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Abdominal pain that goes away after eating?

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  • Posted By: ruthevh
  • April 3, 2007
  • 11:22 PM

I've been suffering through abdominal pain (a warm, burning/crampy feeling just above my belly button and below my ribs, center) that almost always goes away as soon as I eat something. If I don't eat something then the pain gets so intense that it's hard to breath and the area gets sensitive to the touch. I've also noticed that it seems to be connected to my bowel movements, which range from type 1-7 (...all in one day, more often then not, with the types ranging higher in number with the more intense the pain. Late last year I had my first attack, the most intense pain I've ever felt, and I rushed to the emergency room where I was diagnosed with Diverticulitis. That was the only thing the doctors could say it was, even if I am rather young for it. I was prescribed a diet and have stuck to it and had no attacks since till late Jan of this year when I had another attack so intense that I was put in the hospital for a week and they removed my gall bladder, believing that it was an infected pancreas and gall bladder. Now, ever since the surgery in Jan, I'm having almost daily attacks where the pain starts and rapidly grows more and more intense and it seems the only thing I can do to make it stop is to quickly eat something, ANYTHING, and then it dies off. The longer I wait to eat something, the more intense the pain gets and the more after-pain I have when it starts to go away. I've been researching into things like Colon Cancer (which my maternal grandpa died from but I've been assured that I'm way too young to even have developed it yet) and IBS, and I'm also looking into having my doctor refer me to a specialist and even having a colonoscopy scheduled. Does this sound familiar to anyone? Right now, my regular doctors seem to be clutching at straws and the "Well, if you eat something and it goes away, keep doing that" approach is getting tiresome....(and I'm gaining weight.)

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  • One of the classic symptoms of an ulcer is "abdominal pain relieved by eating." I am wondering if you might have a duodenal ulcer. An endoscopy would be the appropriate procedure for that. So, if you're getting an colonoscopy, you might as well have the endoscopy at the same time to check that out.
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  • When I was in the hospital the last time to have my gall bladder removed they did do a procedure where they looked down my throat and into the stomach. I'm guessing it was called an endoscopy? (Either way, my throat was killing me for the next couple days.) they didn't come up with anything there, and the other doctor had me take an h.pylori test that came back negative.I've got the colonoscopy scheduled for early May, after which I'm going to have my doctor reffer me to a specialist.
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  • Hi, ruthevh.Did you ever discover the cause of your pain? I'm experiencing the same thing now. I'm female, 32 years old, 5'7" and 150 lbs. For the past few days, I've been awakened at 5:00 AM by a pain that seems to begin in my diaphragm and then radiates around to the ribs in my back. I've chosen carrots as my morning snack and voila! No more pain. At first, I thought it was an anxiety attack (I've had a few over the years), but the usual fixes didn't work and this seemed to be deeper, like a really strong hunger pang. It doesn't seem to be reflux, either (which I used to have) because I can sleep lying down and my throat feels fine. I was diagnosed with a bulging disc in my neck the day this started and will check in with my doctors' office as soon a they open today. Any further information you have on your condition would be terrific. Feel free to email me at bridececily@yahoo.com. Thanks!
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