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Bloated,painful/tender to touch entire stomach, cramps but can't fart

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Hello ladies, I'm just forewarning you all that this post is a question about my healthy, not my sons. I probably could've made it shorter but i feel I need to include all these details, because I'm hoping one of you may have dealt with this before and have some suggestions.





A few weeks ago I woke up with debilitating pain in my upper stomach, right under the tip of my breast bone. It didnt last long, but I felt really nauseous and tried my best to not puke and go back to sleep. When I woke up at 3AM to get ready for my 7 day a week paper route, I felt even more nauseous then earlier and I didn't make it three minutes before running to the bathroom and puking up everything I ate the day before and some stomach acid to top it off. I took quick hot shower because ever since I can remember, hot showers are the only thing that make me feel better when I'm ANY kind of sick. BF offered to do the route for me but I thought the puking was the end of it. It wasn't. I was nauseous the entire time and couldn't help him, just sat in the backseat trying not to puke, nibbling on crackers. I made him drive me to a gas station bathroom at one point during the 2 hour paper route. I pooped and it ripped my hole apart and I again, thought that was the culprit and I'd be fine. Wrong again. After the route, we made the 30 minute trek To our NA meeting in Cleveland and I thought I was Doing better cuz I found a lay down position helped with the nausea. My son wakes up in the carseat in the back and I climb back there to lean over his seat and nurse him so hell hopefully back asleep. Not even two seconds into nursing him i puke all over the floor of our van. Stomach acid, crackers and applesauce. My sons screaming and I go Back to feeding him and he falls back asleep. Back at home about an hour later, BF has to be at work at 8 and now I'm gettin stomach cramps so bad that I'm keeled over in the fetal position clenching my stomach and teeth until the pain passes. It would hit every couple minutes and last for what felt like the longest 30 seconds of my life! My mom has to work later on so my BF calls off so he can help me throughout the day, but he still has to drop a bunch of tools off at the job site a half hour away, so this leaves my ma helping me with my son for a few hours. The pain gets worse and I'm using a heating pad and its KIND of helping. Now my entire body is aching, in parts that make absolutely no sense because they seemingly have nothin to do with stomach illnesses. Both of my hips hurt, my knees, and my entire back from top to bottom and all up and down the sides is hurting. But the lower back above my buttcrack and the way across Is throbbing, like sciatica. Mom rubs my back and heating pad helps the aches but not the stomach. I end up puking again when I go to nurse my son and he lays on my stomach the wrong way. This in turn caused me to dry heave for a few minutes because I was empty inside, and the heaving caused pain all over.





I call my doctor and she says I need to go to the ER if my pain is above a 6 on a 1-10 scale, and I had told her mine was a definite 9. Even though I KNOW those nurses HATE being asked these types of questions and they DONT have an accurate answer to give, I still asked what the wait time was anyways if I were to come right that second. 'At least expect a 4 hour wait ma'am'. And the other hospital in my area said 2 hours. There was no way in hell I could do that because I had my 16 month old son with me and no one to watch him since my ma was leaving for work soon and Tim wasn't home yet. I didn't go to the ER and within three hours the pain subsided enough that I could function, but the nauseousness was ever present. I was able to sleep that night without puking again and the next AM I called my doc again, hoping shed see me since my pain level went way down. She gave me an appointment with her nurse practitioner because she was packed. At the appointment she prescribed me Compazine for the nausea but couldn't tell me what was causing it until got my tests done that she was ordering: a full abdomen ultrasound and blood work. Got the tests done the next day and felt alot better, not many stomach cramps but still slight nausea. Two days later I got two seperate letters in the mail with my test results. Both were completely negative. Everything tested was normal. That was that? So my doc couldn't tell me what she thought it Was then?? I just decided it was the worst gas pain I've ever had and hoped it never happened again.





About a week later, a few days after Christmas, my son randomly projectile pukes right after waking up and nursing. He does this a few more times throughout the day and when I call the 24 hour baby sick line, they tell me he's just got a stomach bug/flu and to keep him hydrated. They asked if anyone had been sick recently in our home and when I mentioned my symptoms, she said I probably had the same stomach bug but everyone handles it differently and experiences different symptoms and pain. My baby got Better quickly, thank god it was the next day! I forgot about our stomach bugs because I didn't expect either of us to get sick like that again.





