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Old 11-07-2010, 09:35 PM   #1
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HELP! Unknown Stomach Issues - Searching for Relief, Answers or ANY HELP AT ALL!

Okay, well... I am a 58 year-old male who (for the past 16 months) has been suffering from what I can only best describe, as an ongoing, horrendous medical nightmare, which day by day, not only affects me physically, but is also negatively impacting my emotional health as well. After spending several months searching for answers from a variety of doctors and specialists, yet sadly coming up empty every single time, I feel that I now have no other choice remaining but to reach out here to the online medical community in hopes of finding the answers that I am desperately seeking. I can only hope and pray that someone here will be able to identify with me, or will be able to correctly identify the problems I have be having.

Before I describe my symptoms, I need to make one thing absolutely clear: I am not suffering from what is commonly referred to as "acid-reflux." What I mean by that was that my symptoms are not indicative of acid-reflux, and in addition, none of the medications used to treat acid-reflux (Pepcid, Tagamet, Zantac, or Tums) help control any of my symptoms whatsoever. What I do however though suffer from everyday is a consistent burning of my duodenal area, which is the mid-section area of my torso that is directly above my stomach and right below my chest. And now (as of six weeks ago), it seems to have "spread." As a result, I am now also suffering another ongoing and persistent pain; however, this one is much lower, practically at the bottom of my stomach. Both pains are somewhat similar, but are different in the ways that they act/make me feel.

I can best describe the first one as a dull pain which continually increases and decreases in severity (or flares), and stretches across the entire length of my upper rib cage (or duodenal area). IT DOES NOT MOVE UP AND DOWN, RULING OUT (IN MY OPINION) ANY PROBLEMS WITH MY ESOPHAGUS. The lower one, (in my stomach) is more of a sharper pain that is overall stationary in position. Both burnings produce no gastrointestinal problems (such as belching or gas), neither are affected by eating any specific foods, and the worst part is that the burning/pain follows no specific or generalized pattern; it can strike at any time throughout the day.

I have had numerous medical procedures performed to help pinpoint a diagnosis including: MRI's, cat-scans, ultrasounds, cancer screening, an upper GI endoscopy, a colonoscopy, breath tests, and even a few blood tests, yet all of them have resulted in negative findings. All that is, except for the endoscopy which did reveal "a partial inflammation of the duodenum." But that was it. Aside from that - nothing else has been discovered whatsoever. And, in addition to the acid reducers which I mentioned earlier, I have also tried numerous Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPI's) (Nexium, Prevacid, and Prilosec), and they too did not ever produce any substantial relief either! I'm at my wits end here and am growing wearier by the day!

The strange twist in this story though, is that about 3 months ago, I was given antibiotics (Amoxicillin) for an unrelated illness, and somehow (at the same time) the burning disappeared. So, for nearly 3 months, I was roughly 95% free and clear of this horrendous ailment. But now, sad to say, it has reappeared; and it has done so with a vengeance. It seems to be much worse than before and has gone down even further into my stomach.

I am completely frustrated and discouraged. I have absolutely no idea what to do or where to turn for answers.

Please, if anyone has shared the same, or a similar experience and has found any relief whatsoever, or who knows how to help me find some answers - please offer me your insight and tell me how to gain victory over this.

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Old 12-30-2010, 03:06 PM   #2
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No one has any response whatsoever? Sigh...(

 
Old 12-30-2010, 04:57 PM   #3
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I don't have answers, but I do have a couple thoughts. The amoxicillin helped temporarily, that suggests either it's an infection, or it's helping because some antibiotics have anti-inflammatory properties.

If it was H pylori infection, the breath tests/endoscopies should have picked that up, but I suppose you might have a different infection.

Have you ever tried pepto-bismol? It's not an antacid, it coats and protects the stomach instead. DGL, a type of licorice supplement, also coats the stomach.

Worth a try, right?

 
Old 01-05-2011, 08:57 PM   #4
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Sorry, but I just saw your post and I am a newbie, joined awhile ago, but have too many health issues, so it's been awhile since I've been on the site. I'm not really sure what you are asking for, maybe I'm confused, what are your symptoms? You have been to doctor's, what have you been diagnosed with? Do you have other health issues and take other meds that could be irritating your stomach? Alot of questions, but maybe you might get some comments if you could give some more info. God Bless You. I hope you are feeling better!

 
Old 01-05-2011, 09:34 PM   #5
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Sorry, but I just saw your post and I am a newbie, joined awhile ago, but have too many health issues, so it's been awhile since I've been on the site. I'm not really sure what you are asking for, maybe I'm confused, what are your symptoms? You have been to doctor's, what have you been diagnosed with? Do you have other health issues and take other meds that could be irritating your stomach? Alot of questions, but maybe you might get some comments if you could give some more info. God Bless You. I hope you are feeling better!
OOps, sorry told you I was new, didn't see your original post, it opened to the middle of the post? Not sure why, now I will go back and read your original post, I tried to delete this, but that obviously didn't wrong either. Good Luck!

