The gluten free diet did not seem to change much - although it seems to be a healthier path overall. That said, I couldn't pass up the bread that easily!
What seemed to lower the intensity of my pain was getting a prescription of desipramine - an anti-depressant. The desipramine seemed to "calm" things down quite a bit. Although I still have constant discomfort below my left rib cage, it's far more tolerable and much less intense. I noticed a change within 7 days of taking desipramine.View Thread
Sounds like you're having some of the same symptoms a lot of us are having. What was it that prompted the colonscopy? If you were having symptoms that caused your doc to order the colonoscopy, maybe it's related to that.
Try removing gluten and/or lactose from your diet for a while to see if that helps. We're all searching for answers here, but it could be that you have a sensitivy to gluten or lactose.
Let us know if you get better and what you did - a ton of the posts on this forum seem to be related.View Thread
Sounds similar to some of the symptoms I had. My pain started in the mid-back region and felt like I had a muscle pull - after several hot showers, ibuprofen, heating pads, the pain was constant and not relieved by anything. The pain radiated to the front chest area - basically as if I had a shotgun blast through my back to the front. For me, turned out to be pancreatitis likely caused by a gallbladder attached. Gallstones were confimed the next day by ultrasound. Shortly after my gallbladder attack, I had pain in my lower abdomen that creeped up the side and has settled under my left ribcage for several weeks. All of my tests have come back negative, so the docs still don't know what it is.
However, I started a gluten-free and lactose-free diet and the pain has slowed down drastically. It's almost gone. Prevacid will only help your acid reflux symptoms and wouldn't help with issues like pancreatitus. Your primary doc could do some basic bloodwork to check kidney, liver, pancreas. I'd suggest that you see your primary care doc to get some of those things eliminated prior to your endoscopy
That said, I know you're worried. I'm the worst at assuming the worst, so I'm in your shoes. Stress can actually create some of the symtoms you're having, so do your best to keep even until the docs do their magic. Good luck to you!View Thread
400mg? I was on 40mg - I can't imagine you're taking 10x that amount!!! Whoa. It would be worth exploring whether your gallbladder is functioning correctly - I've read numerous posts about how acid reflux is a warning sign of a failing gallbladder. I've seen a million posts of people who no longer need acid reflux meds after gb removal. It's worth exploring because 400mg of Omeprazole is just masking the real issue. Good luck!View Thread
GB is on the right, but your GB could be aggravating your pancreas. That said, some simple bloodwork could confirm kidney, pancreas, liver function. An endoscopy could confirm upper digestive issue (e.g. problems with upper portion of intestine, stomach, esophagus). Have you tried removing dairy/lactose from your diet? How about a gluten-free diet? Keep a diary of what you eat and when your body is in pain - you may be able to correlate certain foods/triggers. Good luck!View Thread
I'm having similar issues - I just created a post as well. I've had good colonoscopy, endoscopy results as well as bloodwork showing good function of kidneys, liver, pancreas. Still no diagnosis - I'm starting a gluten-free diet and will likely remove dairy from the mix as well. Also starting to take probiotics and removing myself from Omeprazole. Let me know how it goes, because it seems we have similar issues...View Thread
Gallbladder removed about 8 weeks ago. About a week after my gallbladder attack, I started having some abdominal pain in my lower left ab area. That pain progressed to the left ab and has now settled in to constant (several hours per day, worsens at night) pain around my lower left ribcage. CT scan showed lower left ab swollen, but colonoscopy, endoscopy looked fine.
The pain doesn't seem to worsen or change with food - it starts shortly after I wake up and generally is on and off all day, with the worse pain in the evenings as I "settle in" to TV. Lying down seems to aggravate the pain because of the, ahem, excess weight I carry, so watching TV in bed usually irritates the upper/left ab pain. It gets sensitive to the touch - even a hug irritates it and I can no longer sleep on my left side.
Basic bloodwork showed normal kidney, pancreas, liver function.
I've started a gluten free diet and I will likely also remove dairy to see if I've got some sort of food allergy. I'm going to stop taking Omeprazole and I'm currently taking probiotics.
Keep in mind that this pain started shortly after my gallbladder attack, so that seemed to be the trigger.
Do you have acid reflux? You could always tell your primary care physician that you believe you have damage to your esophagus and need a referral to a GI specialist for an endoscopy. Where's your pain located?
I would suggest sticking to a low-fat diet and attempt to weed out possible allergies to lactose and/or gluten.View Thread