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Ulcer? Tumer? Liver Problem? HELP!?

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  • Posted By: jgreen
  • May 27, 2008
  • 06:09 AM

I have a knot at the top of my abdomine right under my rib cage that comes and goes. (Probably for the last 8 months) It does hurt when I can feel it there, the scary thing is it pulsates like a heart beat! It feels hard to touch, it's not gas that moves around easily. I have had symptoms for IBS in the past, but this seems non related. It's not in my lower stomach or intestional area. It doesn't give me a feeling of indigestion of heartburn. From what I can tell stress can be a trigger. Could it be a ulcer? I don't have insurance right now, can't afford to go run a billion tests that may not give me answers. But will go if needed. Please try to give me an idea of what the possibilities are here.

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  • Can you describe the pain? Is it gnawing? Does anything help for example eating, not eating. I recently had similar symptoms - I felt like I was having palpitations (I am not sure if I was even now), and I had this constant gnawing pain in the middle of the epigastric area, just below my sternum. It hurt when touched but also when I walked and laughed/sneezed etc. I occasionally had heartburn but not during the most severe episodes. I was diagnosed with H-pylori which can cause ulcers, but an ulcer can be caused by other things such as Non-steroidal anti inflammatory medication such as Brufen or Volteren. It can be made worse by stress, smoking, alcohol - we all have our own triggers. For me, eating eased it a little but it never went away until I was put on Nexium (a proton pump inhibitor). I have now also started antibiotics for the infection. I am not sure what country you are from and if Nexium can be bought in a pharmacy. Any proton pump inhibitor would help if an ulcer (although wont clear an infection!) such as Losec. However, I do suggest visiting your doctor - but I know that is easier said than done without insurance - ulcers can become serious if not treated. Should you decide to go - maybe ask for a blood test for H-Pylori - this would be cheaper than an endoscopy. However, that still maybe necessary if the test comes back negative. Would love to know how you get on.
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