My question is mainly aimed at Dr. Kevin Pho, as I've read a couple of his answers, and respect his opinions. In any case, I am a 27 year old male. The problem I've had has lasted as long as I can remember, and fluctuates in intensity for no apparent reason over various periods of time. My problem is this:
When certain things touch various small areas of my stomach, including sides, solar plexus area, central lower, and just around toward my back on the sides, and the touch lasts for a period of time longer than a couple moments, it causes discomfort that begins small, and gradually grows until it causes severe stomach cramps, and can lead to diarrhea and/or vomiting.
I seem to have become used to certain things, for instance, wearing a t-shirt doesn't bother me all the time. However, on certain days, everything causes it. the blanket lightly resting on my stomach, or a fold in my jacket touching a part of my side, or the draw-string on a sweater causing very slight pressure on my solar plexus area, or the seat belt of my car touching my stomach. On those days, I cannot sleep unless I sleep on my back, with the blanket below my stomach, and nothing touching, or coming close to my stomach. This can, as would be obvious, be very difficult in winter. I am constantly adjusting my clothing and anything coming close to my stomach to try and avoid the problem. None of my doctors have seemed to listen to me or understand what kind of torture this causes, have constant, debilitating stomach cramps and diarrhea/vomiting simply because something touches my stomach (no pressure necessary. Just simple touch.)
I do not know if it is really related, and I hesitate to present it here as this is a forum for stomach problems, but I have a related issue around my neck and throat. I cannot have t-shirts with normal collars, or zip a jacket up too high, because if things touch my throat or the front of my neck, it seems to cause, somehow, a buildup of mucous in the back of my throat, to the point where my throat will clog up and I cannot breathe or, at the very least, I will have extreme difficulty breathing and am constantly trying to cough up the mucous. When this has happened during the night, I have woken myself up choking and unable to breathe until I changed position enough to get the blanket or whatever away from my throat, and coughed up whatever had accumulated there.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
mikemenzie at yahoo *******