Severe pain in upper stomach and lower chest

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Hi I have bouts of pain in my lower chest and upper abdomen, it feels like a burning tight ache and it last all day, I also have burning sensation in my anus and lots of bloating and wind, pls I can feel churning and grinding from my stomach, I have tried just about every pain killer known to man and they make no difference, plus buscopan even steroids, I am in the process of having tests but NHS are so slow, they blame IBS ! First of all they said gallstones but have now ruled that out, its such a debilitating pain and I have to work in this condition which makes life intolerable, just wondered if anyone else has experienced these type of symptoms??

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    I have experienced symptoms similar to yourself for the last 18 months. I am unable to get a diagnosis, I've had various blood tests, an ultrasound, stool test and am currently waiting to see a gastroenterologist.

    My pain is situated in my upper left quadrant, under my ribs. I have lots of gas, belching, nausea, dizziness, fatigue, soft stools and backache.

    Tests seem to rule out:

    Gallstones

    Pancreatic problems

    Intestinal inflammation

    H pylori

    Im at a loss, its depressing sad

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      Same thing here. However it's mixed with bouts of pancreatitis.

      Have they checked for a hiatal hernia or inflammation in the stomach?

      That's what mine is.

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      Not yet but im hoping for an upper endoscopy when I see the gastro in november.

      My gp seemed to think it was gastritis brought on by ibuprofen use after my c section but im negative for h pylori (blood test)

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      That could be. I can't take any anti inflamatories.

      You are on the right track.

      Ask to be on the wait list to have your endoscopy moved up.

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    Hi Richard,

    My issues are quite similar to yours. The pain is localized to the upper left quadrant just below the rib cage. The gurgling sounds are endless. My bowel habits are aweful. I have only moved them twice in the past five weeks, and that is with enema treatment. The strangest part is the stool is very flat and mushy. The dizziness and nausea are becoming debilitating. The doctors have no clue what it is. They have ruled out Celiac Disease, IBS, Gastroenteritis, Pancreatitis, Gall Bladder stones, Kidney Stones, Appendicitis, and bowel obstruction . My blood work came back negative for diabetes, but I am severely anemic. I have opted to do research on my own and found that long time smokers, guilty as charged, can have heart troubles that don't necessarily start in the heart. The region of my pain is also where a major artery is located to help the aorta deliver blood to the lower half of the body. I am going for some testing to see if it could be that. If oxygen is not being delivered appropriately to the rest of the organs they can slow down and cause multiple symptoms imitating those of gastric measures. I hope you find out what is wrong, it has been a horrific journey for me.

    Jess

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    Hi Richard

    I have a similar type of pain that you are describing. Done several tests and still no cure. None of the Doctors could find the casue of this pain. I experience this pain everyday for about 6 hours for the last 11 years. The only thing i am living my life is through pain killers. Please tell me if u have recovered and how ??

    Thanks

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