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Upper Abdominal Pain - could it be diabetes?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • November 2, 2006
  • 04:08 AM

I have had moderate to severe upper abdominal pain for the last month and a half. The pain is often accompanied by bloating and sometimes even constipation. It even landed me in the hopsital for four days where I was given morphene, subjected to numerous tests including 2 CTs, Endoscopy, Conoloscopy, multiple blood tests, urinanlysis for Pleural Effusion, etc. All have come back negative! In an attempt to figure out what was wrong with me, and to alleviate the pain myself, I have tried changing my diet. For the last four days I have opted to try the five-a-day fruits &/or vegetable routine and avoid chocolate and other sweets, inculding soda. By the second day of this diet, I started to feel better. Today, in a further experiment, I ate some sweet candy w/out chocolate and began to feel ill again. Here is my question. Could this be a symptom of diabetes? I have other symptoms to some degree:occasional bouts of frequent urination, some excessive thirst, extreme fatigue that I just cannot shake, extreme hunger more often than normal (I feel like I always need to eat something.), and in addition, my father was diabetic? I feel like a hypcondriac, but this is affecting every aspect of my life. Some days it is very hard to function! Since the doctors do not know what is wrong, I'm searching in other avenues. Any ideas from anyone?

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  • I have the bloating, constipation, nausea, and abdominal pain. I went to my doctor with these symptoms, and very much to my surprise, I was diabetic. I did have the symptoms of thirst, hunger, fatigue, but never suspected diabetes. The stomach problems turned out to be gastroparesis, which is slow digestion. This is usually the result of long term diabetes. I know I couldn't have had diabetes for years, because I have yearly check-ups and blood work, and it would have shown up before now. Regulating my blood sugar did not help my stomach problems. I did some internet research on my symptoms and came up with gastroparesis. I asked my doctor if my stomach problems could be gastroparesis, and he blew it off telling me I would have to have had diabetes for years and years. He wasn't helping me, so I switched doctors. My new doctor ordered a gastric emptying study, and low and behold, gastroparesis! I'm now taking Zelnorm which helps some. Reglan is sometimes given for this but can have some heavy duty side effects. I'm trying the Zelnorm first. I am also starting to figure out which foods trigger the symptoms, mainly foods high in fat. I'm not disciplined enough to cut out all the foods I love, so I just eat now and pay later! Ask your doctor for that test along with checking your blood sugar. I hope this helps.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 2, 2006
    • 07:38 AM
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  • Some of your symptoms sound like they could be be related to diabetes or hypoglycemia. The best thing to do is buy a blood glucose meter and take regular readings yourself (especially when you are feeling unwell or hungry). It is probably sensible to do this anyway since you have a history of diabetes in your family and if nothing else it will put your mind at rest. The problem with relying on a doctor to do blood tests is that he/she can only take a sample when you are there and invariably this coincides with you feeling on top of the world! The abdominal pain sounds different though. There are some nasty bacteria that can inhabit the digestive tract and you should mention to your doctor your experiment with the sugar.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 2, 2006
    • 09:28 AM
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  • I had the very same symptoms you are mentioning, stomach pains, nausea, thirst, hunger, sometimes i would get very shaky and i found that eating sweets would help that out, after a few months i was diagnosed with diabetes :( my stomach pains, nausea still continue, I keep thinking it must be gastroparesis too but my doctor thinks i shouldnt worry and that it must be due to my not being used to lower sugar levels. I know you said you have had blood work done, but you should ask your doctor to do a glucose tolerance test, or even better if you dont want to waste your time on a doctor first time try to get a glucometer, maybe from a family member who has diabetes or a friend, eat a high carb meal and measure your blood sugar an hour later, if it's high, you should go see your doctor and let him know about that.
    the_one 39 Replies
    • November 2, 2006
    • 05:08 PM
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  • To those who responded to my original post: I had discovered the symptoms for gastroparesis last night online and wondered about it. Today, I think I accidentally confirmed my suspicions. I ate lunch, followed by raw carrots and an apple and a half with some caramel dip (me feeling like I always need to eat and trying not to eat junk). Within an hour I was very ill. I felt almost drunk and began crying and could not stop. I'm a teacher and went to the school nurse who found a glucosemeter (sp?) and checked my blood sugar. It was 156! After a short walk, I felt better. I'm very convinced I have some form of diabetes. I am going to request the stomach emptying study. Thanks for all of the advice. At least now, I don't feel like I'm a nut!
