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hi - taking a chance writing here - have ahad occassional "attacks" where I feel the pain coming on and within moments I am in full-fledged agony - what feels like a sever pain under my chest - above my stomach - radiating through to my back - practically makes me feel I can't breathe! On two occasions I threw up. When i've haad this, i've begun to take charcoal pills, thinking it's gas and this will help absorb the gas. Sometimes this has heped. Twice an ambulance has been called for me as the pain is agonizing. The first time I had this - about a year ago - I thought it was a heart attack - (it wasn't...). Then it went away for a while, and now, the past three - 4 weeks, i've had about 5 "attacks" - some milder - they are agonizing, but only last 15 minutes - last night was the worst - lasted more than an hour, and I had no appetite and was exhausted afterwards. It isn't only after i've eaten, and my diet is pretty good and health - i'm following weight watchers, and tend to eat non-greasy things. I had a decaf with skim milk about an hour before yesterday's pain, but hadn't eaten in 3.5 hours beforehand.

Any thoughts? If it's gas - as it seems to be? How come there? What's causing this? I will call doctor this week, but thought others might have had experience.

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replied January 28th, 2005
Re Attacks
Gallbladder disease or stones ,maybe. I feel your pain, the symptoms are horrible.
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replied September 12th, 2012
Upper Stomache Pain-Regarding CityRachel Delimma
Well All, I had the same Attacks as CityRachel and I could not believe what I was ready, she hit the symptoms right on Target. Well they did a ultrasound and said my Bile Duct was Dialated and they Asmitted me and said the night of Admittance that I would be going to Surgery the Next Morning. The next MNorning they came in and said that they wanted to do a Hydascan so they would have no Surprises when they went in. I suppose they wanted to see if there was a Possible Tumor or Growth and it was not Cancerous. Anyhow right after they got done they said they w3ere taking me to the OR right away. Anyhow, My Gall Bladder is out and I figured ok now I will not have the Pain anymore and My Stomache will stop hurting and I will feel 100% Better. My Surgery was on Aug,30,12 and on Sept,5,12 the too Familiar pain came back but was not as strong but it was backand I feel like iam back at square 1. I had to make another trip to the ER, this time instead of an Ultrasound they did s cat-scan and by the way when u go to the Er request Ultrasound it seems to see more and they are more Advanced. The cat-scan I had gotten done the First time I went to the Er showed nothing wrong but the Next day I we3nt to another Hospital they did a Ultrasound and they found something so it does depend on what type a test they do. Today the Date is Sept,12,12 and last night on Sept,11,12 about 10pm at night I started having that awful Knaeing pain in dead center Betwen the Bottom of my Breast Bone and radiated on the right and through my Back. I was going to wake my Husband to take me back to the Er but this time I rode it out to see if it got worse and I figured it will not last long maybe about 20mi9n and then will all of a sudden just stop and fast as it began and that is exactley what Happened. The way Iam describing this pain is this the Problem u all r having. The date is Sept,12,12 and I have not slet much and the pain has been starting and stoppingand it haws done this at least 4 time since last night.Well I see my Surgeon who took my GallBladder out and I will explain everything that I told u and see what he says. When I find out what he thinks I will post again maybe just maybe I will have some kind of answer for ya, I will post another post soon. Annette
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replied January 29th, 2005
Same Issues
I also suffer from the same kind of attacks. They are so painful that they are completely debilitating. My doctors have ruled out kidney stones and gall bladder issues and now want to run a mydrid of tests. Does any one have any experience with this? Or know of someone who did and can help point rachaelcity and I in the right direction? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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replied March 26th, 2013
have u had a blood test for hyplori it is a bacteria that causes alot of pain. I have the same issues have had my gullbladder out for well over a year now and have attacks and now rib pain. Just went to doctor to see what was going on and they tell me that i have infection either/or all, in throat, stomach and/or small intestin.
This bacteria can eat the lining of ur stomach, cause major ulcers and just reak havic on ur stomach.
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replied January 29th, 2005
Extremely eHealthy
You should go see a internist and let him know all of the symptoms you are having. A Dr. Cannot treat you unless he knows everything. If that Dr. Does not seem to be helping you then go to the next Dr. And keep on doing this until you find the answers that you want or need.
Are you an anxious person. Do you deal with a lot of stress in your life. What about your diet, is this good for you.
