Severe upper-stomach discomfort

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jc_ferrero
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   Posted 5/30/2009 9:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I have this horrible sensation of fullness/pain in my upper abdomen, around the bottom of the ribs. I've experienced this before, but it usually passes in a day. Eating makes the pain worse, and even after a substantial BM it still remains. Who else has had this problem and how can I find relief quickly!?

quincy
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   Posted 5/31/2009 2:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi...could be gas, could be reflux, could be you're starting to flare.

What meds are you on?

What supplements are you taking....anything new? Probiotics?

Any new foods in your diet lately?


q
*Heather* Status: mild flare enemas tapered to every 3rd night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~UC meds: Asacol (3 x2 daily); Salofalk enemas nightly for flares & taper to maintenance 
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma) 
~vitamins/minerals/supplementsProbiotics....(Natural Factors Protec, Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!
 


Hellokitty
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   Posted 5/31/2009 4:22 AM (GMT -6)   
I had pain all over my stomach 3 months ago upper and lower. I also had acid reflux. If your having the reflux the only think that works is combination eating, this reduces gas and food fermenting. Its been working for me for 3 months now. Also drink water 1 hour after your meals not with. I found this helps my natural digestive enzymes to work, and also less diareahea.
Female 32 years old
 
Diganosed ulcerative colitis November 2007
Present medication- 1/2 X 500mg pentasa in the morrning= 250g pentasa (I reduced this to see how my diet will effect me) and 1 X250g Asacol every other evening
Diet- Tried raw food diet with 80% raw foods, found some pro's and cons. Started to add more products to keep up weight as mine did not balance. Still eating raw spinage and still am combination eating. No dairy No gluten.  
 
Other medical problems- Born with asthma- no medication taken for this.


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   Posted 5/31/2009 5:52 AM (GMT -6)   
I had that too before I started on Prilosec for acid reflux. It kept getting worse and worse until I couldn't stand it anymore and told my GI. He's the one that put me on Prilosec and I haven't had a problem with it since.
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PrednisoneJunkie
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   Posted 5/31/2009 7:46 AM (GMT -6)   
I had that once. Debilitating pain right at the base of the sternum. The doc gave me nexium but it didn't help at all. I know it sounds crazy, but the only thing that gave me any relief was eating plain baked potatoes.
27 / Male
UC Diagnosis May 2003
Survived 9 flares
Used prednisone, asacol 6/day
Alternatives: have successfully tamed 1 flare and counting without prednisone with massive doses of probiotic (along with asacol)
Diet: paleolithic (but I often cheat), non-smoker, non-drinker
Other problems: Childhood asthma

Post Edited (PrednisoneJunkie) : 5/31/2009 11:09:59 AM (GMT-6)


Christine1946
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   Posted 5/31/2009 5:59 PM (GMT -6)   
     Maybe you should have an endoscopic evaluation.  Better to be safe than sorry.  Our neighbor had those symptoms for years and was taking pepsid until he started vomiting blood.  Turned out he had esophageal cancer.  This is NOT meant to scare you and I am sure it is something treatable but get it checked out.
62 yr old granny. South Jersey
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008
Update 11/03/08...finally in remission!!  Hope I don't jinx myself.  Off the prednisone since 11/01/08...now see if I can stay off for longer than two weeks.  Other meds: 6MP (75 mgm), colazal (6 per day), Benicar and Toprol (high blood pressure meds), Probiotic (2 per day), fish oil capsule and multi-vitamin and calcium with vitamin D.


Sunshineonmyface~
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   Posted 5/31/2009 8:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had this too. Sometimes eating made it worse.

jc_ferrero
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   Posted 6/2/2009 12:27 AM (GMT -6)   
I went in to hospital yesterday as the pain had gotten out of hand. My GI and the doctors think it's most probably just a flare-up.

I was basically unmedicated prior to my admission (save for colozal on and off). They've got me back on pred and prescribed me some oxycodone for the pain. I'm having a CT scan on Thursday, so fingers crossed it's nothing more serious.

As for cancer, I'm only 19 so I highly doubt that. Scarily enough though, my father did suffer esophageal cancer 10 years ago.

quincy
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   Posted 6/2/2009 2:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi...cancer can happen to anyone, but that can be one of the worst-case scenarios.

It's good you went to the hospital and that you'll be getting other testing to make sure it's not anything more than a flare.

Keep us posted.

Curious if your father was a smoker or drinker....or did he have a bad case of reflux?

How is he now?

Hope you feel better soon.
quincy
*Heather* Status: mild flare enemas tapered to every 3rd night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~UC meds: Asacol (3 x2 daily); Salofalk enemas nightly for flares & taper to maintenance 
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma) 
~vitamins/minerals/supplementsProbiotics....(Natural Factors Protec, Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!
 


jc_ferrero
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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 89
   Posted 6/2/2009 3:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks quincy.

My father has always maintained that his cancer was the direct result of exposure to dioxins during the Vietnam War. He was/is a heavy smoker, which no doubt contributed (minor tumors were also found on his lungs).

The surgeon gave my father a 1/3 chance of survival at the time of diagnosis, saying that he'd be lucky to survive past Christmas. His esophagus and two thirds of his stomach were removed during surgery, before he underwent radio and chemo. Good news is, he actually made a full recovery and has been in the all clear for 10 years now.

quincy
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Date Joined May 2003
Total Posts : 30585
   Posted 6/2/2009 9:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Wow, amazing. It's uinfortunate he still smokes. We all risk something, however.

I hope you feel better soon....keep us posted as to how the CT scan goes.


q
*Heather* Status: mild flare enemas tapered to every 3rd night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~UC meds: Asacol (3 x2 daily); Salofalk enemas nightly for flares & taper to maintenance 
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma) 
~vitamins/minerals/supplementsProbiotics....(Natural Factors Protec, Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!
 

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