    in pain in missouri 2 Replies
    • November 3, 2006
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  • As a diabetic and med student I may offer you some help.First of all your age would be helpful as well as weight. As far as being a type 1 diabetic (if you are over 18 more than likely you arent) you do not have symptoms. You would be urinating very frequently.Overall this may help more than anything. The reason diabetic's get stomach pain along with vomiting is a condition called ketoacidosis. It is caused by your cell's inability to absorb suger due to lack of insulin. The body burns fat to compinsate which causes ketones. Ketones are removed through urine (Thus why you urinate alot). Ketones can also be common in malnutritioned or people with the flu. Ketones as a bi product make the blood acidic which upsets the stomach leading to pain and vomiting.The first step is ketones being flushed away, so if your not thirsty, and not urinating your stomach pain more than likely is not diabeties. I disagree with what other people have said about buying a test kit. You will probably be paying a lot without a prescription for a decent reliable one (over a 100 dollars). I would recommend going to the doctor and ask him to check you.As a second foot note, more than likely they checked your hemoglobin (spelling? Sorry its late.) When you went to the ER. They would have been able to tell if you were a diabetic. Personally I am guessing gull bladder, the symptoms can be very similar to that of ketoacidosis.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 3, 2006
    • 01:24 AM
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  • 156 is not an especially high level after a meal. It might indicate a potential problem, but then again it might not. You certainly should check with your doctor, but I would disagree with Unregistered 3333 in that it is not advisable to get your hands on a blood glucose meter. The problem with relying on a doctor's measurement (which is far more accurate), is that it is only a spot check. In a sense this is like monitoring climate change by sticking your head out of the window to see if it is raining. If you have full blown Type 2 diabetes, then the doctor should spot it easily (as indeed the hospital should have done during your stay). If you have some kind of pre-diabetic state or suffer from hypoglycemia, then this is much more difficult to identify. You need to get back to your doctor and describe your symptoms. There are millions of things it could be, but the vast majority of these can be ruled out with knowledge of your medical history.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 3, 2006
    • 10:44 AM
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  • Okay...so I was able to do a fasting glucose check (recommended by the doctor, but done at home with my sister's glocose monitor). It came back normal. Who knows..I guess I may be diabetic, but I'm not sure it is a priority at the moment. I do have to wonder if I have gastroparesis, however. After more research, I discovered that it can be caused by several underlying conditions. Also, I read that 40% of gastroparesis cases have no readily known cause. Anyway, I'll be talking with the gastgroenternolgist's office tomorrow. He wants me to have another endoscopy (sp?) to check on the esaphagitis I have. I am going to ask him to do a stomach emptying study. The pain is still here. The fatigue is unreal, and other symptoms (thrist, frequent unirination, etc. come and go.) All I know for sure is this: I feel like I'm sliding down a steep hill with nothing to grab hold of. I'm so exhausted all of the time that it is getting hard to function on a daily basis. The doc thinks my CFS has reactivated. All I know is that sleeping for a day does not sound like a bad idea. This is not at all like me. If anyone has any other ideas, I'd appreciate it. The chronic pain is getting very depressing.
