Rare Diseases Community
2.56k Members
Avatar universal


Just about every morning for as long as I can remember I wake up with this intense pressure in my upper stomach that cause me to jackknife back when I try to get up.  It makes breathing and getting up difficult.  the pressure runs around my entire upper stomach to around my back.  It eases after a while then fades away.  My Dr prescribe muscle relaxants but have no clue what it is.  Can you give me any information or route I could pursue to tell me what may be causing this?
1 Responses
351246 tn?1379685732
Welcome to the forum!
Intense pressure early in the morning while you are getting up can be due to severe acidity with probably duodenal ulcer. This is felt especially in the morning hours when the stomach is empty. This is the time when the effect of acidity is felt the most. The trick is to take a late night snack and keep some cracker at hand at the bedside. Also you would need to follow other lifestyle changes such as: avoid heavy meals and take frequent small ones. Avoid too much of caffeine, tea, fried food and drinks both alcoholic and non alcoholic fuzzy ones. Avoid heavy exercises within 4 hours of a heavy meal. Raise the head end of the bed by pillows to 30 degrees. Go to bed at least 2 hours after food. You could talk to your doctor regarding a change in prescription or adding an antacid gel or something like Peptobismol.
The other possibility is pancreatitis. This can be detected by testing for pancreatic amylase and lipase enzymes in the blood and doing a CT scan. Liver function should also be tested.
I would strongly recommend you to see a gastroenterologist (a specialist who looks after the diseases of our digestive system). Please let me know if there is any thing else and do keep me posted. Take care!
Have an Answer?
Didn't find the answer you were looking for?
Ask a question
Popular Resources
New study links cell phones to slightly increased cancer risk. Should you be concerned?
A list of national and international resources and hotlines to help connect you to needed health and medical services.
Here’s how your baby’s growing in your body each week.
These common ADD/ADHD myths could already be hurting your child
This article will tell you more about strength training at home, giving you some options that require little to no equipment.
In You Can Prevent a Stroke, Dr. Joshua Yamamoto and Dr. Kristin Thomas help us understand what we can do to prevent a stroke.