Strange Abdominal Pain for over 6 Years

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I don't normally post on these sorts of sites/forums but I'm pretty much out of options at this point. I've been to over 20+ doctors in the past 6 years and all of them have just given me things to mask my symptoms.

In the Fall of 2012 I started having a strange pain below my left rib. I went to a doctor and they told me I had GERD and gave me some medication but it never did anything that helped. Over the course of several months I developed more symptoms including TMJ, tension headaches, and swollen sinuses. I went to another doctor for the TMJ and headaches and they said they it was caused by anxiety (I had just started going to college at this point and I was pretty on edge so I believed them). I went to an ENT doctor and they looked through my sinuses and found nothing. These symptoms never went away.

In 2016 I went to a chiropractor for my TMJ and he adjusted and stretched my jaw muscles. The next day I felt amazing, all of my symptoms had gone away and I thought that was it. After a couple of days all of my symptoms came back and nothing the chiropractor did ever helped again. This has happened several times. I will find something that fixes all of my symptoms for one day, and then they all come back and what I did to fix them the first time never works again. I'll list everything I've done to fix it here:

The first time I drank a lot of alcohol, the next day I actually felt amazing.

Stretching chest muscles with a foam roller

Stretching Hip flexor muscles

Flexeril for a short time

Xanax

Stretching Jaw Muscles

In 2017 I saw a TMJ specialist who made me a special appliance to help with my TMJ. It worked for about a week and then all of my symptoms came back. In the fall of 2017, one night I was trying to relieve my TMJ pain by stretching my jaw muscles before I went to sleep. In the morning my left ear was ringing like crazy and I couldn't hear well out of it. I went to an ENT and found out that I inexplicably lost the high frequency hearing in my left ear. I had an MRI taken of my head to make sure it wasn't caused by a tumor and they didn't find anything. I noticed that every single time I went to a doctor my blood pressure was high and they just kind of ignored it. I went to a doctor specifically for my blood pressure and they officially diagnosed me with high blood pressure. I'm a 25 year old male who exercises regularly, and eats fairly decently. I should not have high blood pressure.

This is where my symptoms all come back to abdominal pain. That slight pain under my left rib never really went away, I just got used to it because doctors always told me it was from GERD. One day I was sitting in a bean bag chair watching a movie and that spot under my rib made a crazy noise, I could feel it gurgling, and my stomach growled as if I was hungry. ALL of my symptoms immediately went away, but again it only lasted for one day. I told my doctor and they said they had no idea what that could be. I've told this to every doctor I've seen since and they all have no idea what I'm talking about and sort of avoid the subject This has happened a few times now. The first time I ever used Xanax, my abdomen made this same noise and all of my symptoms went away. A few weeks ago I was sitting in a weird position on a chair and it happened again. Same thing, I felt great for one day, and then it never worked again.

Recently I've been going to a chiropractor who is trying to help me with natural treatments. They said that I had a hiatal hernia, and I thought that was the cause of the abdominal pain but after they fixed it, I still have all of the same symptoms. They've done blood work and a food sensitivity test. My blood works shows that my body is trying to fight something off but it doesn't really show what it could be.

I'm convinced that all of my symptoms have something to do with this strange pain in my abdomen that doctors seem to just want to ignore. It's the very first symptom I ever had and when I feel it growl/gurgle, all of my other symptoms including my TMJ, go away.

Does anyone know what the heck it could possibly be?

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    you say hetia hernia and they fixed it ? how .

    you had surgery ?

    i share some of your symptoms and more . i too think i have hetia hernia ...

    my issues in my upper half im sure are coming from stomoch bit its not conclusive

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      He did some sort of test to see if I had it because I told them about the abdominal pain. I laid down on a table and he held my stomach with one hand and had me have my other hand in the air and he held my arm with him other hand. He pressed into my abdomen with him hand and had me resist he other arm pulling and if I wasn't able to resist, then I was positive for a hiatal hernia. I couldn't resist so they said I had one. They did some sort of compression technique on my abdomen and it was fixed. We did the test again the next time I was there and I didn't test positive anymore. My stomach felt a little better that day but it didn't really fix any of my symptoms though.

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    There is a phenomenon called white coat syndrome where every time you go to a doctor, your blood pressure is high because of the tension of seeing a doctor. Have you ever had an endoscopy to look for h pylori and gastritis? Pain under your ribs can be a gastritis symptom. Stress can cause gastritis and GERD.

    Have you had any change of bowel habit? Try a food diary to see if food affects the abdominal pain. Go back to your doctor and stop seeing chiropractors because they are not doctors and their adjustments don't last so you have to keep going back to them for repeated treatments which can cause nasty side effects. I would be very surprised if a chiropractor can diagnose a hiatus hernia let alone fix it! GI doctors diagnose hiatus hernias by endoscopies and some times they can be fixed by surgery.

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    I had similar coming and going symptoms caused by Hpylori. Did you test for any such possible bacterial infection? It will require breath test or endoscopy.

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    what you have is exact pain where i have it doctors told me i had ibs but was taken into hospital a few weeks ago as its very painful and surgeon looked and done tests and i dont have ibs also my doctor had me on gas tablets for years and i dont suffer from gas or heartburn but got an appointment next monday i am demanding answers and want this seen to i have a hernia but thats at bottom of stomach a feel docs are saying anything these day

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    I GET A PAIN IN THE SAME SPOT ON AND OFF. Sometimes it feels like a full feeling there. I was diagnosed with coxsackie virus A & B. Levels very high! I WAS IN AND OUT OF THE HOSPITAL IN TERRIBLE PAIN! NO one COULD FIGURE IT OUT! I ASKED FOR A VIRAL TEST. I STILL GET flare ups AND THE LEFT UPPER ABDOMINAL PAIN!

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      hi linda its very painful a still havent got answers yet am in hospital a lot with it lying down in bed is terrble hardy had a goid nights sleep in 3 years am back at doctors on monday this time am demanding answers they kept telling me it was ins filling me with tablets when i dont have it that was a surgeon that said a didnt simething has git to be done a barley can eat with it since december i have lost 3 stone xx

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      I finally went to an infectious disease doctor. viruses like coxsackie virus hide in places like your spleen, heart, and pancreas. The left side of your body are quite a few organs that could be inflamed etc. i jave been suffering with this for two years. I did not have the common symptoms that children get with this virus like mouth sores etc. It is also able to come back when your stressed, or your immune system is down. sorta like when people who had chicken pox gets the shingles when there older. SO many adults I talked to online with this virus cant get rid of it!!! and getting a diagnosis is hard because its really a kids virus. The best time to get a blood test is when your symptomatic, but it will show a recent infection if you have had it at all. BTW I HAVE to sleep with a pillow on my left side when i have a flare up! SEEK OUT INFECTIOUS DIESEASE

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      also, do your feet hurt or burn at all? Most of my pain is abdominal. ASK about BROHLMS DISEASE, caused by coxsakie. That would hurt in that area. keep me posted.

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