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Forum Name: Gastroenterology Topics

Question: gastro or what?

 mackie - Wed Nov 16, 2005 9:20 pm

I was diagnosed with stomach ulcers in 8/05 by upper endoscopy, due to (likely) NSAID's usage for my osteoarthritis. I responded quite well to Nexium, however, about 7 weeks later experienced severe pain after eating, shortness of breath, chest tightness, belching. 2nd endoscopy revealed ulcers were healed. Had numerous additional tests (colonoscopy-found bright blood in right colon, no source for bleeding). Capsule endoscopy performed as small bowel was suspected. Gallbladder, small bowel, pancreas, abdominal CT, normal. Nexium increased, no improvement. Any food disruptive. Am 53 year old female, ideal body wt., low cholesterol, fit. 1 year ago had stress cardiogram, normal. My quality of life drastically reduced since 08/05. Am weary of the pain, losing faith in the correct diagnosis and tx. Currently on prednisone for 2 weeks, ( gastro suspected maybe costochondritis) no improvement. Pain will not relent, except upon first waking, with empty stomach. Gnawing, pressure, accelerated heart beat, central quadrant, above naval, below breastbone. Please advise.
 themanj - Tue Nov 22, 2005 11:08 pm

i have pain in the upper left stomach. it's not real severe and comes and goes .its been like that for a couple of hours. i have gas, burping and feels like a pulled muscle or something and i was wondering if it could be a strained muscle or gas. i lift heavy objects at work.the pain is right below my ribs under the left breast about where my ribs start. could you help me?
 mackie - Sun Nov 27, 2005 2:32 pm

My only recommendation would be to see your doctor, if no improvement has been noticed. It sounds like a pulled muscle is possible, given your line of work, however, only a guess.

Good luck.

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