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Kevin Pho, M.D. Acid Reflux causes, symptoms and treatments
Kevin Pho, M.D.
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Forum: The Gastroenterology and Liver Diseases Forum
Topic: Stomach Conditions

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.I first went to the doctor with a dull pressure/pain right behind my belt buckle in 1997. Since then I have had MRI, colonostapy, ekg's, and prostate exams. I have not been giving any answer by any of the doctors I've seen. This pain seems to come and go lasting anywhere from a couple of weeks to a couple of months. Two years ago I worked the entire summer without bottoning my britches becuase I couldn"t take the extra pressure. Most of the time my stomach feels like it is a pot of acid about to boil over with a sharp pain every now and again. I do not have the pressure at the belt line now, it is right below my rib cage. It feels like my stomach is swollen. When I eat something cold ie. pop-cicle, ice crea, etc... it feels like my throat starts swelling shut. My chest also builds up pressure and hurts. I thought I was having a heart-attack this year. My chest was hurting and started burning so I went to the E.R. they said everything was fine with my heart although I still had some pain when I left it was not as bad as when I got there. Sometimes it feels like my stomach sends a sharp pain all the way down to my testicals and to my back. One other symptom is that when my stomach is really hurting I can not push when I am on the toilet. I might have to go to the restroom 7 or 8 times a day to get it all out and none of it will be solid. I have already seen a couple of specialist (G.I.) and several family doctors they all said they don't know or it is just gas. Can gas last for several months? I have taken everything I could get over the counter and nothing seems to help. The MRI that I had in 2002 showed that there were no tumors or obstructions but I don't know if he looked at my upper GI. I think he just looked at the lower part. I know that abdominal pain is a very broad subject and seems to be very difficult to diagnos I just want to rule out something very serious. I am only 34 years old and I do not want to miss any more of my sons growing up that I have to.
hosssThe various causes of dyspepsia - either GERD, ulcers, or inflammation of the upper digestive tract - can all cause increased bloating.

If the upper GI series is non-revealing, I would consider an upper endoscopy, which is the more comprehensive test. I would also consider tests for a bacteria known as H Pylori - which is associated with ulcers or inflammation.

Another test to consider would be a 24-hr pH study, which is the defintive test for GERD, as well as a gastric emptying scan looking for delayed gastric emptying.

You may want to discuss these options with your personal physician.

Followup with your personal physician is essential.

This answer is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice - the information presented is for patient education only. Please see your personal physician for further evaluation of your individual case.

Kevin, M.D.
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