| | need some direction
I'm so glad I found this site. I have found a lot of information, but still not yet anything that sounds like my problem. I apologize in advance if it gets long, I just don't want to leave anything out.
I began having stomach pains about 20 months ago, right after the birth of my daughter. The pain is a burning, squeezing pain in the center of my stomach. (if I put my fist directly under my ribcage in the center, that is where it is) It began slightly, usually on an empty stomach, when I ate something fairly heavy(a bagel, a banana etc..) it would go away. I started on protonix and have graduated to nexium 40 mg. Often I have no relief at all. I have tried other acid reducers along with the nexium (tums, pepcid, pepto, maalox and have resorted to tylenol)again no relief. I had a CT scan of my abdomen and an upper endoscopy. It came back as gastritis and barretts esophogus. I was told by the gastro doc to continue the nexium and basically be on my way. I have changed my diet to reduce acids (I do not and have not had any heartburn since pregnancy) The gastro doc told me to consult a surgeon about having my gallbladder removed. I had a gallbladder attack last November and went to the ER. I was told I had gallstones, I had a HIDA scan and an ultrasound which showed no blockage or infalmmation. My primary doc said he would agree to go conservative and not remove the gallbladder as long as I had no symptoms. I have had an attack or two since, but only after an overindulgence of greasy foods. I took some stone free and ibuprofen and was fine. I don't think that this pain I am having recurring is related to the gallbladder. It is a different kind of pain and is sometimes triggered by drinking a glass of water, or like today eating an apple. I can sometimes go for a couple of days with no pain and other times I go for several days with a couple of hours of relief. Yesterday I laid down on my left side and it seemed to help, I tried that again toay and it again helped...don't know if this is coincidental or not. I am at my wits end and it controls so much of my life...my kids are starting to say "you always have a stomach ache" I am sick of going to doctors and being made to feel like I am a hypochondriac. I would appreciate if anyone could point me in a direction of where to go from here...I don't know if there are anymore tests I can have. Thanks so much.
ps I read that where there is barretts esophogus there is almost always a hiatal hernia..could this be pain from a HH?