can stress cause this?

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   Posted 10/12/2009 4:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Ok, I have posted here a couple of time so I hope I can get some help. I have recently been having some pain in right side of my chest area, actually upper stomach more than chest, accompanied by a pain in my back/shoulder on right side. Some times my ribs start to hurt i nthat area. I am sitting here now right after eating and it feels awful. I was just at the er last week and they checked me out and felt it was just stress related. This pain seems to move from left to right side of my stomach chest area. If I am busy, I do not even notice any pain (maybe it jsut is not there). Both doc says my heart is A-1. My GP doc does not notice anything either. I then have no other symptoms after a bit. I am trying to see if it is related to occurring only after eating like it did this time. Everything else is normal.(no D, no urge to go, nothing in this area) They both felt around in my stomach and pushed and such, but there was no pain. Heck even when I went to the doc that day, I felt great.
If there is a test my doc should do, let me know so I can insist since he does not feel anything is wrong. If it is just stress, how can I make it go away since I really do not feel all that stressed. (odd though because I have been irritable lately)
Can this all be just stress? I know I get upset easily and let thigns bother me.

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   Posted 10/12/2009 5:52 PM (GMT -7)   
How is your diet? What have you been eating?

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   Posted 10/12/2009 6:03 PM (GMT -7)   

I try to eat right but honestly today was a bad day since there was a party. I alwaws start the day with fruit and juice. Coffee seems ot cause me issues and I keep it to 1 cup a day. Lucnh is usually healthy...small dinner and no snacks after dinner. Minimal alcohol.


All in all I try to eat right but know I could do a better job of eating.

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   Posted 10/12/2009 11:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Dbac,

I get the same thing. And yes for me its stress. Sharp pains come out of no where. I have found a muscle in my back below my shoulder blade. If I rub it OMG it hurts. And is a huge knot. I try to work it out when I can handle it. Which isn't often.
Check the way you are sitting. Make sure you not hunched over.

If you think it is food related. Which it can be. Are you eating fresh garlic? Types of chili? Soda, acid related stuff? Fresh onion? To much pepper or salt. A lot of fried foods?

Sometimes even eating healthy can cause problems. Which include the fresh onion. Some people can't handle it unless its cooked. Garlic is a common problem for a lot of people. Including me. I can have ground dried garlic all I want. Fresh is for the
Chili powder, bell peppers, green chili can cause problem. Chili powder is a common ingredient in many foods. I use it a ton.

Fruit and juice. Both very acidic foods. Yes healthy but again acidic foods. Try making smoothies. Or having small amounts of fruit with cereal. Something to counter balance the fruit. Acid relux can cause pain in both sides. But usually you have a feeling in your throat. A need to burp or cough maybe clearing your throat. Like something is kinda stuck and just wont go down. Also a taste in your mouth usually acidic in nature. But can be all around not a pleasant taste.

But like I said before can also be muscle tension. Try relaxing baths with bath salts or epsom salts. But limit your time in with these as they can cause urinary tract infections if you sit in the bath for hours. Try some way to relax. Reading, writing, breathing techniques. Start a journal keep track of what goes on from day to day. You would be surprised what you will forget the next day. Something small that might of upset you more then you thought. Journals are a great way to write your days events and move on instead of caring on your shoulders.

If the problem persists be persistent with the doc. You might need an antacid or a muscle relaxer. You might need to see a chiropractor. Or a much needed vacation.
Never give in if your not satisfied.

My problem is both acidrelux and tension from my anxiety/panic attacks. And the fact I hurt my back several years ago and it has just gotten worse over time instead of better.


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   Posted 10/13/2009 8:06 AM (GMT -7)   
You are doing the right thing by keeping your Dr. informed of your symptoms.  There have been times I would have sworn I was dying, full physical, I am fine.  That was great news but my body ached all over like I had been hit by a truck.  These symptoms are high anxiety and come out of no where, even when things are going fine.  Diet is important, the less caffeine and fried foods I eat the better I feel.  Do you take any meds?  I would prefer not to be on them, but I cannot function, at this point, without them.  I take Buspar for anxiety, it is pretty mild and I have Xanax for sleep when needed.  Maybe you could discuss this with your MD.
Hope today finds you feeling better. turn

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   Posted 10/14/2009 2:35 PM (GMT -7)   
I have panic disorder so I am very familiar with all the ways in which it can manifest in the body! I am a little concerned though because I had the symptoms you had- the pain in the right shoulder and right upper quadrant of stomach after eating- and I chalked it up to my anxiety attacks only to discover it was my gallbladder! Has your doctor ordered a HIDA scan to ensure your GB is working correctly? You might not have stones , but like me, a poorly functioning GB.

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   Posted 10/14/2009 6:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Well there are lots of things it could be, including acid reflux. If taking a Maalox helps then there's a pretty big clue. Acid reflux can manifest in several ways: pain in the upper stomach, sour stomach, sore throat, and of course heartburn which to me feels different every time I have it.

Just one idea. There are tests they can do to look for what causes acid reflux but I think most of the time it's diagnosed by deduction.

Stress can definitely make it flare up, though. And I can have it whether I've eaten or not. Weirder still, I can eat a slice of pizza one day and be fine. Go to the same place for another slice the very next day and it may make me wish I were dead. It can get pretty bad, haha.

Anyway, something to think about. Try some Maalox. Cheap and harmless. If it helps there are other things you can do to try to prevent it, including drugs like Prilosec, etc.
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