterated
not even tramadol, tums, tylenol, or anything helps me

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  • Goodness. Poor gal...perhaps you were poisoned..did they run a poison check???
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • January 11, 2008
    • 07:04 AM
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  • awww, I am so sorry to hear you are not having relief and a dx. Have they checked you for viral diseases? ..like cytomeglia(sp?) or mono or hepatits?Years ago, I had alot of the same symptoms you are discribing andit turned out that I had the cytomeglia virus that attact my liver caused so much pain in attacks ending in jaundice and a whacked out liver. I suggest trying a new doc just one more time..you might just find a doc who can fiugure it out for you. Good luck and I hope you have a painfree night :) Debbie
    debgail 6 Replies
    • January 11, 2008
    • 08:05 AM
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  • Have you heard about the pancreatic enzymes yet? An amylase and lipase should have been done with your history of pain. What kind of drug addict. Did you ever inject yourself? What color is your poop. (We get pretty personal on this board, sorry)
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • January 11, 2008
    • 11:47 AM
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  • never injected myselfbut meth was the biggest one....had a 3 year addiction to it. I have been clean since late June though from everything...so I don't know why this would be happening now? =(
    k333ly 59 Replies
    • January 11, 2008
    • 09:34 PM
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  • I see 2 possibilities..... 1)With gal bladder tests, you may not get a positive result unless they do an ultrasound. the ultrasound will tell for sure if there are gal stones or not. being a former alcoholic, I suspect you may have a gal bladder or liver problem because the two are very closely related and the liver gets damaged with alcohol abuse. Severe pain after eating greasy or fatty food is also another symptom because the gal bladder secretes bile fluid which aids in metabolizing fats. If there is a gal stone in there while it is sqeezing out bile after eating fats, then its gonna hurt, a lot! 2)Another possibility could be something I recently went through called costochondritis. it is an inflamation of the cartilidge around your sternum or breast bone. breathing deep or even pressing on it will cause significant pain. I thought my spleen or pancrease was exploding, but the doc just perscribed a few days of an anti-inflamitory and it went away a few days later. when i had it, the pain did move around my chest, though it seemed to stay on my left side most of the time. It seems like your doctors may be a little cavalier in your treatment because of your past. that is a real shame... just because you've abused your body in the past doesn't mean you don't deserve good treatment and relief. Good luck!!!Boysterload
    Boysterload 3 Replies
    • January 11, 2008
    • 09:48 PM
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  • Oh, I forgot..... pancreatitis is quite severe so I don't think that is the problem. Stick with it, kid.... you'll get through it! Boysterlaod
    Boysterload 3 Replies
    • January 11, 2008
    • 09:53 PM
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  • Does it help any to say I'm getting nauseous after eating...don't really throw up. And I've managed to loose 7 lbs in two weeks, without drastically changing my diet.
    k333ly 59 Replies
    • January 11, 2008
    • 10:47 PM
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