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Old 11-04-2003, 05:24 PM   #1
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Question Stomach Spasms or What???

At the base of my ribs, center chest, I occasionally have the sensation of what I think are spasms. I have often thought this was a heart problem, but once while hooked up to a heart monitor I experienced the same spasms and the monitor displayed the same normal heart rhythm. (Cardiologist has told me it is not cardiac). Now I am not sure if it is my stomach or traverse colon that is having the spasms.
Does anyone have a similar problem and what did you do about it?
Thanks, Don.
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Old 11-04-2003, 06:29 PM   #2
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I feel spasms in my stomach every now and then but they usually pass and I think nothing of it. A few months ago I was experiencing lower left quadrant spasms daily which my doctor said was my colon. Thats when I started Librax and they went away. I don't take librax any more and I havent had the spasms any more. If your spasms are bothersome, you may want to see a GI. He may want to perform some tests or just put you on some antispasmodic meds such as donnatal, librax, or limbitrol. Librax is usually prescribed first because the other meds I listed are a little stronger with drowsiness being a bothersome side effect. Stomach spasms can also be discomforting and you don't necessarily have to feel the spasms even though they could be occuring. I am still having URQ discomfort and nausea which have been diagnosed as spasms even though I don't actually feel the spasms. I have been on the three meds I listed above but I still have the discomfort so I am not so sure it's spasms. I have a colonoscopy scheduled tomorrow to rule out colon problems (I hope). Good luck and it's good news to hear that you at least aren't having cardiac problems.

 
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Old 11-05-2003, 08:25 AM   #3
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At the base of my ribs, center chest, I occasionally have the sensation of what I think are spasms. I have often thought this was a heart problem, but once while hooked up to a heart monitor I experienced the same spasms and the monitor displayed the same normal heart rhythm. (Cardiologist has told me it is not cardiac). Now I am not sure if it is my stomach or traverse colon that is having the spasms.
Does anyone have a similar problem and what did you do about it?
Thanks, Don.

I have had pain in that exact spot. My Dr. told me it was esophageal spasm. I have been recently diagnosed with acid reflux. He told me that the acid reluxing was causing my esophagus to spasm. Since starting prilosec it has not happened. I am sure this is not the only thing that can cause the spams but thought I would share. Good luck

 
Old 11-12-2003, 05:45 AM   #4
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spasms or what??

Hidonsabi...not sure if it is same but I get pain just under breast bone...feels like sharp stabbing right through to my back. It could be spasm not sure. I have had this pain off and on for 15 yrs now. I had my gallbladder out then too. It sure is intense at times no rhyme or reason for it either. Have had barium swallow, ultrasound, ct scan...results nothing. My doc is going to do an upper endoscopy next. He thinks nothing will show up as he blows me off on the pain thing. There is something wrong and i want to know what? So ask any questions you want might help both of us
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Thanks to all for your responses. It is very comforting to know that we are not alone with out maladies.

Penquinlady,

I donít have any pain at all with the spasms. I guess the best description that I can come with is if you were to open and close your hand quickly several times then imagine what that would feel like, and then place that feeling just below your heart. When I have the spasms it is very unnerving because of the proximity to my heart. There is the possibility that is nothing more than anxiety.
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Old 11-12-2003, 11:52 AM   #6
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Donsabi, I also have the same feeling in my chest. I also have a hiatal hernia so I'm assuming that mine has to do with the hernia.
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Old 11-13-2003, 07:41 AM   #7
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I finally was able to make an appointment with a gastrointestinal specialist for next week. I will post the results.
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Old 01-07-2004, 12:32 PM   #8
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Re: Stomach Spasms or What???

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I donít have any pain at all with the spasms. I guess the best description that I can come with is if you were to open and close your hand quickly several times then imagine what that would feel like, and then place that feeling just below your heart. When I have the spasms it is very unnerving because of the proximity to my heart. There is the possibility that is nothing more than anxiety.
HI..just searching the archives & wondered if drinking liquid quickly (from a bottle, glass or cup) ever heightened the sensation for you. This sounds like what I've been referrring to on here as my "burbles." They don't seem to bug me when eating, bu I noticed there *may* be a correlation to drinking liquids, especially if I down 'em quickly. I tend to feel the lower-chest-area flutter & either burp or feel like I have to burp. It sure is very annoying! I see a gastroent. 1/15.

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Old 01-08-2004, 05:05 AM   #9
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Maggie & Don

Please post your results once you've been to see the GI Doc (perhaps you already have?). I'm almost to the point where that's where I'm going to go if going back on Nexium doesn't take care of my "flutters."

 
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Please post your results once you've been to see the GI Doc (perhaps you already have?). I'm almost to the point where that's where I'm going to go if going back on Nexium doesn't take care of my "flutters."
Ahhh--I was looking for you awhile ago on here--I remember reading something you wrote awhile back that sounded like my burbles. You mention "going back on Nexium." Did that help with your flutters in the past? What were *you* told was causing them? I will certainly keep the board her posted--I wish more people with similar symptomds would tell us what hey were diagnosed with & what helped.

