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Old 07-27-2006, 12:02 PM   #1
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sphincter of oddi? help please

hello all! i'm new here and have quite a long question for you. in february i went to the doctor with nausea and pain under my right shoulder blade. i was checked for gall bladder problems and as i turned out my hida scan results were only 10%. my gall bladder was removed at the end of march and they found nothing wrong with it and there were no stones present. since then things have gotten progressively worse. after surgery i noticed that every now and than it felt as if a pin was sticking me in the right side of my esophagus. i assumed this was from the tube they put down my throat during the procedure but it continued on for a month or so than slowy faded and turned into random muscle spasms. don't know what this is. i still had the same pain but my acid reflux was much worse than usual (i have a hiatal hernia, GERD, and diverticulosis). doc said no big deal, just gas from the surgery. about a month after i went out with a friend for a few drinks (a few too many i will admit). the next day i felt fine besides acid reflux until that night. i had chinese food and than when i went to bed i just felt weird and had some muscle twitching. next day went to the doc and had lots of blood work done. lipase came up just a little high (about 15 over) which i was told later that it was no big deal because it wasn't very high. i continued to have these problems and had almost every blood test ever done, had an ekg, an x-ray of my spine, a ct scan w/ injection (i chose to go see gastronenterologist), and a 24hr urine test. all results ok. dr. said i was just depressed and needed to take anti depressents and i would feel better. therefore i quickly found a new doc. much better and an internal medicine specialist. just had 3hr glucose test, hepatitis panel, h-pylori test, and lipid panel done. will get the results next tuesday at appt. my pain in my back is now bandlike from shoulder blade to shoulder blade and can be cramping or burning pain. happens when i eat and sometimes flares up if i drink alcohol (i've only drank 3 times in 4 months so i'm not so sure). i used to go out maybe once every week or 2 but otherwise i did not drink. does anyone have an opinion? my new doctor and my gastroenterologist both mentioned sphincter of oddi. does this sound like anything anyone has had? could it be a pancreas problem even with clear ct and my blood levels being relatively normal? my symptoms of getting shaky when i would try to sleep scared me but they come and go now. i'm 27 years old and falling apart. i would love anyones opinion on this as the pain is getting to me. thanks for reading my long story and for any comments you may have.

 
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Old 07-27-2006, 12:46 PM   #2
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Re: sphincter of oddi? help please

Some of your problems sound like you lack magnesium in your diet. Lacking magnesium can result is cramping and all sorts of muscle spasms.

Read the thread at the top of this page-- "GERD Suffers-- I feel good let me tell you Why"-- Started by bluepumpkin

Diverticular problems are caused by constipation mostly. You can't cure them but take a water soluble fiber supplement will certainly help. I suggest psyllium at least twice daily. It bulks up your stool and makes you more regular.

A person needs 25 to 35 grams of fiber daily for normal BMs -- it needs to be a combination of both soluble and insoluble fiber--- Most people don't intake enough soluble fiber in their diet.

I wish you well~~~Harry

 
Old 07-27-2006, 01:02 PM   #3
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Re: sphincter of oddi? help please

thanks for your advice. i welcome everyones as i am getting sick of waiting for the pain to just go away. when doing blood tests i believe they looked at my magnesium which was ok. i was a little low on potassium but everything else was fine. i am willing to try anything though. i also had an endoscopy and colonoscopy right before gall bladder removal just for everyone's info. however it was done by my surgeon not specialist and he said that my hiatal hernia and diverticulosis were no big deal. thanks again!

 
Old 07-27-2006, 01:37 PM   #4
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Re: sphincter of oddi? help please

Hiatal hernias are never a problem to the doctors and only the patient when it goes into spasms and really causes pain.

Also, diverticular problems are not any big deal until they get infected, bleed, perforate and you have to have part of your colon surgically removed.

Blood test (serum) for magnesium does not tell what the level is at the cellular level.. EVERY CELL in your body contains magnesium-- no test for that.

A good thing to try is a Homeopathic remedy--- Magnesia Phos--6X --
It will relieve muscle spasms or cramping in 30 minutes or less. You can buy it at a health food store.

Bluepumpkin did not believe he lack magnesium either--- until he tried it. Had been treated for GERD many years.

Harry

Last edited by Harry; 07-27-2006 at 03:35 PM.

 
Old 07-27-2006, 02:15 PM   #5
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Re: sphincter of oddi? help please

thank you soooooo much! i will have to try it. perhaps my problem will be solved more easily than expected i'm just ready to be better...feeling very young for sooo many problem to occur but hopefully i will be feeling better soon! thanks again

 
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