Stomach Pain/Acid Reflux concerns

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
[ << Previous Thread | Next Thread >> ]

mike_uk
New Member


Date Joined May 2008
Total Posts : 4
   Posted 5/5/2008 12:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello
 
I am new to this forum and am certainly glad I stumbled across this great resource.
 
I have been suffering quite badly for 6 months now with Chronic Acid Reflux and pain mainly under my left rib cage. I would describe the pain as a 90% constant dull ache accompanied by sharp pain, it also radiates to my back. The pain can also very frequently be felt by my sternum and often times under my right rib cage and under my right shoulder blade and central back. This right side pain can make me whince in pain. All this pain on a scale of 1-10 would maybe be around 4-5 so its never an emergency type feeling. I also frequently get a burning/stinging sensation in my stomache and have on occasion burped acid up into my mouth. Occasional chest pain is experienced with the indegestion. Sometimes happens with really bad hiccups too. The indegestion is horrid but is helped by over the counter meds. I would like to add that I am often nauseus but never actually vomit. Infact the nausea is not bad enough to make me feel like I need to vomit. I appear to be quite tired often too. Weight appears to be fine but I have not weighed myself recently to confirm this. However visually I look fine.
 
I would like to add that overall my apetite is fine and I have no problem keeping the food down.
 
I am unsure if it could be related but I for some years have suffered post nasal drip and about 8 weeks ago developed a cough and sore throat that is still present to this day. Actually the sore throat is more like intermittent throat pain. Maybe around the gland area.
 
IT appears there maybe more than one thing going on in there and I have started investigations. Been to my GP numerous times and as a result got an ultrasound scan which was fine. However I think there maybe a possible gallbladder without stones problem. I do have a H Pylori test coming up in a week or two which may shed some light on the situation.
 
I feel this may be a long road of tests headed my way so thought I would ask if this all rings a bell with anyone?
 
One more thing, this pain started the next day after having a colonoscopy (I have IBS).
 
Hope someone maybe has some advice or something I can look into.
 
Thanks
 
 

TammyGrl0528
Veteran Member


Date Joined Jun 2007
Total Posts : 1345
   Posted 5/5/2008 2:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there Mike. I'd like to welcome you the the GERD borad here at HEALINGWELL. This is an awesome place to go for information and support, and I am glad you have found us! Please take a look at old posts, as they do hold so much information, and I am sure they can answer some of the questions you might have.

For the burning issues you are having, I am wondering if you are taking anything, preferably a liquid antacid, or a prescription from your doctor? I have found that a liquid antacid can be especially helpful in coating your throat and even your stomach against burning and uncomfort. I would suggest trying that. Also, look wat what you are eating. Are you drinking alcohol, or a lot of carbonation? Are you eating a lot of spicy food? What are you doing after you eat? It is generally best to rest if possible after eating a big meal. You could also raise the head of your bed about 6 inches when you sleep if you are having issues in the night.

The fact that you are saying your pains started the day after a colonoscopy makes me think you should talk to whoever performed your colonoscopy, and let them know what is going on.

You might very well have a long road of tests ahead of you, and we will be here with you every step of the way! I wish you all the best, and I do hope you keep us posted as to how things are going for you!
 GERD Forum Moderator
    Please share, only if you can spare! 
 Diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) and Panic Attacks.
 Clickable Link that may be of interest to some...as I find I often like to check drug interactions...Drug Interactions
 
~Tammy~


sillylilly
Regular Member


Date Joined Oct 2006
Total Posts : 317
   Posted 5/5/2008 4:01 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Mike,

Welcome aboard the forum...you will feel alot better just being on this site where many people have some of the same issues you do. 

My suggestions is to bypass your GP because he/she is not equipped to handle GERD...you need a good GI (gastroenterologist) and you need some tests to see if it's really Gerd.  Gallbladder symptoms can also sound like your symptoms especially since you have nausea.  Or you might have a hiatal hernia that is causing the symptoms.   If your GI doesn't want to test you with endoscopy and just wants to give you meds because they seem to work, then get a new GI who will test you.    I went to two GI's before I found one who wanted to really help me...others just want to give you drugs to mask the symptoms. If the meds work, they assume you have acid reflux and you'll be fine.  And some people are.  They take these meds for years and seem to be alright. But others like me have it so severe that the meds don't work all the time even with changing our diets and relieving stress.   It will save you alot of time, money and heartburn to find out what you have, how bad is it and will drugs take care of it or do you have other options besides drugs. 

