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Intense Abdominal Pain

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • October 18, 2006
  • 03:41 PM

Hi there, lately I've been having a severe recurring pain in my stomach just below my sternum. It's an intense gripping pain and has actually doubled me over at one point. It isn't consistent, it comes and goes (over the course of the day), but when it does it's quite severe.

I was wondering if perhaps anybody knows what could be causing this? It's getting hard to eat because I don't want to aggrivate it, but at the same time not eating doesn't help it either! Any help or suggestions you guys could offer would be of great value to me, I want to get rid of this pain as soon as possible but am hoping to avoid a doctor visit.

I've had some food that I wasn't entirely positive about a week or so ago however that was after the pain had started, and I have neither experienced an increase in pain/nausea nor had the urge to vomit so I don't suspect that's the cause. Also I recently had a small head cold, but again I don't suspect that has to do with this (although that's just an assumption). Has anyone experienced this before? As I mentioned it's towards the front of my stomach just below the sternum and is quite severe at times.

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  • it's interesting, I'm having the same symptoms!I just completed a battery of test to check my pancreious, gallbadder, kidneys and liver. All test results came back negative. I'm still having the pains and I don't have any idea what's causing them. My Dr. gave me Prevacid and siad it probably won't help but it's worth a try. I think my doctor is guessing at this point.Has anyone else ever had these symptoms and learned what was causing them?
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 4, 2006
    • 10:34 PM
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  • I had my stomach slightly herniate through my diaphram once or twice. My naturopath managed to push it back. dont know if this is your problem, and I don;t know how many naturopaths would be familiar with the technique of doing what mine did. If you have my same problem you would have your described pain and problems. MY naturopath picked it up before I was in much pain, where you guys look more of a serious state of herniation if you have it.Ask your GP about it and if you are laughed off, get a second opinion.All the bestsearchingsam
    searchingsam 54 Replies
    • December 4, 2006
    • 11:15 PM
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  • I am seeing a specialist at U of M for the same pain. He dosen't know what it is either. I have been taking Bentyl which is an antispasmatic for the last few months before meals. It seems to work. My pain feels like a sword stabbed through my lower chest area to my back.
    cobzut 1 Replies
    • December 12, 2006
    • 07:33 AM
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  • I'm having a bad pain like you describe also. I'm guessing it's acid imbalance but the pain is so severe taking Tums isn't working! I'm also having diarrhea so it could also be a stomach flu... it's 5 in the morning now and the burning woke me up! :( trying to hold off till monday to go to a doctor...
    Nickman 1 Replies
    • December 16, 2006
    • 10:00 AM
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  • I have the same pains plus some. I suffer from an array of other medical conditions, but in relation to my stomach the doctors have told me that I have Gastritis, a hiatal hernia, and irritable bowel syndrome. This means that I have trouble digesting food, i feel nauseous after eating, but i feel the desire to eat. I sometimes have severe burning/sharp pain in my upper abdomen that can affect my breathing at its worst. They have me on proton pump inhibitors like achipex to reduce stomach acid as well as carafate which is a liquid that i take 4 times a day. a.m., before lunch, before dinner, and at night and it coats my stomach. i havent found a lot of relief yet but maybe it can help you.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 18, 2006
    • 08:39 PM
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  • :confused: I have been having the same pain for six years. They are more like attacks,very severe when I do have them. They can happen one hour after a meal or they can come just by eating something as simple as crackers. It starts at the bottom of my breastbone(inside) and radiates to my back and shoulders. Once it goes to the back I have a hard time breathing. I have even tried an inhaler which did not help. I went to the emergency where they did tests and everything shows normal. I have been seeing a specialist for a few years, and just had my second endoscopy done the other day. He biopsied my stomach looking for heliobacus bacteria. I won't get the results until after the New Year. I am so afraid every time I eat that I might have another attack. It almost feels like something is going to explode around my stomach. I have a slight distension of the upper abdomen while this is going on. Anyone know what this could be? I am desperate!!!
    tiredofpain 1 Replies
    • December 31, 2006
    • 06:08 PM
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  • I have been having the same problem for about 15 years. I have unbelievable abdominal pain just below where my ribs meet in the middle. It continues through to my back and feels as if I have a knife stuck in my back. I feel like, if I could move and dislodge the knife, the pain would go away. I have no idea what causes it for sure but Pop, coffee and salads seem to irritate it. If I stay in shape it seems to happen less often, but it still occurs. I also have headaches with the pain from time to time. I have been told it is heartburn but antacids do nothing. Aloe Vera Juice seems to help a little. Help?