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Maggie C.

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Old 01-09-2004, 11:42 AM   #11
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Re: Maggie & Don

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Ahhh--I was looking for you awhile ago on here--I remember reading something you wrote awhile back that sounded like my burbles. You mention "going back on Nexium." Did that help with your flutters in the past? What were *you* told was causing them? I will certainly keep the board her posted--I wish more people with similar symptomds would tell us what hey were diagnosed with & what helped.

hugs!
Maggie C.
My doctor listened closely to my description of my symptoms and right away felt it was something with acid reflux (I went in fearing heart-related). He thinks that the valve at the lower end of my esophagus is getting irritated (and therefor more sensitive to heat/cold) by acid that gets trapped up in my esophagus and is "twitching" as a result. I was put on Nexium for a 10-day trial at the end of which I had already noticed that they were occurring less frequently. Subsequently, I was put on a 30-day prescription of Nexium 40mg and the flutters were all but gone by the end of that. He doesn't believe in over-medicating, so asked me to try Prilosec OTC for awhile and report back on how it worked. I'm nearly to the point where I'll ask to go back to Nexium and pay the $45/month for the medicine...I mean, Prilosec OTC is costing me $40/month anyway, so I may as well get the prescription-strength stuff that I know works for me, right?

 
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My doctor listened closely to my description of my symptoms and right away felt it was something with acid reflux (I went in fearing heart-related). He thinks that the valve at the lower end of my esophagus is getting irritated (and therefor more sensitive to heat/cold) by acid that gets trapped up in my esophagus and is "twitching" as a result. I was put on Nexium for a 10-day trial at the end of which I had already noticed that they were occurring less frequently. Subsequently, I was put on a 30-day prescription of Nexium 40mg and the flutters were all but gone by the end of that. He doesn't believe in over-medicating, so asked me to try Prilosec OTC for awhile and report back on how it worked. I'm nearly to the point where I'll ask to go back to Nexium and pay the $45/month for the medicine...I mean, Prilosec OTC is costing me $40/month anyway, so I may as well get the prescription-strength stuff that I know works for me, right?
You are a real sweetheart for responding just moments aftr I wrote this! I nearly am in tears reading your diagnoses. I feared that I might have those classical "esophagus spasms" that some people talk about that one has to take heart or blood pressure meds to quell. (I have low blood pressure, so couldn't take Cardizem, e.g.) I don't have pain with my burbles/flutters and solid food seems to go down the pipes as it should. I don't have trouble with liquids til afternoon & evening...then I notice that I can instigate the flutters sometimes (or burps at least) by drinking too fast or something too hot or cold. I've been messing with this for months & though I hate to admit my family practitioner is *ever* right, maybe he called it back in July, saying it was GERD-related. Huh!
I'll let you know what my gastroent. says next Friday. I think you just need to be on the Nexium a little longer---unless, of course, that kava tea works for you! : )
Please keep in touch--our symptoms sound really close in scope. Is/were your flutters worse when lying down? Mine are.

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Maggie C.

 
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Re: Stomach Spasms or What???

Your symptoms sound almost exactly like mine were about 2 months before I finally gave in and went to the doctor! Mine got worse if I bent over or lay on my side. Laying on my back strangely didn't cause "flutters," but I could feel a very pronounce heart beat when laying on my back...MUCH more pronounced than normal.

More background...I let them go for a few months to see if they'd just get better. By the time I went to the doctor, there were definitely foods that would cause the same symptoms (fat free dressings, black pepper, fresh green peppers, chocolate, carbonated beverages, etc.). The biggest thing the Nexium did for me was enable me to eat those things again without instigating flutters. That's all starting to come back, so of course I want the Nexium back. =)

Good luck at the GI doctor.

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Old 01-09-2004, 04:05 PM   #14
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Re: Stomach Spasms or What???

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Your symptoms sound almost exactly like mine were about 2 months before I finally gave in and went to the doctor! Mine got worse if I bent over or lay on my side. Laying on my back strangely didn't cause "flutters," but I could feel a very pronounce heart beat when laying on my back...MUCH more pronounced than normal.

Good luck at the GI doctor.
Thanks! Although I get flutters/burbles pretty much no matter *how* I lay (I have to take Benedryl & do a peppermint oil belly massage to fall asleep), I also get an exaggerated pulsing--but mine is more just above the navel in the abdominal aorta area. I had that aorta sonogrammed & the results came back normal. When this first hit back in July, it was my heart area beating fast--I thought I had an arrythmia or something, but the doctor examined me & said "Nah...GERD." But I didn't listen. Anyway--I bought some of that Yogi tea (Kava Stress Relief) & will try it tonight.

THanks & here's to no burbles!
Maggie C.

 
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