Well, just last night I wake up with insanely horrible stomach cramps in my upper abs, right below my Breast bone. I automatically get worried I'm getting the same crap from last time, but it doesn't get worse, it just stays a really tense, hard pain. Then it spreads through my whole stomach, and its now very painful to touch anywhere on my stomach but mostly like 2 inches out from my belly button all the way around in a circle around my navel. It's like bloated mess, tender, and it feels like very strong , stuck gas. I take a gas ex and it doesn't help. I take pepto and there's still no relief. I can also feel hard lumps on lower stomach, like alone my waist line where my jeans stop, and they're painful to press into. This stomach pain that's throughout my whole tummy also goes down all the way to below my belly button as far down as ones stomach can go, and that area is also very tender to touch. I get some farts out at some point but not as many as I know I need to. I also go poop twice thinkin this will help and it doesn't. Instead it KILLS to try pushing to go to the bathroom or push the gas out. Makes my entire stomach tighten up and spasm when I push. So pooping twice didnt help it just hurt. If there's nothing wrong me and I got every single test done and had negative results, what the hell is wrong with me!?its not the same pains as last time because its not SO severe that I can't function, and this times actually feels like I'm bloated and filled with gas but can't relieve any of it... An I seriously just experiencing flatulence AGAIN and I just get different painful cramps every time!? Cuz I can't possibly have this as a frequent thing... That'll effect my life and mothering negatively.





Has anyone else ever had this Happen? What do you do when it happens? And no it's not constipation obviously because I can poop and am always regular.i don't eat alot of gassy foods either.



EDIT: 1/9/13

After reading the very small amount of responses i received

(sorry I was just hopin more women would read it because then there'd be a much higher chance of someone knowing what this is, or what to do in my situation. But my OP was probably way too long to continue reading for most members :( , so thanks so much to all the moms who did read it entirely and take the time to offer your suggestions! Xoxox)

I decided I should edit the OP to remind you that I DID go to a doc before Xmas when the first bout of severe pain occurred, I DID get a full tummy ultrasound and blood work to rule out infection-ALL those tests came back 100% normal. It was three weeks ago that I went to the doc and I haven't had any pain since then, up until yesterday. And the two occurrences are completely different pains, and the first time was debilitating with nausea and body aches, whereas this time is just bad bad bloatedness and a tender hard stomach. And to the few commenters who said 'appendicitis, gallstones, kidney, go to your doc or ER ASAP!' : I had an ultrasound that would've showed if I had ANY of these, therefore I DONT, that's why I posted this to see wtf could be my problem.



I called the doc who ordered the tests the other day, and asked her what could be the problem if my tests are clear. She told me to go see my GI doctor, so I made an appointment and can't get in until the end of the month. I decided today I'm switching doctors too because I think mine Is a useless lazy bitch because she could've told ME I need to follow up with a specialist; but instead I had to call HER to ask HER what I should do because she KNOWS my tests came back normal and yet left it at that. Pretty much saying 'I don't know what your deal is, sorry can't help.' .... Wtf she's a DOCTOR!!!

Most recent edit for any ladies that have been giving me great advice an want to know the update, here it is if anyone's still following this thread:

