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Another Problem! (stomach/pins and needles)advice needed
« on: August 22, 2006, 11:04:12 PM »
Hello, I should state in the past from age 14-18 (20 now) have had an endoscope , 3 ultrasounds and 3 Gastric emptying (and 3 upper GI tests) and of course blood work .. all showed up with nothing except minor slow stomach emptying which I was put on reglan for 3 weeks with my Gastroentrologist telling me he thought my anxiety was playing a role in my stomach.but since that point no more real problems... but..

Since exactly 1 week ago my parents came home from there 25 day vacation in Alaska.. and 2 hours later I have heart burn.. Gas ... Nausea .. the works .. though I have been eating decently despite it (and my fear of vomiting) fast forward to today .. I still have pains in my stomach sort of crampy / bloating (due to the gas I constantly feel in what I believe is my intestines since I push on my stomach and I feel air move ) .. and I am burping alot and i have pain on the left side and then it will be right side etc.. ( my parents and I have a very stressful relationship also ) So any advice would be greatly appreciated .. (also while my parents were gone I apparently lost 10-15 lbs im not sure of actual weight before but I dident notice it till i checked the scale..)

Also since Early june late May I have been experienceing tingling and numbnesrs on my face arms and hands .. I will be the first to admit I have horrible posture and I Slouch alot when I sit ( and it seemingly only happens when im sitting) but being as bad of a hypocondriac I am now thinking I have MS.

Thanks for reading my ramble :P and any advice would be welcomed
-Wence
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Re: Another Problem! (stomach/pins and needles)advice needed
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2006, 06:41:04 PM »
Hi Wence
Well welcome to my world  :(  I've had all the tests too and have been diagnosed with IBS, GERD, Acid reflux disorder and slow motility.  I have worked out that stress plays a really big part in it all for me and I am now on 25mg of Amitriptylin daily which kinds of helps ( bit doesn't get rid of) the stomach issues. I am also on Motilium for the slow emptying (motility) issues.  If you are in the UK, you can buy them at the chemist, but it's cheaper to get them prescribed.  They speed the rate at which food leaves the stomach.  If you're in the USA, you will have trouble getting them, as they are controlled.
Eating properly is a real 'must' with all this crappy stuff going on.  If I miss a meal - I suffer.  If I eat too much - I suffer.  I try to 'graze' throughout the day:  A banana, a probiotic yougurt, some ceral, a small evening meal - I find it helps to keep the stomach working but not to give it too much to work on.
I reckon when your parents were away, you  haven't been eating your 'usual' diet - or rather, what your digestion is used to and the stress of your parents coming back when you were so chilled out when they were away has just compounded it and your mind has gone to your weak point - your digestion and all hell is breaking out there because of it.
My advice, for what it's worth is to go see your doctor and get some Motilium, if you can and also go to a health food shop and buy some Aloe vera juice and some hig strength Acidophilus capsules and start on those.  They really do help with the pains, bloating and gas.
Hope you feel better soon
Bronte x
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Re: Another Problem! (stomach/pins and needles)advice needed
« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2006, 02:57:03 PM »
Well I have been feeling worse since saturday .. a bit better but not much actually. I have lost over 20 lbs in 45 + days so im terrified :( and I get anxious before I eat so I assume I must be eating less though atleast I am eating a salad a day now .. I dont really know what to do and I have seen my dr and that was of no help.
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Re: Another Problem! (stomach/pins and needles)advice needed
« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2006, 03:05:00 PM »
Your doc didnt help you? :angryfire:  Why?  Go see a different doctor and tell him everything!

Follow Bronte here, onto something for sure.  Activia yogurt helps aid digestive problem.
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Re: Another Problem! (stomach/pins and needles)advice needed
« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2006, 03:18:51 PM »
she just made an assumption of Gastritis and sent me on my way .. what does this sound like to you heh..
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Re: Another Problem! (stomach/pins and needles)advice needed
« Reply #5 on: September 11, 2006, 11:20:51 PM »
The stomach pain and the gas you're experiencing make me think that maybe you have a hiatal hernia, but DON'T WORRY - a hiatal hernia is not a big deal and it is a very common medical condition. The reason I'm telling you about this is because I know firsthand how uncomfortable stomach problems can be, and if you do in fact have a hernia, you should know about it so that you fix the problem. Maybe you already know this, but a hiatal hernia is when part of the stomach is pushed upwards through the diaphragm into the chest cavity (sounds worse than it is). Heavy straining, weight lifting, and being overweight can contribute to the development of a hiatal hernia. I would suggest that you arrange for an upper GI series (x-rays of the stomach and surrounding area), this is the only way that I know of to diagnose a hiatal hernia. And if they run an upper GI series and find nothing, that means that you definitely do not have a hiatal hernia - in other words, the test is conclusive.

