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Old 09-07-2004, 09:30 PM   #1
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Soreness under my ribs

Besides my usual nausea and gassy feeling I am having this new uncomfortable feeling. It is right in the middle of my body, below the triangle of my ribs...right where my stomach would be. But it doesn't really feel like a stomach ache per say, it is more of a soreness. ALSO if I run my hand ever so lightly from my ribs to my abdomen, I can feel a bump right in that same spot. And where that bump is is where most of my uncomfort is located. What kind of condition could be either making my stomach bulge like this and/or creating a bump around my stomach. The bump feels firm while the surrounding areas are nice and soft like normal. And just as a note, it does not happen after meals when I'm full but all of the time. It has been there constantly for the past 5 days or so.

Years ago I used to get this feeling after doing a lot of crunches. It would create soreness in that spot and sometimes the bump. But I haven't exercised recently because I have been feeling unwell. I did a lot of activity for once today and it seemed to flare up and get worse. Does anyone have any idea what this could be? It seems that my whole digestive system is falling apart!!! I was scheduled to have the upper GI today but I chickened out right when the doctor came in the room. I am severly afraid of vomitting and the woman in the waiting room was gagging from trying to drink the barrium, and she told me that she vomitted when she took the test last week. So I had to leave. I am a mess!
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Old 09-07-2004, 09:44 PM   #2
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Re: Soreness under my ribs

I still think it is a hiatal hernia and you need to take a Calcium/ Magnesium supplement!!!

 
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Re: Soreness under my ribs

Harry I want you to know that I didn't ignore your previous advice. I have been looking everywhere for a Calcium/Magnesium supplement without zinc. I don't want the zinc!

Do you think just plain magnesium would work too? Because my multivitamin already has a lot of calcium in it. Could you recommend a brand? And would any of that upset my stomach because I can't take anymore stomach upset?

One more question...does a hiatal hernia cause nausea and excess gas?

Thanks so much.
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Re: Soreness under my ribs

I use Albion chelated minerals --- the brands I use come in separately in Magnesium and Calcium tablets or capsules. I like Doctor's Best the best but have used Solgar, Swans**s, Kal, Carlson and I buy them all online at a good discount.

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Old 09-08-2004, 10:24 PM   #5
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Re: Soreness under my ribs

Hi, Krisdance,

I was wondering how your upper GI went, but I didn't see a post from you in the other thread... so glad to have found it here.

I am sorry that you had such an unpleasant experience. Don't beat yourself up over it; I hope your doctor or the tech told you that a lot of people have that reaction. You should give it another shot, though. I suspect that if you had gone on a different day and hadn't talked to the woman in the waiting room, you would have been fine!!!

Anyway, here I go again... Do you know why your GI doctor wants to do the upper GI instead of an upper endoscopy? You might want to ask her about it before rescheduling the upper GI.

I'm sorry about your new pain and weird lump. I can't help you with that, but I'm sure that Harry is probably guiding you in the right direction.

Hey, Harry, would you mind popping back into the Fleet thread and answering a couple of questions I had for you? Thanks a lot!

Good luck, Kris, with sorting out the test mess!

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Old 09-08-2004, 10:32 PM   #6
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Re: Soreness under my ribs

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I hope your doctor or the tech told you that a lot of people have that reaction.
Thanks so much Pat. Did you mean that people have the reaction of gagging or that people have the reaction of chickening out like me? If you mean that a lot of people have the reaction of gagging and vomitting then I'm not sure if I will be able to do it!!

Anyway, my doctor said that she wanted to have the upper GI first and if nothing showed up there then she would refer me to a GI doctor for an endoscopy. I don't know her reasoning really.

So thanks for stopping in and I hope you are doing well. Good luck!!
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[QUOTE=krisdance83]Thanks so much Pat. Did you mean that people have the reaction of gagging or that people have the reaction of chickening out like me?QUOTE]

LOL - I guess I meant both.... but I was mostly thinking about your chickening out; very often, just the idea of something can be so unsettling that we can become agitated or panicky, just thinking about it.

I am extremely claustrophobic and for years agonized about what I would do if I ever had to have an MRI. Well, sure enough, the time came, and I opted for an "open" MRI, which wasn't too bad.

Of course, I had to have another one a year or so later and was told by my orthopedist that the image quality is much better with a closed MRI than with an open one. Since I was in so much pain at that point, I decided to try the closed one. You can only imagine how many anti-anxiety meds I popped beforehand! You have to understand, I am really claustrophobic.... Well, I kept my eyes closed and talked myself through it somehow. There was some air blowing on my face, and that helped a lot. (At the root of my claustrophobia is a fear of being suffocated, as well as the fear of being unable to move. When I was pregnant with my daughter, I scratched my cornea and had to wear a big gauze and tape patch over the affected eye. I spent the whole night literally running around the house in a total state of panic, screaming over and over again to my husband that I just wanted to rip the thing off my face. I had such a strong compulsion to do it that I don't know how I (and my husband!) survived the night). I think I removed part of the tape at one point and pulled the gauze away from my eye, just to feel the air on my eye and then taped it back in place.)

