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Stomach problems

A week and half ago I suffered a bout of nausua without vomiting. Since then I have had a few bouts of dry heaves mostly in the afternoon. When I sleep I am not bothered. Also have burning just below the sternum. I went to urgent care and they thought it was gastritis or possible ulcer. Went to GP and they took blood. Last night I had a two dry heaves so I went to the emergency room. Had an ekg, chest x-ray and blood work. Also had echo for liver, pancreas, kidneys, gallbladder etc. Everything was negative. Scheduled for an upper GI the 20th. I don't feel like eating much but when I do I hold it down. I also have had a couple of times when the symptoms dissapeared for several hours and my appetite returned to normal duing those hours. I am taking carafate and acifex. Any ideas?
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I agree with the upper GI series.  If negative, an upper endoscopy would give a more comprehensive evaluation.

Causes like GERD, an ulcer, or inflammation of the upper digestive tract can all be considered.  

I would also consider a blood test looking for H Pylori.  More specialized tests, such as a gastric emptying scan or 24-hr pH study can all be considered for refractory cases.

These options can be discussed with your personal physician, or GI specialist.

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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Just to add to my above post my stomach feels like knot and sometimes I have a lump in my throat that comes and goes especially if I'm stressed out about this problem. Passing gas helps the knotted feeling...Thanks..PeteB1
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My father is 69, just had bladder removed. He's been in the hospital for 4 days complaining about major heartburn when he tries to eat. Pain on his left side...feeling very bloated...is this from the removal of the gall bladder? What kind of test should I ask to be done on him so we know more in depth what the problem is???? He had a 5 bypass heart surgery in Nov. 2006....does that have anything to do with it???? Please help....
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My father is 69, just had bladder removed. He's been in the hospital for 4 days complaining about major heartburn when he tries to eat. Pain on his left side...feeling very bloated...is this from the removal of the gall bladder? What kind of test should I ask to be done on him so we know more in depth what the problem is???? He had a 5 bypass heart surgery in Nov. 2006....does that have anything to do with it???? Please help....
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My problems began May 30, 2006, when I had what I believe was food poisoning. Within 4 hours of consuming soft-serve ice cream, I was racked with projectile vomiting and projectile diarrhea, nausea, sweating, violent trembling...I was a complete mess.

Since then, my normally daily bowel movements have dwindled down to 1-2 times a week, and I have a constant knot-like pain in the area just below my sternum. This discomfort is a dull sensation and on the VAS (pain scale of 1-10), averages about a 5/10; at its worst, it was 10/10 (only once, thankfully). I find it difficult to eat more than a few mouthfuls at a time, as I am also bloated (look like I'm 5 months pregnant!) and have a "full" sensation nearly all the time - although my stomach is screaming with hunger. Standing after I've eaten or performing strenuous activities - especially those that include bending forward - really exacerbate the pain.

The pain increases within 15-20 minutes of eating, is somewhat ameliorated with lying on my right side or lying down with my head/upper torso elevated to about 45-degrees. I find that a Vicodin 7.5/750 mg tablet, in conjunction with the lying/semi- prone position takes the pain away altogether. (Thank goodness for drugs!)

It doesn't matter what I eat, so spiciness or acidic foods aren't culprits. Last week, I had both an EGD and Colonoscopy - both of which were healthy (I did have 3 fundus polyps). Sometimes, I think I can feel the stomach moving up and down through the diagragmatic aperture - or at least, that's the sensation I experience. It doesn't hurt; it just feels peculiar.

Got any ideas??
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My husband was the healthiest man, up until 6 years ago, when it all went downhill. We rented and lived in a small apartment that had a lot of deadly molds on the wall. We've been exposed to molds for about 2 years. We later found out that he had allergic reactions to mold. It all started from there. Nothing happen to me, cuz I don't have allergic reactions like he does. The molds, obviously had weakened his immune system, he started getting fevers, ear infections, light headed, etc. We went to a Thai restaurant called "Thai Promise" in Mission Viejo, CA had he started coming home vomiting, diarrea, and fevering. He felt like he was gonna die. I thought that maybe he was food poisoned. Months later, we went back to that restaurant. The same thing happened to him. Funny thing is, we ate the same food but I was ok.

We owned and was operating a very stressful food business for 6 years, working 12/7. Every doctor we went to would just rule out stress / anxiety and send us home. My husband was never the same ever since. He has this chest tightness, shortness of breath, and a discomforting churning growling stabbing (you name it) under his left rib cage traveling to the back upper shoulder blade area. It feels like cold airy acidy gas. He was never able to take a full deep breath eversinced. Every time it seems like air is leaking somewhere. Every time when he's in a sitting position, he tends to feel the chest tightness leading to shortness of breath. We've done colonoscopy came out normal, breath test, numorous blood works, chest xrays, ekg, gallstone ultrasound, recently endoscopy with biopsy ruled out that he has inflammation and erosion in his esophogus. Was put on Nexium with no improvement and left dangling again. We've tried practically anything, anyone would recommend us. There are times when he has this sharp pain just a little below his left hip bone. A pain which concerns him that we went to do ultrasound for stones, came negative. He does realize that he feels better on certain days, and that certain food does make him feel crappy. It's very discomforting for him and I hate seeing him go through that. His 2 year older brother died of Leukemia less than 6 months ago after battling 4 years.

We visited the Asian country 6 months ago and he came back with diarrea. I did too, but it went away in about a week. His diarrea has been on for 6 months. He was put on strong antibiotics and immodium with not much luck. After each of his diarrea, he gets this growling churning discomfort in his stomach. People look at my husband and no one has a clue that he has all these symptoms.

My husband is the sweetest man in the world, why is he being punished with all these illnesses? We've spent over 40k in medical bills already (that is with insurance coverage)with no solution. It's funny how different docs tells you different things just to get you out of their office. Doctors told my husband that he's got pluracy, muscle spasm, anxiety attack, GERD, gastritis, ulcer, IBS, asthma.

After visiting this website, I realized that my husband isn't alone. There seems to be no answer as of it yet. But if there is ever that someone has the answer to all this, please advise. I appreciate any input. Thank you.
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