Got into a local GI doc that my primary referred me to, only because my Gi doc from a different health practice couldn't get me til jan 28 & I didn't want to wait that long. So I went there expecting to get some answers and a colonoscopy scheduled. He shows up two hours later so my sons incredibly fussy and he sees me for two minutes and is rushed the entire time, not wanting to answer my questions but I kept asking away but didnt get ONE solid answer or explanation. All he said was he can't do a colonoscopy until I'm done nursing because of the anestsia used. He said he CAN do the other one that uses a throat scope because its possible to have that procedure without gettin anesthetics BUT he's 'not giving me that unless my symptoms don't subside and I absolutely feel the need to call him back.' Wtf!? He then says he's prescribing me Prevacid or Prilosec. I say 'um why? What's that for?' He Says reflux and heartburn and I say 'I know what's its FOR but why should *i* be taking this when those aren't my symptoms?' He Says 'because it may be reflux causing your pain.' I swear my jaw dropped. I had Already explained to him In detail the severe pain I was having followed by random bouts of different stomach symptoms but I said AGAIN 'um I don't think it's reflux; I have severe pain Etc etc etc, what could it be!?' He didn't give me ONE frickin helpful response! No 'well it's definitely not this' or 'it could be this' or 'let's try this'.... Nothing! He said add more fiber and water to my diet and see what foods upset my stomach. Wow doc thanks. I already knew that!!!
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xxshelbyxxx
by Member on Jan. 11, 2013 at 7:50 AM
Oh gosh I'm so glad she's ok now! That must've been so hard at her age though, I can't even imagine! And that doctor? Holy crap I would've tried to sue (probably wouldn't have worked because obviously tests fail all the time) but I'm the kind of person who doesn't handle things like that lightly. I wish I was more calm but .... I'm not, I would've laid into her bad.

The food journal is a really good idea too, thanks for that! I've actually seen that suggestion on a few things I've read online about lactose intolerance and gluten intolerance because that's really the only way to figure out if you have one those problems. I guess I should've started doing the journal right away because since my original stomach pain that prompted me to make this post, I've had a few more issues with different random pains, spasms, bloatedness, diarrhea, and a distended stomach. I'm gonna start doing that today; what a great idea. I just hope to god I'm not lactose because I love love love milk and I've tried my moms soy milk and it tastes nothing like milk!! Ew. I mean I could probably get used to it if I absolutely had to but it's so frothy and sweet, that's why I don't understand why companies or doctors say to switch from dairy milk to soy, almond or goats because none of those taste like milk to me:

Sorry I blabbed on n on about nothing relevant, I tend to do that from time to time. But thanks so much for the suggestions and sharing you story, it's helped alot already. Xoxo


Quoting momof6nokc:

My mom is fine now :o) 

If your symptoms persist then yes, you need to ask for more testing. The one thing I would recommend is that you start a food journal.  My mom was VERY consistent---any time she ate a fatty/greasy meal she became violently ill.  It was like clockwork.  Her symptoms were textbook gallbladder yet the doctor continued to rely on TESTS and gave the tests more value than my mother's description of her illness.

By the time my mother's gallbladder showed how sick it was my mother was critically ill.  Had the doctor LISTENED to my mother at any point she would have known the gallbladder was bad.  Hell, I'm not a doctor and *I* knew!

Yes, we fired the doctor immediately.  She had the nerve to call me on my cell while my mom was in the hospital and tell me that if we had just given her "more time" she would have figured it out.  Yeah, and my mom would have been DEAD.

So start a food journal, monitor all your symptoms and continue to try to find answers.


Quoting xxshelbyxxx:

Omg omg! That's so scary! So do you think I should demand another test!? Shit this story makes me wanna get a ultrasound once weekly until they find wtf they've been missing ya know?? I'm so sorry your ma went through that! Is she ok now? I'd want to sue if they caused me all that trouble cuz you'd think it'd be the IT persons fault for not getting clear enough images.





Quoting momof6nokc:

My mom suffered for about 6 months with bouts of intense stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhea.  She saw her doctor several times and all tests came back fine. 

One night she called me and said she simply HAD to go to the ER---she was so sick.   They did an ultrasound of her gallbladder AGAIN (she'd had several in the previous months) and they found gallstones, however her bloodwork wasn't showing anything amiss.

They admitted her to the hospital and scheduled her for surgery in the afternoon. I went home to sleep a few hours and when I got back up to see her she was YELLOW. 

The gallstones had blocked a bile duct and now her liver was involved. 