Sincerely,
sandy
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replied August 5th, 2012
you capitalize every word following 'Dr.' so i thought you said Dr. Cannot and was like "is he referring us to a doctor?"
OMG I am crazy
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replied January 29th, 2005
Hydascan
That test will rule out gallbladder disease or stones. Sometimes the stones are too small to be seen by cscan or xray. The hydascan makes the gallblader contract at the end of the test and they will be able to see most of the problems. It will only hurt if you have stones so be prepared for the pain.
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replied January 31st, 2005
Stomach Pains
Been having the same problems the last few weeks. Every morining I wake up with these treble pains in around my ribs and back, I have normally lots of lower back pain when I first wake up. Been off work for last 9 weeks with my back & leg problems now this!! It's seems like i've got lots of gas but can't seem to go, feels like I want to vomit. I rules out heart burn all thats stuff I had a xray done on my stomach 2 months ago which came out good. So I guess i'm stuck going back to see the dr again and again seems to give me the run around. If anyone finds out there answer to there symptoms please post !!! It might point me in the right direction

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replied January 31st, 2005
Pain After Eating, Soreness, Etc.
I had your exact symptoms as well and was recently hospitalized for it for 8 days. I have chronic pancreatitus. The pain started under my breastbone and traveled to the center of my back between my shoulder blades. There are several ways to find out if this is the problem. Lipase test thru bloodwork. Also x-ray and/or sonogram of the pancreas and gallbladder. If you have gallstones that is one of the leading causes of pancreatitus. This is a serious disease and causes irreversible damage in some cases. I would call your doctor today!! Hope you get to feeling better, I know your pain and I now have to live with it.
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replied April 16th, 2005
Still Batteling the Beast
I have been having severe attacks since december, day after christmas I had my gall bladder out, many many stones. January of 2004 I had gastric bypass surgery, december 2004 had my gall bladder removed. I have been having severe severe pains, that start in my lower section on the right side of my back and radiate to the abdomin. It is horriable. I have been taken by ambulance from work to the er many times, I was been admitted into the hospital many times. I just got out yesterday since last sunday. They did a colonoscopy and upper gi, found I have a lazy bowel and ulcer on my staple line on my stomach, to treat the ulcer they told me to take antacid which please note I have been taking since my bypass surgery in january 04, and they gave me a prescription for ibs. I had to call my dr today because the pain is bad I am ready to go back to the er again. It is not my overies or scar tissue this has already been ruled out. It is a mystery and no one knows what is wrong with me, I am worried about losing my job, because since january of 04, I have not been able to work a full week. :(
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replied April 23rd, 2005
If you want to know if it is due to the gallbladder without expensive hospital testing, a doctor I work with has a simple test you can do at home. Eat a tablespoon of crisco. If you have an attack or become violently ill, it is indeed your gallbladder.
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replied June 10th, 2011
rib cage pain with stomach pain
LOL Are you for real? Who would want to risk getting violently ill??
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replied September 16th, 2011
Pain not from gall bladder?
I'm getting violently ill, just thinking about eating a tablespoon of Crisco. I have had my gallbladder out years ago, but I also tend to get painful gas in the rib cage area. I actually force myself to burp. (I do this into a pillow to spare embarassment). Gross, but it actually helps take the pain level down, and the more I burp, the better it gets. Go figure. I have taken Zantac and the generic, and I'm not sure if it helps.
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replied May 31st, 2005
Rib Cage Pain
Hi, I have been reading about rib cage pain on your site. I have had the type of rib pain described by several of your members. The pain was severe and would start in the pit of my stomach, radiate up and to the right side of my chest and into my right shoulder and back, and under the shoulder blade. It was terrible. I was finally diagnosed as having a hiatal hernia and was having an attack, caused by eating or drinking a sweet sour combination. I stopped eating or drinking those combinations, and the pain did go away. I really thought I was having heart attacks. One of the last attacks I had lasted about 3 hours, and almost unbearable.

