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Over the past couple of months, I have been experiencing abdominal pain. I have read a lot of other posts that describe the pain in the bottom or lower parts of their belly, however mine is in the upper part of my belly, right under my diaphragm in between my rib cage. The pain gets so bad sometimes, that I can not even stand up straight. It doesn't matter what I do, there is no way to alleviate the pain. It feels like something is squeezing my intestines in a vice grip, and is always accompanied by this really loud gurgling noise, which sounds like I am going to have to sprint to the bathroom, however I do not have any diarrhea, contrary to the sounds that my belly are making.
The weirdest thing was when I started feeling the gas balls in my stomach. I had my son almost 2 years ago, and it brought me back to the feeling of him stretching inside of my tummy and pushing his feet on my belly, only more painful. When I feel these gas balls (they feel like the size of a tennis ball and HARD), they are painful to the touch, but if I press lightly on them for a few seconds I can feel them kind of break apart and spread out. I have not gained any weight since before I was pregnant, and I am still a petite person, however I look like I am about 6 months pregnant. I have weighed myself on numerous occasions and have not gained any weight, however my stomach seems to get bigger every week, and no there is no possibility that I am pregnant. The bloating always gets worse after I eat too. If I don't eat when I wake up, then I look normal, until lunch time, then I bloat out immediately to 30 weeks.
I already had my gall bladder tested, and that was fine. The doctors thought it was IBS for a little while too, however the pills that he prescribed me did not do anything for the pain or the bloating.
I have an appointment scheduled with a GI specialist, however it is not for another month and a half, and I don't know what I will do if I have to live with this pain and the pain of not knowing anything that is going on inside of my body for that long. If anyone has experienced the same kind of thing, or knows someone who has and has found some way to make the pain go away, please, any advice is helpful. I read earlier that someone suggested charcoal tablets, and I am planning on buying some as soon as I can find them.
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replied September 21st, 2011

Welcome to ehealthforum

Pain on the both sides underneath the lower ribs is probably due to-
1.Peptic ulcer disease or Hiatal hernia. Diagnosis can be confirmed by upper GI endoscopy.
2.Myositis or muscle pull due to overuse of muscles. Mild antiinflammatory drugs and hot fomentation will help you.
3.Gall bladder disease- can be stones or cholecystitis. An examination by ultrasound scan will help in diagnosis.
4. Hepatitis- liver problems may manifest this way. A simple blood test - liver function tests will help in diagnosing the problem.
Consider visiting a Physician for evaluation and treatment.

Take Care!

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replied June 21st, 2012
Stomach pain
Aside from the bloating i get this pain right underneath my diaphragm in the middle and it aches so bad almost like a feeling that you have to throw up. I don't have it all day but at least 6 or 7 times a day it will act up for about 5 minutes or so and sometimes i cant stand and ill start to sweat cause it hurts so bad. I also get the gurgling and the air bubbles but the air sometimes in my stomach will go up my esophagus and it feels like its in my throat like i have to burp and its burns. The doctors have scoped me and they have checked my gallbladder and found nothing but im not understanding how that's possible cause the pain is so big there just has to be something wrong. Please let me know if you find something out. I could really use some help with this and im also still going to the doctor and getting help so I will let you know if I find something.

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replied October 11th, 2017
Do we have the same condition??
Hi Brittany, I seem to have the exact same condition as you!! Reading what you wrote was like having you read my own symptoms back to me! Did you ever find a treatment that helped you? I've been told I have Functional Dyspepsia (which there is no cure for and doctors treat it like nothing serious) but I can't believe this. All my tests have been clear, the only thing they have found is SIBO (Small intestinal bacteria overgrowth).

I really hope you get this message. Please reply if you do.

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replied January 26th, 2016
Hi. Can I ask whether you found a solution to your abdominal pain. My daughter has been suffering from very similar symptoms since the end of November and all tests so far have been negative. Sad
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