When the doc took the gallbladder out he had to end up doing a full abdominal incision as the gallbladder was too "sludgey" to remove laparoscopically.  She ended up spending a full week in the hospital and then had to go to physical rehab (she's in her 70's).  The surgeon said the gallbladder doesn't always show how sick it is until it goes totally bad.  :o(



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xxshelbyxxx
by Member on Jan. 11, 2013 at 7:58 AM
Omg wait wait wait, so they DO out you to sleep for these procedures nowadays?! Then of course I won't be afraid! Lol I was terrified to have some huge tube pump liquid into my ass and feel the entire process! Ewwww! My moms the one who told me id be awake but she also said not to go by what she says cuz hers was like 15 years ago and things have changed drastically since then obviously. She said she was wide awake and it didnt hurt it was just a little awkward cuz she was on all fours on a table with her ass in the air then they lubed up a tube and VWOLA! She said she told them to stop because she started feelin like there was too much liquid going in n she wanted to explode. Ewww again!

Ok, so back to what you said. Sorry for the gross details but I had to explain why I am so terrified to get this whole thing done. So you said they do knock you out, you don't feel anything and when you wake up your bum doesn't hurt? That's great news ! Lol yay! And you have to fast beforehand? Along with taking laxatives?? That's crappy I hate taking any of those things that make you HAVE to go unless I'm constipated, because lax make me go foreverrr! Ok so thanks for the info, this is awesome advice cuz now I'm not so worried! Sorry for the long type but I had to get it all out. Wow


Quoting Dqnana:

Do NOT be afraid of a colonoscopy.  The "prep" is a bit tiresome ... only clear liquid and jello that is not red in color, drinking whatever is in fashion that will "clear you out" and not being more than 5 feet from the commode while you are in the process ... but it is not a bad feeling to be as "clean as a whistle"!!  The actual procedure is totally painless and the drugs are GREAT!!  You are asleep INSTANTLY, it only lasts for a short time and you wake with almost no grogginess.  You will need someone to drive you, however ... but the nurses in these facilities are usually wonderful and funny and helpful.  Getting the "all clear" from the doc after an exam like this is a REALLY good feeling.  MUCH better to know what is going on.  


Quoting xxshelbyxxx:

Wow! What a horrible thing to experience! But that very well may be what I'm suffering from because no doc has found anything wrong, although I did make a GI appt for next week so well see. I know this is a dumb question but does a colonoscopy hurt??





Quoting Dqnana:

The "lumps" in your belly may very well be the enlarged lymph nodes.  Grandson had ultrasounds, also ... nothing conclusive except that he was also a bit constipated.  When he finally felt like eating again, things began rumbling.  took an extra day to achieve "Code Brown", but then the results were impressive. This is caused by a virus ... nothing to do but wait it out and take tylenol or whathaveyou. Drink lots of fluid and wait for it to pass.  No definitive diagnostic test that I know of.  May be worth mentioning to the doc.  BIL was in a lot of pain when he had his bout ... he thought it might have been gallbladder or appendix.  Nauseous, painful couple of days.  A gastro doc may suggest a colonoscopy to see if you are suffering from diverticulitis.  Small pocket in the intestine that can "catch" debris as it passes through, becomes inflamed and infected.  Also very painful and can come on suddenly.  Hope you are feeling better soon!  Good luck to you!!



Quoting xxshelbyxxx:

Ok thanks, I'm gonna look it up now. Do you know how it's diagnosed , like what are the tests done for it? Cuz I had an ultrasound of my entire tummy region and everything came back normal.








Quoting Dqnana:


"Mesenteric lymphadenitis is an inflammation of lymph nodes. The lymph nodes that become inflamed are in a membrane that attaches the intestine to the abdominal wall.

These lymph nodes are among the hundreds that help your body fight disease. They trap and destroy microscopic "invaders" like viruses or bacteria."

My grandson just had a bout of this ... can also present like a case of appendicitis.  Usually seen in children and teens, but my 60-something BIL also had an episode.  Google it and check it out.



Mesenteric lymphadenitis often causes abdominal pain. It is most common in children and teens.









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chrismom0306
by on Jan. 11, 2013 at 9:15 AM
It's all good


Quoting xxshelbyxxx:

No no no, don't be mad I'm sorry I came off sounding like a bitch, I wasn't trying to be I'm really seriously sorry! I just asked if I said that I was at a doc already and got an ultrasound because I thought I mentioned that in my OP and if I didn't I was gonna go back and edit it to add it in there... Sorry girl, my bad..