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 2, 2007
    • 00:30 AM
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  • Hello,This may seem like a strange question, but I'm wondering if anyone in this thread especially "tired of pain" has freckles on their lips? or eyelids? or other unusual places? If so, you may want to google search "Peutz-Jeghers Syndrome" - Emedicine has a good article covering this. It is a rare genetic disorder that causes polyps to grow in the digestive tract, especially the small intestine. If the growths get large enough, they can cause a blockage which can then lead to an intususception - a medical emergency. Almost all (95%) people with Peutz-Jeghers have freckling on the lips around or inside the mouth tissue. It is a very rare disorder, but it wouldn't hurt to read about it and see if the symptoms seem familiar to you. I sincerely hope this will help somebody!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 2, 2007
    • 09:06 PM
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  • I am having an onset of severe stomach pain as we speak. The pain is so severe is it taking my breath away. The pain is located in the area of my bell-button, small intestine area, sore to the touch. If I eat, I vomit a few hours later. I found lying down makes the pain worse (if that is possible). I had the same thing happen two months ago. After a blood test I was diagnosed with H. Pylori. My treatment was Prevpack; which is a combo of prevacid, biaxin & amoxicillin, 8 pills a day for 2 weeks. It worked. Now as I set here in extreme pain, my doctor called me after hours and suggested triple dose of Prilosec until I can get into his office tomorrow to retest me for H. Pylori.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 9, 2007
    • 01:25 AM
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  • I am having the same pain. I just got home from the ER. I have had this pain for 2 years and they can't seem to figure it out. I have Lupus also. I was told by the ER dr. that he thinks its abdominal Migraine. He gave me imitrex and the pain let up. I have a spell with it almost every month. I just wish we could figure it out.
    emmons1315 1 Replies
    • January 10, 2007
    • 00:03 AM
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  • it's interesting, I'm having the same symptoms!I just completed a battery of test to check my pancreious, gallbadder, kidneys and liver. All test results came back negative. I'm still having the pains and I don't have any idea what's causing them. My Dr. gave me Prevacid and siad it probably won't help but it's worth a try. I think my doctor is guessing at this point.Has anyone else ever had these symptoms and learned what was causing them?So sorry you got the purple pill- that's lame.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 10, 2007
    • 00:08 AM
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  • I cant believe so many people have this same pain - I spent 10 hrs at the ER wasting my time to be told i have some sort of gastritis that they don't really know anything about - The pain was so intense at 2am before i went to the hospital i vomited and laid on the floor unable to move - I've also walked on a broken ankle before for 2 months, and I have a high pain tollerance, so I know its not jsut me. It's like there's a sword impaled in me right under my sternum, and every couple of minuted someone pushes in and up on it, and i can barely breath. This is day 2 and this is absolutly ridiculous - if anyone knows anything about this please respond, the pain is honestly unbearable at times, i need to get rid of this
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 12, 2007
    • 09:32 AM
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  • I have a couple of suggestions. One... some of you may have the recent flu bug that is going around; especially the last unregistered person who posted. I just had the flu bug and it started out with severe stomach pain that wouldn't let up for over two days. I ended up in the hospital because of this bug. I've known of others that have had this same bug. It is hideously miserable. Two... for those who have had months or years of pain, it could be one of many things. The first that comes to mind to me is stomach ulcers. Ulcers cause many of the symptoms mentioned here. Although it sounds like many of you have started some of the meds for ulcers. These meds include Carafate and PPI's such as Prevacid, Prilosec. It could also be any of the following:HerniaGERDH. PyloriOther Intestinal BacteriasAbdominal MigraineGall Bladder Disease I suffer from Gastroparesis and stomach ulcers. I have the same pain described in these posts. I take Prevacid 30mg twice a day and watch what I eat. It helps but the pain doesn't go away. My doctors think the pain is caused by both Gastroparesis and the stomach ulcers. It is just something I have to live with. If you are suffering from this pain, I suggest you see a doctor. If it is an intestinal infection, it needs to be taken care of. Ignoring it will make it worse. Please see a doctor. Just my opinions.God Bless.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 12, 2007
    • 05:54 PM
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  • My 14 year old daughter has been having severe intestinal pain for 1 1/2 months. We thought it was a stomach virus. She also looks pale and gets extremely tired. She went to the doctor last week and had some blood work, urinalysis, and a sonogram of the gallbladder. They all came back negative, but she actually fell down some steps yesterday after dance class. She said she tripped but it looked to my husband and I like it came more from fatique.She doubles over after eating. I should note that she is an over-acheiver, being involved in everything and only accepting A"s. We have recently made her slow down,but hasn't helped. Does any one have any ideas? We are worried.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 19, 2007