    in pain in missouri 2 Replies
    • November 9, 2006
    • 04:12 AM
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  • I had very similar symptoms to yours last year (less the abdominal pain). I never really got to the bottom of what was causing them, although I did find that I had reactive hypoglycemia. This is a blip in sugar levels that happens two or three hours after eating and passes in about 20 minutes or so. I felt very feverish, shaky and hungry at that time. You don't spot this in a fasting glucose test because by that time the blood sugar levels have stabilised. Like yours, all blood tests showed nothing untoward (and there were some pretty unusual ones taken on the instructions of an endocrinologist). I had problems after eating also (very similar to yours) and these too cleared after a short while. They were especially bad after eating sugary things. I never related these to any blood sugar levels, although they were often accompaied by frequent urination. As for tiredness, I couldn't function normally on a daily basis for several months. That is the bad news. The good news is that a controlled diet (basically eliminating any refined sugar and anything that comes out of a packet) has seen me return to normal almost. So it is not necessarily a slippery slope. You need to get to the bottom of your problems and I wish you well. Let us know how you get on.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 9, 2006
    • 10:59 AM
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  • I am so glad I found this website! I was diagnosed with Type II diabetes in February of 2007. For the past month, I have the most severe stomach pain, with bloating and gas after I eat. It felt like I was starving and then after two bites I felt full. My blood sugar was 377. It has simply been awful. I went to the emergency room thinking I was having a stroke or heart attack because anytime I ate I felt sick and nauseated. I haven't been to work in three weeks. And then I found this website...........PRAISE THE LORD!!!. Not that I'm glad someone is having the same symptoms but just to know I'm not losing my mind and my life with this ailment. I would sit in the chair in my room and just cry, because I didn't know what was going with me. Additionally, the 1000 miligrams of Metformin I take twice a day, irritates my stomach. But the diabetes doctor told me that I have to keep taking that even though I was sick to the stomach. And once again......then I learned about Gastroperisis and I now have an idea what's going on. I saw one writer say that you would have to have diabetes for years and years to get have this condition, and maybe I have been. I'll be 40 in August. But thank you so much everyone for giving me some piece of mind, because I simply didn't understand what was going on.
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  • I have the exact same symptoms, as described in your thread. Im a 25 year old female and for a month now i've been receiving discomfort mainly at night in my upper abdominal area. Yes it does occur when bloated, and all of that, and yes i have been eating constantly and feeling very thirsty all the time, thank you for posting this, now i think i'll book an appointment tomorrow and see if i have anything concerning brewing in this body of mine:)!. Well thanks again.
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  • I am a twenty-one year old female and have been recently experiencing moderate to severe pain in my upper abdomen, most noticeable after ingesting anything high in sugar. The only change in my diet or lifestyle is that I recently stopped taking my prescribed birth control medication, which I don't see having any relation to the problem (could I be wrong?). My grandparents and father are diabetic but I do not suspect diabetes; I don't have any diabetic-related symptoms other than somewhat of the frequent urination. I sometimes feel light-headed during the day but it is not always accompanied by the abdominal pain. The pain is hard to explain -- it almost feels like bloating, but is more painful. It has gotten worse over the past week or so. If I drink any sort of alochol, or even drink a glass of KoolAid, I immediately have the strong pain in the upper center of my abdomen. I have asked several friends and co-workers... some mentioned ulcers, diabetes, reflux problems... I don't feel as if I am overreacting -- there's definitely something going on! Does anyone have any suggestions or ideas? I obviously need to see a professional, which I plan to do within the next few days seeing as the pain is only worsening rather than residing, but in the mean time I'd love some suggestions... other than to stay away from sugar-y items, which I'm doing. Thanks in advance!
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  • First of all you need to stop eating so much. Eat 6 small meals a day that are healthy and real food. Your body can't digest all that food you are binging on. Second you more than likely have food allergies as I had all the same symptoms as you for 10 years, the thirst, frequent urination, stomach pain, binging, craving sweets and carbs...and the medical world had no answer, so I found an Environmental Doctor (Dr. Robbins) in Boca Raton FL, and he tested me for food allergies. He put me on shots which helped a lot, but I still have to watch what I eat. If I overdo it on the sweets, white flour, tomatoes, soy, milk or the worst culprit 'caffiene', I get all those symptoms back. Rotate your diet, exercise, drink bottled water (as tap water might set you off as well) and get plenty of sleep. That is the only thing that is going to heal you, not going to the Doctor all the time! There is no majic wand it takes will power and the drive to feel good again. Good luck!*************************************I am not a doctor and any medical advice given should be treated as if given to you by someone who stayed at a Holiday Inn last night.*************************************
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 5, 2009
    • 00:23 AM
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  • http://www.diabeteshawaii.com. may help To those who responded to my original post: I had discovered the symptoms for gastroparesis last night online and wondered about it. Today, I think I accidentally confirmed my suspicions. I ate lunch, followed by raw carrots and an apple and a half with some caramel dip (me feeling like I always need to eat and trying not to eat junk). Within an hour I was very ill. I felt almost drunk and began crying and could not stop. I'm a teacher and went to the school nurse who found a glucosemeter (sp?) and checked my blood sugar. It was 156! After a short walk, I felt better. I'm very convinced I have some form of diabetes. I am going to request the stomach emptying study. Thanks for all of the advice. At least now, I don't feel like I'm a nut!