Quoting chrismom0306:

Well sorry. Didn't mean to make u repeat yourself. I assumed u meant ur lower abdomen and ur gallbladder is under ur rib cage. Sorry for trying to help






Quoting xxshelbyxxx:

Yes, I thought I included that part in my entry about how I went to my doc and she ordered tests : a full ultrasound of my abs which would cover any of those things , along with blood work. All my results were normal.








Quoting chrismom0306:

Did they check your gallbladder? If not I would have them check that




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TerriAnne2606
by on Jan. 11, 2013 at 10:19 AM

I would find another doctor.  You do not have to take the "everythings fine now so go away" type of answer.  Keep digging.  Start a food journal, start a journal to figure out if there's a pattern to the pain - like a certain time of the month or if you went swimming that day or whatever.  I was actually pregnant with my youngest this last time and ended up in the LDR.  They were worried it was appendicitis. They were going to do surgery on me - while I was 5 months pregnant.  they did an ultrasound and couldn't see anything, then put me on a penicillian drip in case my appedix burst which was a total mistake.  Less than 5 minutes later, my husband RAN down to the nurses station because I was having an allergic reaction to the antibiotic.  They immediately took out the IV, put me on bendryl and since we'd already waited about 2 or 3 hours, and the pain was subsiding, they kept me in the LDR for another 4 hours then sent me home.  I've had a couple other "episodes" but nothing that severe and they think it was because of the hormones.   

Quoting xxshelbyxxx:

Omg see!? That's so scary! Because I swear I feel like something HAS to be wrong or else i wouldn't have frequent stomach problems ya know? That's why I don't understand how my doc could just kinda 'let it go' after my tests came back normal, like why wouldn't she suggest going to a Gi doc or like another mom on here suggested, starting a food journal to see if I'm lactose or gluten intolerant? It's like she just brushed it off as gas since my tests were normal...

So with your cysts, how long or how many tests did it take for them to find them and was it in an ultrasound that they eventually saw them? And also, were you having the same kinda symptoms I get? Because its not even JUST my stomach half the time, it's like under my stomach above my pubic line and all the way across horizontally and there will be hard lumps that ache sometimes and hurt to press on. And the spasms go throughout my entire stomache, back and lower region, even my b hole when I try to pool or fart.

Sorry for typing so much I'm just trying to get to the bottom of this and asking you ladies questions is helping me get a little clearer picture. So thank you


Quoting TerriAnne2606:

Mine did not.  


Quoting xxshelbyxxx:

That's what I was thinking when I looked online the other day for my symptoms because the cysts had one symptom I have that no other illness had listed.. But I assumed they'd show up on a ultrasound... You're saying they don't?





Quoting TerriAnne2606:

Okay -just brainstorming. What about a cyst on an ovary?  I know how truly painful that is and yet they cannot see anything when I have them on xray or ct scan or mri...  Again - just brainstorming...  

Hugz



Quoting xxshelbyxxx:

No no no no it's not that I promise you! I'd be DYING from pain if it were that. Like I said in my OP, the pain I'm having now isnt even the same pain as the time before Xmas that I went to the doc for, that was debilitating, this I can handle, I'm just confused cuz if nothing came up on my tests then WHAT could be causing this!?








Quoting TerriAnne2606:

Appendicitis?  I'd go to the ER - make your mom go to work late or Tim come home NOW to take you.










jsbuck
by Member on Jan. 11, 2013 at 10:41 AM

 I had some severe abdominal cramping and it turned out to be a food allergy/sensitivity.  You might want to go that route with the GI dr.  I had to have a colonoscopy because shortly after the stomach pain I started passing blood in my stool.  My colon was tore up - all because of MILK (dairy).  I took it out of my diet and I have been fine since. 

Bmat
by Barb on Jan. 11, 2013 at 10:48 AM

Not until the end of the month!? and you are in so much pain!  Anyway, I hope you feel better soon.