    • 05:32 PM
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  • The pain is so on and off, i get a very intense burning sensation in my upper stomach followed by nausea, puking, and loss of apitie witch causes more pain because i feel so hungry and i cant eat. Im not in extreme pain at the moment but when i am its the worst feeling in the world. I had the same thing in october but it was way worse i was in the hopital for a couple of days unconrollably puking and had an IV hooked into my arm so i could get antibiotics. The doctor wasnt sure what i had at the time. I was pain free all of nov and dec then just a few weeks ago it started up i saw the doctor today and he said that i will have to have a camera inserted into my stomach to see what the problem is. Im pretty sure i have Gastritis i seem to have all the symptoms. I just want something to make this pain go away im losing so much sleep at night because laying down only makes the pain worse. any one have any ideas to soothe the pain??
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 19, 2007
    • 09:50 PM
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  • I can relate to many of you with the Intense Stomach Pain that I am feeling right this very moment. I am seeing my Primary Care doctor tomorrow. I have been suffering with this pain on and off for exactly 1 year now. I was told that I have an umbilical hernia, but trying to find another doctor with a second opinion has been difficult in putting it together with my insurance. I have been doing quite a bit of research and understand that umbilical hernias do not really hurt when touched. My pain is so severe that it feels like a knife going through my stomach and out my back. I have been extremely exhausted, lossed alot of weight, somewhat thirsty and conquering this stomach and back pain. I am going to have Blood tests such as a CA-125 and detect the cause. I have stayed away from drinking milk and any forms of dairy. I believe that any intake into our bodies causes many of our flair-ups. I will be asking my doctor for tests on endometriosis, stomach ulcers, hernias, gall bladder and thyroid. I will ask him to refer me to a gastro doctor. I am continuing to do my research and take notes and present them to my doctor and see if we can find a cure and will inform you all on any results within the week. The most important advise is collect all the information of your symptoms and present them to your doctor and if he has been no help, start talking to other people you know or any nurses that can recommend any help for your case. God bless you all and I hope this cures many of your symptoms.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 20, 2007
    • 03:18 AM
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  • So a few hours after i wrote the last post my stomach got 10 times worse than it was. I just got back from spending 3 nights in the hospital again. Not what i was planning on doing. But i do feel better and now the doctors know how bad this actually is. My doctor said i have Gastritis but needs to do tests to confirm it. Since ive been out of the hospital i havent felt nausea or any burning in my stomach, i actually ate a tuna sub today witch was very exciting because it didnt hurt after. Im doing everything i can to keep it under controll so it doesnt trigger as badly as it has been. I hope there is a treatment out there that can get rid of this FOREVER because taking Pariet ( an acid reducer) for the rest of my life isnt what i want to do!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 25, 2007
    • 04:50 AM
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  • Gavisconeat after a meal, it works so good. pushes all the stomach acid to the bottom of your stomch, where it belongs.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 28, 2007
    • 09:57 PM
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  • I can't believe there are others with these symptoms....I have had this same burning since the week before Christmas. Having a stress test on Monday and endoscopy/colonoscopy on Wednesday. This is the most frustrating pain I have ever had.....feel hungry all the time but double over after I eat. I too have a lot more pain if I lie down, especially if lay on my left side....what is that? My Dr says he has no idea why that would make a difference. Gallbladder is gone so what could be wrong with me?
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 31, 2007
    • 05:55 AM
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  • I can't believe I am reading these posts, although mine is a bit different as I don't have any vomiting, diarrhea and my pain is in my entire abdomen. I have been in the ER twice with this. It starts as what I think are gas pains in my stomach area/upper abdomen. Then radiates mostly down my right side in a "C". The first time in the ER my lipase level was elevated so they felt it was pancreatitis. This time a month later, same pain occurred but all levels normal. I now have to go back to the GI for ulcer check, gastritis, endoscopy and possibly colonoscopy. The pain gets so bad I cannot walk. I have to crawl (literally). I cannot straigthen up and it's hard to breathe because it hurts so bad. I am 39 and healthy otherwise. All bloodwork, urine, catscans etc are normal including Hpylori. I am very frustrated! I had it once last month and once this month now. I am starting to notice it happens when I eat fattier or not so healthy foods. I wonder if my gall bladder or intestines cannot process it anymore?? But I don't eat those foods on the same day as it occurs. It's usually a day or two before, and then wammo! I'd love any opinions on this.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 2, 2007
    • 00:05 PM
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