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Old 03-21-2006, 09:17 AM   #1
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excessive belching, lower chest pain...

First, let me start out that I've had GI problems off and on since high school. In high school I was put on Zantac for awhile due to indigestion, mainly due to stress. I was only on it for a few months and it seemed to work. I still only get an occasional bout, usually after drinking alcohol and then eating fast food. I also have had on and off bouts with constipation and diarrhea, though it has never really bothered me and I've always attributed it to not drinking enough water and social smoking (ie cigarettes when I drink with friends at a bar). Well about 2 weeks ago, I started having a pain in the lower chest, kind of at the tip of my sternum. My abdomen felt really bloated and my chest area constricted. The only relief I could seem to get was from belching alot, and there was alot of gas to belch. I was under alot of stress and the anxiety just seemed to make things worse. I finally went to my local doc-in-the-box after having a slight anxiety attack. He gave me some cocktail, which worked a little, and did an EKG and Chest x-ray at my request to rule out any thing with the heart. After that he put me on Zantac 150. That really didn't seem to work and my pharmacist suggested to switch to Pepcid Complete and drink alot of water. That seemed to get rid of the chest pain, I guess which was caused by reflux. But the bloating and extreme belching, especially after meals, was still there, and I also would get incredible amounts of flatulence sometimes accompanied by diarrhea. I finally went to a GI specialists, told him my symptoms and after a very short meeting, he prescribed AcipHex and dicyclomine. Saying that its either a reflux problem or irritable bowels. I just started the AcipHex and it doesn't seem to do much other than make my stomach a little knotty and cause me restlessness in the night. I've woken up only about an hour or two after going to bed and can't fall asleep until 2 hours later. So, I guess I'm wondering if it could be something more serious such as a gall bladder problem, and the doc's have just been writing it off as reflux or something. Other symptoms include a kind of "tiredness" in my abdomen, like it's almost a hassle to get a good breath and I just want to let my belly stick out, general fatigue, and I notice my arms and jaws get alot more tired and sore from simple motions. I have had some neck pain, and there is just a kind of general knotty feeling in my stomach which sometimes moves to under my lower right rib cage. It's mainly the belching though that is the main symptom. I've worked myself into several small anxiety attacks worrying about this, which I know does not help the problem what so ever. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I am a 28 year old male.

 
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Old 03-21-2006, 11:02 AM   #2
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Re: excessive belching, lower chest pain...

Go to a holistic MD doctor. They do tests that the doctor you presently are going to, does not know about. I have been through your ordeal and that's how I became free of the digestive disorder.

 
Old 03-24-2006, 07:14 AM   #3
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Re: excessive belching, lower chest pain...

Ok... well, the AcipHex didn't do much and I think I'm going to stop taking it and switch to the dicyclomine to see if that works. I still have a dullish pain in my lower chest and now I've developed pain in my lower back, but I'm 99% positive that it is not reflux. I say this because I've had indigestion before and it does not feel like that, and also, it is not effected by certain foods...for example, last night I had salad with blue cheese, lasagna, garlic bread and even had beer later that night... no indigestion. I do notice though after I eat, I still belch alot and get flatulence... not as bad though and I think alot of it was increased by anxiety, which I have now learn to control. However, my symptoms still include belching (alot), gas, neck aches, lower back aches now, and I notice I'll wake up in the middle of the night not feeling well and my abdomen is constantly making "bubbling" noises... it's not always my stomach, but also my lower abdomen. Any ideas? I'm pretty honed to what is going on in my body, and this is a new sensation, unlike previous indigestion or bowel irritations. Could this be result of some hernia? It seems to me like things just aren't flowing well through my GI. I really just want to get a barium test or CT done, just to see what the heck is going on with it, and I've had bowel problems in the past, so I think it would be a good idea just to get that whole area checked. My problems is, I don't have insurance. Which test would be the best and most cost effective?
Thanks for the help.

BTW... IBS Free, I haven't disregarded your suggestion for the holistic approach... especially with me, because I RARELY take medications, and even don't like to take advil for headaches unless it's really bad. My body/mind tends to react bad with any foreign medication.. However, I'm sure I need to do something holistic to get in better overall GI shape. It's just this is a very new sensation from what I normally have dealt with and want to find if it is anything internal, i.e. a hernia or something.

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Old 03-24-2006, 11:15 AM   #4
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Re: excessive belching, lower chest pain...

Hi I get much the same symtoms as you . Mine started about 4 months ago. I've had all the usual antacid remedies, Ranitidine, ZOTON but they haven't really cured it. I get lots of gurgling from my stomach and what seems to be lower and lots of farting and belching. I get heartburn as well. I have been taking an Aloe Vera supplement for about a week and this does seem to be helping but my doc has booked me in for an upper GI endoscopy which I'm not looking forward to. Good Luck

 
Old 03-27-2006, 02:40 PM   #5
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Re: excessive belching, lower chest pain...

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Hi I get much the same symtoms as you . Mine started about 4 months ago. I've had all the usual antacid remedies, Ranitidine, ZOTON but they haven't really cured it. I get lots of gurgling from my stomach and what seems to be lower and lots of farting and belching. I get heartburn as well. I have been taking an Aloe Vera supplement for about a week and this does seem to be helping but my doc has booked me in for an upper GI endoscopy which I'm not looking forward to. Good Luck

Well.. I feel for you. My heartburn has practically gone away... though after I eat, I still get excessive bloating, mainly after eating... not so much flatulence anymore..and I really haven't had diarrhea. I do get a slight pain in my sternum and under my right rib cage every now and then. I'm off the AcipHex because it seemed to just make the belching worse. After being off it, I took Pepcid Complete one night because I knew I'd be drinking and again, it just made the belching and bloating 100x worse. I didn't start the dicyclomine yet because I think my body really needs a break from all the meds. I am about to start on a better diet, one that's recommended for gallbladded/liver issues and see how that goes. I'd like to get a ultrasound or barium done.. but again, no insurance and bills piling up. Good luck with your endo... let me know how it goes.

 
Old 05-29-2006, 06:15 AM   #6
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Re: excessive belching, lower chest pain...

I, too, have been belching a lot and have been googling belching to find help.

Yesterday I looked up something diferent and found Hypochlorhydria or Low Stomach Acid. This is often treated as reflux and you are given anti acid meds that only make it worse or lead to a yeast overgrowth.

The main symptom is refered to as 'burping' and not belching and that is why I didn't find it 9 months ago when my problem started.

main symptoms
belching, burping
big belly
huge appetite
feeling full after eating like you stomach isn't emptying
thin or weak hair and nails
dry skin
overall weakness due to a lack of absorbing nurtients

Look it up there is even a questionaire on one the sites.

 
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