 
Old 01-05-2011, 09:58 PM   #6
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I have a similar problem but no solution. My pain is in the left upper quadrant and the Drs are stumped. Unlucky for me I went for a CT and they found something else (most likely cancer) My pain feels like a hernia or herniation of the diaphram (This is not a Drs. opinion) it feels very close to the chest wall not at all related to acid reflux or Hiatus Hernia (I have both).

I do have a theory, I am a big guy and when I sit or move my belly pulls at the bottom of my ribs. I wonder if this pain could relate to that?
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Okay, well... I am a 58 year-old male who (for the past 16 months) has been suffering from what I can only best describe, as an ongoing, horrendous medical nightmare, which day by day, not only affects me physically, but is also negatively impacting my emotional health as well. After spending several months searching for answers from a variety of doctors and specialists, yet sadly coming up empty every single time, I feel that I now have no other choice remaining but to reach out here to the online medical community in hopes of finding the answers that I am desperately seeking. I can only hope and pray that someone here will be able to identify with me, or will be able to correctly identify the problems I have be having.

Before I describe my symptoms, I need to make one thing absolutely clear: I am not suffering from what is commonly referred to as "acid-reflux." What I mean by that was that my symptoms are not indicative of acid-reflux, and in addition, none of the medications used to treat acid-reflux (Pepcid, Tagamet, Zantac, or Tums) help control any of my symptoms whatsoever. What I do however though suffer from everyday is a consistent burning of my duodenal area, which is the mid-section area of my torso that is directly above my stomach and right below my chest. And now (as of six weeks ago), it seems to have "spread." As a result, I am now also suffering another ongoing and persistent pain; however, this one is much lower, practically at the bottom of my stomach. Both pains are somewhat similar, but are different in the ways that they act/make me feel.

I can best describe the first one as a dull pain which continually increases and decreases in severity (or flares), and stretches across the entire length of my upper rib cage (or duodenal area). IT DOES NOT MOVE UP AND DOWN, RULING OUT (IN MY OPINION) ANY PROBLEMS WITH MY ESOPHAGUS. The lower one, (in my stomach) is more of a sharper pain that is overall stationary in position. Both burnings produce no gastrointestinal problems (such as belching or gas), neither are affected by eating any specific foods, and the worst part is that the burning/pain follows no specific or generalized pattern; it can strike at any time throughout the day.

I have had numerous medical procedures performed to help pinpoint a diagnosis including: MRI's, cat-scans, ultrasounds, cancer screening, an upper GI endoscopy, a colonoscopy, breath tests, and even a few blood tests, yet all of them have resulted in negative findings. All that is, except for the endoscopy which did reveal "a partial inflammation of the duodenum." But that was it. Aside from that - nothing else has been discovered whatsoever. And, in addition to the acid reducers which I mentioned earlier, I have also tried numerous Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPI's) (Nexium, Prevacid, and Prilosec), and they too did not ever produce any substantial relief either! I'm at my wits end here and am growing wearier by the day!

The strange twist in this story though, is that about 3 months ago, I was given antibiotics (Amoxicillin) for an unrelated illness, and somehow (at the same time) the burning disappeared. So, for nearly 3 months, I was roughly 95% free and clear of this horrendous ailment. But now, sad to say, it has reappeared; and it has done so with a vengeance. It seems to be much worse than before and has gone down even further into my stomach.

I am completely frustrated and discouraged. I have absolutely no idea what to do or where to turn for answers.

Please, if anyone has shared the same, or a similar experience and has found any relief whatsoever, or who knows how to help me find some answers - please offer me your insight and tell me how to gain victory over this.

Thank you[/SIZE]
It seems like you've had every test thrown at you with no answers. I know how frustrating that can be. Hell, back when my problems started, I had frequent chest and back pains (a poking sensation in my right lung and it radiated to my back). None of the doctors could figure out what it was. After other symptoms of reflux came up and I started on meds, that pain went away. If they had figured that out back then, I wouldn't be in this situation today.

I don't have any knowledge about your particular symptoms, but I do know that diet plays a role in the way we feel. So my suggestion to you would be to start eating more healthy alkaline based foods (if you're not already doing so), such as whole fruits, 100% fruit juices or smoothies, veggies and veggie juices, whole grains, no dairy, no meat, no refined starches, white sugar. Do an internet search on the acid/alkaline diet and try to heal yourself through natural means and avoiding synthetic drugs if at all possible. I found most of this info from dherbs.com, really good site on explaining health and healing with herbs, etc.

 
Old 01-08-2011, 11:33 AM   #8
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I am a 66 year old female with similar frustrating symptons. I tested positive for H.Pylori, received antibiotic eradication treatment,no improvement, endoscopy showed stomach normal and no hiatus hernia. However doc. suggested gallstones causing dyspepsia. I do have multiple small stones and have operation in a couple of weeks. No guarantee that this will solve the problem but heres hoping.

 
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