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Someone please explain this...

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  • Posted By: pained
  • November 20, 2008
  • 09:30 PM

I am a 20-year-old male. About six years ago, I had a bout of stomach and intestinal pain after eating some spaghetti from a can(yes I remember what I ate.) I went to the doctor's and he told me it was just food poisoning.

A few weeks later, it came back, and I don't remember what I ate this time. He dismissed it again as food poisoning and suggested me to stop eating cold cuts. I don't even eat cold cuts, maybe rarely like once a month.

Six years later, I still get these pains almost on a weekly basis. Sometimes it's so bad it's every two days. I had so many tests done, colonoscopy, allergy tests, digestive test(not sure what the real term for this is), etc.

Everyone told me that they saw nothing wrong with me. I still get pains. Let me explain the pain process:

1) I wake up with slight discomfort in my intestines(below the belly button) and it is sensitive when I press it.
2) About 3-4 hours after, the pain increases and spreads to the stomach. The pain is unbearable then, and I can't even stand up straight.
3) Feeling nauseous if I move or get up from bed.
4) It leads to vomiting every few hours, where I get a bit of comfort from it, but the pain returns after a half-hour. Sometimes, I vomit nothing because I haven't eaten so it turns to stomach juice and then when the stomach juice is gone, it's just the saliva I swallow.
5) I also get flu symptoms, but that's not everytime. (Fever, leg aches)
6) Here's something useless, but I start to act differently. Like I say things I wouldn't say when I'm not sick. It's like it's another person posesses me.


I'm a full-time College student and need to get on with life and can't stay bed-stricken every week and do nothing. Six years of weekly stomach/intestinal pains. It is becoming increasingly frustrating.

Does anyone have any idea what this may be? Anyone feel these same symptoms?

