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#101 Johnny G.

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Posted 18 December 2015 - 12:12 PM

Hello Pookie,
There is no cure, as the damage is done! All you can do now is pay strict attention to what you eat, how much you eat and when you eat...

I have found that ever since I cut my meals in half, that I feel a lot better. Also, when I sleep at night, I have found that sleeping on my left side really seems to help with the discomfort of feeling bloated... Although I still feel a little bit of discomfort shortly after a meal, but a few good burps does brings some relief.  Exercise regularly, I go for an hour walk after supper... Finally, try to stay positive, as it does go a long way biggrin.png


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Posted 18 December 2015 - 01:09 PM

Thanks so much for your reply @Johnny G I had just about given up hope that anyone even used this forum anymore even tho i was hoping for a miracle i kinda figure from reading the other post that there was no cure I'll try and stay positve as thats all I can do thanks again and please if you come up with any breakthroughs let me know 😉
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#103 Johnny G.

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Posted 18 December 2015 - 01:15 PM

Will do Pookie wink.png



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Posted 11 November 2016 - 07:52 PM

Hi all. New user here. I am a 38 year old male with a history of GERD (for approx 15 years). I take prilosec for it. I also have a very long history of chronic constipation. Nothing moves without a full dose of milk of mag before bedtime which I've been doing for 5 years.

Thus horrible feeling of pressure under the ribcage started a month or so ago and it has been a terrifying experience. I take ativan when it occurs which is pretty much every day, all day. Sometimes it helps (but never stops) the pressure. They found 2 kidney stones a few days ago but I don't think the two are related. I went to the ER for the pressure and they happened upon the stones, I believe.

I have been reading over this thread the past few hours trying g to find some remedy. Knowing I'm not alone helps a little.

I've been to the ER 3 times in the past month and can only lay on my stomach to feel a tad better. Sometimes drinking a beer helps also though I know that's a last resort option.

It has been absolutely horrible. I've lost over 25 lbs down to 140 for a 5'11'' person. I look very sick but feel much sicker.

Anyway I'm not trying to ramble, I'm just at my last straw so to speak. Thank you.

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Posted 23 December 2016 - 09:48 AM

I had all the same symptoms described here, plus some, following my lacerated peptic ulcer for which I'm taking 40mg Protonix once a day and ended up here a few months ago trying to find someone who had the same problem and, hopefully, a solution. I had all the tests and everything came back fine. My doctor told me I was "old and fat, get used to it". Yes, I'd put on 22 lbs since the symptoms started a year ago, but that was the only way to get any relief because even as the balloon in my chest was expanding and all I wanted was to take anything and pop it to make the pressure stop, my stomach would be growling and eating anything at all would help. I asked my doctor if there were any foods I should avoid. He said there's nothing wrong with you eat whatever you want. Next time I mentioned it he said to try some gas-x. That didn't work either. Needless to say I won't be seeing him again. I  talked to my sister and her doctor had increased her Protonix to 40mg twice a day. She suggested I try it and if it works ask my new doctor for a prescription. I tried it. The relief was incredible! Within a day I was feeling so much like my old self. I no longer have to keep my stomach "topped off" so am looking forward to losing some of the weight I'd put on. I've only been taking the pills twice a day for about a week and my appointment with my new doctor isn't until next week, but for the first time in months I'm hopeful.

 

I hope this helps someone, who like me, was desperately seeking answers that the doctors didn't have.


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Posted 11 July 2017 - 09:54 PM

Working treatment - after 10 years of non-stop suffering! Bloating reduced dramatically!

 

I discovered by complete accident that when I take an over-the-counter antihistamine, fexofenadine (generic Allegra), my intense bloating symptoms decreased dramatically. They are not eliminated, but they are 70-80% reduced, and I can bend over to pick things up and can go up a flight of steps without severe chest pain.

 

None of the GI specialists I have visited over the past 10 years mentioned this as a treatment option, but there are several academic papers on pub med that discuss this, so it's definitely an up and coming topic. 

 

I am now going to add an additional non-drowsy antihistamine (loratadine) to the fexofenadine to see if it works even better.

 

Since none of the many antibiotics that I have tried really had this dramatic of a positive effect, I would definitely give the anti-histamaine OTC drugs a try, since they are cheap and very safe.

