Ever had painful abdominal pressure? What do I do?

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Kiss520
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   Posted 9/6/2008 2:02 PM (GMT -6)   
The night before last I woke up with what felt like very bad gas pain and stayed up for 2 1/2 hours taking Gas-X and rolling around on my stomach trying to break up the gas.  It was awful but I got to feeling good enough where I could fall back asleep.  The next day (yesterday), last night and today I still have a lot of painful abdominal pressure from my sternum all the way down to my lower abdomen (even under my ribs, too). 
 
Is this gas?  Why can't I get rid of it?  I called my doc, and he said to take my anti-spasmodic medicine to help relax things in there.  He also said I could try Maalox Max.  I tried the anti-spasm meds, and they don't seem to be doing much.  Oh, the reason I'm not sure this is gas is because I'm not bloated at all.  My tummy isn't distended or anything.  Has anyone else experienced this?  What is it and how do I make it go away?
 
Any thoughts would be appreciated.
Thanks!

PS.  I should mention that I was off my feet A LOT recently because of a leg injury.  I was so laid-up that I actually got constipated (unbelievable).  I've started having movements again, but could this pain be from eating and not getting up and moving?


Katie, 30.   Chicago 'burbs.
DX:  Ulcerative Proctitis (10cm) January '08, IBS September '08
Current Treament:  Rowasa 60 ML morning, Cortenama 100 ML night, Zoloft 50 MG daily, Bentyl 20 MG and Tylenol (as needed).
Diet/Exercise:  Avoiding trigger foods.  Yoga or walking, when possible.
Previous Treatment:  Canasa suppositories, Cortifoam, Prednisone, Colazal, Symex DuoTabs, Vitamins.
Status:  Flare (finally showing improvement)
 
 


LondonRed
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   Posted 9/6/2008 2:47 PM (GMT -6)   
This seems like Chronic Indegestion which usually happens after prolonged periods of no food and then suddenly food!

Diagnosis Oct 07 and then Aug 08: Inditerminate Patches of Mild Colitis (including Rectum) - Currently Minor Bleeding
Medication: 1000mg Mesalazine Suppository at night.


Kiss520
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   Posted 9/6/2008 9:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Interesting. Around mid-July I tried the SCD for eight days - no carbs of any kind. I got to a point where I was too weak to even cook, so I had to give it up. I started eating carbs again. Then I hurt my leg and was still for so much of the day. Could the re-introduction of carbs and so much time off my feet be giving me the indigestion? And why do you think its chronic? (I'm horrified at the thought of having ANOTHER chronic condition. Ugh.)
Katie, 30.   Chicago 'burbs.
DX:  Ulcerative Proctitis (10cm) January '08, IBS September '08
Current Treament:  Rowasa 60 ML morning, Cortenama 100 ML night, Zoloft 50 MG daily, Bentyl 20 MG and Tylenol (as needed).
Diet/Exercise:  Avoiding trigger foods.  Yoga or walking, when possible.
Previous Treatment:  Canasa suppositories, Cortifoam, Prednisone, Colazal, Symex DuoTabs, Vitamins.
Status:  Flare (finally showing improvement)
 
 


Tea42
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   Posted 9/6/2008 9:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I know that on at least 3 occasions I had indigestion so bad, that I seriously thought I was having a heart attack at first. It really really hurt and before UC I never had indigestion like that... I don't know what brought it on. I hadn't eaten anything unusual. However I do find that the earlier I eat supper (4:30 to 5pm) the more restfull my night goes... would a hot water bottle or a heated rice bag on your tummy help? I find that helped alot when I was first diagnosed in April... good luck.. I hope you find something that helps..

lightlove
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   Posted 9/7/2008 2:36 AM (GMT -6)   
KATIE
I hope you have gotten rid of the gas. I was just remembering that I felt much better and didn't get that when I used Essential Enzyemes.


i've had two good naturopaths tell me not to eat anything with gluten in it. That includes oatmeal, most breads etc. thus the reason to get my carbs from vegetables instead.



I am just starting the SCD diet Had a vicious colonoscopy with 30 biopsies. I was feeling fine before the colonoscopy but now seem to be going into a flare up. Errrrrr.

