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Gnawing pressure in middle of upper abdomen - Going on 12yrs

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I've started to try and find out once and for all what this constant gnawing pain/pressure is in the middle of my upper abdomen. My upper abdomen (just below rib cage) has a constant pressure/pain in it which I remember i've had since I was about 14 (i'm now 26). I thought I remembered at or around the time I had a very big night drinking alcohol and was very sick (serious hangover) for a few days after but was then fine. This feeling came on not long after this I think.

It's always there and has never been fully relieved even for a moment. From the start I changed the way I sleep as it's uncomfortable lying on my back (feels like there is a brick weight of pressure squashing my upper abdomen). Can't sleep on my stomach either as it applies pressure. I used to always have a 'tight, tensed' tummy but lately it only helps relieve the pain by trying to completely relax my tummy muscles which is very hard to do. If I breath in deep and stick my tummy out it seems to feel better but that's obviously a short term fix!

I'm very cautious of my tummy now in case anyone accidentally jabs it. Its not a burning pain, its just... an uncomfortable pressure that never goes away but seems to be (in the last two years) more sensitive. I notice eating a meal of potato or broccoli seems to help but not for long and eating too big a meal or any alcohol makes it worse.

I got diagnosed with Coeliac disease in November from an endoscopy and biopsy and have been entirely gluten free since January. I also at the same time was found to have Helicobacter Pylori (H.Pylori) virus which I've taken two doses of the triple medication packs (HP7?) which dont make me feel any better and if anything, makes the pain more of a burn. It's been 9 months of gluten free and its helped a lot of the bad indigestion I had, but i'm still constantly feeling bloated, sometimes nauseous, burping constantly (i crave softdrink as burping helps relieve the pressure a little but only for a couple of hours). I've also tried plenty of nexium and motillium but nothing helped this pain.

I do NOT have and haven't ever had - diarrhoea, any stress or anxiety, don't smoke, vomiting, anything funky in the toilet bowl, constipation, no pain anywhere else, no 'cramps' - jut a constant achey pain that no drug so far has even helped. I drink alcohol each week (maybe two Thursday night, and 2-3 each night over the weekend of rum or strongbows) and i know this makes it worse. Vinegar also one time seemed to make the pain a 'burn'.

For a long time it was there but other than changing sleep patterns it was ok. Now it is a lot more sensitive and i just want to feel 'good' again! I've learnt a lot from Coeliac disease about foods etc and have even gone the last week without lactose but no relief just yet. I was sure the endoscopy would find an ulcer of some sort but they apparently didn't. I had a CT scan last week which came back normal which is good (and bad because i'm still lots). I had an abdomen ultrasound as well to clear gallstones.

If anyone can give me some direction I would appreciate it. I've googled my fingertips off but I seem to have some bits and not other bits of many different issues (maybe dyspepsia, hernia, ulcer, still have H.Pylori, pancreatitis, IBS, chrohns etc - but my pain doesn't seem to fit in entirely to their symptoms - a lot have diarrhoea and i've never had any!). In the meantime i'm banning alcohol and eating rice and vegies only for a few months!!!

Please help Sad
Mandy
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replied December 14th, 2012
hey !

weirdly , i've been feeling the same uneasy tight feel in my upper abdomen .

for me , i believe , its due to anxitey and constant worrying . noticed how you dont feel that when you're extremely relax , lying on your back and happy ?

i also heard that it might be a symptom of acid reflux ..
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replied January 1st, 2013
Gnawing stomach
My symptoms are exactly the same as yours, had bloods done, h.pylori test and ultrasound scan which all came up normal - been on omprazole and lansoprazole for past 4 months which have eased the gnawing but it is still in the back ground along with a dull ache in the middle of my back directly behind my stomach. I have an appointment with a specialist on 9th January.

