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Well, i've recently gotten into cycling as a new hobbie. The other day I was out riding, and after awhile got suddenly very tired. This isn't unnatural for me, as i'd simply pushed myself to the limit. Anyways, I went home and lay for a minute before taking a shower and then making some food. Mind you, this is rather late at night and the food was pizza. The problem you ask?

Well, you see... At one time I had an ulcer in my stomach and it made it so that I couldn't eat very "hot" food or acidic food, i'm sure you all know what an ulcer is, so anyways... The trouble is, i'm eighteen and I love these foods. Now, the problem.

I'm not sure if it's an ulcer, but there's some pain that I cannot really describe in any other words then "hollow hungry" pain in my stomach right between my upper rib cage. (directly center, to be exact. Below my heart) it feels very weird, and right now I don't have medical coverage, so I need to know.. What do you all think is the matter?

Should I pay to get it checked out or is it a minor thing? If it helps, I drank some water from a creek that I filled my water bottle with... Might be something from the water? But the creek was rather clean.

Thanks for your time. And please help!
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First Helper RenaeB
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replied August 9th, 2005
Definately get it checked out by a doctor. I was having some severe stomach issue too, and as soon as I went to the doctor he figured out exactly what was wrong. They may need to do a couple of tests(blood, urine) to see what exactly is wrong with you. Just be sure to find a good clinic that you can go to. I dont have insurance either, and it cost me about 55 dollars for the doctors visit, 35 bucks for the urine test and 120 for the blood test. It sounds a little steep, but if you have a serious issue it would be better to catch it right away.