Now, I am having another kind of rib cage pain. Both sides of my ribs, and they start at the bottom of my rib cage and radiate up and around to my back. Sometimes it lasts a few hours and sometimes less. I have never had it last for an entire day. It is quite uncomfortable.. Does anyone else have this problem? Thanks, ernestine
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replied December 7th, 2012
Hiatal Hernia
Hi, I had my gallbladder out in 2005, in 2007 I was diagnosed with a hiatal hernia, I was not able to keep food down, but it finally went away, last year I suffered for 2 months they did an endoscopy, colonoscopy, the pill with the camera you swallow they found nothing but said my blood work came back with numbers very high and something was cooking. well now for 2 weeks I have had this pain in the sternum it goes around the right side to my back, I cant keep food down for 4 days now, the acidity coming up is burning my throat and its mostly constant pain was wondering if it could be a strangulated hernia but I really dont want to go to the hospital, any suggestions
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replied June 3rd, 2005
Sounds like gallbladder!
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replied June 4th, 2005
Rib Cage Pain
Nope, I had my gall bladder out about 10 years ago. This pain has just started within the last few months.

Thanks for the reply.
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replied February 16th, 2012
have u asked about belch button or pressure points?
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replied October 27th, 2013
Shortly after I had my gallbladder out, I developed heartburn that woke me up at night. I tried Tums, & several types of otc daily meds (Pepcid, Tagamet, Zantac, Nexium, Prevacid, Prilosec, Protonix & Rxs). They helped and eventually I was able to stop taking them. Now, years later, my severe heartburn was back. Again I tried the meds, but now they all make my heartburn worse than I'd ever had.
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replied June 11th, 2005
Hi there city rachel, I noticed your post, and i've never been here before, but couldn't help but notice the similarities in my own situation. Six years ago I had an onset of unbearable pain, I even induced vomiting in a parking lot during a walk with a friend, because I felt like I would die from the pressure behine my ribs. I couldn't ven stand up right. Too make a long story, at least a little shorter, I spent 6 night running back and forth to the er, they finally discovered pancreatitus thru blood work and I was hospitalized for almost a month. If you haven't had them check your amalyse and lypase thru bloodwork you really should, at the time they couldn't explain why I had it, but eventually they found stones in the duct and the gb had to come out. I still have terrible pain at times. I have finally made an appointment with th layhe clinic in mass, hoping to get this strightened out finally. Good luck to you, and don't be afraid to tell your doctors what you want them to check for, in this day and age, you have to be a little aggressive to get things done . Good luck and don't let your self suffer too long. God bless lucy :)
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replied June 12th, 2005
Pains
This is my first time using this site. I was hoping someone could help so that I don't have to go to a doctor. (poor college student). I have been having some stomach problems. The problems started a week ago on june 4th, 2005. It started out while I was at work. I felt like I was really full all of the sudden, but I had only eaten 2 bowls of cereal that day. The pain wasn't a normal stomach ache....Instead it was more of a "knot" in my upper stomach. The pain comes and goes. It seems to be more intense when I am standing, apposed to sitting for an hour. I do not really have an appetite, but seem to eat just to see if it will help the pain. Sometimes I wake up with the pain, sometimes not. I have the discomfort throughout the day. It varies in severity. The pain has not been soo bad that I have missed any work, but would much rather be at home. I feel like I need to burp all of the time, or have a bowel movement, but find it difficult to do either.
I am a smoker and am affraid this is just adding to the pain.....I know...Just quit smoking!
Please help with any suggestions!!!
Much appreciated
william
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replied April 13th, 2011
i am going down this list and the same problems i do think it is to do with trapped wind and i have been hospital twice with the pain so savere and i have it today have a hot water bottle on back and resting but if i think this pain is very common with bypass people worst luck and its not nice atol some times pain is very savere but i do think its somthing to do with trapped wind or hard to digest food if anyone finds out anything diffrent please let me no
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replied June 25th, 2005
Stones
You mention 'severe severe pains, that start in lower section on the right side of my back and radiate to the abdomin.'

have you had an ultrasound of the kidneys to rule out stones? Or an ivp to rule out stone(s) dislodged somewhere down the renal passage (e.G. Dislodged in the ureter(s)?
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replied May 22nd, 2007
Rib Cage Discomfort
Have you tried chiropractic? Your ribs can be out of place or rotated and cause much discomfort. I just had that happen. Getting an adjustment made a huge difference.