I'm wondering why you take Rowasa? Is that instead of Asacol?


Asacol 2-3xday
Probiiotics
Lglutamine 3,000
no wheat, no gluten, no red meat,
all organic -no pesticide food

Red_34
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   Posted 9/7/2008 5:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Omgoodness Katie, yes! I have had that horrid pain before and it can be relentless. It is exactly as you say. I take the Gas-X, drink lots of water and peppermint tea, lie on the floor and pull my knees to my chest and sometimes that helps and other times not so much. I don't get the abdominal bloating either when this happens.
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Kiss520
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   Posted 9/7/2008 9:09 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm so relieved to hear I'm not alone. Last night was TERRIBLE. I was up for four hours with a heating pad on my belly writhing in pain. It was awful - just like Tea42 said, like a heart attack. I still have pain today, but not as severe.

The gluten comment is interesting because I had some rice with dinner last night, and it was especially "sticky." Then a short while before bed I had some Teddy Grahams. Considering that last night was the worst in three days, I'm thinking maybe there's a connection.

I did take Maalox Advanced last night and this morning, and I will go have some peppermint tea now (I always have some on hand). I'm going to skip the carbs/gluten for a few days and see if something can get worked loose in there.

Just when I think I have my trigger foods nailed down, another one pops up and causes trouble. :-(
Katie, 30.   Chicago 'burbs.
DX:  Ulcerative Proctitis (10cm) January '08, IBS September '08
Current Treament:  Rowasa 60 ML morning, Cortenama 100 ML night, Zoloft 50 MG daily, Bentyl 20 MG and Tylenol (as needed).
Diet/Exercise:  Avoiding trigger foods.  Yoga or walking, when possible.
Previous Treatment:  Canasa suppositories, Cortifoam, Prednisone, Colazal, Symex DuoTabs, Vitamins.
Status:  Flare (finally showing improvement)
 
 


Red_34
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   Posted 9/7/2008 9:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Something just came to my thoughts. A year or so ago, I was feeling intense pressure in my chest, my abdomen felt like it was on fire and like it was pulsing. I had a horrible lumpy like feeling in my esophagus. So I mentioned to my GI and put me on Prilosec OTC. After 3 days, all those horrible symptoms went away. Then another time I forgot to take the Prilosec for almost a week (forgot to put them in my pill organizer) and I had the most vicious abdominal pain and nausea. Do you think that you might have a bit of acid reflux/GERD or Gastritis going on?
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Peety
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   Posted 9/7/2008 11:15 AM (GMT -6)   
The only time I ever went to the emergency room was because of pain like that, it's awful! But I was also really distended too. If I remember right I was given an IV of some kind, but mostly it just took time to resolve.

I can vouch for the difference that no gluten makes, it resolved my flare after months of frustration and prednisone with no progress.

I hope you are doing better by now!
49 year old female, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA maintenance for 20+ years, usually 3 pills 2x day. 
Currently tapering off presnisone from lingering flare;
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Tested gluten intolerant and started gluten-free, soy-free, etc. diet which resolved flare. Also Replete probiotic, DGL (licorice root, slippery elm), Permeability Factors. Slow-release iron and B-12 shots for severe anemia.
 


Kiss520
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   Posted 9/7/2008 3:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry to say that nothing has improved... in fact, its gotten worse. I'm thinking of going to the emergency room because I can't go through another night like I just had. The pressure is getting much worse. My mom thought maybe it could be gallstones?

Sherry - Not sure about GERD or any of those diseases. I've never had problems like this before, so I don't know much about them. Would Prilosec do a better job than Maalox Advanced?
Katie, 30.   Chicago 'burbs.
DX:  Ulcerative Proctitis (10cm) January '08, IBS September '08
Current Treament:  Rowasa 60 ML morning, Cortenama 100 ML night, Zoloft 50 MG daily, Bentyl 20 MG and Tylenol (as needed).
Diet/Exercise:  Avoiding trigger foods.  Yoga or walking, when possible.
Previous Treatment:  Canasa suppositories, Cortifoam, Prednisone, Colazal, Symex DuoTabs, Vitamins.
Status:  Flare (finally showing improvement)
 
 

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