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I am a 23 year old, female looking for some guidance/reassurance.
I've always been fairly healthy but I have been in constant contact with my doctor for 7months now.
I started having sharp pains that appeared to be starting in my abdomen and working up my chest. This began a process of trial and error.
Naproxen (Chest Wall Strain) - Failed
Omeprazole (Gastritis) - Failed
Blood Tests - Fine
Chest X-Ray - Fine
I was then given a spirometry for asthma, although my doctor was sure that was not the problem, and it turned out I was indeed asthmatic. That led us off course for a little believing that this was the cause of my pain. However after getting on well with my inhalers I noticed that the pain in my abdomen was still present. I could go days feeling fine and then other days I would be crippled. The trial and error process began again.
Zantac (Gastritis) - Failed
Lansoprazole (Gastritis) - Failed
Breath Test (Helicobacter) - Negative
Blood Test (Celiac) - Negative
During this time I ended up in A&E on nights that my pain was so severe I could barely walk to receive strong painkillers. When it's been at its worse I can be in pain for anything between a few days to 3 weeks. I've had about 3 spells of this severe pain over the 7 months. On a day to day basis I get on fine with taking tablets but can't remember the last time I felt fit and healthy.
Some of my other symptoms include losing 1 stone and 12 Ibs in the past 3/4months without any form of dieting and doesn't seem to be slowing down at all, either jet black stools or extremely loose, sometimes worm like stools. I can't remember the last time I went to the toilet and thought yeah that's quite normal. I often feel bloated and although my severe pains don't occur daily I live in pretty much constant discomfort.
From what I can tell no food or drink seems to aggravate my pains further.
I am now being sent for an ultasound next week to check my gallbladder and an endoscopy (minimum 12 week wait I was told, although my doctor has contacted my new gastro consultant to speed this up but still to hear back).
I'm really only wondering if anyone has experienced something similar. From my own research on the internet I only seem to be scaring myself. I think its the possible 12 week wait for my endoscopy before I get any answers that is really frustrating me.
Any help or advice anyone could offer would be great.
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