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On reading through this forum there are a lot of us in chronic pain with apparently no known reason. I am really suffering at the minute with sharp stabbing and burning pain all around upper midriff, under breasts and around ribs. I have posted before am 58, female and live in UK. I suffer with IBS, Diverticular and GERD and am at a loss to know which one of these is causing my symptoms. I have seen GP on several occasions, they press down sternum and all around ribs, saying "oh you are tender" when I am tensed up with pain. I have been told it is probably gastritis, but offered no help, treatment or advise, then it could be arthritis which I have in my neck and upper back from years of typing or costocondritis causing referred pain. All around my underarms, tops of chest wall, skin on breasts and all around ribs underneath are agony, even the slightest touch causes pain. Is this inflammation or pain from acid, could GERD/Reflux cause this much pain? I have upped my esomeprazole with no relief, I take buscopan and mebeverine, with little relief. I cannot take ibuprofen and paracetamol is useless. I had an abdominal scan 6 months ago which showed thickening of stomach and fundus, when Googled, you get Cancer. But GP and report says thickening probably due to collapsed stomach as I could not eat before the scan and stomach was empty. I have had this pain on and off for years now, getting worse so if it was cancer I think I would have gone long ago. I just need to know how others are managing this pain and if your GP is more interested than mine and given you help. Thanks for reading
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