LUQ Pain radiating to back, NOT gallbladder related
I went to the ER yesterday after 4 days of self treatment. Symptoms are epigastric burning sensation starting just below the sternum radiating around my left side to my back. A radiating stabbing pain, if you will, from my lower sternal area up underneath my breast and it feels as though my breast is being pulled down through my ribs! Those most extreme pains (stabbing, radiating "attacks") come after I eat, and a couple hours after consumption; when I should be getting hungry again, almost like a hunger pain with a vendetta. Once the attack has subsided, I just have a dull achy feeling, what feels like modrate heartburn following my epi area along the rib cage predominantly on the left side. Also associated with moderate nausea and emesis after eating. I spent the first 4 days trying everything from aspirin, ibuprofen, emetrol, milk of mag, rolaids, pepcid, tums, cinnammon, ginger ale, alleve, milk, baking soda, pretty much every over the counter antacid or pain relief available, but nothing worked. I went to the ER considering stabbing pains should not be ignored. Classic symptoms for gallbladder, however labs and the ultrasound were perfectly normal; not even a slight blemish or elevation. What on earth could this be? I took the hydrocodone given to me in an attempt to sleep through the night; and it worked. However, even on it, when the 'attack' was about to happen I could tell. This time it only felt like a massage under my breast and I just felt 'pressure' or full instead of the heartburn sensation. Any thoughts on where to go now? I meet with my Nurse Practicioner soon to pursue a course of action because that pain doesn't seem normal nor ignorable. Is it a spasm of some sort? A stomach issue? Is it possible to have gallbladder issues and everything report normal?
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