Newly diagnosed with GERD, also have Crohns so not looking forward to yet even more spasms! Just wondering if anyone knows if these diseases come hand in hand?
Like many of you I stumbled across this forum when researching my symptoms. I have recently (in the last week) started to experience a tightness or pushing behind and just under my breastbone. Last night I experienced some heavy spasms which were visible and looked like something trying to push its way out of me. I am a 27 year old male and have been suffering from stomach problems for the last 9 years following an apendectomy. I have seen a number of doctors who have given me the same diagnosis after a brief examination; stomach infection! I am worried that this may be more as it reoccurs too often. I am also very anxious about requesting any further tests such as an endoscopy etc. It has come to breaking point now and is ruining my life - I am happy to temporarily take medication to suppress the pain/spasms/bloating/bathroom problems if its available but would like to know exactly what I am dealing with?
I was so excited to read your posting because you have described almost exactly what I have been going through for the past 10 years. My muscle spasms come on in the early hours of the morning, when I first wake up, and they began after I had my gall bladder removed (I ask everyone I know who has had their gall bladder removed if they have this same problem). When it starts to come on, like you, I feel hunger pains and that's how I know that it's coming. I find that if I get up and quickly eat something (yogurt with a little cereal or peanut butter crackers seem to work best) I can usually fight it off. However, if I'm really tired and I wait just a couple of minutes too long then I've lost my window of opportunity and the spasms come on no matter what I eat. They only last about 20 minutes, but I am totally useless during those twenty minutes because I am in so much pain. Sometimes, I'll get up and take a bath and that seems to help. In just the past few days, I've been taking a fast acting Tylenol when they come on and that seems to help as well.
Interestingly enough, when I am pregnant this problem completely disappears. I remember reading that during pregnancy your body releases a relaxin hormone and I assume that it is probably the presence of this hormone that keeps the spasms away. I just had my third baby and spent almost nine months without any problems; however, about two weeks after my baby was born they came rearing back again and I have had them every single morning for the last six weeks. I guess I'll have to get pregnant again to get a reprieve!
Anyone here also experience a headache with your spasms? After I eat something--I get terrible headaches--along with the pain in my ribs/back/chest/abdomen.
Post Edited By Moderator (TammyGrl0528) : 1/8/2008 2:34:17 PM (GMT-7)
I had these exact same attacks. Do you know what they turned out to be? Kidney stones! Everyone thought for sure stomach.
but lo and behold they were kidney stones. Check this possibilty out
Post Edited (Mrs_Fall) : 1/19/2008 12:21:22 PM (GMT-7)