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Tingling, GERD, Stomach Pain, Headaches

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  • Posted By: xoTabiNS
  • March 19, 2009
  • 03:48 PM

Hey there. I'm new to these boards, so I hope this is the place to post.
I'm a 24 year old female. I weigh 200 pounds, though I am very active. I can run two-three miles without stopping or getting short of breath, I only drink water and watch my diet. I played basketball in high school, and never had any problems.
Then a few months ago, I started to have a few issues. One was that I started to have abdominal pain all the time. I went to my doctor who had me sent to get an ultrasound done. She called me the day of and told me that they found something on the ultrasound around my liver, but couldn't tell what it was. So she was going to schedule me a CT Scan for further tests. She hadn't called back that day, and that Saturday I was in a lot of pain, so I decided to go to the ER. At the ER they ran a bunch of blood work and did the CT Scan. My blood work came back normal...they tested enzymes , they did a pregnancy test, they ruled out dehydration and enemia. They tested my gallbladder, and found no evidence that it wasn't working. My CT Scan did reveal fatty tissue, but the doctor said that it wasn't a cause of concern right now, and that if I watched my diet, and lost some weight, that it should go away.
The pain continued, so I went back to my doctor, and she ended up diagnosing me with GERD. I was given Prevacid, and it has helped. The pain isn't as severe, but I have ended up in the ER on two other occasions because I was so scared that something was missed. But each time, they've run more blood work, and everything has come back normal . The second ER doctor I saw did say that there was a very small chance it could be my gallbladder, but that it was very minimal. He said if it continued, he would suggest getting it tested to see what the percentage it was working at. I still haven't had that done.
All the while, I'm having tingling in my feet. It seems to only happen when I'm at work. I don't know if it may be the chair I sit in. It's not the most comfortable chair, but it's what was supplied to me. I also get tingling and numbness in my hands/fingers, but that only seems to happen when I'm lying down and am reading a book. Like I'll be holding it up with both my hands, and it usually only 'goes to sleep' on my left.
Since I've started taking the PPI for my GERD, I haven't had any chest or arm pain which are both side effects of GERD.
I do have headaches, but I've had those all my life. I have a lot of pressure in my sinuses, but I've been having a problem with those every time Spring rolls around.
All in all, I would say that I'm feeling better, but I am just wondering if all of these things could be related? I should also mention that I'm on 50mg of Zoloft . Stomach pain usually isn't a symptom of GERD which is one of the reasons why I've still been kind of worried.
If any of you can help, I'd greatly appreciate it. Sometimes I sike myself out, and think that something is terribly wrong when I shouldn't be worried at all.
OH! And with the headaches, I started seeing a chiropractor a couple of weeks ago, so I was wondering if maybe getting the adjustments is maybe causing the headaches? I seem to getting them more in the back of my head, whereas I used to only get them around my temple/forehead area.