Anyway, I did survive the closed MRI and several since then. What's funny, though, is that I had one done a few months ago, and I had to breathe through a couple of panicky moments; it was a little dicey at one point, but I got through it.

BTW, while I was waiting in the "inside" waiting area to have this scan done, there was a patient ahead of me who thought that she was going to have an open MRI, but the facility didn't offer it. The technicians tried to calm her down and talk her through it, as did her husband or b.f., but the poor woman couldn't even get her head into the machine and had to leave.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that people who work in diagnostic labs have seen everything, so I wouldn't worry about walking out on your upper GI!! Why don't you try it again, and practice mind-over-matter techniques beforehand? (I only had one upper GI done, and I was not looking forward to it, either, for fear of gagging, "etc." (lol) but I got through it with constant (mental) pep talks. It didn't hurt that I was really thirsty, so I pretended that it was a "strawberry milkshake"....)

Sometimes I think that we all belong in loony bins!!!

Good luck, whatever you decide to do. Try to remind yourself that you are feeling miserable right now, and the test(s) is/are a necessary part of getting some answers and, best of all, treatment for whatever is wrong with you. Your ultimate goal is to feel better!!

Sorry this was so long. I tend to ramble... and ramble... and ramble... lol

Take care,
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Re: Soreness under my ribs

Kris, I think your physician should consider an endscopic exam as opposed to the barium swallow--especially since your last experience....
The endscopic exam will allow the physician to directly view your esophagus, stomach and duodenum....they will be able to give you some sedation to help with the anxiety.

How long has this nausea and pain been going on?
Do you have pain under your right rib that radiates around to your back?
Do you still have a gall bladder?

I hope you are feeling better soon.
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Old 09-10-2004, 12:44 PM   #9
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Re: Soreness under my ribs

Thanks again, Pat.

And Flager, hi. This has been going on for around 4-5 months with some ok periods and some very bad periods in there. I don't have any pain under my ribs but more of the soreness. And yes I do have a gallbladder. What do u think?
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Hi, Krisdance, sorry to have "disappeared" for a bit.

I'm with Flagler on the upper endoscopy (BTW, I wasn't merely "sedated" during mine--I was completely conked out!!!), but I've been saying that from the beginning, as you know ::sigh::.

I would not rule out gall bladder disease. My mom recently had pain in her chest, thought it was referred pain from previously dx'ed angina (which I don't think was ever angina), but it turned out that her g/b is "loaded" with "very small" stones. Her quack of a doctor isn't recommending doing anything about it now -- I guess since she isn't in constant pain or anything, and she is 76 years old, and when she had hip replacement surgery a year ago, she almost died during surgery, but that was due to the tremendous loss of blood that she incurred -- not likely to happen during g/b sugery.

You should ask your GI doctor about a g/b ultrasound. It's not invasive and is definitely worth doing in light of your seemingly atypical (for almost everything!) symptoms -- and thanks to Flagler for bringing it up in the first place.

Yes, Harry, we all know how you feel about the hiatal hernia theory!!

Please, krisdance, let us know what's new, if anything, since we last formed that mental image of you fleeing out of the lab, covering your ears with your hands to drown out the gagging sounds of that other poor woman in the waiting room!!!

Take care.

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Old 09-19-2004, 07:05 PM   #11
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Re: Soreness under my ribs

Thanks so much, again, Pat. Yes, that image of me is quite cowardly!! I need a new one to share!

Unfortunately it seems that I won't have any information until November 5th. My Primary Care physician referred me to a GI doc but they weren't available until then. Supposedly he is the best in the city and she thinks I should wait for him. My other option is a very old man on the verge of retirement, so, I don't know what to do.
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Hi, krisdance,

Does your PCP know how long you have to wait until you can see the "good" GI doctor? If so, and she's o.k. with it, then I guess you could hang in there until then. (Oh, you could also call the GI doctor's office back and ask if they keep a "waiting list" in the event of cancelled appointments. I actually got in earlier once to see a specialist by doing that.)

You could also try having the upper GI series done again... who knows? It might not be as bad as you thought it would be, and it just might show something. If nothing else, even negative or inconclusive results would be worth bringing to the GI guy.

I don't know what we're going to do with you!! ::sigh::

Take it easy, and please at least consider the upper GI if you start to feel worse.

Best,
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Old 09-20-2004, 10:29 PM   #13
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Re: Soreness under my ribs

Yes, she seems to think it is OK. So, I don't know...
I am planning on calling the doc tomorrow and asking to be put on a list in case anyone cancels so I can get in earlier.

I am still contemplating the upper GI but I have to say the chances are getting slimmer as the days go on because it seems worse the more I think about it!!

I know, I know, I'm a mess. Sheesh!! Thanks so much for the kind words.
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