severe back pain due to mild gastritis?

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   Posted 1/6/2014 7:13 PM (GMT -6)   
My girlfriend has had severe back pain for 5 months now. The pain is midline and travels down the right side. She describes it as sharp, razor like pain. The pain is constant, but with waves that become debilitating. She also has pain and tightness just below the center of her ribs, which radiates to both sides.

The endoscopy only showed minor antrum gastritis, and some minor esophagitis.

Other tests that she was negative for include:
chest x ray
chest CT scan
Abdominal CT scan
Abdominal ultrasound (2x)
thoracic MRI
xray of the spinal column

blood tests appear normal except for an elevated igA level.

Has anyone experienced pain like this from gastritis and esophagitis?

she is currently on a high PPI dosage and has also taken carafate for more than a month, which did not seem to heal anything. These medications do not relieve the pain.

Thanks for reading

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   Posted 1/6/2014 11:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Brendan,
Welcome to Healing Well! I have a sensitive stomach and have had gastritis and esophagitis (before my Nissen surgery) many times. Healing takes a long time, and requires lots of patience. With each episode I'd lose about 20 pounds and it would take about 2 months to heal.

I never had the pain you're describing with any of my gastritis/esophagitis episodes. You might want to check into other possible causes. There may be others who will come by with similar experiences, but I don't recall hearing about that type of symptom here on the forum.

Has she had any testing of her gallbladder? My husband has gallbladder attacks which involve severe pain similar to what you're describing.

Sorry to hear she's struggling. She's lucky to have you seeking answers!
Good luck,

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   Posted 1/7/2014 12:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, I forgot to mention that she has also had a hida scan to check the gallbladder which came back negative as well.

The only other finding has been a 5mm non obstructing kidney stone. The doctors do not seem to think this would be the cause since the stone is non obstructing.

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   Posted 1/8/2014 3:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I have the back pain issues as well and I have GERD. My doctor also said that I could have IBS or another functional disorder like functional dyspepsia. The spine connects to nerves from the digestive system. A functional disorder typically is not harmful it is just bothersome. Diet changes help a lot, and I also seem to better on an H2 Blocker than a PPI. The PPI affected my system but I just took them for years anyways. I am taking Pepcid AC twice a day which has helped along with a specific diet.
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