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   Posted 3/19/2011 2:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been having constant stomach problems for about 8 months now. I have seen several doctors and had an Upper GI barium swallow done. I still do not have a definite answer as to what is causing my problems, but I am going to see my doctor again this week.

I just want to see what people thought about my symptoms. Or if anyone had any insight to what may be causing my problems.

My symptoms:

1. Stomach pain - not particularly intense, but moreso a dull/aching/gnawing feeling.

2. Burning stomach/heartburn - the heartburn seems to reside mostly in my stomach, rarely does it move into my throat, and I never have regurgitation

3. Nausea - I have never vomited, but I have short bouts of nausea, sometimes after I eat, sometimes while I eat, and sometimes just out of nowhere.

4. Lower back pain - this just sort of onset in the last few weeks, but the stomach problems I have been dealing with for the last 8 months or so. The lower back pain seems to reside mostly on my lower right side and sometimes it feels like it wraps around my right rib cage.

I have been taking 40mg of generic Prilosec for about 2.5 months straight. It seems to control my heartburn, but I still have break through nausea at times. I mostly have this gnawing stomach pains early in the morning when my stomach is empty. Eating typically makes it feel better.

any ideas.

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   Posted 3/19/2011 2:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh yeah.

Plus I have a lot of gas and bloating. I belch frequently.

Plus I feel like this lower back pain has sort of caused a runner's stitch feeling in my right side, around my ribs, and sometimes the same feel in my left side.

I haven't vomited nor do i have diaherrea. I eat a low fat diet and don't drink alcohol or smoke.

The PPIs I am taking seem to work, but I still have breakthrough symptoms.

The UP GI test came back "normal." I also had a blood test for H. pylori and that came back negative.

I also seem to have good and back weeks. Some weeks pain free, others I am miserable. And my diet doesn't change between these weeks.

I am going to talk to my doctor about Gall Bladder issues this week. Or is it just GERD or gastritis, or something else???

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Date Joined Jun 2010
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   Posted 3/19/2011 6:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Have you eliminated anything from your diet to see if anything changes. Sometimes your body just doesn't tolerate foods the way it use to. The best advice I ever got was to stop eating wheat, wheat bread, crackers, ect.. I also use to chew a lot of gum, sugar free which contains sorbitol..bad news!! It causes gas, bloating and sometimes diarrhea.

PPI's are good but break through is common and sometimes you need to find the correct on for you because they are different for everyone. I still have gastritis/gerd but I really have to watch what I eat. I learned here that this is a life long condition unfortunately we just have to try and live our best lives considering the circumstances.

If is good to know your test came back fine but definitely get your gallbladder checked because it could be that too. Good Luck

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   Posted 3/19/2011 7:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi zkaiser,

Like Tinlou, I was thinking about gall bladder as a cause...

Here's a website:

See if you think any of the symptoms match what you're experiencing.
Good luck!

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   Posted 3/24/2011 7:05 PM (GMT -6)   
So, I went to my doctor, and he too thought it could be either my gall bladder or muscular-skeletal problems. He gave me a NSAID, meloxicam 15mg x1 daily, to try for 7-10 days to see if it helps with the back/shoulder/right side ache. He doesn't think it is Gallbladder stones because I haven't had any violent gall bladder attacks after eating, especially fatty meals. He thinks it may be possible that maybe my gallbladder isn't functioning correctly. So, if the NSAID does nothing, we are going to do a HIDA scan.

I am not too sure what it is either. THe pain seems to be mostly isolated on my right shoulder blade, and it sometimes feels like it radiates down my arm. Given, this pain is not severe in the least. It is a mild, dull ache, and prior to going to the doctor about it, I was not taking any pain relievers. I would use a heating pad, and that tended to make it feel better. Actually, it got rid of the pain mostly, until I removed the heat, then the ache came back. I feel like the pain was in my lower back as well, above the hip and it seemed to wrap around my right rib. I don't know if I would consider it Right Upper Quadrant pain, but is something is going on in that region. THe aching pain is really dull, and pretty much constant.

Also, I am no doctor, but it kind of feels like my shoulder has some knots in it. Don't know though. It isn't terribly painful when I touch it, although, I imagine a good massage might help.

What I need to know is, for people who have had Gall Bladder issues, whether stones or non-functioning GBs, can you tell me about your Right Upper Quadrant pain? How painful was it? Where did it hurt?

I can push along the edge of my rib ribcage, all up and down my stomach, and it is not really that tender. Were you all in severe pain in that area??? I imagine it varies, but want to get a general consensus.

Other than that, I have intermittent heartburn, mild nausea, and lots of gas. No vomiting, no diarrhea. I ate a greasy hamburger and fries today to see if it would set me off, but all it did was give me a little gas and mild heartburn.

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   Posted 3/24/2011 10:15 PM (GMT -6)   
It sounds like your GI should be thinking about the whole bowel, not just your epigastric stuff. Have you had a complete panel done to look at liver/kidney/inflammation markers?

I have had chronic upper right quadrant pain for a few years now and did the abdominal u/s + HIDA scan last fall. My gallbladder looked ok then but the pain has persisted. I have Crohn's, so my GI and I are about to have another conversation about this pain.
48 yrs old, IBD diagnosis in spring '01. Proctitis, gastritis, ileitis.
Currently taking Pentasa (3g/day), Sulfazine (1.5 g/day), Prevacid, folic acid, vit. D (2K iu), flax seed oil (2 tsp/day), mesalamine enema as needed.

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   Posted 3/25/2011 10:03 AM (GMT -6)   
well, i don't know what it is. last night i ate a salad for dinner, and then i got really, really nausea about an hour later. my stomach was churning and was on fire with heartburn. and my body started to shake and have the chills.

it lasted about an hour or two and then died down.

i wasn't expecting that from a salad. something I eat on a regular basis with no problems.
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