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  • someone please?
    pained 3 Replies
    • November 21, 2008
    • 04:20 AM
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  • Hi. Do you get the pain after you eat something greasy?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 21, 2008
    • 04:53 AM
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  • Figuring out what is causing chronic abdominal pain can be quite frustrating for everyone involved.A short list of questions that you might consider:Do you have any other symptoms that weren't mentioned?Are you using any drugs/medications (over the counter, herbals, recreational drugs, prescribed, alcohol, tobacco) that may be leading to this?Is there any blood associated with the vomiting?Are you prone to headaches?Do you have any vision changes, does the room 'spin', do you have any numbness/tingling/coldness of the extremities?Do you have any associated rashes?Are your bowel movements regular & normal after these episodes or is there an associated constipation or diarrhea? Is there any blood in the stool following the abdominal pain? Have you experienced a change in size/shape of the stool? Is flatus associated with the abdominal pain?Are you obese?Is there any blood or change in color of your urine after these episodes?If you are sexually active, have you had tests to rule out STDs?Has there been any change in scrotum size, unilaterally or bilaterally? Are there any 'odd' lumps'n'bumps on your abdomen? Have you experienced significant weight loss due to this?Do you keep yourself well hydrated?Does the pain migrate or radiate?Do you have early satiety (do you get full very fast) or anorexia (lack of desire to eat)?Do you have diabetes?Do you feel fatigued most hours of each day?Is there any history of autoimmune disorders in the family or do you have any?Have the physicians checked your gastric emptying time?Is there any particular position that you sleep in that seems to exacerbate the abdominal pain?Is there any bloating associated with the abdominal pain?Have you experienced any jaundice? (yellowing of the sclera of the eyes/skin)Are there any palpitations associated with the abdominal pain?Have you ever had any abdominal surgeries?Do you have any psychiatric illnesses?Is this associated with intake of milk(lactose), vegetables/fruits(fructose), sorbitol(sugar free gum, mints, cough syrups), caffeine?Have you ever had any signs of hypercoagulability, including: clots, heart attack, strokes?If you eat small, frequent meals rather than larger less frequent ones, do the symptoms get better/worse/not change?Do you have a history of international travel (assuming you live in the U.S.)?These questions will not give the answer to what the problem is, but might help you figure out where the problem is coming from.Also, I'm betting the doctors already had you do this, but have you tried keeping a food diary to see if your symptoms correspond with a particular type of food?If not, here's what I'd suggest: Grab a notebook, one that fits in your pocket works great if you are the type that eats out a lot (*cough* 20 yr old college student *cough*). --EVERYTHING-- that goes in your mouth gets written down in that book along with what time you ate it and how much you ate. The next morning, mark which days you suffer from abdominal pain that woke you up. I've found a highlighter works great for this.After enough data has been collected, probably two to four weeks worth, you can try approaching your doctor with the information again or you can try altering your diet to help figure out if it is a dietary problem.Best of luck-B
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 21, 2008
    • 10:56 AM
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  • You may have celiac disease. Try here: http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/celiac/index.htm
    aquila 1263 Replies
    • November 21, 2008
    • 05:41 PM
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  • Hi. Do you get the pain after you eat something greasy?Hmm... good question. You know, it could be. But, it really comes at random times no matter what I eat. Figuring out what is causing chronic abdominal pain can be quite frustrating for everyone involved. A short list of questions that you might consider: Do you have any other symptoms that weren't mentioned?Are you using any drugs/medications (over the counter, herbals, recreational drugs, prescribed, alcohol, tobacco) that may be leading to this?Is there any blood associated with the vomiting?Are you prone to headaches?Do you have any vision changes, does the room 'spin', do you have any numbness/tingling/coldness of the extremities?Do you have any associated rashes?Are your bowel movements regular & normal after these episodes or is there an associated constipation or diarrhea? Is there any blood in the stool following the abdominal pain? Have you experienced a change in size/shape of the stool?Is flatus associated with the abdominal pain?Are you obese?Is there any blood or change in color of your urine after these episodes?If you are sexually active, have you had tests to rule out STDs?Has there been any change in scrotum size, unilaterally or bilaterally? Are there any 'odd' lumps'n'bumps on your abdomen?Have you experienced significant weight loss due to this?Do you keep yourself well hydrated?Does the pain migrate or radiate?Do you have early satiety (do you get full very fast) or anorexia (lack of desire to eat)?Do you have diabetes?Do you feel fatigued most hours of each day?Is there any history of autoimmune disorders in the family or do you have any?Have the physicians checked your gastric emptying time?Is there any particular position that you sleep in that seems to exacerbate the abdominal pain?Is there any bloating associated with the abdominal pain?Have you experienced any jaundice? (yellowing of the sclera of the eyes/skin)Are there any palpitations associated with the abdominal pain?Have you ever had any abdominal surgeries?Do you have any psychiatric illnesses?Is this associated with intake of milk(lactose), vegetables/fruits(fructose), sorbitol(sugar free gum, mints, cough syrups), caffeine?Have you ever had any signs of hypercoagulability, including: clots, heart attack, strokes?If you eat small, frequent meals rather than larger less frequent ones, do the symptoms get better/worse/not change?Do you have a history of international travel (assuming you live in the U.S.)? These questions will not give the answer to what the problem is, but might help you figure out where the problem is coming from. Also, I'm betting the doctors already had you do this, but have you tried keeping a food diary to see if your symptoms correspond with a particular type of food? If not, here's what I'd suggest: Grab a notebook, one that fits in your pocket works great if you are the type that eats out a lot (*cough* 20 yr old college student *cough*). --EVERYTHING-- that goes in your mouth gets written down in that book along with what time you ate it and how much you ate. The next morning, mark which days you suffer from abdominal pain that woke you up. I've found a highlighter works great for this. After enough data has been collected, probably two to four weeks worth, you can try approaching your doctor with the information again or you can try altering your diet to help figure out if it is a dietary problem. Best of luck -BMy answer to each question is in bold.Do you have any other symptoms that weren't mentioned? - NoAre you using any drugs/medications (over the counter, herbals, recreational drugs, prescribed, alcohol, tobacco) that may be leading to this? - NoIs there any blood associated with the vomiting? - NoAre you prone to headaches? - NoDo you have any vision changes, does the room 'spin', do you have any numbness/tingling/coldness of the extremities? No, No and No.Do you have any associated rashes? - No.Are your bowel movements regular & normal after these episodes or is there an associated constipation or diarrhea? Is there any blood in the stool following the abdominal pain? Have you experienced a change in size/shape of the stool? I do get diarrhea some days, and constipation another. (When I'm going through pains.)Is flatus associated with the abdominal pain? I'm not sure what flatus means but if it's gas then yes... a LOT!Are you obese? - No, I'm really thin.Is there any blood or change in color of your urine after these episodes? Yes, the color of urine becomes darker because I don't drink water during the pains. It is extremely hard to swallow anything because I will throw it up soon.If you are sexually active, have you had tests to rule out STDs? Not sexually active.Has there been any change in scrotum size, unilaterally or bilaterally? NoAre there any 'odd' lumps'n'bumps on your abdomen? NoHave you experienced significant weight loss due to this? I lose about 3-4 pounds everytime I get these pains but I regain them later.Do you keep yourself well hydrated? Yes. I drink a lot of water during the day.Does the pain migrate or radiate? The pain starts in my intestines, below the belly button, and it goes up to my stomach. When I eat, it gets worse.Do you have early satiety (do you get full very fast) or anorexia (lack of desire to eat)? NoDo you have diabetes? NoDo you feel fatigued most hours of each day? NoIs there any history of autoimmune disorders in the family or do you have any? No. Even got tested for HIV and it was negative.Have the physicians checked your gastric emptying time? I'm not sure so probably not.Is there any particular position that you sleep in that seems to exacerbate the abdominal pain? No matter how I sleep, it's bad.Is there any bloating associated with the abdominal pain? I'm not sure. So probably not.Have you experienced any jaundice? (yellowing of the sclera of the eyes/skin) NoAre there any palpitations associated with the abdominal pain? NoHave you ever had any abdominal surgeries? NoDo you have any psychiatric illnesses? NoIs this associated with intake of milk(lactose), vegetables/fruits(fructose), sorbitol(sugar free gum, mints, cough syrups), caffeine? Could be.Have you ever had any signs of hypercoagulability, including: clots, heart attack, strokes? NoIf you eat small, frequent meals rather than larger less frequent ones, do the symptoms get better/worse/not change? The pain comes one day and starts to go away the next, and I don't eat during the bout.Do you have a history of international travel (assuming you live in the U.S.)? I live in Canada, and have never left the country. You may have celiac disease. Try here: http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/celiac/index.htm I'll check it out thanks.
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    • November 22, 2008
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