Can Spine/Back cause Abdominal Pain?

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Hello everyone its me again. It has been more than 18 months since I have developed this sever upper abdomen pain caused by Hpylori 7 Days Antibiotics course.

I did many tests but nothing, be it blood tests, ultrasound, endoscopy, mrcp... nothing just nothing !!

This pain has made me live a life of a disabled person as any movement whether its walking or standing or even sitting or lying down it feels like someone has punched in my stomach or it feels like a knot. Walking or doing anything aggravates the pain and my back muscles go into spasm and abdomen starts to hurt even more.

I went to a neurologist recently he ordered MRI of spine. Reports were mostly normal apart from that it says : "Straightening of the Dorsal Lumbar Curvature due to muscle spasm"

Now does any of you know anything about it? Do you think this is the reason I have been suffering from 18 months? Mind you eating doesnot effect my pain, bowls are normal. I feel pain in my upper left back and abdomen. Abdominal pain literally is killing me its always there, I can feel the pain in abdomen and upper back with deep breathing. Doing anything aggravates pain upper left back go into spasm and feels like a knot is tightening in my upper left abdomen and feels like someone punched me in my upper abdomen.

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    I haven't heard of your spine causing abdominal pain. I have a lower back injury and it doesn't affect my abdomen. Has neuralgia been mentioned?

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      No my abdomen pain and back pain are both on upper left side. I never had back pains or anything before this evil course of antibiotics. Compressed nerve can cause abdominal pain but in my case only muscle spasm and straightening of dorsal lumbar because of that, was found. Its the abdominal pain thats unbearable.

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      been suffering from more than 18 months brah antisposmadic didnt help and pain killers just mask the pain. paragablin didnt help me either. Its aggravated with standing and movement thats making docs not have an answer. Nerve endings problem etc are just an excuse from docs to give an answer to the patient.

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      Even if painkillers only mask the pain, it is still worth talking them to get some relief. Saying its a nerve ending problem could in fact be right and not necessarily an excuse to fob patients off. Doctors are generally not like that. Most of the time, they diagnose correctly and want to help.

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      Since aggravated by movement pain killers dont help much. Cant take pain killers forever and that too just to mask the pain for some relief. Good thing is I can sleep even with this pain. I have seen several doctors, its not that they want to shut the patient its that they dont think out of the box infact I am the one who requested them many tests and suggested other possibilities. Docs most of the time only focus on things that are common. Not blaming them just saying as a long time sufferer you get frustrated as no one else understands the pain you have.

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      Sometimes you have to be content with small improvements such as a little amount of pain relief from medications. It is still better than nothing. My joints are constantly sore in Great Britain and the variable weather keeps them like that. There is nothing I can do about it so I know I just have to accept it and get on with my life. Some days are better than others and at times I can have weeks of constant pain, tingling and numbness. When I go to Italy, I know I will be symptom free most of the time because the weather is mainly hot. Unfortunately, when nothing can be done, you have to accept it otherwise it will drag you down. As long as the problem is not caused by something life threatening,then you have have something to be thankful for. You have had all the tests and nothing has shown up, so your best option is to try and relax, concentrate on things you enjoy to distract you from the pain and take painkillers to mask the pain even a little bit.

      Sometimes strong medications can cause neuropathy. Perhaps this is the cause? If it is a nerve problem, painkillers tend only to mask the pain at best. Accepting the pain can help you to live with it better. This works for me.

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      Yup you are right. Its just that I try to avoid pain medicine as much as I can, out of fear that they might do more damage than good. I understand your point of view and yes you are right.

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      I try to avoid pain meds too as much possible unless I need them. Taking them sporadically should be fine. You could ask for a nerve conduction test to diagnose neuropathy or they can identify it based on your symptoms alone; that's how mine got diagnosed.

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      Doc didnt bother with Nerve Conduction Test although I remember mentioning it but he ordered MRI of the Spine instead, maybe because NCT was not required in my case. He did ask me whether I feel pain in my legs or anywhere else, I only experience pain in my upper abdomen and back so the answer was no.

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      What did your doctor suggest you take to help this pain? I still think painkillers would be you best option to at least reduce your pain. When I am in a lot of pain, I take painkillers.

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