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Purple Tulip
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   Posted 12/19/2013 2:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Greetings!
 
I recently began having stomach issues.  Since I am not on any meds yet, I was wondering what to think about this.  What would cause a strange kind of pain - even before eating.  It doesn't take much to get full and I now get heart burn easily.  Any thoughts? Tips on management?
 
Thankful for any support
 
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couchtater
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   Posted 12/19/2013 2:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Sounds like you might have GERD. Have you seen a gastro doctor?
I've read that lupus can cause stomach inflammation.
Joy
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Purple Tulip
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   Posted 12/19/2013 2:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for taking the time to respond.
I read a bit about GERD. It doesn't really fit. I get the feeling something is swollen in there so I get full really fast. But even on an empty stomach I have an unusual kind of pain in there. sometimes its bad and radiates around the back. I had an ultrasound on my abdomen. No irregularities. no gall stones or clogged ducts.

couchtater
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   Posted 12/19/2013 3:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Have you been checked for h. Pyloria?
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Purple Tulip
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   Posted 12/19/2013 3:20 PM (GMT -6)   
No. I have not. This is a relatively new symptom. But my GP is trying to help me out a bit until I get into the Rheumatologist, so he ordered the ultrasound.

Lynnwood
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   Posted 12/19/2013 9:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Please remember to mention ALL symptoms to your rheumy. We never know what may be related to Lupus, so it is important to let Drs know what's going on with us. This includes mentioning any big changes in sleep, stress, or what we eat.
Lynnwood, Lupus & Sjogren's Moderator, Dx: 2002
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Purple Tulip
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   Posted 12/19/2013 3:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, Lynnwood. I like the idea I got from the resource page of writing them down and giving it to the doc. Ive even taken pictures of rashes in preparation for my visit (Jan 30).

Grannybee
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   Posted 12/21/2013 9:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Sounds like me I have diverticular disease anc I think its due to all the meds i've been on for years and the iv steroids they use to pump into me ..just a thought .. I had camera put into colon etc and that shown the mess my insides where in when they shown me the picture they ha taken. goodluck but like others have said tell your Dr everything we don't know or is bothering us or they can't help .
1985- Lost babies due to potters syndrome ( no kidney or bladder)-
1990- Kidney removed
1992- premature birth - 10 weeks early
1992- Diagnosed with CNS Inflammation - degenerating condition
1996- CNS flare - emergency hospital iv steroids given
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Purple Tulip
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   Posted 12/21/2013 10:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for your interest grannybee.
I just had a colonoscopy. It was clean. And I am not on meds. The pain is less but now I have the runs. Not a lot of bowel pain,interestingly enough. Just in the stomach -then it releases. It started with just gas (sorry) now it's running to the bathroom with out the colon cramping that comes with a virus. I'm starting to think spastic gallbladder? No stones. Just had an ultrasound on abdomen

Lynnwood
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   Posted 12/21/2013 11:31 AM (GMT -6)   
I had similar symptoms and it was attributed to lupus. Once my lupus was quieter, these symptoms let up. It's easy to become extra noticeable about everything once we become ill, but remember that self-diagnosis, or even diagnosis by friends, is a dangerous result of the internet world.

Just add it to the list of things for the Dr, deal with the symptoms as best you can until you get to the Dr, and try to refrain from spending too much time scouring all the data to figure it out. Often the most likely explanation (from something you already have) is MUCH more like than some random new disease/condition.

Cheers,
Lynnwood, Lupus & Sjogren's Moderator, Dx: 2002
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Post Edited (Lynnwood) : 12/21/2013 11:58:48 AM (GMT-7)


Purple Tulip
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   Posted 12/21/2013 12:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Lynnwood.  This is very good advice.  I learned this when I was in the throws of Lyme disease and not able to get off the couch. I had nothing better to do than look everything up.  Since this is all new to me, I don't even know if gastric problems are typical to Lupus.  I have a full time job and very little time to research anything.
 
 

Barbara Lee
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   Posted 12/22/2013 11:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, I've have lupus and a ton of other serious issues. I also, had diverticulitis several times, so badly that I ended up having 3/4 of my colon removed because of it.

I would agree with Lynnwood, that you should write down your symptoms for the Rheumy and let them decide what is happening with your GI track. I suffer with a lot of inflammation in body everywhere. I know that whenever I've had a surgery, where they've been able to look inside my abdomen, the Dr would always mention how much inflammation was inside of me.

I hope that you're feeling better by now and that you're able to enjoy the holidays to the fullest. Wishing you the best and I hope you figure things out soon. Merry Christmas to you.

Hugs,
Barbara
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