It's been about 4 years total now that I've had this and I'm now to the point that I'm going to have the surgery to stop the reflux because the meds don't work well anymore and I'm tired of having this constant burning in the chest.  I want my life back. 

 

 


mike_uk
New Member


Date Joined May 2008
Total Posts : 4
   Posted 5/5/2008 5:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the warm welcome.
I do take gaviscon liquid which does help a great deal but I am aware that it is just masking an obvious defect somewhere. Also, yes, my doctor had me on a trial of Domperidone 10mg 3 timesa day. At the time it did not do a lot but seemed to help towards the end of the course but the symptoms soon came back.
As for drinking, I actually do not drink at all. Not touched alcohol for about 16 years and I dont eat a great deal of spicy food. I have been guilty of having too much fizzy drinks ie coke but don't over do it really. No I dont have much at all.  usually get back to work or do the washing up after i eat so dont really rest. Cant really do tat with 3 young kids at my feet !
Well, I will have to see how this GI fairs. I do know that this whole ordeal is tressing the heck out of me becasue I always think the worse and convince myyself im dying of cancer. Having watch my grandad die of stomach cancer sure hasnt helped.
TammyGrl0528 said...
Hi there Mike. I'd like to welcome you the the GERD borad here at HEALINGWELL. This is an awesome place to go for information and support, and I am glad you have found us! Please take a look at old posts, as they do hold so much information, and I am sure they can answer some of the questions you might have.

For the burning issues you are having, I am wondering if you are taking anything, preferably a liquid antacid, or a prescription from your doctor? I have found that a liquid antacid can be especially helpful in coating your throat and even your stomach against burning and uncomfort. I would suggest trying that. Also, look wat what you are eating. Are you drinking alcohol, or a lot of carbonation? Are you eating a lot of spicy food? What are you doing after you eat? It is generally best to rest if possible after eating a big meal. You could also raise the head of your bed about 6 inches when you sleep if you are having issues in the night.

The fact that you are saying your pains started the day after a colonoscopy makes me think you should talk to whoever performed your colonoscopy, and let them know what is going on.

You might very well have a long road of tests ahead of you, and we will be here with you every step of the way! I wish you all the best, and I do hope you keep us posted as to how things are going for you!


TammyGrl0528
Veteran Member


Date Joined Jun 2007
Total Posts : 1345
   Posted 5/6/2008 8:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Sillylilly, thanks for the suggestions here. Just food for thought though, you cannot go to a GI without a GP refferal...at least to my knowlledge. So, it is best to see the GP first, where he or she can give a referral...At lesat this is the case where I am.

Mike...I understand your concerns about your Granddad passing from stomach cancer. My boyfriends Mom died from that, and now my boyfriend is extra cautious about his own stomach.

Better to be safe than sorry. By the way, how old are you, if you don't mind me asking?

I am so glad you found us, I do know you will get so much information and tons of support here!
 GERD Forum Moderator
    Please share, only if you can spare! 
 Diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) and Panic Attacks.
 Clickable Link that may be of interest to some...as I find I often like to check drug interactions...Drug Interactions
 
~Tammy~


blizmo
New Member


Date Joined May 2008
Total Posts : 1
   Posted 5/10/2008 9:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi I am under current investigation as to whether or not I have gerd.  I have for over a year now been experiencing bad pain in my stomach just below my ribs.  This pain got so bad at one time that it went to my chest and felt like I was having a heart attack.  I went to hospital and they said it was prob gerd.  I have had an endoscopy done and it looks all ok in there.  But they have more tests to be done.  I am doing a ph test soon to test the how much acid is in there. Also testing my gallbladder and a Barium test.  I am on medication and this doesn't seem to help much.  nearly every 2-3 days I get a real bad attach where it's so painful in my stomach and the pain goes into my chest and around my back making it hard to breath, this can last from 1hr to 2 hrs.  I am also experiencing phlem problems at night this is causing me not to be able to sleep.  My partner has had this gerd and had the operation and I am skeptical about getting it dones cause he has had serious side affects.  They think they have nicked his vagus nerve and he is now permanetly on a benefit because of constant diarreha and bad stomach problems such as bloating and pain and chest pains again.

TammyGrl0528
Veteran Member


Date Joined Jun 2007
Total Posts : 1345
   Posted 5/11/2008 7:29 PM (GMT -6)   
blizmo...I'd like to welcome you to the board. I am glad to see that you have found us, and you feel comfortable posting here with us! I'd suggest you starting your own post, as you are likely to get more replies. Sometimes when people have already read a post, they won't go into it anymore.