Any ideas?
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replied July 17th, 2013
My daughter's symptoms too. Started 3 days after receiving an HPV (gardasil) vaccine and it's been like that for 6 months. Doctor put her on small doses of erythromycin before meals which has helped but she still has pain when pressure is applied to the stomach. Also hurts to run with stomach bouncing.
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replied April 17th, 2013
Sore abdomen and shortness of breath
Have you also felt difficultly breathing? In general I feel as though my abdomen cannot fill with air or push up correctly. Once I felt as if there was a tight band around it for 3 days. And each morning I wake up with a sore abdomen which subsides after breathing normally after waking up. But in general, difficult to breathe. I can't stand my ribs having any pressure as it makes me feel like I really can't breathe.
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replied June 4th, 2013
Mandyweeds, have you ever figured out what's wrong? I'm having the EXACT same symptoms to a TEE!! I'd love if you'd give us an update!
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replied July 17th, 2013
My daughter's symptoms too. Started 3 days after receiving an HPV (gardasil) vaccine and it's been like that for 6 months. Doctor put her on small doses of erythromycin before meals which has helped but she still has pain when pressure is applied to the stomach. Also hurts to run with stomach bouncing.
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replied August 10th, 2013
Pancreatitis
all your symptoms are the same as mine and i have been diagnosed with pancreatitis/sphincter of oddi dysfunction. Like you mandy ive had pain like this since i was 12 use to think it was a tummy bug until 3 years ago i had an attack after a weekend of drinking with my friends, i was hospitalized with amylase levels over 1000, any red meats and anything fatty, spicy ect sets off an attack for me. google pancreatitis....there are several reasons for it though through research i have done myself ( and ive joined support groups) its not fully understood why some people have it , and im in that category. its a horrible condition to live with but next time you see your doc ask him to check your amylase and lipase levels in your blood. or when u have the pain ( which tends to feel as though you have been winded so severely in your upper abdomen just under your chest with an immense pressure feeling..thats what i would class as an attack...take yourself to a&e. if not treated you are at risk of a whole load of complications. they will check your bloods routinley there and at least then if those levels are raised and they suspect pancreatitis or a structural problem with a non pacreatic origin like sphincter of oddi dysfunction then they will strat to send you for diagnostic testing, the gold standard to diagnose this is an ERCP all other test may still show something up but only at later stages of the condition whereas ERCP gets right in there and looks at the function of every little duct.

Good luck

Donna
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replied January 6th, 2014
Yep. Last contribution sound just like me.. I've had my gallbladder out, a sphincterotomy for stone in the CBD & still constant daily pain & nausea. Going for another test MRI in a weeks time. When will this end??
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replied January 9th, 2014
How frustrating! I hope you have found an answer by now. But if not I had a similar experience where my pain was undiagnosed and consistent for 4 years. I finally went to a cardiologist who diagnosed me with POTS syndrome. I am so thankful to finally have a diagnosis and to be working on recovery.
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replied January 22nd, 2014
so I've dealt with this for 2 years now. sometimes its so debilitating I cant do anything. it makes me depressed an I cant work or do anything really. I've recently tied it to a bacteria called MAP its basically a form of tuberculosis in cows. they get it while young an dont show symptoms of it till their older. by Thelma they are mulled. (killed) so it is passed from cow milk to us even tho its pasteurized most are not at a high enough temp or long enough ro kill the bacteria. I am pretty sure I got it after a battle with tooth infection. I had several courses of antibiotics an as anyone who really knows about health. they are extremely bad for your intestines. as they kill good bacteria that your colon keeps to destroy yeast an other bacteria. I was craving sweets because im sure of a yeast overgrowth. and drinking milk with my cookies. is where it all started. it developed into pains and even heart palpatations. there is no cure for it.

i have looked at clinical tests in labs about the bacteria itself. an I urge you to drink daily cabbage juice. as it r epopulates the colon an fights off parasites an bacteria. also. stop drinking alcohol and sugar and wheat. most all carbohydrates will be turned into sugar in the body. and in turn feed it. your cravings for sweets is because it knows when it is dying and sends signals to the brain to make u crave sweets that is its food. no sugar no bacteria. it is possible that some of u have candida. a yeast overgrowth which is exactly the same problem. I believe with proper diet an exercise you can get it under control. stay away from unsolvable fiber such as beans an nuts. although its good dor you. it tends ro cause pain.

lastly use garlic, oregano oil, and cinnamon oil supplements as they are the only things noted to kill the bacteria in the tests. the tests were government medical controlled mind you. but it is not being talked about at the moment to let people know its in our beef and milk. why that is idk. all this info was from two years and thousands of dollars of medical bills. in research. notably I had gallbladder scans but have to this point not gotten a colonoscopy. x rays and ct scans an such turn up nothing. th o remind all of you every dose of radiation from a x rays or ct is increasing your risk of cancer from them b careful.

if anyone is interested in hearing more extensive info on this you can contact me or just look it up yourselves. im currently hoping an praying for recovery.
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