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replied November 26th, 2007
Rib & Back Pain
3 days ago (the day after Thanksgiving) I ate a bit of homemade noodles & felt extremely full. Just figuring that I ate too many of them (not realizing that I really didn't eat that many) I went to lay down. The longer I laid there, the worse I felt. Finally I fell asleep. About every 5-10 min I would wake up with severe pains centered below my rib cage, & then they would spider web through my back & into my shoulder blades. Then the nauesa set in. I started vomiting a yellow substance with phlem that really burned while coming up. This went on for 5-6 hours. Along with hot & cold flashes. Finally everything subsided enough for me to be able to sleep. when I woke up I felt like I had the flu. But throughout the day I would get severe waves of this pain. This has been going on for 3 days now. Now when I get the waves of pain they are so bad that it almost takes my breath away, & has actually dropped me to my knees. I have never experienced anything like this before, & not curently having insurance, I am hesitant to go to the doctor.
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replied March 24th, 2012
Seeking truth in my Health
I am also having the same symptoms as you listed, this has gone on for three days now. Prior to this I was getting so weak and tired and having severe circulation problems. The Dr. diagnosed me with Raynauds disorder(a circulation disease) told me I was Diabetic type 2 and put a heart monitor on me for two days and sent me to a heart specialist that will be running several more tests on me for my high blood pressure. I felt like they threw so many diagnosis at me that it was overwhelming not to mention confusing. I had Gastric Bypass Surgery in 2009 and lost all the weight they wanted me to so I'm pretty shocked at 160lbs to be this sick. Now the last three days I've had these debilitating attacks that are quit scary while I'm on vacation from home. I'm so thankful to have stumbled onto this site and read all your post's because I will return home next week & insist on being tested for Pancreatitis along with the further tests with my heart specialist. I also have an appointment to see a New Family Dr since the one that diagnosed me with all these problems never offered any treatment for them or spoke to me again eventhough he wanted to hospitalize me? Odd and unexceptionable on many levels I believe!
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replied February 11th, 2008
pain under ribs
I was out with my mum last week when I started getting pain under my ribs, which got worse as time went on. After about three or four hours I went to the Hospital casualty because I was scared I was having a heart attack or something(I'm 46 ). Anyway, after an ECG,x-ray aand blood tests, the doctor said it was because of constipation with gas etc trapped under my ribs. I felt a bit embarrassed (And I'd only opened my bowels the day before). He suggested an enema(which made me more embarrassed),which I had and also have to increase fibre and fluid in my diet. Anyway,just wondered if anyone else has had this problem
Thank you
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replied February 21st, 2012
I have had the same symptoms on and off since I was in my early 20's; I am now 58. I have always had issues with constipation; I believe you're right; the constipation gets so bad that it sends toxins up to my stomach and causes sever pain under my ribs, radiates to my back when it gets severe and goes into my ears. I have tried benefit fiber but it doesn't help much. Last Sunday I had to take Magnesium sulphate (which works in 1 hr) to get rid of the constipation and severe pain. I almost called an ambulance it was so bad. I need a good diet that keeps my bowels moving. Any suggestions?
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replied February 13th, 2008
stomach pains pain into my back
In 1976, I stated with feeling full, nearly every day, after eating then my stomach hurt as if it was cramping; it felt like a led ball. The pain radiated to my back and became server as if a knife was in my back. I wish I could burp to relieve the pressure. I tried Tums, Gavescon, Alkaselsa, soda water and nothing helped. I went to the ER, and doctor. I had X-rays, ulcer medication, The Bernstein test, and they could not find anything. They chalked it up to a spastic stomach. They said to see a psychiatrist. I was careful about what I ate, drank no alcohol, or smoked. I did not see the Psyc. I was just married and my husband had become abusive to my son and a lot of pressure at work. It stopped a couple of years later when I quit my job to stay home with our new daughter. It is back as of last week. What is different? Money problems, loss of Hubbies job, back to school, and lost of my teaching job due to cut backs. I have had more pressure than this all my life so why now? Maybe medicine has improved over the past three decades. I have also suffered from IBS the past 18 years and they seem to be related. I have tried deep controlled breathing, sitting up to sleep, walking and the computer to distract my self. May be a trip to the ER will help.
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replied February 11th, 2009
stomack,ribs and back pain
hi,i had a really stressful day few days ago, did not eat anything until 9pm evening, dont normally do this, the same night i had stomack ache, just put it down to not eating but the last 3 days the symptoms have got worse, a dull pain in my stomack and ribs, my ribs feel sore from the pain and also in my back, iv taken indegestion tablets which seem to work during the day but i can only take them with food. on a night time the pain is really bad when im sleeping and it keeps me awake, had to take time off work because im tired from not sleeping. any advise would really help please?
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