 

UPDATE May, 2019: I have added H2 blocker antihistamines Tagamet (Cimetidine) and Pepcid (famotidine) to my regimen, and these have substantially cut down on my bloating. (Both are available as cheap generics.)

 

I take generic fexofenadine with a glass of water first thing in the morning. I take the tagamet a few hours before eating dinner and take the pepcid immediately after eating. They do not eliminate the bloating, but definitely seem to suppress it.

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Prior message from July, 2017 BEFORE discovering antihistamine treatment described above: 

This sounds very similar to what happened to me.

 

I developed unexplained nighttime reflux and was prescribed Prilosec. Almost instantly, I developed severe bloating in my lower GI that gradually traveled all the way up my upper GI, and I still have severe bloating after eating or drinking pretty much anything.

 

After wasting time with several GI specialists, I finally found one who figured out that I was infected with h. pylori. I was given standard triple therapy (clarithromycin, amoxicillin and lansoprazole) which eliminated the h. Pylori (and reflux), but the constant debilitating bloating never got better. (It got so bad that i developed severe hypertension that required medication.)

 

I have tried many individual different antibiotics, but the only combination that knocks the bloating down temporarily is azithromycin (250 mg) + doxycycline (100 mg) twice per day. Adding an Advil to this combination seems to help a bit also. If you haven't tried that combination, I would definitely give it a shot! (These are generally considered non-standard antibiotics for IBS, so you may need to prod your GI doctor to prescribe them for you.)

 

I can manage on this medication regimen, but am planning on adding Bactrim and / or Keflex to the combination to see if I can eliminate it once and for all! (Before combining other antibiotics, it's always a good idea to check the combination on drugs.com, to verify that there are no dangerous interactions.



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Posted 06 January 2018 - 06:31 PM

I don't have IBS but I had upper abdominal pressure, pressure that does not go away, pressure that made me so sick and annoyed that I just wanted to give up whatever I was doing. I've visited n number of docs and did n number of tests, all came negative. I was given all kinds of PPI's possible and as you might already know that ppi makes it worst. So I stopped visiting those clowns, stopped taking PPI's and started doing research on my own. 
 
For me it was a combination of relaxed LES and low stomach acid. In medical term the latter is called Hypochlorhydria. In this condition your stomach is incapable of producing adequate hydrochloric acid to digest the food particles and the undigested food particles get fermented by the bad bacteria and produces co2  which causes the bloating. I'm still not sure why I was prescribed to take acid blockers (PPI's) when I needed exactly the opposite that is more stomach acid. So here is what I did
 
Stopped taking ppis.
Stopped consuming all dairy products, alcohol, smokes and coffee.
Started eating easily digestible food.
 
Drink Apple Cider vinegar(with the mother in it) after every meal. Dilute 3 tablespoons in 240m water and drink it, it will lower your stomach ph level and help you digest the food better. You can take some betaine HCL tablets after every meal if ACV does not work for you. I personally prefer ACV over betaine HCL capsules.
 
Breathe in breathe out yoga for 15 minutes (To tighten the LES sphincter) in the morning before I hit the gym.
Add some probiotics like home made kefir and ginger carrot juice in the diet and that's all.    
 
Above mentioned points worked like a magic for me and I hope it works for you guys too. 


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Posted 16 January 2018 - 10:06 PM

I have this so bad. I've been taking meds for acid reflux, but they don't seem to be helping. I feel like I have on a tight bra all of the time when I don't have one on.I feel like something is pushing on my diaphragm and I have trouble breathing.. All of this started shortly after I quit smoking.. which was over a year ago. Nothing shows on ct scan.. It is like a burning feeling under breast . Anyone feel like this ??



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Posted 06 June 2018 - 10:23 PM

Working treatment - after 10 years of non-stop suffering from bloating!

 

I discovered by complete accident that when I take an over-the-counter antihistamine, fexofenadine (generic Allegra), my intense bloating symptoms decreased dramatically. They are not eliminated, but they are 70-80% reduced, and I can bend over to pick things up and can go up a flight of steps without severe chest pain.

