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   Posted 4/21/2007 5:28 PM (GMT -6)   
since around xmas of this last year i started getting back upper/middle aches pains, they usually started after a couple hours of getting up for the day and doing things. after a few weeks it started my aniexty up, and i starterted to get worried about this all. i went to see my dr, he basically said it was a mechanical issue, gave me some antiinflamotorys and that was about it. so a week or 2 later it was still there and seemed to be getting worse.
so a week or so later i went to him again, he sent me for chest xrays, spinal xrays, and for blood work, the results came back a week or so later and he said everything came back good. he then made an appointment for a full medical the following week, that all came back good also.
he then refered me to a physiotherapy, i have seen them about 4 times now, it doresntr seem to be helping me really. they said they feel alot of tension and knots and gave me some exercises to do at home, and i go back every once a week - 2 weeks now.
i went and seen my dr. AGAIN last week and told him i am getting worse. everytime he just gives me different anti inflamatorys to try, they dont help me out, he told me to try robaxactet platinum, they dont help either. i have been doing deep breathing exercises ( which was told to do by my physiotherapist), and my mental health councellor.
i used to be on paxil a while back, but they seemed to quit working for me, 2 weeks ago my dr. gave me a prescription for celxa (i am on my 9th day of taking them now). and i also take zanax when needed. i also use a heating pad on my back, and i use a massaging vibrator.
this is SICK already, this has been WAY to long for this aching and pains, there real, i am not imagining them, i dont know what to do. its like a deep aching pain in my chest and back and sides. my heating pad used to help, and so did A53f heat cream, actually my massager used to ease the aches and pains aslo.
i am getting frustrated with my dr. , i guess in the back of my head i am thinking he is wrong and he is missing something, like i said i am not imagining this. i have tried going to massage therapist, i have tried going and sitting in my g/f's hot tub at her work, but still i get these aches and pains. when i went and seen him last, i told him about this pain in my left side, he felt around and said it is a muscle. I HVANENT done anything to hurt or injure ay muscles, even when this all started. and like i said its not getting better.
also a couple weeks ago i went and seen him ,i was having acehs in my left groin area, and my left testicle felt like someone was slightly squeezing it. it wasnt to the point of dropping from the pain yet, but it was like that for a few weeks already. so i told him of this and he said i have a slight hernia, he siad that it was a minor one. BUT again, i didnt lift, or do anything to get any of this crap.
im scared, for the last few days my chest feels sore, like i have something heavy on it or someything, ( i dont really know how to describe it). but likei said its to that point where i cant take this anymore. 
about amonth and a hal***o i went to the ER, i was sore and i wanted to see a different dr. so i seen a dr at the ER, he sent me for an upper abdominal ultrasound appointment. so my dr. office phoned me about a week later and my dr. said i have multiple gallstones. so he refered me to the surgeon. i went to see the surgeon about 2 weeks later, he said he didnt believe that it was my gallstones or gallblader that was giving me any problems in the area i was compliaing of my aches and pains (middle bvreast bone rediating outwards to my chest towards my arms). so he said he wanted to do a Gastrostimy on me (camera down my mouth to my stomach).
so the results came back a couple days later and my dr. phoned me into his office again, my doctor said i have GERD. BUT i never have gas, i dont feel bloated, my stomach is fine, its my upper chest region, and sides and back that is giving me these problems, i have givin up, i recently told my g/f , that wheni do die of whatever the heck is wrong with me, to sue these ***holes for not listening to me, im sorry for making this so long, and making this a grounchy or whatever post, im just tired of living like this.
i have been off work for the last 2 years because of my anxiety, and panic attacks, ocd, and depression, and i watch my 3 and 4 year ld boys all day long while my g/f works. is this stress? if so WHY the constant aches and soreness, i do not sit around for my muscles to be all tighted up, like i said i have ocd, and the major obsession i have is cleaning, i am on my feet all day cleaning, ( but no heavy or anything hard to hurt my muscles or even get a hernia).
i have bad posture?.. i dont know i said this is way to hard to keep dealing with. later, Francis

Post Edited (fdmcall) : 4/22/2007 2:41:51 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 4/21/2007 5:32 PM (GMT -6)   
i just wanted to add one more thing, in about oct-dec this past year i lost 35-40 pounds, and i have quit smoking since about a year now. ya'd think after these things, i would be getting better, not worse. Francis

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   Posted 4/21/2007 8:38 PM (GMT -6)   

Dear Francis,

You wrote:

my doctor said i have GERD. BUT i never have gas, i dont feel bloated, my stomach is fine, its my upper chest region, and sides and back.

From your story about your pain and sx I believe he has identified your problem.

Gerd is not gas.

Your stomach is filled with acid. Its purpose is to help digest the food you eat. Believe it or not, this acid is as strong as battery acid. Your stomach is built to handle it. Your esophagus, the tube that carries food from your throat to your stomach isn’t.

So when acid backs up into your esophagus, it can cause the burning sensation known as heartburn.  The most common symptom of acid reflux disease (also known as gastroespohageal reflux disease, or GERD), is the acid.   It  feels like a burning pain in the center of the chest. It is caused by acid from the stomach backing up into the esophagus..

Almost everyone has occasional heartburn. But if these symptoms occur two or more days a week for at least three months, you may have Gerd as the physician has diagonosed.

Did your physician start you on Nexum or Prilosec?

I have GeRD and I take the Prilosec twice a day which has helped me so I hope you can get to the bottom of your issues.


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   Posted 4/21/2007 9:52 PM (GMT -6)   
hi, yeah i have had tons of heartburn in my life, this pain in the chest area is an aching pain. sorta like my ribs or muscles are all bruised. i do take meds for what they said i have (GERD) i take pariet, and also for acid i take ranitidine?(spelling). like i said i know what heartburn is, this is not that. thanks Francis

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   Posted 4/22/2007 4:36 PM (GMT -6)   
does anyone have any other suggestions, or idea's on this?

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   Posted 4/22/2007 6:05 PM (GMT -6)   
fdmcall, Please at least investigate the question of GERD. This can be very serious and if it goes untreated can lead to esophogeal cancer. My husband has GERD and had all the symptoms that you speak of. At least go to the GERD thread and discuss your symptoms over there. Perhaps you will have more confidence at hearing the experiences of others. You have nothing to lose except pain, fatigue, worry, uncertainty, lack of work.......... think about it.

I can also tell you from my experience that all of those symptoms are present in gall stone attacks and pancriatitis. I had an MRI to diagnose gllstones.
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   Posted 4/22/2007 6:49 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks for the reply tronglady4me. i am taking the meds i was told to take for GERD..not helping in the least. and i do have gallstones, but i am told these are not causing the aches and pains that i have where i have them. thanks Francis
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