Gnawing and painful stomach aches.

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So for about 5 weeks I've had frequent gnawing and painful stomach aches. I'm currently taking omeprazole to see if it's acid and I've also had a blood test and a stool test which have both come back fine. My next option is for an endoscopy but I suffer from severe anxiety and this stomach problem just fuels it so there's no way I would be able to make it. Ive read about ibs and that but I have no idea whether I have that or not. Has anyone got any idea what this is or had similar symptoms?

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    Hey  Aaron,

    Sorry to hear about your aches. I frequently get stomach aches, and from what you've seen on these forums, there's a million and one types, causes, symptoms and solutions. It's a real mess down in the stomach if you ask me. The Chinese believe it is the second brain and is heavily influenced by outside stresses.

    I too suffer from anxiety, pretty bad too (which doesn't help with the stomach aches to be honest - it's all connected you know). I've had 2 endoscopies in the last 4 years. To be brutally honest and I'm not joking, if you ask for it with sedation - you feel nothing at all - perhaps a little discomfort after the drugs wear off, but to be honest it's like being a pleasant drunk (or mellow high, which during my 20's was a semi-regular occurrence).

    The thing about the endoscopy is it will tell you exactly what's wrong, so just get it over with and hoepfully you'll get some good news and can treat your stomach ache.

    Good luck ok and let me know how it goes!

     

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      Hi Aaron,

      Yes, they found that I have gastritis, acid reflux and Barrett Oesophagus (which I'm still waiting for biopsy results from). Fingers crossed it's nothing, because if you really want to stress yourself out, the internet is the ideal place to go insane with worry.

      In the meantime I've been prescribed Omeprazol 40g twice a day, and to be honest it is helpìng.

      I've also been told to watch my diet, although I eat healthy and varied, the 2 things I will miss dearly are chocolate and the occasional beer or glass of wine.

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    Ask for a Virtual gastroscopy.

    Radiological imaging technique. The patient is given gas-forming granules to swallow. These has distends the stomach, stretching the normally collapse folds of stomach. The air also acts as a contrast media to outline the mcosal folds. CT, or less commonly MR, imaging is then performed.

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    You could always have a barium meal/enema which is less invasive.  I was very unwell after an endoscopy and it took three weeks to recover from it.  I had a very bad reaction to the sedation and got severe depression.  Sedation can play on your emotions and if you are an anxious person like me, it can heighten the effect.

    Go back to your doctor and say that you are too anxious about the endoscopy.  You can always have a local numbing spray on your throat instead of sedation.  This is another option.

    Regarding IBS, if you are having a change in bowel habits, you get relief of pain after a bowel movement and incomplete evacuation, you may have IBS.  The common pattern of IBS is pain that moves all over your stomach and is not confined to one location of your abdomen.  Sometimes, certain foods or stress trigger pain.  If you have had any significant stress recently, this may be the cause.  Try keeping a food diary to see if any foods are the culprit.  Have you introduced any new foods into your diet?

     

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      Stress will make your stomach pain worse.  Definitely speak to your doctor about alternative stomach tests that will be better for your anxiety. If you need any stomach investigations done,  I have a lot of sensitivities, a low pain threshold and anxiety about medical procedures.  It makes going to the dentist, having blood tests or other examinations a nightmare.  Everytime, I have to list all my issues so that I feel the least pain possible, preferably none at all if I can help it.

      Even opticians are stressful for me so I just avoid it and go closer to the object I want to see, use a magnifying glass and rely on HD screens and the zoom function on my tablet.

       

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    Hi Arron, so sorry to hear about you feeling rubbish and assocoated anxieties about endoscopy. I'm replying because I'm in the same position! I've been suffering mid-right quadrant pain since May. I don't have reflux, gas, diarrhoea, constipation, change in appetite, weight loss nothing. Just pain and bloating, as well as a feeling there is a swelling/blockage when I bend over on most occasions). Have been treated with lansoprazole and antibiotics twice to no avail. I've had two ultrasound scans which have shown gall bladder, spleen, liver, kidneys, aorta etc all clear however gastroenterologist is adamant I have gall stones so is sending me for gastroscopy next Monday (I've cancelled it twice due to severe anxiety about the procedure). I have had to try and get my head in a place to accept that without this procedure I cannot get any answers (even though in all honesty I don't expect anything to be found as the location is more likely to be bowel related in my opinion), but I have to jump through the hoops of the cheaper procedures as I was told if thie gastroscopy shows nothing I can have an MRI scan which is definately my preference. I intend to have sedation as Iwant to have no knowledge of what is happening to me - frineds and relatives who have had theri throat numbed have said "it was the worst thing I've ever had to endure and would never put myself through it again", hence the desire to be out of it totally. As my procedure is iminent Iwill happily share my NHS experience withyou if you wish. Best of luck :-)

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      That would be great. My anxiety rules my life and it wouldn't surprise me if it all just turned out to be from my stress. Ive tried many ways to get rid of my anxiety for the past 5 years. Been through many meds and therapists and now ive got this stomach problem and it's put me in a vicious circle of hell. My stress and anxiety make it worse but I can't control it. Hopefully it all goes well for you.

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      Thankyou, I understand your anxiety plays a large part so I hope I can give you some positive info after Monday - have to admit I'mbloody terrified!

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      Yeah I would be too, being out my house is hard enough at the moment. It's just annoying because my stress fuels my stomach pain and my stomach pain fuels my stress so I'm stuck.

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