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Old 11-11-2003, 08:46 PM   #1
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Gnawing pain on both sides of upper stomach?

Has anyone ever had a gnawing pain just below both ribs on both sides of the upper stomach.It's like if you clench your fist and you can feel it swell?For me it goes away within a couple minutes,but it stops me from what I'm doing.It's not a burning feeling,rather a gnawing.??Understand what I mean?It's sharp feeling.My back doesn't hurt.Anyone had this before on both sides?

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Old 11-15-2003, 02:29 PM   #2
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I have had that exact symptom for a couple of years now. I had two upper GI barium swallow tests. The first time, they found a small hiatal hernia. The 2nd test found nothing. Maybe the hiatal hernia is the sliding type. Can a hiatal hernia cause pain like that?? I am at a lost. The pain is always there, sometimes worst than other times. It feels like a gnawing discomfort and it's on both sides. Sometimes it feels like it's straight across the top of my stomach, directly under my ribs. Sometimes it feels like a gnawing hungrey pain, but there were no ulcers found on my tests. It is very annoying, and I'm not sure which route to go. It doesn't match gallbladder disease. I also had the GB ultrasound but found nothing.

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Old 11-15-2003, 03:38 PM   #3
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I have that kind of pain too. I had an endoscopy in September that revealed gastritis, polyps and a small hernia.
The biopsies showed H Pylori and ulcer cells.

Old 11-15-2003, 07:33 PM   #4
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I've had a few of those sort of incidences and I assumed that is was a spasm or 'charlie horse' like cramp. It usually passes quickly. I have also been suffering from abdominal pains, nausea and URQ discomfort for months now. I have been given the IBS diagnosis but I am having a hard time accepting it. I have had all the tests and now I am waiting for a second opinion. Good luck!

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