Mostly Upper Left Ab (ribcage) Pain
Posted 30 July 2012 - 11:27 AM
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Ph.D in Biology
Posted 04 October 2012 - 11:01 AM
First time poster here. I've also been suffering with the exact symptoms as the OP for a year now. I've been diagnosed with a small hiatal hernia in May from an endoscopy. Yesterday I got a ct scan done for the surgeon team and received my results today. They saw NOTHING. No signs of the hernia. This whole time I thought the hernia was causing me the pain and chronic nausea that worsened at night. Eating seems to calm in for a little while but the reflux kicks in; mostly mucus-like. I think a lot of the acidic burn is helped by the 80mg of Omeprezole. So I'm thinking maybe its the gallbladder. I'm feeling occasional popping or clicking when I lay on my stomach which I thought was the hernia moving in and out of place. I also have trouble sitting down and have to constantly loosen my belt and even undo the top button of my pants in order to find some comfort.
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Posted 22 December 2012 - 03:07 PM
Finally got into the GI clinic at my county hospital. Why does it seem like every GI doc (at least the two I've seen) are old men who barely listen to you? I was telling him about what I thought was a false negative on the hiatal hernia diagnosis (see above post). Its hard to describe pain to someone who thinks they have heard it all. But he is the professional and so I trust his opinion. He said the HH is not causing any of the symptoms. I have "functional dyspepsia". Great! Another blanket term that means they have no clue whats going on. And its the doc's get outa jail free card. I was describing the movement I felt in my abdomen at times of anxiety or even just by being physically active and he dismissed it all saying that I am hypersensitive in that area. So now I'm just left with no hope. I have started using the Psyllium for the last couple of days. Lets hope this works. Also, will adhering to a very strict diet of natural and raw foods help to heal this? Merry Xmas.
Posted 22 December 2012 - 04:43 PM
Natural and raw doesn't mean free of compounds that cause gas or can be upsetting to the GI system and easy to digest.
I'd be more likely to recommend the low FODMAP diet than the mostly raw food approach.
Ph.D in Biology
Posted 09 January 2013 - 01:05 AM
Hey everyone I found relief to this issue.
First let me classify the symptoms to be clear and myself to some extent. The symptoms are upper left (sharp almost sometimes a sore) like pain that goes on for hours (sometimes a few days in a row) and sometimes can be incredibly intense 7-10 on a pain scale. Like many of the posts above are alleviated (temporarily or not) by 'releasing' gas, b-movements etc.
Myself, I'm an overall healthy male and I do not take any medication for this problem, but I do experience it frequently. I also experience an over abundance of stomach acidity etc. My habits are (that also lead* to this problem) are #1) Posture #2) Eating too quickly/on the move and not resting #3) Including refined white flour (gluten) and preservative loaded foods in my diet #4) Sitting (I sit for work over 10-12 hours a day with poor posture)
What I notice will cause the onset of symptoms: If I eat high gas foods, or eat within 1-3 hours of sleeping I can guarantee that the following day I will have this pain and soreness. The reason being because I can't expulse gas as well as other people can in my sleep (for whatever reason it could be diet and posture related) This can obviously be avoided by NOT eating within 2-3 hours of bedtime, if you must eat try yogurt or something that soothes and does not produce gas - be vigilant about this. For example last night I had spinach salad, throughout the night I was waking up feeling the pressure and of course today I suffered extreme pain in that 'splenic flexure' area. The pain is relieved temporarily when I pass gas or have a bowel movement, Or if I stretch my torso by raising and bending at the elbow my left arm - so as to stretch my full chest cavity.. it's like I'm taking the pressure off. Combine this with great posture in a chair... I can usually feel a relieve of the pain and pass gas! - This is great.
So for example today I sat with perfect posture kept my arm raised, did what I did to relieve the pain physically (in terms of positioning) and found that I could feel gas removing from this trapped area and down below where I could pass it. I continued this for a while and I instantly felt a 100x better after I passed a lot of gas. I later got home and purposely did some stretching, very thorough stretch while standing (I've done this with success before) sometimes it doesn't work right away but keeping at it has let me expel more gas and achieve pain relief. Again I usually can attest the reason to my symptoms and pain to poor posture, gassy foods, eating late at night near bed time, and not moving around to enable my gas to naturally pass. Your body uses physical movement and exercise as aid in peristalsis (the natural flow of movement in your digestive tract)
Let's be real, if you are here chances are the pain is affecting the quality of your life. Take action! If you are overweight loose weight! Get to a healthy BMI, avoid refined foods or foods with preservatives (they affect the motility of your small intestines and bowels this is a no brainer!) Improve your posture, take big action practice self discipline and do not eat near bedtime, get moving and most of all REPLY to where you posted when you have found relief!!! Pay it forward, just like I am right now. I truly believe the number* of items I listed above all contribute equally to the issue, address them with equal caution, you can start now with physical posture & movement stand up on your feet etc.