About two years ago I was hospitalized for four days with gastro enteritis and dehydration from persistent vomiting. I was kept for four days due to high creatinine levels and spoke to a kidney doctor. I had an ultrasound done, no kidney problems ever presented, and I was let go. I have had slight gastro troubles before that, but nothing major, and only occasionally, usually minor heartburn and watery stools. I also seemed to have minor bouts of nausea even more rarely, maybe four times a year with no vomiting. I used to think most of this minor gastro trouble was nothing more than my diet. I ate a lot of spicy and fried foods, but I also ate a lot of salads and stuff. I also used to drink lots of soda when younger and had a lot of caffeine, usually tea and coffee. I am not obese, do not smoke and hardly ever drink alcohol. I have cut down on a lot of this bad stuff lately.
During this vomiting phase when I was hospitalized, I strained so hard at one point that I ended up with upper chest pain for about a day. It was not bad enough to think a broken rib, so I thought it was just strain. I ate light foods in the hospital, since I tend to hate hospital food. When I got home, I started to eat harder foods, and began to get a severe gastric pain that happened like four times in the middle of my chest, like between my rib cage. I have no idea if it was related to food, the straining, or what, but it all went away after two weeks. I thought my digestive process had to get used to harder food. Doc told me that if it came back, he'd check me for gallbladder, even though the pain wasn't in the gallbladder area exactly. Lo and behold, the pain never came back.
Lately, however, I have noticed a similar pain start up again. This time, with more persistent nausea that is vague and a bit discomforting. The pain is not in the right side of my chest, as where liver pain would be, but in the middle of my chest. I have also noticed increased "stomach gurgles" higher in my chest than I have noticed before. My stomach and chest feels tighter and sometimes I feel a very minor burning sensation that is not too annoying, but like a warmth feeling.
I thought first heart, so I had an EKG done. No stress test, I don't believe, just an EKG. Blood pressure fine. Oxygen levels fine. Seemed to rule out heart problems. No coughing or wheezing, but occasional clearing of the throat with minor mucus, but only occasionally. I have had sinus trouble.
Other than this, I am healthy, but I'm wondering now if this is liver? I don't know if creatinine levels have anything to do with liver, nor do I know if they are high again, but I know liver disease can present with vague nausea and chest pain. Not obese nor do I drink alcohol, so I sort of thought that wouldn't be it, but I have heard about non-alcohol fatty liver disease. I'm 32 years old, and the thought of cirrhosis or things like that is sort of scary. I wonder diet and liver problems are linked?