Good luck!
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replied October 4th, 2005
Stomach Pain
"hollow hungry" pain. I started having this problem 3 years ago and I have not found an answer to any of my problems. I have had several test but no definite answer.
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replied June 9th, 2012
Try eating ice cream.don't know if its the cold or what but I had the same pain and ice cream made it go away
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replied September 11th, 2008
stomach, ulcers, gastric bypasss
I am experiencing the exact problem...as a matter of fact, I felt like I was writing it...it is so similar to what I am experiencing. I had gastric bypass 5 yrs ago. and I am getting this hollow pain and I feel like if I could burp it would pass...but I cant do that. When I eat, I cant' eat alot either...I feel pressure and I have to eat extremely SLOW. I dont have ins. either and I feel ok otherwise, I am just curious what it could be...it comes and goes. not persistant. If anyone has a clue,,,,please post it...
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replied March 14th, 2009
diaphragm pain
I have a pain at the bottom of my ribcage - right in the center where the ribs "V". It feels as if someone hit me there. There isn't any soreness - I am not sick to my stomach, no cramps or anything, just the pain. The first time it lasted for about an hour and almost doubled me over! Then the pain just went away. I was fine and then the next morning at about 1:00 I woke up and realized that I was developing the pain again. It didn't seem to last as long or as painfull. This all happened 3 days ago and it hasn't happened since. I am curious as to what could have caused this - and a little worried that it might be something serious.
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replied May 11th, 2009
diaphragm pain
that last comment almost describe my situation perfectly I have been having the same symptoms for about 3 months now and sometimes it will go a few days with out a pain and others I will have 3 to 4 episodes in a day...it is horrible! I went to the doctors office once and the ER once and unfortunately it was the same doctor!...he insists that is is simply acid indigestion and I have tried to explain to him that I have tried antacids and they didnt help...so he suggested that I see a surgeon and get the scope done on my GI trac but I like so many others dont have insurance so I havent gone yet...does anyone have any Ideas...oh and another thing the pain shoots through to my back and makes it very difficult to breath at times...im only 19 and dont feel that I should be feeling like this...at first I thought that it could be and ulcer but from the sound of it the pain is nothing alike?!?!???
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replied May 25th, 2009
diaphram pain
i am having symptoms where in the center of my chest at the diaphram level i have a radiant pain that persists for days.... i have to be very carefull of what i do...raking leaves brought this bout on... after talking to a relative (retired doctor) he suggested i see a G.I. Specialist that deals in the repair of sliding diaphramatic hernia's as my explanation of the symptoms lead him to that possibilityl... i have a specialist appointment on June 5th.. I will keep you all posted....
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replied May 27th, 2009
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replied June 17th, 2009
tiffany,
you seem to have what i did last year....gallstones. I was 29 and doctors said gallstones are very common for women my age. I had gi thng done..it showed some acid refluction damageb ut real test that showed gallstones was an ultrasound
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replied September 3rd, 2009
Stomach pain near diaphragm
Hi, I often get a pain in my stomach also. Some of the previous comments seem similar to mine. The pain I get seems to start where the ribcage ends and where the diaphragm is and if you press down on this area the pain shoots downwards in the stomach. When it comes on it is very painful and only goes away if I lie down, and I can get some relief by lying down. However standing or sitting are nearly impossible when I ahve the pain because it hurts too much. I normally get this pain in the afternoon or evening. My parents were saying that it could be due to big gaps between eating meals, (in college, because of my timetable, i often have to wait hours to eat someting). However I sometimes think it may be stress-related. Does this sound familiar to anyone? If anyone has any info i would be very greatful. I would really like to get to the bottom of this pain as it is very inconvenient and I'm only 19, I hope it isn't anything serious.
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replied September 20th, 2009
Pattern?
I looked this up because I just started feeling pain in my diaphragm area. I am turning twenty in one and a half weeks and am, too, in college. Did anyone else see this common pattern-that everyone was young or college-aged? I hope this pain goes away soon!
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replied December 9th, 2009
I've been researching diaphragm pain the last few days because I was up 3 nights ago with severe pain. It was bad enough that I couldn't go to bed, and when I finally did manage to fall asleep, it woke me up a few hours later. I am 17 years old and have never had such persistent pain. I've tried every online suggestion I've come across, and nothing has provided even slight relief of any kind. I've missed three days of school already and am now scheduling an appointment with my doctor. I have no other symptoms. If you have any ideas of what it could be to save me the trip, please let me know.
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replied December 11th, 2009
pain inbetween ribs by diaphram
I am 20 years old and yesterday woke up with a pain that felt like heartburn, kind-of. Its a tightness feeling right where my ribs meet into the v shape. I took tums and rolaids neither of the two have helped. I do not have health insurance so i am really putting off going to the doctors. I am just scared it may be a heart issue or something even tho i am only 20. I feel it is starting to affect my breathing, and i am tense and unsure of what to do. please help!!
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replied December 21st, 2009
I have had a similar issue. About one o clock in the morning I got a really terrible pain in between my rib cage that forced me to curl into a ball. For a couple days I was still sore and it hurt terribly for anyone to touch or push on it. I thought maybe I was having some kind of attack, but my sister who is in med school told me that it could be an infection in my diaphram or something like that. I am going to the gastroenterologist on January 8th. They will probably scope me to find out what is going on in my G.I tract. I'm having the whole area checked since I have had painful bloating and other things going on. I will give an update after I go to my doctor appt.
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replied January 12th, 2010
Diaphragm pain
Hello, I am sixty and have had the above described pain on and off for about thirty years of my life. I went thru numerous medical tests during those years. The pain would come and go during those years. Some times I felt like I had eaten too much, not enought or just felt like I had to burp but nothing would happen. A couple of months ago I was referred to a Nutrition Consultant. The lady has been in business for over twenty five years and came highly recomended. We sat down and discussed my diagphragm pain. She came up with two issuses that I have started on trying to correct. I am not overweight but carry about ten pounds more than I would like. I am 5'11' and 180 pounds. The first thing we did was come up with a diet to see if we could treat the GERD problem. For the person not up on GERD it is the following: The esophagus is the tube that carries food from your mouth to your stomach. It has a one way valve at the end. In theory food can move from the esophagus into the stomach but not vice versa. Unfortunaely, sometimes the valve allows acid from the stomach to splash into the delicate esophagus over time. She could not give me a good answer as to why the one way valve does not stay tightly closed beyond the fact each person is different. Untreated GERD can damage the esophagus over time. She had me start sleeping in a slightly prone position so that the acid from my stomach could not come back up through the one way valve. She said if I could not sleep this way I should put some books under the head of my mattress to raise it four to eight inches. I was to monitor my pain for the next week and see if I woke in the morning with less pain or no pain. I saw results right away. The first night I slept for the complete night. I most offen wake up during the night due to the pain. The second thing we did was to start on a diet that fit my needs. She stated each person should review with their doctor or nutrition consultant what these needs are. For me it was getting off certain foods, some of which I love. The feeling I have here is that moderation in all things is going to work along with exercise. You can still eat what you want but at appropriate times and eating a balanced diet which I found out meant not having five slices of pizza and three beers with the guys after a hard day at work. Once again this part should be discussed in detail with the person helping you. She asked me prior to coming in to do a list of what I eat each day. Once you do this you can see much better where you need to change your diet and feel better. The cost to see the nutrition consultant was less than $300.00 for multiple visits. I am feeling much better and now only get the pain when I fall off the wagon and indulge. This worked for me but please do not take my word for it and see a nutrition consultant first as each person is different. There is no excuse to live with pain when there is help out there. Good luck to you all.
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replied March 2nd, 2010
Pain in diaphragm..Help
I'm 19 years old and have these "attacks" three times. The first time it happened was just after I had my daughter. The pain felt like someone had their foot jammed into my diaphragm and it was accompanied by excruciating back pain. I can't lay down because the gravity makes the diaphragm pain worse and when I sit upright my back pain is unbearable. I can't function at all when these attacks happen. I went to the emergency room because I couldn't even hold my daughter. I take 30 mg of Prevacid, 10 mg of Reglan (all for heartburn). I told the E.R doc this and he gave me a G.I. cocktail. I waited and nothing happened. It didn't work so they gave me a pain medicine and it made it worse. NEVER let a doctor give you a narcotic if you suspect a G.I problem. I went again the second time it happened and the doctor gave me fennerigan(nausea medicine) and flexeril(muscle relaxer). It seemed to help and when I felt like an "attack" was coming on I took these medicines and it would keep the pain at bay. These medicines no longer work. I took them when my third attack started and they didn't even phase it. I went to a G.I specialist and besides a little irritation from heartburn nothing was found on my endoscopy. I have had multiple ultrasounds done. Nothing was found. My diet isn't abnormal. ( no spicy foods) I don't know where to go from here. I can't live every day wondering if an attack is going to happen. It is worse than labor in my opinion. If anyone has any more info please share. Thanks
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replied March 4th, 2010
Hello all of you.