Quoting xxshelbyxxx:

...
I called the doc who ordered the tests the other day, and asked her what could be the problem if my tests are clear. She told me to go see my GI doctor, so I made an appointment and can't get in until the end of the month. I decided today I'm switching doctors too because I think mine Is a useless lazy bitch because she could've told ME I need to follow up with a specialist; but instead I had to call HER to ask HER what I should do because she KNOWS my tests came back normal and yet left it at that. Pretty much saying 'I don't know what your deal is, sorry can't help.' .... Wtf she's a DOCTOR!!!


Bmat
by Barb on Jan. 11, 2013 at 10:48 AM

Thank you for posting. I never would have thought that milk allergy would do this. Glad you are feeling better.

Quoting jsbuck:

 I had some severe abdominal cramping and it turned out to be a food allergy/sensitivity.  You might want to go that route with the GI dr.  I had to have a colonoscopy because shortly after the stomach pain I started passing blood in my stool.  My colon was tore up - all because of MILK (dairy).  I took it out of my diet and I have been fine since. 


jsbuck
by Member on Jan. 11, 2013 at 10:51 AM

 Oh, and I had to self diagnose because the GI dr refused to acknowledge that a food would do this to my intestines.  I had given up all forms of dairy while I was breastfeeding my ds who had a milk allergy.  It was out of my diet for 3 yrs.  When I started eating it again it only took about 6 months for my body to reject it.  It was the only thing I had done differently in those 6 months. 

The GI dr said my colon looked like I had taken an aspirin overdose.

I think keeping a food journal is  a good idea, but keep in mind that it takes about 2-4 weeks for your body to clear traces of foods, so if you take a food out of your diet you have to give your body enough time to clear it.

Bmat
by Barb on Jan. 11, 2013 at 10:56 AM

Thank you.  All forms of dairy?  My doctor said I was lactose intolerant- I don't have nearly the symptoms that you did, but if I can limit the problem foods I will. I asked about yogurt and was told this would be OK.

Quoting jsbuck:

 Oh, and I had to self diagnose because the GI dr refused to acknowledge that a food would do this to my intestines.  I had given up all forms of dairy while I was breastfeeding my ds who had a milk allergy.  It was out of my diet for 3 yrs.  When I started eating it again it only took about 6 months for my body to reject it.  It was the only thing I had done differently in those 6 months. 

The GI dr said my colon looked like I had taken an aspirin overdose.

I think keeping a food journal is  a good idea, but keep in mind that it takes about 2-4 weeks for your body to clear traces of foods, so if you take a food out of your diet your have to give your body enough time to clear it.


jsbuck
by Member on Jan. 11, 2013 at 11:19 AM
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 Yes, all forms, I couldn't have anything that had milk, whey, cheese and a whole list of other ingredients.  I have to read every label before I eat or drink something.  Lactose intolerance and milk allergy are different, though.  When you are lactose intolerant your body can't break down the lactose in dairy products.  When you have an allergy your body treats it as an invader and attacks it.

I would do your own research on yogurt, from what I read it can also cause problems.  One thing I have learned from all this is that only I know my body well enough to know what is going on.  My dr swore he had never seen an adult case of milk allergy causing your intestines to bleed and he had been practicing for 25 years.  Yeah, well cause and effect buddy.....I know that removing milk stopped my symptoms.

Quoting Bmat:

Thank you.  All forms of dairy?  My doctor said I was lactose intolerant- I don't have nearly the symptoms that you did, but if I can limit the problem foods I will. I asked about yogurt and was told this would be OK.

Quoting jsbuck:

 Oh, and I had to self diagnose because the GI dr refused to acknowledge that a food would do this to my intestines.  I had given up all forms of dairy while I was breastfeeding my ds who had a milk allergy.  It was out of my diet for 3 yrs.  When I started eating it again it only took about 6 months for my body to reject it.  It was the only thing I had done differently in those 6 months. 

The GI dr said my colon looked like I had taken an aspirin overdose.

I think keeping a food journal is  a good idea, but keep in mind that it takes about 2-4 weeks for your body to clear traces of foods, so if you take a food out of your diet your have to give your body enough time to clear it.


 

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