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Upper Abdominal Pain Every Night for 7 Years...No Diagnosis

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  • Posted By: kjranney
  • May 16, 2013
  • 10:04 PM

I'm 34 and I've experienced severe upper abdominal pain every night for the past 7 years. I have had my gall bladder removed, received countless tests (ERCP, MRI, CT Scans, blood work, etc) and everything always comes out normal. Episodes would last for hours and I would be on the floor writhing in pain and sobbing. I was put on nitroglycerin for the pain and that helps, but it's not preventative and I don't take it every day. When it wakes me up at night, I drink a large glass of really cold water and that seems to help. On occasions when it doesn't, I can eat a few crackers or bread and that helps as well. I was diagnosed at one time with Esophageal Motility Disorder, but a recent email from my doctor says that I don't have that after all. My doc has given up on me and is out of ideas. Is anyone else experiencing this?? Any ideas? Medication I can take to sleep through the night?

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  • ​you need open heart surgery
    edc99353 3 Replies Flag this Response
  • I have had the same pain for 8 years. Insomnia so bad they put me on date rape drug w no avail. Your body knows what it's doing. My body did not sleep but 2-3 hours a night for years. Finally, they gave up on the drugs and tested me for sleep apnea. I was shallow breathing and stopped breathing 30 times an hour. So much better sleeping! As for the pain, find the best gastro u can. God bless u and your journey
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  • Gastro would be my suggestion too. My husband has GERD and his symptoms when not on medication sound very similar. It is horrifying. He has had the best luck on nexium, though you could give omeprozole (Prilosec) a try first. 40mg a day (2 at a time)
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