Because this is a health anxiety forum, I would never tell anybody that I thought they might have a serious health condition. The reason I'm telling you about the hiatal hernia is because it is NOT a serious problem and should not cause any panic whatsoever. However, if you do have a hernia, it's something you should know about because there are many things you can do that will help to reduce the symptoms.

BTW, I have a hiatal hernia myself and so does my father. By taking Pariet every day and losing weight, I've managed to reduce the symptoms by 95% and feel much much better. Upper GI series have confirmed that the hernia is getting smaller and smaller and, over time, it will probably go away completely. Like I said before, it is not a serious condition and is definitely not life-threatening.
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Re: Another Problem! (stomach/pins and needles)advice needed
« Reply #6 on: September 13, 2006, 11:22:21 AM »
Ah I see.. Well could you tell me if this sounds like the gas you had.. when you bring up a burp it sounds .. odd sometimes garbled or like just plain strange .. and you dont get much if any real relief. with some burning feelings or any weight loss caused by it ? Ive herd this also sounds like Gastroparesis ..when I Was a bit younger I was told I had some slow motility issues and was put on reglan it seemed to resolve.. but the thing about the Gastroparesis is the person stated they were on feeding tubes now so im scared to death (constant worrying on this causeing more and more anxiety).. my mind is raceing like crazy ( what if i have to have tubes what if this what if that ).. sigh Sad

ps whenever I breathe in I have a funny cold feeling on the back of my throat ... any idea? ive also felt some spasams in my stomach right and left side .. and a cough in my upper chest

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update - I saw my dr again today and she noticed from my blood pessure and body language that I was infact very anxious. She asked about my meds etc , she wants to talk to my shrink about increaseing my xanax so I can cope better.   She gave me blood work to have done , and also scheduled an ultrasound ..  thats really all I could get her to do since she now is stateing at this point she believe this to be IBS (and no longer believe it is gastritis...)which is being made worse by anxiety... Should I seek a second opinion (worried still )  She said the burning and gnawing feelings I had were "Classic of IBS" .. sigh what do you guys think?
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Re: Another Problem! (stomach/pins and needles)advice needed
« Reply #7 on: September 13, 2006, 01:23:58 PM »
Is the doctor you're seeing a GP or a gastroenterologist?
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Re: Another Problem! (stomach/pins and needles)advice needed
« Reply #8 on: September 13, 2006, 03:47:23 PM »
the one im seeing at this moment is a GP , i would like to switch to a Gastroenter.
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Re: Another Problem! (stomach/pins and needles)advice needed
« Reply #9 on: September 13, 2006, 03:58:34 PM »
Ok, that would explain why you don't have any solid answers. I would seriously consider seeing a gastroenterologist. I know it's expensive and it's a pain to see yet another doctor, but at least you'll soon have the answers you're looking for. I'm not a big fan of GPs, in my opinion the vast majority of them are next to useless. Sounds harsh? Maybe, but I've seen too many GPs who really don't know their stuff to have a high opinion of them. For the most part, GPs are glorified pill dispensers with very limited knowledge.
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Re: Another Problem! (stomach/pins and needles)advice needed
« Reply #10 on: September 19, 2006, 02:32:19 PM »
Havent herd back from my GI specialist yet.. and I have feelings in the sides of my ab. like pressure or bloating or something when I move its a bit uncomfortable... chronic gas? ----- The latest thing going on is this,I feel sort of like I cant eat? I cant really describe it.... my entire stomach area just feels sort of full or something cant figure out if im hungry or not..and I have a slight pain a bit below that flap thingy (in the middle of your chest over the espohgaus) I have some pain righgt there..  .. so im basiclly having panic attacks over this .. (I cant eat... my stomach isnt emptying ... im going to throw up .'thats my though process and its scareing the hell out of me..though) any words of advice..

Edit: I have also had some minor stomach spasams (not sure if its actually my stomach doing it .. sometimes is off the the right sometimes is closer if not in the stomach area)      Does this seem liike maybe slow motility?

update - gastroenterologist appt. November 7.

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Re: Another Problem! (stomach/pins and needles)advice needed
« Reply #11 on: September 21, 2006, 08:57:40 PM »
That's great that you have an appointment with a gastroenterologist. A description of your  symptoms can only go so far in helping doctors arrive at a diagnosis. What you really need at this point are tests/exams. Barium X rays, ultrasound, etc will help to answer many of your questions and will automatically rule out many conditions. Good luck.
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Re: Another Problem! (stomach/pins and needles)advice needed
« Reply #12 on: September 23, 2006, 06:59:06 AM »
I had a question about H- Hernia.. Im feeling right below that flap (yes im very scientific :P) in the middle of your chest and its like.. soreish I mean its not great pain just slight pain/sore does that ring any bells?
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Re: Another Problem! (stomach/pins and needles)advice needed
« Reply #13 on: September 23, 2006, 10:43:36 AM »
Are you feeling the area below your breastbone? That area is always pretty sensitive and the more you press into it, the worse it's going to feel.
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