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Upper Abdominal pain/Nausea

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  • Posted By: Sammiejoe
  • February 9, 2007
  • 07:42 PM

Hey all:
I've been having upper abdominal pain, either in the center of my chest or to the left or sometimes right side of my chest. This is often accompanied by nausea, fatigue and indigestion, especially belching.
I take aciphex for heartburn, but, it's not helping get rid of this pain. I'm, also, having pain in my under arms, neck and sometimes upperback.
I went to the ER about 1 month ago because this pain was terrible and accompanied by severe vomiting at that time. The ER did a CT Scan with contrast looking for an intestinal obstruction, however they said they didn't see an obstruction, but I had mesecentric adenitis, which they described as inflammation of the lymph nodes throughout my abdomen.
I googled, "mesecentric adenitis" and the info I read said it's mainly seen in kids or teens, but very rare in adults. I'm 36 and I had my appendix out 6 years ago, so it's not my appendix causing the enlarged lymph nodes.
Any ideas?? I thought maybe a bad gall bladder, but shouldn't the CT scan show that??

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  • Hi, I had those syptoms too. After alot of tests I was sent to have a stress test done and I had a heart attack. Maybe you should go to your doctor and get a referral to have one done. I was then sent to have a angiogram done. I was in hospital for 4 days and now am on medication for my heart. Hope this helps.
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  • Hi there. Not sure if this will help but I had terrible pains in the middle of my chest which radiated through to my back. Mine too were accompanied by belching and feeling sick, especially after eating. They first thought gall bladder but my Mum has had that and she was flat on her back in absolute agony so I knew it couldn't be that. Anyway, I eventually had a camera popped down into my stomach which is called an endoscopy and it revealed a condition called Barretts Disease and I also had a very small hiatus hernia. Bascially, when you eat your food drops from your oesophagus into your stomach. There is a muscle which contracts and closes preventing food from entering back up into your oesophagus. Mine wasn't closing completely and consequently, some of my digestive juices were refluxing and caused damage to my oesophagus. This part of the oesophagus makes cells to protect itself called Barretts cells. If left untreated, rarely, very rarely can cause cancer. I was given Omeprazole 20mg twice a day which did the trick and it went away but only after a few months of treatment. They prevent your stomach from making too much acid so it cannot therefore reflux. Also, stay away from apples and fizzy drinks as once you are healed, can set off another episode. I don't have these ever in my diet and I have not yet had a relapse. I do hope this may help you.
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