Pain under ribs and in back (Shoulder blades Area)!!

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   Posted 9/26/2010 12:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had the Doctor out in the night a few weeks ago with terrible pain under my ribs and in my back, I was very sick and with intergestion...I have now had blood tests all normal and am waiting for a scan in a week.
I have just had this pain again after eating a couple of chocolate digestives, they say on the packet contained wheat and soya, I have heard there are a lot of warnings about some soya? Can anyone give me some ideas, I have tried to keep my diet healthy apart from the odd treat. Thanks.
P.s I don't now think it is an ulcer because one lady said about black stools & thats a no. idea

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   Posted 9/26/2010 1:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Sounds like Gerd. It can act up weird sometimes when that vegus nerve gets inflammed.
Ask for a barium swallow test.

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   Posted 9/26/2010 2:55 PM (GMT -6)   
When my gallbladder was not functioning properly I had pain just as you described with the ribs and back. I have a long history of reflux and gerd . I had a HIDA Scan that showed the problem with the gallbladder and had to have it taken out. Of course none of us here are drs but we can pass on things that has happened to us that may be similar to your situation. Ask your dr if this could possibly be your gallbladder.

Take care.
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   Posted 9/26/2010 3:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Chocolate can cause GERD symptoms too. If you are having food triggers it would be a good idea to start keeping a food log (or journal), with symptoms especially within 2 hours after eating.

A lot of people have reflux, or migraines, or other symptoms after eating certain foods (trigger foods). It's food sensitivity, aka intolerance, aka allergy. I get reflux, stomach heaving and tachycardia from a whole list of foods. The thing my foods have in common is sulfite. Others have MSG or many other things.

My tach is because the heart is connected to the stomach and esophagus by the vagus nerve, as Joy mentioned. My foods are generally processed things like soy, corn products, french fries, gelatin. Sulfite is a softener, bleaching agent, preservative, dough conditioner.

I'm not saying food allergy is what you have. I like the gallbladder idea too, since chocolate stuff has a lot of fat. But keeping a food log will give you a list - which could be fatty foods.

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   Posted 9/26/2010 4:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I hope your feeling better soon, keep us posted
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   Posted 9/27/2010 12:55 AM (GMT -6)   

A few years ago I had problems with nausea, and some vomiting but not much, and I was having allot of back pain under my right shoulder blade, any way I went to convenient care and seen the nurse practitioner and she pressed on the right side of my abdomen a few inches down from my ribs, and asked me if it hurt? I told her it did not hurt my abdomen but it hurt my back right at the bottom of my right shoulder blade. She said it was my gall bladder, and she sent me to my Doctor and they did the Hida scan, and my gall bladder was not functioning and they took it out. Allot people experience what is refered to as referred pain, it is common for some people to have problems with their stomach or gall bladder and they don't feel the pain at the site that is causing it, but usually in their back or shoulder region,( referred pain) you really need to have your Doctor do a thorough exam to find the root cause of your pain!

Good luck to YOU!

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   Posted 9/27/2010 3:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Roses one thing I did forget to say is if I had any fried or fatty food it set a gallbladder attack off big time. I do hope your dr can get to the bottom of what is going on with you.
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