Various pains and VERY bloated :(

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I was wondering if anyone else has my symptoms.  I've had reflux for about 6 years now and take omeperazole and gaviscon.  Just lately I've been having pains in my left shoulder and under my arm with bad cramping pains.  The doctor is sending me for a chest X-ray but he thinks it could my reflux and will send me for a scan when chest x ray comes back.  However I seem to be really big arround my middle and really bloated.  Today was especially bad - I'm huge.  Has anyone else had these symptoms?

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    Yes, I get bloated in my upper-middle belly area.  Also get pains under shoulder blades.  I've also had chest xray, which didn't reveal much...

    I think I am going to die.

     

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    Well I hope I've got a good few years left in me too!  Getting older, bigger and more bloated ahh the joys ...
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    It sounds like ur either pregnant lol

    or irritable bowel. Try a fiber supplement and a probiotic. It takes fiber a good

    5 to 6 weeks to regulate the movements

    in your colon it keeps the colon wall

    healthy. Helps if u have diverticulitis.

    That may be something else if u t bloated and not passing gas or hear rumbling

    or gas noises moving in your stomach

    them I would talk to the dr about more testing. If ur pooping ok then it it isn't

    irritable bowel but if u see blood get nauseated and have pain go to the dr.

    Everyone should take fiber they think

    it helps prevent colon polyps it definitely helps the Swiss cheese pouches in the colon (Diverticulosis) Keeps u from getting

    more they can become inflamed but

    try the fiber and probiotics

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    PREGNANT...... Lol.  I just look it, about 10 months gone !
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    That makes sense gi girl.  I am suffering ibs at the moment - I have lots of gas but no movement.  Dr did give me a prescription for meberivine which I will start taking tomorrow.  I do eat a lot of fibre but maybe not as much as I think.
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      I LOVE GAS EX IT IS THE GREATEST DRUG ON THE MARKET. I GET GAS PAINS THAT FEEL LIKE SOMEONE IS JUMPING oN MY STOMACH. It IS ONLY GAS BUT GAS EX IS A WONDER DRUG.
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      Snap my doctor prescribed that for me last week. I have not taken any yet. Re fibre he said that you can eat too much of it and to make sure I keep my liquid intake up. I do but then have to get up several times during the night:-)

       

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    My tummy is kinda flat in the morning but it begins to get bigger in the afternoon.And i think that's bloating. I tried all the exercises to help me lose that bulge there and i follow a good diet  and no matter how i try  to trim it it's always there. so many health issues for me apart from my worst Globus  Sensation.And i also experience that pain on the shoulder which is relieved by massage and warm compress .winki just hope one day we will wake up free from these condition.wink
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      Try Metamucil or Fibercon

      if u think your tummy is full

      of air. Everybody living gets a bigger

      tummy after u wake up. You are upright talking and eating taking in air

      your belly will always bet bigger. If ur

      constipated then the fiber regulated your colon and helps the symptoms of irritable bowel constipation and or diarrhea.

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      Your. Welcome. I have a very. big

      pouch. to worry about it is. called my big fat belly and butt. Unfortunately it

      is fat not air. smile. I still take Fiber. I worked with GI drs for over 20 years.

      They told all of their patients to take

      fiber unless they were having nausea vomiting or problems swallowing

      or really bad acid reflux.

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      I should follow a diet but I really do not. But for the last 2 weeks I have been have Acid Refux Burning

      difficulty swallowing. I am having

      a Barium Swallow in a couple of

      days I have to wait 5 weeks for an EGD unless the barium swallow

      shows something. I don't know if u

      BRITS have ever tried Protonics

      it is a great PPI. It works a lot

      better then Omeprazole(Prilosec)

      but u need a prescription for it.

      Lately I have been trying to avoid soda pop sweets chips and eat softer

      foods because I feel like crap. I worked in endoscopy for over 20 plus years never had a single stomach esophageal issue ever never my throat is on fire it sucks.

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      My drs office use to be great but they became part of Christ Hospital

      Ohio. They have a clerk who answers the phone who is a witch a nasty woman who will not help you. If u really need help she tells you I will write your problem in the computer they may get back to you late the same day.

      I needed a referral since last week to get this test she will put U on hold so u go away or will dump u in a voicemailthat nobody will get till the next day or hang up on you. She had me do upset today that I drove to my drs office walked in and starting crying because I hurt so bad and was so upset. There was a room full of patients I said I was in pain I was tired of being hung up on and having chest pain and Debbie will not help me. I need a written referral. You should have seen the look on her face. I got exactly what I needed and just vented to one of the nicer staff how mean Debbie is. I only live 5 minutes from the office. I looked at her and said I can barely swallow and u just don't give a crap. From now on I am going to be driving to my drs office till they fire this person or she stops hanging up on people who need help,

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      Well done GI Girl.That Debbie or whatever kind of person she is is not helping you in any way. She must retrain or go  to other doctor's offices where patients would most likely complain more about her. My sister always experience that as well she's in Illinois.It's either the answering machine or the very cold receptionist she would deal with. She can't get upset at all because she would be under her mercy to get an appointment.Maybe she's no longer happy with her job .