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  • Hey there. I'm new to these boards, so I hope this is the place to post. I'm a 24 year old female. I weigh 200 pounds, though I am very active. I can run two-three miles without stopping or getting short of breath, I only drink water and watch my diet. I played basketball in high school, and never had any problems. Then a few months ago, I started to have a few issues. One was that I started to have abdominal pain all the time. I went to my doctor who had me sent to get an ultrasound done. She called me the day of and told me that they found something on the ultrasound around my liver, but couldn't tell what it was. So she was going to schedule me a CT Scan for further tests. She hadn't called back that day, and that Saturday I was in a lot of pain, so I decided to go to the ER. At the ER they ran a bunch of blood work and did the CT Scan. My blood work came back normal...they tested enzymes , they did a pregnancy test, they ruled out dehydration and enemia. They tested my gallbladder, and found no evidence that it wasn't working. My CT Scan did reveal fatty tissue, but the doctor said that it wasn't a cause of concern right now, and that if I watched my diet, and lost some weight, that it should go away. The pain continued, so I went back to my doctor, and she ended up diagnosing me with GERD. I was given Prevacid, and it has helped. The pain isn't as severe, but I have ended up in the ER on two other occasions because I was so scared that something was missed. But each time, they've run more blood work, and everything has come back normal . The second ER doctor I saw did say that there was a very small chance it could be my gallbladder, but that it was very minimal. He said if it continued, he would suggest getting it tested to see what the percentage it was working at. I still haven't had that done.Hi xoTabiNS,Where is the location of your abdominal pain? Is it high (just below your rib cage) or low (belly button or below)? Central or on one side? Has the pain occurred a short time after eating or on an empty stomach?All the while, I'm having tingling in my feet. It seems to only happen when I'm at work. I don't know if it may be the chair I sit in. It's not the most comfortable chair, but it's what was supplied to me. I also get tingling and numbness in my hands/fingers, but that only seems to happen when I'm lying down and am reading a book. Like I'll be holding it up with both my hands, and it usually only 'goes to sleep' on my left.The tingling in your feet is likely due to pressure on the back of your legs from the office chair. Maybe your employer could get you a new one. Holding your book up above the level of your heart when your lying down would cause the hands/fingers tingling.Since I've started taking the PPI for my GERD, I haven't had any chest or arm pain which are both side effects of GERD. I do have headaches, but I've had those all my life. I have a lot of pressure in my sinuses, but I've been having a problem with those every time Spring rolls around. All in all, I would say that I'm feeling better, but I am just wondering if all of these things could be related? I should also mention that I'm on 50mg of Zoloft . Stomach pain usually isn't a symptom of GERD which is one of the reasons why I've still been kind of worried. If any of you can help, I'd greatly appreciate it. Sometimes I sike myself out, and think that something is terribly wrong when I shouldn't be worried at all.I don't think you have anything terribly wrong with you. I do think that some of your symptoms may be caused by (or increased by) anxiety. If you've been taking Zoloft 50mg daily for two months with minimal effect, discuss a possible dosage increase with your physician. Therapeutic dosage range for Zoloft is 50-200mg daily, with 50mg daily being, for the most part, an initial dose.OH! And with the headaches, I started seeing a chiropractor a couple of weeks ago, so I was wondering if maybe getting the adjustments is maybe causing the headaches? I seem to getting them more in the back of my head, whereas I used to only get them around my temple/forehead area.You said above that you have a history of headaches, possibly sinus headaches, long-term. Does the change in location of your current headaches coincide with the beginning of chiropractic spinal adjustment?Be well!!John
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  • Those are the same questions I would have asked.You need a H.I.D.A. scan to determine if your gallbladder is working or not.
    richard wayne2b 1232 Replies Flag this Response
  • Thank you for your responses JonMac. I will try to answer all your questions. =]1] My abdominal pain is all over. Sometimes it's right under my breast bone, sometimes just on my right side where the gallbladder is located, and sometimes it's just in the middle. Very rarely I get it on my left side, but when the pain is there, it doesn't last long. When I lay on my side the pain seems to subside. At times everything hurts at once, but once again, that's rarely. When I first started getting the pain, it happened more often than it does now. As for when it hurts, I would say it hurts more on an empty stomach, but after I eat is when my stomach does a lot of growling and gurgling. It's not really pain, but it does make a lot of noise. Sometimes it hurts a little if I eat something with tomatoes in it, so I've tried to stay clear of that.2] That's what I thought about the chair and reading. =] I just wanted to get a second opinion from someone. 3] I've actually only been on Zoloft for a month . I didn't start getting anxiety/panic attacks until about a month into having the pain. Before that, I was able to still deal with it , but after weeks of not feeling better, I started to panic all the time. I was also prescribed Xanax, and when I was on that, my doctor had me taking it with the Zoloft at night . I was sleeping all night doing that, but since I've been off the Xanax, I can't sleep at night. I don't know if it's the Zoloft, or if it's me being a bit anxious because of these headaches and such. The Zoloft does seem to be helping.4] Yes, the change in location has coincided with when I started going to the Chiropractor. I actually told my chiro about them yesterday when I went in for my adjustment, and he said that he would do it differently that time. He used a steel something...he put it right up against my skin and it clicked really loud. I don't remember what he called it. I woke up this morning, and my neck is really sore. I can still move it fine from side to side, it's not stiff, but whenever I touch it, it feels really bruised. I woke up and didn't have a headache, but on my way to work, I kind of started to get one. Right at this moment though, it feels more like just sinus pressure than anything else. I also feel kind of lightheaded, but like I said, I haven't been sleeping, which I'm sure has something to do with that. I also have been nausea the last couple of days, but that's nothing out of the normal either. I have usually gotten bad acid reflux in the morning, and sometimes throw up . I haven't vomited in months though. Anyway, sorry for the long reply. I'm just trying to be as descriptive as possible. I see a gastroenterologist in a couple of weeks, so hopefully they will be able to rule out some more things since my stomach is still feeling kind of weak. I also see my doctor next week for a check up. Is there anything you would recommend me asking her?
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