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Upper Abdominal Pain - Under Ribcage


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#1 pondy

 
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Posted 30 December 2011 - 10:47 AM

Hi Everyone,

A while back I posted about Upper GI/Ribcage Pain.

Just wanted to update that I had a follow-up Endoscopy (after 9 months gluten free) & the results are in.

It's the H. Pylori bacteria. :huh: Lo & behold, common to this infection is burning/gnawing upper abdominal pain - lots of times under/behind the left ribcage area. In other words, exactly what I've had.

G.I Doc said that my little villi are growing back, so the gluten free diet is working! There is hope! :D

Now I'm on Clarithromycin, Amoxcillin & Prilosec for treatment. Also, still taking the Culturelle probiotic & staying dairy free. I'm 3 days in & I do believe it's starting to work.

For those of you suffering from that crazy under-the-ribs pain, it might not be a bad idea to get tested for H. Pylori. I've read that it's very common.

All best to everyone. Happy New Year, by the way!

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Posted 30 December 2011 - 12:18 PM

Pondy

glad to hear everything is headed in the right direction, hopefully the tx for the H. Pylori gives you some relief, I am now 2 1/2 weeks out from gallbladder surgery, wish I could say the same, the ribcage pain continues as well as into my back, with no improvement, but what can you do. going for 2nd opinion next week with new gastro, hope he has some magic up his sleeve or is at least able to think outside the box, unlike the last one who basically told me that folks with celiac disease usually don't have much in the way of pain. I guess he has never had it to know, as that is by far and away my biggest symptom. I wish the best for you and the H.pylori quick eradication
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Posted 30 December 2011 - 01:55 PM

Oh, Thank Goodness you found out!! :)

I am so sorry that in all the things I suggested, I never thought to suggest h. pylori to you (my Dad had that and I asked to be tested for it myself when I had this upper rib cage pain--but I was negative)

but I am so glad you took our advice to keep pressing for follow up testing!!

You kept saying you knew it had to be more than just CC issues--and you were right! I was so hoping the follow up care/consult would give you an answer.

(After all those ANTIbiotics you will definitely need the PRObiotics.)

I do hope you recover quickly.

Happy New Year, hon!!!
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Posted 30 December 2011 - 02:06 PM

TTNOGluten,

I forgot if you answered this already, but are you consuming dairy? My pain began to get better after I cut out all dairy products. I also noticed a correlation between major C and upper GI pain. Have you been checked for a kidney infection? Perhaps some other kind of gut infection/bacterial overgrowth?? I'm just grasping at staws here...

I'm very sorry that having your gallbladder removed didn't put an end to your ongoing pain. I know it's terrible not knowing what the hell is going on!

I don't know if having Celiac generally slows healing processes, but it took my body two full months to recover from an easy breezy knee arthrosopy! I felt like a 90 year old in a 41 year old body. I did eventually heal though - as you will. I know you're hurting, but try & think positively. Yeah, easier said than done - but as my new
GI said, where the mind goes the body tends to follow.

Hang in there! Thanks for your response!

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Posted 30 December 2011 - 02:18 PM

Oh, Thank Goodness you found out!! :)

I am so sorry that in all the things I suggested, I never thought to suggest h. pylori to you (my Dad had that and I asked to be tested for it myself when I had this upper rib cage pain--but I was negative)

but I am so glad you took our advice to keep pressing for follow up testing!!

You kept saying you knew it had to be more than just CC issues--and you were right! I was so hoping the follow up care/consult would give you an answer.

(After all those ANTIbiotics you will definitely need the PRObiotics.)

I do hope you recover quickly.

Happy New Year, hon!!!



IR,

Oh yes, you are so right about the probiotics! The GI has me on a double dose while I'm taking all these antibiotics.

By the way, everything you suggested has been more than helpful! Especially during the time when I had my old GI who dismissed me completely! You've been a superb source of knowledge for me. So, thanks!

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Posted 30 December 2011 - 02:20 PM

IR,

Oh yes, you are so right about the probiotics! The GI has me on a double dose while I'm taking all these antibiotics.

By the way, everything you suggested has been more than helpful! Especially during the time when I had my old GI who dismissed me completely! You've been a superb source of knowledge for me. So, thanks!

