I saw all of the posts for the pain in the left side/chest/ribcage etc...I have been severly afflicted with CFS/ME/FM and litterly millions of symptoms during the last 4 1/2 years. I am only 34 years old and a shadow of my former rediculously athletic self. I have that pain that you are all talking about and it controls me. I do get headaches with it, but I have them so often it is hard to tell. This is a devastating pain, no doubt about it. I have tried everything, you have said all that we do but there is no cure. I also have heart problems, and muscle knots right in that area. The pain goes straight thru the front to back right over the chest and thru all of the muscles in that area. The very best thing I can give you and Im not a dumb person, I know how to find info on the net, ha ha. Hot pads and hot baths my friends, I am also thinkin whirlpool and looking into that. You have a small window afterwards to get to sleep which we all know we need to recover. I am going to try the 2 bananas with the gatorade too because I already drink loads of that for my heart and orthostatic hypotension. Oh yeah, as well as the pain with the headaches I get swollen on my left ass from the hump part down into the cheek. All of it hurts, and I am on pain meds full time because of all of it and more. More people have this disease than the government will admit. My mom has it, her sis has it, her sis daughter has it, I have it my sis is getting it. My kids all 3 have it. My 2nd cousin died from it, along with my Moms Dad. Its the sadest thing I have ever seen. And it all starts with pain in the left side, so forgive me if I am a downer and negative but I have been suffering from this illusive disease for so long and trying things to help it(meanwhile missing things I never thought I would miss) and I wish there was some help out there for us. If we ever get it, it will come from the UK because they know and BELIEVE how debilitating it is and empathize. Get rest too, tons of it whenever you can. Hope this helps guys. If you have any questions let me know, it may take a while sometimes. I have good mins and bad and the same goes for months and weeks and days. And if there is anyone out there that knows more, who has had it longer and can help me, GOD BLESS YOU AND PLEASE SHARE. I am VERY open in every aspect, any knowledge is power. Thanks and take care.
Welcome to HealingWell. I am so sorry you are in so much pain and your life has changed so radically. I wish I could share your pain. You sound like a very strong person with a very nasty condition.
I have not had this pain but as you can see many have and I am sure you will get advice from them.
the members are warm and caring and they know where your coming from. If you need anything from me please ask and I will do my best to help you.
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Welcome to the newbies, organic, CordeliaGray and serenazulle !
I am so happy to see our new members and glad you jumped in and felt comforatable in doing so.
We do have a thread for intro for new members if you would like to post a bit about yourself in that thread. It is not mandatory but a nice way to meet everyone.
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I am so happy I found this site...as I have been suffering on and off for about 4 years (I get this pain approx. 7 times a year) and I thought I was the only one in the world with this issue, as my doctors will say, it sounds like a spasm, but they really do not have any information about what a spasm is, why people get them, when to know if you should go to an ER, etc. They never really say...it is nothing, or don't worry about it. They only say it "sounds" like an intestinal spasm of some sort.
I have been to an obgyn, primary care physician and GI specialist. I have had a colonoscopy, ultrasounds, bloodwork etc., all fine. I did have 3 surgeries when I was younger for ovarian cysts that broke through my ovary causing internal bleeding. The spasm that I experience now is very similar to the ovarian cyst pain, so I always call my obgyn thinking it is my ovary, and it may be a cyst sometimes...but she sent me to the GI doctor because she said it can't always be my ovary causing this pain.
I transcribe minutes for many long meetings, therefore I am in a sitting position for sometimes 3-4 hours without a break. I am totally fine when all of a sudden I get a sharp pain that starts on the lower right side near my ovary. It seems like this spasm begins when my bladder is full and also I feel like gas begins to go upward at the same time and gets totally "stuck". The pain is so severe I cannot move, I begin to sweat and no amount of moving around makes it go away. I can barely get up from my chair, let alone drive home, and I always wonder if I should go to the ER as the pain is a 10. The first time this happened to me, I was on an airplane from New York to Hawaii, needless to say, when I fly I make sure I have an isle seat so I can walk around. By the way, I do not drink anything carbonated.