 

None of the GI specialists I have visited over the past 10 years mentioned this as a treatment option, but there are several academic papers on pub med that discuss this, so it's definitely an up and coming topic. I think rather than being a bacterial infection of my GI tract, my bloating is being caused by a Mast cell disorder (it's a type of immune cell prevalent in the GI tract.). I'm looking into whether my h. Pylori infection triggered this, since I never had a problem prior.

 

I am now going to add an additional non-drowsy antihistamine (loratadine) to the fexofenadine to see if it works even better.

 

Since none of the many antibiotics that I have tried really had this dramatic of a positive effect, I would definitely give the anti-histmaine OTC drugs a try, since they are available as cheap generics and are very safe.

 

UPDATE May, 2019: I have added H2 blocker antihistamines Tagamet (Cimetidine) and Pepcid (famotidine) to my regimen, and these have substantially cut down on my bloating. (Both are available as cheap generics.)

 

I take generic fexofenadine with a glass of water first thing in the morning. I take the tagamet a few hours before eating dinner and take the pepcid immediately after eating. They do not eliminate the bloating, but definitely seem to suppress it.



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Posted 12 February 2019 - 05:02 PM

I'm going through the same, combination of cramp & pressure in upper abdomen for last 3 years, Visited a lot of docs, did upper GI 3 times, biopsy for other fungal infections like H Pylori, all came negative.

 

The last doctor I visited a month ago told me my stomach is inflamed and the food is not leaving the stomach soon enough and I'm severely vitamin B deficient. He gave me Prudac 2 mg once in the morning for 3 months and vitamin B injections.

 

Good news: gut motility is a lot better now, cramping and pressure is straight away 50% less. I'll continue the medicine and see where it goes.



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Posted 17 April 2019 - 03:07 PM

Say, leeballz, that definitely sounds like pancreatitis. Dont go to faulty doctors. I went to them for years and described this to them to no avail. Unless you want to go and specifically ask for testing for pancreatitis.

If you see fat floating in the top of your movements, youre already in big trouble as it has gone on for too long without treatment and your pancreas are severely compromised. Trust me, living with pancreatitis sucks. No alcohol, youll get sick if you dont eat frequently, Im sorry to say. You may want to see if you also have any parasitic invasions. Ill have another post on that but be wary: most doctors are unaware of the prevalence of pancreatitis. Enzymes may help, but theres nothing special anyone can do after it has been left untreated for too long. Its also really hard to catch in action. There may be meds I forget. Mine was untreated for too long. Best of luck.

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Posted 17 April 2019 - 03:07 PM

Say, leeballz, that definitely sounds like pancreatitis. Dont go to faulty doctors. I went to them for years and described this to them to no avail. Unless you want to go and specifically ask for testing for pancreatitis.

If you see fat floating in the top of your movements, youre already in big trouble as it has gone on for too long without treatment and your pancreas are severely compromised. Trust me, living with pancreatitis sucks. No alcohol, youll get sick if you dont eat frequently, Im sorry to say. You may want to see if you also have any parasitic invasions. Ill have another post on that but be wary: most doctors are unaware of the prevalence of pancreatitis. Enzymes may help, but theres nothing special anyone can do after it has been left untreated for too long. Its also really hard to catch in action. There may be meds I forget. Mine was untreated for too long. Best of luck.

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Posted 13 August 2019 - 04:42 PM

Hi Everyone

I do not have anything good to offer you. I am new to the group. My wife is the one that is suffering with the ibs. She has suffered for 30 years but it would come and go. It seems now it has come to stay. Leeann it is so good to hear yours has subsided that is encouraging. My wife has had the same symptoms as everyone else. She has lost 25 pounds that she did not have to lose. So now looking in the mirror in the morning is another challenge. I have tried giving her everything from CBD gells to Tylenol. It seems what helps the most is a hot towel on her abdomen and ativan .5 mg. I hope no one minds that I am writing this instead of my wife, but the care giver battles this too. I wish everyone well and I will keep in touch.



