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Old 02-13-2005, 11:03 AM   #1
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Abdominal pain for two weeks

Hey

I'm a 16 y/o guy. For the past two or so weeks, I've had abdominal pain. Its a sharp pain in my left upper abdomen that comes and goes throughout the day. In the past week, I've developed stomach pain as well. This pain is a burning sensation, and feels like I need to eat even though I had just eaten. There are also some sharp pains right under my sternum, like someone had just punched me in the gut really hard. I've also lost a few pounds, although my appetite is normal (but I get pain after I eat).

I read this can be a stomach ulcer or even stomach cancer. I'm worried since there is a family history of both diseases. Any ideas or suggestions? I believe I'm going to the doctor this week.

Thank you

Vince

 
Old 02-18-2005, 02:26 PM   #2
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Re: Abdominal pain for two weeks

anyone?

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Old 02-18-2005, 08:35 PM   #3
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Re: Abdominal pain for two weeks

It could be many things like an ulcer, gastritis, acid reflux/GERD. It could also be your gallbladder but usually the pain from that is on the right side.
I am having nausea, stomach "aching", burning on an empty stomach and feeling full after only a couple bites. I have went from weighing 140 to 115 lbs in a matter of months.
The secretary at my dr.'s office mentioned that she thought the results of my endoscopy(biopsy) said Gastritis but not 100% sure. Won't find out till March 1st when I go and see the Gastro dr. again.
A couple of ways to find out is a Barium swallow or an endoscopy (endoscopy is probably better as it looks at the inside of your stomach/esophagus while a barium swallow is just x-rays of your stomach).
Hope you get to the bottom of it and feel better soon!

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Old 02-19-2005, 11:23 AM   #4
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Re: Abdominal pain for two weeks

Thanks Diamond79.

My first thought was an ulcer but I'm not sure since I'm only 16.

It feels like a hungry, knawing ache in my stomach, and I keep having to burp. I've also started having a feeling of something lodged in my throat, although this comes and goes.

 
Old 02-19-2005, 12:54 PM   #5
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Re: Abdominal pain for two weeks

I don't think age matters for ulcers.I also have gastritis and have the same symptoms.
Have you tried any over the counter medicine like Zantac?I take 300mg morning and again at nite.This helps some.Good luck.Heather

 
Old 02-22-2005, 07:39 AM   #6
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Re: Abdominal pain for two weeks

Hey Misery

I have not tried Zantac yet but I'll give it a shot. I heard Prilosec works pretty good too, any thoughts on it?

My symptoms have gotten a little bit worse in that I'm waking up with sharp stomach pain, which hurts more when I take a deep breath. Anyone else get this?

Vince

 
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I never had more pain on deep breaths but I know the doctors have asked me that question every time I've been in, so i guess it must mean something signifigant to them. Be sure to mention it when you visit your doctor!

 
Old 02-25-2005, 03:39 PM   #8
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Re: Abdominal pain for two weeks

Hey

My doctor thinks that this is some sort of viral-related gastritis and put me on Prevacid 2X/day and to stay away from acidic/spicy foods. He said to try this out for a week and see how it goes.

Vince

 
Old 03-01-2005, 07:25 PM   #9
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Re: Abdominal pain for two weeks

Hey all

I'm on my last two pills for the Prevacid, and the stomach pain is still here. I've also noticed it hurts when I push on a certain spot in my left upper abdomen. What should I do? What does this indicate? My mom said not to worry and won't go back to the doctor unless more serious symptoms show up. She said the tests they may do are "not necessary" and will be a waste of time. What should I do at this point?

Thank you

Vince

 
Old 03-02-2005, 07:29 AM   #10
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If you're still hurting go back. Sometimes doctors do perform unnecessary tests but thats only to rule out different problems you might be having, they don't know they're unnecessary until they come back ok! Life is too short to live with pain if you don't have to, keep working at it until you find a solution.

I find the primary physician's first line of defense is always a PPI or H2 blocker, after that doesn't work it may be in your best intrest to ask for a referal to a gastro specialist, they have better knowledge of what may be going on inside your stomach.

 
Old 03-04-2005, 04:15 PM   #11
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Re: Abdominal pain for two weeks

Hey

Thanks for the post Skillet.

I called my doctor's office today and explained what was going on, and he updated my Prevacid prescription to a 1 month supply. I'm a little bit worried, because I'm scared that it could be stomach cancer or something serious like that, and the meds could just "mask" the symptoms until it is too late. I cannot go back to see the doctor as I said before, so I don't know what to do. I'm pretty much just stuck taking the Prevacid and seeing how it goes. Any suggestions? I heard mastic gum can help with stomach troubles, should I give that a shot?

Thanks a lot

Vince

 
Old 03-05-2005, 07:57 PM   #12
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Hey

Tonight after eating only a tiny slice of cream pie, I had an immense urge to vomit. I did not, but now there is a very sharp, steady pain in the middle of my abdomen. What should I do? My mom tells me to keep taking the Prevacid, but this new pain just suddenly came on and hurts like it never has before.

 
Old 03-07-2005, 07:15 AM   #13
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I have been taking chewable DGL for 2 weeks and it seems to help a little with some stomach pains/gastritis. However, if you're having *sharp* pains you may have a stomach ulcer, or may be having a problem with something other than your stomach. The pancreas and the galbladder lie very close to the stomach and each can have problems which result in stomach irritation, and each can produce quite a bit of pain if not treated.
Do you have insurance to cover your doctor visits?? If so I would urge you to get a referral from your primary physician to see a GI, if there is in fact something more serious going on leaving it be will probably only cause it to get worse and lead to more serious problems. Explain this to your mother and let her know that you are in pain and need to have something done about it - thats what doctors are for!!

 
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