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Hello; I'll try to make this as brief as possible and I appreciate your reading all of this. I've always had some sort of digestive problem since I was very young; it used to be constipation and stomach pains when I was a child and as I got older, developed into other symptoms. I get nauseous a lot and my stomach always seems to be very bloated. I had an upper endoscopy and colonoscopy about 7-8 years ago (I was about 30 at the time), which showed nothing and the dr. said it was most likely "irritable bowel syndrome." Every once in a while I would get sudden attacks of severe pain followed by diarrhea, which would last on and off for hours sometimes, along with the constipation, so I believe his diagnosis was probably correct. I also get a lot of gas and belching (isn't that attractive?)..sometimes I have to stop in the middle of a meal to wait for a burp so I can continue eating. Then about 3 years ago I had a bout of severe pain in my lower abdomen. I went to my GP and he did blood work and said my liver enzymes were elevated and some other things I can't remember and admitted me to the hospital because he thought I was having a gall bladder attack. Well, apparently I wasn't having a gall bladder attack, but my liver was abnormal and my intestines were "inflamed." They kept me in the hospital for about 4 days and I was on a liquid diet. They never really told me what the cause was and I went home, baffled, but better. The newest symptom started about a year ago...sudden attacks of pain centered at my breastbone, or upper abdomen, sometimes radiating to my back and even my jaw and shoulder. I thought I was having a heart attack, it was so severe and so bad (but my heart is fine). It passed after about an hour and it's happened about 5 times since then. Today was the worst; it was accompanied by terrible heartburn and burning from my upper abdomen to my esophagus. Sometimes I feel like I have a lump in my throat, like it's hard to swallow. The pain in my ab and back is sudden and terrible. Can anyone relate to any of this? I don't want my doctor to think I'm crazy with so many wierd symptoms...but this latest one with the front/back pain is really freaking me out. I would appreciate any help; thanks.