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Maraya1969 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 06:06 AM
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This stomach problem is going to make me shoot myself.
When I was in my teens I had this attack at night where I had such pain in my stomach I was crawling on the floor. My parents took me to the hospital and they gave me fucking Malox!

That went away but every so often I would have the attacks and I would take some pain killer, fall asleep and it would be gone when I woke up.

But now I am 52 and it lasts for weeks at a time. I have scopes up and down and sonograms and they can't find anything. I've been diagnosed with gastritis but from looking on the web I think it is dyspepsia which is you basic stomach ache but they said some people suffer from it all their lives.

I have pain killers that I have gotten for problems in my neck but I take them often because of my stomach. I'm afraid to tell the pain management doctor that I take them for my stomach because no gastro doctor offered them to me even after I explained the pain.

I am up all night now. Partly because I had slept earlier but a few hours ago I ate a bowl of cereal and boom it started.

Sometimes I feel like I can't live like this anymore.

I wonder if anyone has a magical answer.

Thanks for letter me have my pity party here.
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abq e streeter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 06:28 AM
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1. No magical answer, but now I'm glad I couldn't sleep either so I can at least be here for you
for a little while anyway (gonna try to sleep again in maybe a half hour). I'm very sorry this has been happening to you. I hope that the "shoot myself" is just hyperbole. Please tell me it is (unless you really meant it; not asking you to lie). I care. I can't offer a damn thing beyond that, but at least I can offer that much. I hope you don't give up on searching for some doctor who will be able to to give you that "magical answer". I have an acquaintance here who was having weird headaches etc and went from doctor to doctor and never could get a reasonable explanation; he only knew in his gut that they hadn't figured out that he had something other than what they were able to find. He finally , on about his 6th try, found a doctor who correctly diagnosed him (can't remember what it was), he had surgery and is just fine now. Please don't give up and keep looking for answers, and a solution.

To mods---I hope you don't consider this to be medical advice; I am only recommending that this person continue seeking answers from doctors.
Maraya, I really am sorry you're in pain. Pain sucks. I don't know what else to say.
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Maraya1969 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 06:40 AM
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2. Thank you abq
No I'm not really going to shoot myself. I don't even own a gun. I'm just so disgusted and disappointed that I am gone through this again.

I do know of some things I can do to help myself and I feel a new resolve now to work again actively on helping myself. I know that caraway seed is great for my stomach and I was just thinking I could make up a whole jug of it using hot water from the coffee maker. Then I could drink several cups a day. Believe it or not I've made it hot and add salt to it because it tastes horrible as a tea but I also have been passed down a great recipe
from the Slovakian women in my family for caraway soup. That takes a bit of time to make so I think have the caraway drink is a better idea.

I really appreciate your caring. I do remember now that I put another post up once and the thread got locked because it was a physical problem. So I hope this thread doesn't get locked
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abq e streeter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 06:54 AM
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3. Glad to hear you're not really thinking of anything self -destructive
in fact, sounds like quite the opposite; that you're determined to find a way to overcome this situation.I am glad, and relieved ,to hear that...Ironic about caraway seeds; I've always loved rye bread with em , but in recent months I developed such a bad reaction to them that the reflux to the point of gagging that they cause now is almost bad enough to have to go to the ER. Weird , huh?

And hey, if it does get locked, the important thing is you reached out, someone heard you, and now you, as you said, have a "new resolve". So the most important aspect of posting has already been accomplished, although hopefully it won't get locked either......and you can always PM me if it does get locked, although hopefully I'll finally be asleep fairly soon.
abq e streetr (Ron)
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Sisaruus Donating Member (703 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 11:34 AM
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8. I have developed that reaction to garlic and/or onion
I never could handle raw onion but the garlic thing is relatively new. How does one live without garlic?
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bobmorr1 Donating Member (228 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 07:05 AM
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4. fennel tea

Have you ever tried fennel tea? I drink it when I have stomach aches. Good luck

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Phentex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 07:40 AM
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5. Oddly enough, I just heard about stomach migraines yesterday...
a lady's daughter had suffered from them for years. Taken her to specialists, etc.

Someone finally suggested a holistic doctor. That doctor believed there was a problem with the liver and put her on a six week regimen of not eating certain things and taking some kind of supplements. The aches went away. I didn't get all the specifics, but I had never heard of stomach migraines before.

Hope you find some help!
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Bossy Monkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 07:43 AM
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6. Not medical advice, but you might want to try elimination diets.
If cereal was a trigger, gluten might be a good place to start. You might want to visit, where the advice is nearly all good and the sympathy unlimited. (Everybody there has experience with bad or misinformed doctors.)
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KurtNYC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 07:52 AM
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7. possibly lactose intolerance?
or something else you eat. Maybe a more whole-body doctor would be able to pin it down. Hang in there.
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Tobin S. Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 12:07 PM
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10. I have that
and I think it is a possibility. Also, irritable bowel syndrome. I have that, too. Both of those illnesses can cause the OP's symptoms and they are not detectable with endoscopies and colonoscopies.
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gvstn Donating Member (485 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 12:06 PM
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9. I can sympathize
I've had a weak stomach all my life. Not as bad as yours but anything can set it off. As I age I notice I can't eat fresh milk products the way I used to as they set it off. I'm not lactose intolerant but too big a bowl of ice cream or my second helping of baked custard and I have pain for a couple of days.

My aunt had terrible pain for years. Finally, around age 40 a doctor diagnosed a gall bladder problem. Although, everything looked normal he told her to get it removed anyway and it would solve her problems. It did. Just something to discuss with your doctor. Most gall bladder problems involve pain connected to fatty foods but it couldn't hurt to bring up the possibility with your physician to rule it in or out. Sometimes where you feel the pain is not where it originates.
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Fleshdancer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 12:17 PM
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11. I experienced sharp abdominal pain for a few years...
The pain was so sharp and so painful that it would literally drop me to my knees and take my breath away. I wouldn't get any warning when it started and the pain would last anywhere from 30 seconds to several minutes. All the tests came back negative of course. The cat-scan looked normal of course. No one knew what the hell was going on. As a side note, it SUCKS that the first thing a doctor wants to do to you when you say you have severe abdominal pains is to jab their fingers deep into your abdomen. It's ridiculously barbaric.

Finally I decided to remove certain foods from my diet to see if anything helped. After trying a few things with no effect, I experimented with removing gluten. This was a little over a year ago, and I've been pain free ever since.
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wakemeupwhenitsover Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 12:25 PM
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12. We're locking this.
The mods are sorry & wish you all the best, but members really aren't qualified to give medical advice.

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