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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
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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