      Have you tried going to A & E straightaway? I think you'll also get to play the waiting game depending on the severity of your case.

      One of the person I came across with who is much knowledgable than some of the DRs was the chemist who explained to me all about Vit B12.I can't help but compare, I would consult Dr.Google prior to an appointment with the Dr so more or less I am backed up with questions  that I can clarify for my own peace of mind. I even wrote down all my questions .To cut the story short 30 mins appointment  with the dr wherein  I already knew some of the answers vs. 10 mins vs talk to the chemist explaining to me my condition and how this Vit B 12 could possibly help me.Maybe it was her gift of the gab,but i am really buying this Vit B12 even without her telling me its indications. Point is ,she knew exactly what she's talking about and she practically discussed and covered most of the points.

      Let me know what happens next . I  am just a message away.

      Take a deep breathe.smile

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      Hi 1 Diamond Owl

      Thanks for understanding. I know what I need to do being a GI Nurse

      But my drs office has gone down Hill. What is an A&E. As far as Vitamin B12 u can get Esophagitis if u do not

      have enough vitamin b 12 I would take a vitamin b 12 supplement if it doesn't bother your throat or digestion. My dr is fine but he is really too busy to know how the staff is acting that is why I finally just went

      to the office. I complained to the office manager who never answers

      either. I am tired of this witch and I am going to start fighting back Thanks

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      After working in endoscopy why not have one rather than a barium swallow?

      I did once have one in 1983 but would not have another as I can choke just cleaning my teeth. My uncle who had angina went into cardiac arrest and died during his as did a doctor at the last practice I went to. Now I only have a Barium Swallow my Doctor (who also would not fancy having one)  said that there is now a CT scan you can have instead.

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      A&E (Accident and Emergency) is the British version of E.R. From watching TV ER 's seem to tended by more qualified staff than our A&E.

      As fans of ER we went and had a look at Cook County Hospital ibn Chicago where they 'filmed' the series. A dctor spotted us wandering around and asked if he could help us. We said that we just wanted to see where it was set. He gave us a quick tour of the hospital but not much was filmed there apart from exteriors.

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      A barium Swallow is an X-ray? You drink the die then they move u all over the place on the table. It can show u if there is a stricture plus the X-rays give you a more 3 dimensional look at the layers of mucosa. Plus he can't get me in for an EGD for awhile they would move me up if the Ba Swallow shows anything. With the EGD I can can the esophagus dialated if there is a structure plus I want them to do biopsies to check for hpylori celiac disease and the type of tissue in the esophagus.
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      I've had several Bariums at each end and can now read them quite well on the screen.

      Last year I commented that my hiatus hernia looked much smaller. The doctor surprised me by saying that it can vary in size. The time before about ten years ago the doctor doing it said "Wow, that's some reflux you have there"

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      The Acid Reflux scars the lining if the esophagus it can also effect how big

      the hiatal hernia can appear it can completely change the cell structure

      of the lining of the esophagus so if u have changed your diet decreased

      stress or the medications are working

      then u can get an improvement all around. Like I said earlier there are exercises you can do for dysphasia to strengthen the LES so it can handle the malformation which is the hiatal hernia. In the Olden days people thought ulcers were caused from stress spivey foods etc but it is bacteria anti inflammatories chemotherapy that cause ulcers. I just heard on the news this morning they have discovered a test that can diagnose IBS instead of drs just saying u have it cause they can't think of anything else. My GI dr told

      me he thinks all my Gerd reflux burning is being caused by irritable bowel. We will see. Protonix which is a stronger PPI seems to be helping a little.

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      Thank you. It is good to have a person with actual experience on the Forum.

      I twice had a duodenal ulcer and was negative for helicobator and had not been taking anti inflammatories nor had chemo. My wife also had a duodenal ulcer in similar cirumstances. After a short course of

      anti inflammatories for gout she had an endoscopy and was found to have over 60 gastric ulcers. She had been taking a PPI but it did not protect her stomach.

       

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      That's ER.My sister lives in Illinois and she got all the best GI (gastrointestinal )  drs.sorry  about the parentheses, cause i was thinking your GI could mean like GI Jane or somethingbiggrin she actually lost her voice and experienced severe hoarseness due to reflux, she was given PPI for about 3 mos ans she was completely healed.

      She's asthmatic and she keeps on clearing her throat every time.

      it is only until recently that i realized this could run in familiy.

      I took Vit B12 drops primarily due to pins and needles in my tongue, i have teeth marks on the side of my tongue so i was thinking maybe i am biting my tongue during sleep and most likely the mouth is too dry when i sleep i could be mouth breathing or having some trouble breathing i am not aware of.I feel like i'm treating one condition , in exchange of another upcoming health issue.i have dizziness today.i wanted to scream on the top of my lungs but this globus is preventing me.grr.

      everyday new symptom.sometimes i think that all the health issues i have will have a grand reunion and will just beat me.

      i try to think good thoughts and keeping my faith.take care.

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