Help...at my wit's end here...
For over 10 years...more like 12 or 13 years, I have had this strange pain under the ribs on the right side. It is VERY localized, and as many times as I've experienced this it is always in the exact same location. When I first started with this, it only hit me in the middle of the night. I'd wake up in intense pain which would slowly grow stronger, level off, then subside slowly. It would last a total of anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes. There seemed to be no rhyme or reason to the pain...I'd have it once a month, then once in six months, then three times a week. But I have never gone more than 6 months over the last few years without an attack.
After a few years, it started hitting me during the day. The weird thing...and please don't think I'm some nut job...is that I could tell when it was about to hit because the molar in my upper jaw next to the back on the right side would start to hurt. When that happened, I knew that within 5-10 minutes I'd be doubled over in pain. Again, I didn't seem to have a particular trigger...no particular food seemed to bring it on, as I started keeping track. I never had any other symptom...no nausea, diarrhea, fever...just intense pain. After getting married, my wife never understood what I was going through until it hit me one night at home while watching TV. I moaned and grimiced with pain and she said it looked as though I was giving birth. She then understood the intensity of my pain.
Over the years, the duration of the pain has become somewhat shorter. Now, it only lasts 5-10 minutes, but now I can have back to back episodes...sometimes 3 or 4 attacks in one 2 hour period. And my tooth doesn't hurt to give me warning anymore either. (I know...that's just weird).
I've seen doctor after doctor. I've had an ultrasound of my gall bladder and all was well with it. No one has effectively diagnosed me. However, one doctor said it was migraine in my chest cavity, which is supposedly possible. I've been taking migraine meds at the onset of my attacks, but since they now last only a few minutes, the pain subsides before the meds can get into my system. I don't think a migraine of any sort would last only 5 to 10 minutes anyway.
So, there's my story. I just had another strong episode last night, having 3 or 4 attacks back to back between 4 and 5 am. Anyone have any clue? Does this sound like anything you guys/gals can recognize?
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