Over the past 2+ months, I've had some really odd symptoms. I started getting random "panic attacks" at 37 years old. No history of these. Increased breathing, rapid heartbeat out of nowhere, feeling shaky/full of adrenaline for no reason whatsoever, blood pressure spiking up to 170+/90, etc. One of the other signs is a flushing/hot feeling of my face on both cheeks, sometimes accompanied by a light pink color. I'm not worried about anything specific, no changes at work/home, etc. No reason for me to be in a panic any more than previous times when I had no symptoms. Nothing has changed. I have been to the ER 3 times. The first 2 times were out of concern that I was having a heart attack or something heart-related going on. They thought I might have been. I've had a whole host of EKGs done at the ER. ER did tons of blood work during both visits a few days apart and came back with nothing. As happens to most people, my GP doctor said it was "anxiety" and gave me Metoprolol to cover the symptoms, but not treat whatever was happening. Then I went to a Cardiologist and had a full Stress Echocardiogram with ultrasound of the heart. Nothing wrong with my heart.
Then my family got sick with some kind of a stomach bug around the beginning of February. I had black diarrhea for 2-3 days and that tore my GI tract all up. The third time at the ER was for pain in my upper abdomen in the stomach/solar plexus area after this sickness. They again did blood work and even a contrast CT scan of my pelvis and abdomen at the hospital. Nothing noted other than mild swelling of the bladder wall. They sent me home in the same pain and told me to see a GI doc.
I went to a GI doc and he scheduled an EGD (Upper Endoscopy) of my stomach and duodenum. He put me on Protonix to lower my stomach acid. I've been on that for nearly a month now. I had the Upper Endoscopy a week and a half ago. He did some biopsies from stomach samples to check for bacteria and cancer. It came back negative for both, but he said my stomach was pretty inflamed for an unknown reason. I have another appointment with him Wednesday and now my pain in the solar plexus/stomach area is back. I feel jittery/shaky all over my body and it is like the doctors don't listen to me when I tell them. In addition, my abdomen/stomach feels like it pulses/shakes rapidly all day long and all night long. While I'm sleeping, it pulses. Now, I know that there's a main artery that runs down the middle of the body. That was listed as being normal in both my MRI scan and also my contrast CT scan at the hospital. MRI was on 2/3/20. No pancreatic mass or inflammation present. The aorta and IVC were normal, so even though I'm having 'pulses' in my stomach and abdomen, that doesn't seem to be the reason. The hospital CT scan with contrast said the appendix was not clearly visualized, but there is no stranding in its expected location to suggest appendicitis. They stated that the aorta is normal in caliber and patent.
Why would I be having all of these GI issues if I don't have an infection? I'm puzzled and at my wits' end. Why is my stomach INFLAMED if I don't have anything going on?