I am getting very concerned about upper left stomach pain. It started as a stomach flu, it came and went for about one week. At the end of one week, I got a stomach ache so severe I could barely move. The next day I started vomiting. The vomiting only lasted for one day, but since then I have not been able to eat hardly anything except for toast and bananas. Here is the pattern: One hour after I eat, I get sharp stabbing upper left stomach pains starting just under my xiphoid and to the left rib cage. It burns and throbs and then progresses along my left rib, and drops down about one inch. The severe pain lasts for about 5 hours, never less than 4.5 hours. Somedays when this happens, I can not get out of bed, I can not move, and I have had to go to the emergency room twice. All foods affect me, but some foods seem to make it worse: some, but not all dairy, fatty foods, meats, basically, anything that is not bread. Caffeine does not bother it much. If I drink only water or juices, I am fine. I have had many tests, including: XRays, Ultrasound, Bloodwork, CT with color and without, they have ruled out pancreatitis, gallbladder, diveticulitis, no sign of ulcers (barium CT)In order to function, I have to plan my day around when I eat my toast. It's the worst in the late afternoon and evening, Mornings are the best.My energy has dropped considerably, I am guessing b/c I'm constantly on guard. The actual act of eating is not a problem, I have an appetite, and food tastes good, it is only one hour after I eat. I have been on Levaquin and Flagyl, for possible infection, but the pain is still there. I am on Prevacid, it doesn't help. Antacids don't help. Prior to this I have had zero health problems. I am not overweight, but I recently lost 20 pounds on a weight loss program that prescribed phentermine. The doctors I have been to do not seem to think this is relevant. I look healthy but a little tired, I function fine to the outside world as long as I don't eat, and so everyone thinks it's some weird virus. I know it is something else, a virus doesn't last for 6 weeks, and I'm getting scared.
At it's worst, I couldn't even drink water w/out getting severe pain. I only got diarrehea at the very beginning, and my food, what little I eat seems to be digesting. I don't drink or smoke. It seemed to be getting better for a few days, when I ONLY ate bread and rice. PLEASE! Can anyone help me?