Re: Abdominal Pain That Goes Away When Lying Down UPDATE
Thank you for posting again!
Anyway, my update. My condition hasn't really changed, but I now know a little more about it. I mentioned that I had another Barium swallow. Nothing out of the ordinary was revealed (no surprise!). I had some red flags on my urea levels and something else. It turns out, though, that these levels are frequently found in athletes. I was training quite hard and this is likely why I got these results. So nothing to worry about? However, the pain in my guts continued so I went back to the specialist. I tried Nexium again and it didn't help at all. So I went in for an MRI(or CT?) of my guts. This was expensive and the doc found nothing abnormal save for a slightly enlarged bladder...? Probably not related, apparently. Just another problem to worry about! Anyway, I was explaining to the doctor how my pain really felt like something was 'stuck' at the bottom of my throat and the sphincter muscles were 'wringing' it or something like that. This is how I imagine the gnawing sensation I usually feel. From the very beginning I suspected that I had a hiatal hernia. I didn't even know that such a thing existed, but I could picture the stomach being 'wrung' by the muscles in that area and could picture the rawness that would result.
Now the doctor has repeatedly told me that I didn't have a hiatal hernia (or that they couldn't detect one or something like that...) So imagine my total surprise when he casually says, "Oh, well you know that you have a mild hernia, right?" I was part-way through my next sentence when I realized what he had said. I think my jaw dropped open. I asked him to clarify and he pulled up the pictures from my endoscopy. Sure enough, there it was! He's all casual and says, yep, that's it. Very mild, mind you, but you can see the ring where the stomach joins to the esophagus - which you shouldn't be able to see from within the esophagus. I was floored! All these tests and hospitalization to find out the problem and it turns out they had the answer all along!? I was like, well how do I fix it? Well, he tells me there's not much he can do. He said it wasn't serious enough to explain the pain I was in and therefore surgery wasn't a recommended option. Well, I say, what else could it be?! Again, he suggests that it might be psychological. Huh?! I can see the picture with my own eyes and it is exactly what I had imagined in my mind. It's not red and raw, mind you, but what I feel matches the evidence pretty well. He recommends that we just wait and see. Well, that's no good at all as I've been waiting and seeing for nearly two years and pretty much want to rip my guts out.
So that's it. I have a mild hiatal hernia that apparently shouldn't be causing me any troubles but IS!!!!!! Meds don't help. I'm trying some massage techniques as well as some posture and breathing exercises. So far it doesn't seem to have made a difference, but I am still hopeful. If not, I guess I will have to convince some doctor that I actually need surgery. I'm not totally sure this is the total diagnosis (or why laying down helps), but it seems the most probable.
I was tested for Celiac's disease and was found not to be afflicted with that. My aunt has it, though, so I may try a gluten-free diet for a while to be sure. Can't hurt, right?!
Hope this helps. Hope even more that someone has more info that might help.
Last edited by Administrator; 03-02-2013 at 12:09 AM.