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I'll try to keep it short here if I can.
After over a month of suffering the most stress I've ever dealt with, nausea, no appetite, slight weight loss, panic attacks, episodes of mania, and 5 doctor visits things have sort of straightened out. In other words I've not been on any medication for my stomach (ppi's or anything) for about 3 weeks. I also haven't had much nausea if any at all for about a week now I've not taken any nausea pills for about 5 days *VERY PROUD OF MYSELF* My appetite has well and truly returned also *REALLY PLEASED*. I'm ALMOST back to normal. Now that I've been eating properly and sleeping lots like my doctor told me to I feel like I have more of a standing point as to how I feel. (If that makes sense).
"Almost back to normal" means that for the last week or so I've had the same symptoms. I've been having this "heavy" feeling in the centre of my upper abdomen right under my breastbone. I've had this sensation here and there ever since late August when I had stopped eating regularly and was nauseous a lot. I feel like I'm eliminating things as I go, so forgive me if I'm not getting straight to the point.
I have been taking my medication for my Ulcerative Colitis at the full dose now for the last 2 weeks and I feel like my lower bowels are very slowly getting back on their feet.
This "heavy" feeling feels like it has evolved somewhat over the last couple of weeks. It feels like trapped wind, it can occasionally be painful, but mostly it is just uncomfortable. It's not nauseating, but it feels like its stuck. The sensation is located right in the middle of my torso. My "upper abdominal region" if I really want to sound like I know what I'm talking about. Under my breastbone, right in the pit of my stomach. It's seriously NOT BUDGING!!!
Also it feels like I have some slight pressure on my chest, I've experienced trapped wind in my chest before, it kind of feels like that. The chest pressure thing is causing me to cough every now and then, I'm not sure why. In the past I've been known to have a "nervous cough" but I'm not sure if that's what it is. I've not freaked out about my heart or anything because I'm pretty confident that's not the problem there.
Anyway I have tried a couple of things to try and alleviate this whole feeling of "wind" if that's what it is.. For example everyday this last week I have taken a slow and gentle walk around my neighbourhood in attempt to "loosen" the feeling of wind about an hour before I eat a meal. It seemed to help one evening but it didn't make me feel 100% better. Then the next night the same walk made me feel worse a little..!?!? One day I tried a drink of Andrew's Salts, apart from finding it horrible it didn't seem to do much, so I haven't tried it again. I've still mainly stuck to drinking tapwater, no tea or coffee or alcohol. Like I said I have been eating 3 meals a day, but still relatively bland foods with fruit and veg thrown in there.
I feel like I'm lost. I saw my doctor again last week on Wednesday afternoon, he had another feel of my abdomen. ...He really went to town on me actually, he felt my throat, he pressed under my armpits (that felt really weird), he pushed on pretty much every part of my abdomen. He said everything felt fine, I had to take his word for it coz I was a little winded lol. We went through how the week previously my blood tests had a ll come back clear and required no further action. He reassured me on the fact that he was about 99% sure that I didn't have an ulcer and that he was pretty much 100% positive that I didn't have stomach cancer. I brought up the Gastritis that was suggested to me last month. The doc's words were "Pretty much everybody has Gastritis, its not a big deal at all." I asked yet again if there was anything I should try cutting out of my diet and the doc said "No I would ask that you carry on eating normally." which I have done. I was also recommended to keep a lid on my stress levels (which I've made a good start on).
So here I am. I'm eating again, sleeping better and relieved of the nausea. But I feel like I'm stuck and I'm not sure what to do with myself. I don't really feel like I'm getting better, but unlike last month where I felt sick for different reasons everyday, and was literally going mad, I suppose this is change at least. And change is better than feeling worse.
I realize I didn't keep this short at all, I apologize.
Has anybody ever gone through something like this? Has anyone ever experienced a seemingly broken stomach with slight chest pressure? Is that possibly connected? Is this all stress induced? Does everyone agree with my doctor on the fact that this is stress related damage that will take a bit of time to come back from..?
Hope someone replies with some feedback,
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