Today for the first time, all of a sudden without warning, it seemed like my whole upper stomach went into a spasm. The pain under my left rib was so bad that I thought I might have to go to the hospital. My GI dr. gave me a pill called hyosaymine for the lower pains I get..what she describes as a possible intestinal spasm or IBS. I was not sure if it would work on pain in the upper stomach but I gave it a try and luckily approx. 15 - 20 minutes later the severe pain was gone. I am left with a feeling as if I have been punched from the inside out. I was looking under stomach spasms when I found this site...I am sorry you all are going through similar pain, but at least I do not feel like I am the only one in the world with this issue anymore...
IMy GI doctor told me to take fiber 3 times a day and hyosayamine when I get the spasms. Thank God for the hyosyamine, it really takes the spasms away...if you take one ASAP. I asked the GI dr. if I could have some sort of pain pill for the pain after the spasm and she looked at me and said a narcotic? Absolutely not. That made me wonder if she thinks I am just a "complainer"...this is REAL severe pain.
Another thing that helps is sleeping with one of those microwavable bean bags. The heat seems to help me feel better. I also do YOGA 2x's a week, that really helps a lot. I begin class sometimes with stomach or IBS pain and when I leave, it is totally gone. Good luck everyone...I will keep reading..hoping to find some additional information to help keep this pain away for good, why it happens and is it common?
I have the same problem. My doctor did a series of tests and said while everything was in the normal range, my pH had risen slightly. He said this is a sign of the body becoming more acidic from a pH or salt imbalance. I was told to drink 10-12 glasses of water a day, or to drink some gatorade to see if that helps.
Hi Rossie 99
What you describe sounds incredibly similar to what I've been experiencing.
Approximately 5 years ago I began waking up at 2:00am with stomach pain. When it begins the pain is only stong enough to wake me up but within minutes it escalates to a 8-10. The first couple of episodes we'd try to manage at home however after the 3rd or 4th attack they became so strong I'd have to go to the emergency. Once there every test came back fine (urine, blood, etc....) and they would give me some sort of pain killer (usually morphine) and after a couple hours the pain would subside and I'd be sent home. For the next two days (after an attack) my stomach would feel sick and achy but that would be it. At first, my attacks came every 4-5 months (always waking me up between 1:30am and 3:30am - never in the day) but within a year or two they were coming every month or so. I did a series of tests with my doctor and at the hospital (scopes, altrasounds, colonoscapy, etc....) and no one could figure out what was causing it. Eventually the attacks just stopped happening. Until last night......... I got my first attack in 2 years. It was exactly like everyone before. At 1:50 I woke up with horrible stomach pain (at the top middle part of my stomach - very deep pain, the pain is so bad you can't breath or lie down) withing 15 minutes it got so bad my husband had to take me to the emergency (I could hardly make it to the car). The pain is always there but it goes in waves of how strong it is (between 8-10, never going below an 8). The hospital took all their regular tests - everyone came back fine. They gave me a muscle relaxer and pain killer and by 4:10 the pain had subsided and we were ready to go home. Now, the next morning, I just feel like I have a bad stomach ache (though very managable....). And sadly I guess I just wait for the next time I wake up in the middle of the night.
Does this sound like your attachs????????? And if so have you found anything that helps or do you have and clue what it is or what causes it.
Just as an end note. In between attachs I have no stomach pain, no heartburn, no digestive problems, no nothing.........I've charted my food intake, sleep, and stress and I also can't find any connections. Overall I'm quite healthy.
Welcome to HealingWell and the GERD/Heartburn Forum. Thank you for your input and I am sure the other members will be glad to meet a new member.
We have a welcome forum if you would like to post a bit about yourself, or not.