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Question: Pressure upper abdomen, reflux, chest

 bluestreak - Thu May 25, 2006 3:02 pm


My appt with my GI DR is week away, so am hoping to get some insight to what's possibly going on in the mean time.

I am a 34 old female, 110 lbs. I've never smoked & don't drink very often. I had gallbladder surgery a year ago, due to inflammation & cholesterol polyps. I felt great after the surgery, till this past fall when I started having pain under both rib cages & in my back. My family Dr put me on Prilosec otc, which did the trick, but about a month ago I started having chest pains. My Dr's had my heart checked out. Echo test, holter, ekg's & blood tests, all came back good. However the day or two before my chest pain started I did notice I had a feeling of spasms in the center of my chest, felt like a wave rolling up toward my throat & off the the left side under my rib (which I have the spasm underneath my left rib on an almost daily basis). The day after the spams I refluxed into my mouth when I bent over. This has happened a couple times since. After a few weeks of chest pain & having my heart ruled out...I started to have a feeling of immense pressure in my upper abdomen & colic like pain under the concerns of my ribs. It felt like a swallowed a football, no bloating, just the feeling. I belch a ton as well now & again...& hear violent bowel sounds. Nothing I did relieved the pressure, Prilosec, maloxx etc. I eventually did an enema & this did provided temporary relive, but came back the next morning, to be again relived temporarily with a bowel movement. Then for the next few days no relief I went to my family Dr, he prescribed an antispasmodic & sent me home with a diagnosis of IBS & told me to see my GI Dr. My family Dr noted I had very loud violent bowel sounds. The antispasmodics helped the feeling of pressure, after the first two. I have only had to take 3 of the antispasmodic, Dr told me to take on a as needed basis. Once the feeling of pressure were under control I started feeling more upper abdominal pain that comes & goes, some sharp, some dull...& some slight feelings of pressure after I eat meals & occasional burning over the upper abdomen. I am also noticing more reflux or wet burbs when I'm laying down trying to fall asleep, & on again off again pains/discomfort in my back & chest behind my breast bone that comes on at any time. Also knot feeling a few times a week in my throat & not so much a burning in my upper chest/throat, but a cold feeling.

Thanks again for your time & any help in advance.

 Theresa Jones, RN - Wed Jun 21, 2006 8:08 am

User avatar Hi bluestreak,
Symptoms associated with GERD may include regurgitation, heartburn, chest pain, abdominal discomfort, asthma like symptoms, sore throat, hoarseness, etc. etc. I hope you had your follow up appointment with your GI specialist.
Theresa Jones, RN

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