Hi, I'm a 32 y/o male. I started having moderate pain in my upper abdomen 5 days ago after dinner. The pain began suddenly. At first I thought it was heartburn or indegestion, but I could not relieve the pain with antacids. The pain persisted through the next day, despite liquid antacids and zantec. I went to see the dr. on the thrid day. She suspected gallstones and sent me for tests. The ultrasound and blood tests came back OK.
On the next day I was referred for a gallbladder ejection fraction test. My ejection fraction came back at 56%, though I had pain during the ejection portion of the test. I know that a normal ejection fraction is anything greater than 35%.
My question is, what else could it be? The pain seems to be getting worse. It woke me up from a sound sleep at 5:00 this morning. That episode was the worst yet, I was doubled over in pain and considered going to the emergency room. I took the pain medicine I was given during my first doctor's visit, and after an hour the pain calmed down.
Any help or guidance would be appreciated! Any suggestions on next tests, etc...
I had a similar pain that landed me in the ER. After rulling out a blood clot or heart attack, they diagnosed it as esophageal spasms and prescribed me a low dose of Xanex to relax the muscle when an attack occurs. The next time it happened, the Xanex helped very quickly. My spasms came in waves with a few minutes rest between the attacks. I would scream and scrunch up grabbing my chest trying to breath. The attacks I had after that day were not as serious. Either that or I cut off a full blown attack with the Xanex. I'd recomend seeing a GI doctor and discus testing a muscle relaxant out. As far as what causes these attacks, no one has ever given me a clear answer. It just sort of happens.
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