I am glad you are getting yourself looked at, and trying to find out the cause of what's going on. A few things I would like to say...Stress can be a factor in making you feel like this. I seriously do not think stress is the only factor in your pain, as your pain seems severe. I am just saying, if you have a lot of stress in your life, of course, try to cut that down. Also, worrying about your problem will make things feel worse. Although, I do know, it is hard not to worry.

I am so sorry your partner had such a bad experience with the operation. I can understand you being skeptikal because of that. Anyone would be. I would though like to say that there are many people who have had the surgery, and it has been a success. Everyone will take differently to it.

Please let us know how your upcoming tests go, and we will go from there. Stick with us, and when you feel comfortable enough, do start a post of your own so you will get more replies!

I am happy to have you with us!

Please look back at old posts too, as they will answer many questions you might have!
 GERD Forum Moderator
    Please share, only if you can spare! 
 Diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) and Panic Attacks.
 Clickable Link that may be of interest to some...as I find I often like to check drug interactions...Drug Interactions
 
~Tammy~


appleuser
New Member


Date Joined Mar 2007
Total Posts : 3
   Posted 5/19/2008 5:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had a burning throat for 3 years, also a pain under my left shoulder blade, and can not get all the oxygen I would like. Both pains are always there, but the intensity changes.

Endoscope normal.
Chest xray normal.
irritated vocal chords
during the PH text I refluxed 15 times in 7 hours.
no relief from nexium, prevacid, protonix, prilosec, zantex75, etc

I went to a chiropractor/kinesologist/internalist/wellness doctor, he said no gluten, sugar, egg, dairy for 90 days. Thinks it could be a reaction to the gluten or something I am eating, even 5 days after I eat it.

He also said he is 90% sure that these two pains are related.

Do you think we have the same thing?

appleuser
New Member


Date Joined Mar 2007
Total Posts : 3
   Posted 12/11/2008 2:33 PM (GMT -6)   
blizmo said...
Hi I am under current investigation as to whether or not I have gerd.  I have for over a year now been experiencing bad pain in my stomach just below my ribs.  This pain got so bad at one time that it went to my chest and felt like I was having a heart attack.  I went to hospital and they said it was prob gerd.  I have had an endoscopy done and it looks all ok in there.  But they have more tests to be done.  I am doing a ph test soon to test the how much acid is in there. Also testing my gallbladder and a Barium test.  I am on medication and this doesn't seem to help much.  nearly every 2-3 days I get a real bad attach where it's so painful in my stomach and the pain goes into my chest and around my back making it hard to breath, this can last from 1hr to 2 hrs.  I am also experiencing phlem problems at night this is causing me not to be able to sleep.  My partner has had this gerd and had the operation and I am skeptical about getting it dones cause he has had serious side affects.  They think they have nicked his vagus nerve and he is now permanetly on a benefit because of constant diarreha and bad stomach problems such as bloating and pain and chest pains again.
phlem? Do you have a gluten or dairy intolerance? You may realize it. I cut out gluten (including beer) and dairy, and I no longer ruflux or have excessive mucus. I still have a burning throat and pain under right shoulder blade though.

LittlePeanut
Regular Member


Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 81
   Posted 12/11/2008 3:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the board Mike:

Your sure to find some answers here. You definitely need to see a GI and have them conduct some tests and particularly aimed at the Gallbladder. I am not a doctor but you will find that some of the symptoms you describe are indicative of a problem with the Gallbladder but only by conducting the tests can you find out. Try to relax and I know from expereince that this is difficult because stress does not help the situation. Try a bland diet and regular eating times avoid any trigger foods. If you need suggestion look up Gastritis Diet and you will get some suggested foods to eat and avoid. Once you have had the tests you will have a better picture of whats going on.

Good luck
New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
Forum Information
Currently it is Monday, October 20, 2014 7:59 AM (GMT -6)
There are a total of 2,246,494 posts in 249,914 threads.
View Active Threads


Who's Online
This forum has 157527 registered members. Please welcome our newest member, jakeys85.
363 Guest(s), 13 Registered Member(s) are currently online.  Details
Rrakkma, Katebirch, PeterDisAbelard., Plant eater, Eph, tiredstresseddone, Sherrine, Jay79, LynneGoesLive, Old Mike, paulroy, Nosila, 1039smooth


Follow HealingWell.com on Facebook  Follow HealingWell.com on Twitter  Follow HealingWell.com on Pinterest  Follow HealingWell.com on YouTube
Advertisement
Advertisement

©1996-2014 HealingWell.com LLC  All rights reserved.

Advertise | Privacy Policy & Disclaimer