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Posted 23 November 2019 - 06:45 PM

Hi Everyone

I do not have anything good to offer you. I am new to the group. My wife is the one that is suffering with the ibs. She has suffered for 30 years but it would come and go. It seems now it has come to stay. Leeann it is so good to hear yours has subsided that is encouraging. My wife has had the same symptoms as everyone else. She has lost 25 pounds that she did not have to lose. So now looking in the mirror in the morning is another challenge. I have tried giving her everything from CBD gells to Tylenol. It seems what helps the most is a hot towel on her abdomen and ativan .5 mg. I hope no one minds that I am writing this instead of my wife, but the care giver battles this too. I wish everyone well and I will keep in touch.

 

Hello,

 

I can relate to your wife's suffering. I've suffered from IBS for 37 years on and off, but these past two years it has come back with a vengeance. I developed what they call silent reflux (laryngopharygeal reflux or LPR) in 2017 and went on a low acid diet, which is all about eating clean, no processed foods whatsoever, but fresh produce, wholegrains, that sort of thing. The interesting thing is that around the same time I started on this diet I developed new symptoms of IBS--very different from previous IBS flare-ups. This was the pressure bloating, which is just as described on this thread. Horrid, horrid thing! I could put up with the LPR symptoms and even the normal IBS symptoms, but the pressure bloating takes the cake.

Since then, my very extensive research in this area led me to a great gastroenterologist based in the UK who specialises in IBS. It was he who explained that the pressure in the upper abdomen is NOT gas but dysmotility. Basically, the bowel is like a factory line's conveyor belt, moving smoothly along in what we call peristalsis. What happens with dysmotility is that the movement is disrupted (usually due to involvement from the central nervous system) and so while one area of the bowel moves faster, another moves slower, and yes, air can get trapped in between these movements and cause the horrible pressure. This is the short explanation version of this syndrome. It's a big thing with IBS sufferers and is mostly controlled by the brain. I'm sure many of you have heard of the Gut-Brain Axis. Therefore, because IBS sufferers are super sensitive to the smallest stimulus many of them feel the pressure (whereas a normal person would not), and this pressure can also involve diaphragm function, which explains why some people find it difficult to breathe. But no matter how horrid it is, the pressure bloating (as we all call it) is not dangerous, but many of us develop fear of eating because of this. Eating seems to exacerbate it. I lost 28 pounds as a result of FEAR of this pressure plus the fact that I was eating really clean food in order to get the silent reflux under control, but it was mostly the fear of eating and the fear that I had an "alien" creature trapped inside me, trying to come out--just like in the first Alien movie, for those of you who can remember this movie biggrin.png

 

The interesting thing is that although the pressure comes and goes, and can switch on even on an empty stomach, I find that mine is worst when I walk into the kitchen and am about to start making dinner. it's like an alarm clock, I tell you! I wrote to this professor in the UK about this, and he assured me that he has thousands of patients who go through this and that the brain is what drives it. And so I started talking to my brain, yes, I know it sounds a bit cooky, but hey, I'll try anything once. And believe it or not it started to work after a while (and this is because the gut is controlled by the vagus nerve and the vagus nerve is what controls the fight/flight response) and the first thing that closes down when you're faced with a sabre-toothed tiger is your digestion, and the brain basically sends all your energy to your muscles so you can either fight the tiger or run away. So the trick is to tell your brain that there is no threat at all and so it can stop sending these signals to the brain.

 

I'm now studying neuroscience and neuroplasticity (rewiring of the brain). Basically, when these kind of things happen often enough as in chronic pain, IBS, reflux, etc, etc, the brain produces neural pathways that will send false alarm signals at the slightest stimulus, which could be stress, anxiety, bad memories, or even something as simple as a change in the weather.

 

I don't want to waffle on, but the US is really ahead of all other countries with studies in this kind of thing, which they call mind/body syndromes, or psychophysiological disorders, and no, it's not all in your head. The culprit is the brain and the neural pathways it produces. This has been proven time and again, especially with phantom limb pain! If someone loses a limb, how can they still feel pain (as if the limb is still there?); the brain is the culprit! And this is what happens in things like IBS: neural pathways that produce all sorts of symptoms, but the good thing is that this is not hurting the gut, it's all to do with the brain. Of course one must ensure first there is no pathology involved eg. tumours, blood, etc, which could point to serious conditions.

 

But I digress. I was interested to know why your wife lost so much weight. Was it similar to what happened to me? She ate less and less in order not to feel this horrid pressure?


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