As I'm no doctor, I can't say anything about your conditions but something very similar happened to me. After going to the doctor a number of times and having a bunch of different tests with nothing found I left it as it where and just... suffered.

At one point, it occurred to me that the pain could come from a mechanical problem and not a "soft parts" problem. I found that if I inflated my rib cage in a certain fashion, I had a searing pain and then it went away completely. Figured that one of my ribs was misaligned causing pain at the diaphragm area and all the way to my back.

Doctors often look for medicinal treatments to problems but often overlook those "mechanical" problems. Can't say if this applies to you but why not ask your doctor?

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replied June 14th, 2010
hiatus hernia
sounds like mine - a Hiatus Hernia they give you tablets: Lansoprazole, to help it or operate if it's bad
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replied July 14th, 2010
I have had this pain in my diaphragm area for a few days now. I asked my mom about it (shes a nurse) and at first she had no clue what it could be but then she realized that a few days ago I bumped my headache meds up 15mg and that was one of the side effects. Its called G.I Motility, it is when your digestive track doesn't operate at a normal speed, causing the pain. You may find that after you eat you have pain that can last for a long time. Mine slowed down a lot, causing pain that would not go away at all.

Hope this helps Smile
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replied October 6th, 2010
And I thought I was the only one! I'm 19 years old and a freshman in college. I've had this "hollow hungry" pain since I was a freshman in high school. It's exactly like what everyone else is saying. The pain is so bad I'm doubled over and the pain shoots to my back. I've seen my regular doctor and she really didn't think much of and prescribed me muscle relaxers which didn't do jack s***. I've been to a few specialist also who didn't really think much of it because they couldn't find anything! I've had numerous tests and nothing! (Urine sample, blood tests, cat scan and another one I can't remember what it's called). But the point is, I'm so sick of doctors not taking it seriously because I'm sick of this pain and for some reason these highly educated doctors can't find anything wrong with me???
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