Stomach spasms

Do you think you have been treated right when you tell your doctor you are having stomach spasms?
Good? - 20.0%
Bad? - 0.0%
Poor? - 0.0%
They think I am crazy? - 40.0%
They don't believe me? - 40.0%
They have taken out my gallbladder? - 0.0%

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Flower Child
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Date Joined Jul 2011
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   Posted 7/29/2011 12:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I just want to say I am so glad I found this sight.I just started having stomach spasms,and I am thinking I would rather die.I am 49 years old and have never had this problem,I have tried every thing on this forum with no success,I am now getting so sick when I have them ,I get real hot,can't breathe,can't eat or drink,if I have when one hits I have to get a garbage can because it always feels like I am going to throw up.I also have to lay down when this happens.Please help me someone.Thank you,Flower Child

Post Edited (Flower Child) : 7/29/2011 5:26:05 PM (GMT-6)

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Date Joined Oct 2009
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   Posted 7/29/2011 1:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi FC, welcome.

By "stomach" do you mean your actual stomach, right under your diaphragm in center front, also a little to left? Or do you mean your colon, which can fool you because it's right under the stomach, also runs up the right side under the ribs, across and down the left side.

There are lots of things that can cause nausea, stomach pain or intestinal pain. You'll have to see a doctor to sort them out properly, as we here are just patients and can only describe our own experiences.

I've gotten pretty sick with just gas in the gut. It can hurt so bad and cause such spasms that it causes nausea, make you not feel like you could eat. Or there's problems with the pancreas or gall bladder, and that's before we even touch on the stomach.

I hope you will see a doctor soon to get a real diagnosis. Best wishes!

Flower Child
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Date Joined Jul 2011
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   Posted 7/29/2011 5:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you so much for your reply,I am so happy just to see something.I don't think it is actual stomach muscles,it is right below my rib cage.When they first start it feels just like the muscle spasms you have in your legs etc.It pulls my muscles starting right below my breasts in the middle and feels like it goes straight down to my belly button.The pain from top to bottom only affects about 3 inches across all the way down.I have to bend with it because it pulls so bad,then I have to pull up a little at a time,if the spasm is bad enough,i have to do like a person would their calf,I have to just pull up as bad as it hurts and get my hand on my belly to rub it out.I can at times rub it out or just lean all the way up and let the spasm keep going and just rub as hard as I can.It acts just like the muscle does when you have spasms in your calves,you know where you have to actually rub it out or hold your foot up really tight,if not it seems every time you let go of you foot the pain from the spasm starts again.It also gets sore as if I have been doing set-ups all day.When I get through it I am good to go except for the feeling of having to throw up,that can last for up to 2 hours.I have had all the test known to your stomach done,we even done the tube down the throat thing,nothing there,Thank God!!!I was hoping someone out there would know what to do to make the episodes easier to get through.Thank you so much Alcie for your concern and your time etc.
Best of wishes to you to and THANKS AGAIN!!!
Flower Child

Post Edited (Flower Child) : 7/29/2011 5:27:16 PM (GMT-6)

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Date Joined Jul 2009
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   Posted 7/29/2011 6:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Did you have the manometry test? The test where you drink water and a tube is through your nose and down to your stomach?

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   Posted 11/7/2011 8:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I have the same intermittent attacks that you all are having.  My problem is that the bile duct from my liver does not always open properly.  This causes bile to back up in the liver and causes the spasms.  If you could have bloodwork done to test your liver enzymes right after an attack, your results would be "elevated liver enzymes."  This is not a good thing.  Ask your primary doc to give you a request for bloodwork to test your liver enzymes.  Keep this paperwork until you have an attack.  Then go asap to the lab to get the blood test and have the results sent to your doctor. 
I had my gall bladder removed in 2002 and these spasms started in 2006.  I can go months with no problem, and then have them almost every day for a week.  I had every test possible, 5 ultrasounds, 2 endoscopies, an MRI, all bloodwork, etc.  Everything was always normal.  The first GI doctor said he'd never heard of this in his 20 years of practice.  The second GI doctor refused to look at my log of "episodes" or listen to anything I told him.  I turned it over to my primary care doc and he diagnosed it. 
These spasms always happen at 6:30 a.m. (or 5:30 a.m. when we do the daylight savings thing).  It really doesn't matter what or when I eat before going to bed.  I have stopped keeping logs and worrying about it.  Sometimes this bile duct just doesn't work right for whatever reason.
This is what I found helps me.  1)  Stopped taking fish oil supplements.  2)  I don't drink any water if I get up in the middle of the night.  3)  When I feel the spasm starting, I bend over from the waist (over the toilet if needed) and try hard to vomit.  At 5:30 a.m. my stomach is empty so nothing is vomited.  But the force of trying really hard to vomit seems to relax the spasm.  I also deeply massage the whole stomach area while I'm bent over.   4)  Then I take a 2mg Diazepam (my primary doc prescribed this) and get back in bed and lie on my right side with a heating pad over the stomach area.  I keep doing this until the Diazepam starts working in about 10 minutes.  This may not be scientific but it's a lot better than what the GI doctors tell you.  Both of these guys said they could do a procedure to cut a slit in the bile duct opening to prevent a build-up of bile.  Of course they don't know if this would work since they don't really know what causes the spasm.  I like my solution better. 
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