    Alinfun 4 Replies
    • November 12, 2009
    • 04:20 AM
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  • What a wonder to be finding this site. For a couple og years ive been having stomachissues, mostly pain. Ive been tired and my mood hasnt been on top and ive had severe sleepingproblems. I havnt been able to sleep properly in veeery long time. Ive been diagnosed with many things but none of them has made any difference in how im feeling. Ive been allergic all my life so most research has been done there. Ive had nomerous examinations done. They found crohns and treated it while my symptoms kept getting worse. I looked into a thing called candida with a diet excluding all carbs but stil no improvementIve been disabled and havnt been able to go to school the last 3 months due to pain and sleeping disorders and extreme fatigue. Lots of exszema too. Always on the search for something online too. Good to read other peoples experiences and i hope ive finally found the connection i was looking for. Appart from what i wrote earlier i can testify to the drinking and peeing thing and severe insatiable hunger from time to time.Nice to now that ur not alone with these weird things....
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  • To those who responded to my original post: I had discovered the symptoms for gastroparesis last night online and wondered about it. Today, I think I accidentally confirmed my suspicions. I ate lunch, followed by raw carrots and an apple and a half with some caramel dip (me feeling like I always need to eat and trying not to eat junk). Within an hour I was very ill. I felt almost drunk and began crying and could not stop. I'm a teacher and went to the school nurse who found a glucosemeter (sp?) and checked my blood sugar. It was 156! After a short walk, I felt better. I'm very convinced I have some form of diabetes. I am going to request the stomach emptying study. Thanks for all of the advice. At least now, I don't feel like I'm a nut! I suffer from Diabetes Type 1 and have had it all my life and was undiagnosed. When I retired from the Army I listed some symptoms: Fatigue, foot pain, being shaky at work etc. They said type 2 and gave me metformin. One month later I was hospitalized with vommitting and severe stomach pain. The Army at first thought heart attack but civilians said I was reacting to the metformin. They tested the theory, one complete day of no metformin and the symptoms went away. One 1000mg tablet and within 20 minutes I was sick again. I have been hospitalized for seven months and just now starting to get back to work. I still suffer from the attacks but they are farther and farther apart. It took a German specialist to find an approach to treating the pain (tamgesic) and this was after being called a drug addict and gastroparesis can't cause that kind of pain(complication of the diabetes) etc. It is unusual that a reading of 150 can cause that type of reaction but then each of us is different. Talk to your doctor and don't let he or she blow off a symptom. I have found that female doctors are a bit more sympathetic to pain and will listen more even though my initial German doctor was male. I am being treated by a diabetes specialist and a pain specialist. I spent 20 years in the Army and have had all types of pain but nothing compared to this along with throwing up for hours at a time. Don't stop until you get an answer that lets you have a quality of life that works for you.Bryan
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  • I don't know if this will help at all but, I recently had a bout of low blood sugar. I know this because I am diabetic and I keep a meter in my purse. I was shaky and immediately took a reading. It was 62I ate some crackers with peanut butter. After about 10 minutes I checked my blood sugar again because I was still pretty shaky and now I had stomach cramps. My blood sugar was 72. The cramps worsened over the next 20 minutes then stated getting better. When I checked my blood sugar again when I was feeling better my levels was 102.Now in this case I know for a fact that the cramps were related to my blood sugar levels because as it got closed to normal the cramps lessened.I plan to share this with the doc at my next appointment. I will let you know what he says.
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