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    Old 10-06-2011, 04:31 PM   #1
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    stomach symptoms worrisome

    I am 46 years old and I have been having stomach/abdominal issues for the past two months now that show no signs of clearing up. It started with nausea that persisted with a bloated gassy feeling that never went away. After a week I went to an urgent care site where they did blood tests for H. pori (sp?) and cbc and liver and kidney function and all were negative, an xray showed constipation and they sent me away with mira lax. Two weeks later went to my GP redid my blood work including pancreas function and had me do a CT scan with contrast, everything was normal but indicated constipation. The constipation cleared up 3 weeks ago but symptoms persisted and last week which was 2 months after the initial onset of symptoms I had a colonoscopy that was all normal. The continuous bloating feeling and the constant need to belch have me concerned it could be stomach cancer, and my back has started to get achy I cannot have the endoscopy for another two weeks, anyone have any idea how nervous I should be?

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    Old 11-23-2011, 04:51 PM   #2
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    Get an upper GI test done immediately. My little sister was diagnosed in June with stage 4 stomach cancer and we lost her on August 12. She had just turned 33. Her symptoms were simply 1. a nagging, persistent backache and 2. horrible indigestion. In April, she had her gall bladder removed. From that day forward, she felt worse than ever, started vomiting and had to be placed on oxygen 24/7. She was in and out of the hospital, having every imaginable test and scan done and nothing showed up until she had an upper GI. That's when we found out that she had a large tumor in her stomach, and subsequently, spread to her lymphatic system. She suffered the most unimaginable pain and agony, finally losing her cognitive skills, and completely unable to even lift a cup to her lips to drink. It was a fast and furious disease once diagnosed and she never even had a chance to fight. So, I URGE you to insist on an upper GI to look for any abnormalities. What stands out in your post is you saying you have back pain, and that was my sisters most prominent complaint. She suffered with the backaches for about a year before she went in for medical care, and it was another couple months before the doctors did the GI scan, so precious time was wasted as they explored other reasons. If, and I ask God to make this so, nothing is found in the GI test, have your gall bladder examined. I have been suffering for over 8 months with chronic nausea and vomiting and have had ultrasound, GI scans and numerous other tests done, and nothing has shown to be the cause of my stomach problems. Finally, last week I had an HIDA Scan done @ the hospital and it showed that the main bile duct is completely obstructed, so I will be having surgery to remove the blockage and another surgery to remove my gall bladder. I'm fortunate to have good health insurance, something my baby sister didn't have, and that is a huge contributing factor in her paying with her life. She waited too long to have her symptoms looked at. It's believed that stomach cancer is a slow progressing cancer, so if caught early, it is possible to beat it. PLEASE, get your doctor to refer you to a GI specialist and have this done IMMEDIATELY. If you do have a tumor, the sooner it is found, the better your odds will be. God Bless you, and please try not to stress yourself out with worry.

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