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You're welcome. I am just sooooooo glad you found the culprit and that now you can heal up and get on with it. yaaay!!! Be well, hon!! ;)
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Posted 31 December 2011 - 08:51 AM

I had stomach pain and gas for years after I went gluten free. I had been told to eat five small meals a day; but when you work full-time, that is not possible. Finally, I found that eating my breakfast slowly solved both of those problems. Every day I make Cream of Rice and pour about 1/4 of it in a bowl and 3/4 of it in a travel mug, adding vanilla almond milk to each. I eat the bowl of Cream of Rice, one vanilla Kinnikinnick donut, and a cup of warm vanilla almond milk for breakfast. I take the mug of Cream of Rice to work and sip it throughout the morning. Then I try stretching my lunch out throughout the afternoon. I am feeing much better - both physically and emotionally - no more gas, stomach pain, or bloating!
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Posted 31 December 2011 - 08:59 PM

I agree that eatiing frequent small meals throughout the day is easier on the g.i system. I've gotten into this habit recently & have found it helpful too. Now that I am taking massive quantities of antibiotics for the H Pylori, I have severe burning & indigestion... Eating a little snack always remedies the situation.

Thanks for the input!
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Posted 07 January 2012 - 06:27 PM

Pondy, Thought of you when I saw this and wondered how you are doing???

http://simplygluten-...yucky-bugs.html
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"The strongest of all warriors are these two - time and patience." Leo Tolstoy

"If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else" Booker T. Washington

“If idiots could fly, the sky would be like an airport.”― Laura Davenport 

"Do or do not. There is no try. "-  Yoda.

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Misdiagnosed for 25+ years; Finally Diagnosed with Celiac  11/01/10.  Double DQ2 genes. This thing tried to kill me. I view Celiac as a fire breathing dragon --and I have run my sword right through his throat.
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Posted 07 January 2012 - 09:37 PM

Mastic gum is the way to go. It kills the h.pylori bacteria.
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Posted 08 January 2012 - 06:41 AM

Mastic gum is the way to go. It kills the h.pylori bacteria.


One study from 1998 says it does:

http://www.nejm.org/...199812243392618



One study from 2003 says it does NOT:


http://jac.oxfordjou...t/52/3/522.full
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"Life is not the way it's supposed to be. It's the way it is. The way we cope with it makes the difference." Virginia Satir

"The strongest of all warriors are these two - time and patience." Leo Tolstoy

"If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else" Booker T. Washington

“If idiots could fly, the sky would be like an airport.”― Laura Davenport 

"Do or do not. There is no try. "-  Yoda.

"LTES"  Gem 2014

 

Misdiagnosed for 25+ years; Finally Diagnosed with Celiac  11/01/10.  Double DQ2 genes. This thing tried to kill me. I view Celiac as a fire breathing dragon --and I have run my sword right through his throat.
I. Win. bliss-smiley-emoticon.gif


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Posted 08 January 2012 - 01:53 PM

I think I'll go with the first study then. And with my stomach which says yes, it does kill it. My tummie's opinion has a lot of weight in the argument from my personal perspective. :) Thanks for the links
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Proverbs 25:16 "Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it."
Job 30:27 My bowels boiled, and rested not: the days of affliction prevented me.
Thyroid cyst and nodules, Lactose / casein intolerant. Diet positive, gene test pos, symptoms confirmed by Dr-head. My current bad list is: gluten, dairy, sulfites, coffee (the devil's brew), tea, Bug's Bunnies carrots, garbanzo beans of pain, soy- no joy, terrible turnips, tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, and hard work. have a good day! :-) Paul

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Posted 08 January 2012 - 02:22 PM

I think I'll go with the first study then. And with my stomach which says yes, it does kill it. My tummie's opinion has a lot of weight in the argument from my personal perspective. :) Thanks for the links
IH.



I'm with you. :)

The human body has an amazing capacity to heal--given the right circumstances. I am often told (about my symptoms and my recovery) " well, that's not possible!" and "I have never seen THAT before in my 30- something years!" blah blah blah ....and so, I just listen to my body and my brain now---they are (almost) always right! ;)

Whatever works...works! ;)
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"Life is not the way it's supposed to be. It's the way it is. The way we cope with it makes the difference." Virginia Satir

"The strongest of all warriors are these two - time and patience." Leo Tolstoy

"If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else" Booker T. Washington

“If idiots could fly, the sky would be like an airport.”― Laura Davenport 

"Do or do not. There is no try. "-  Yoda.

"LTES"  Gem 2014

 

Misdiagnosed for 25+ years; Finally Diagnosed with Celiac  11/01/10.  Double DQ2 genes. This thing tried to kill me. I view Celiac as a fire breathing dragon --and I have run my sword right through his throat.
I. Win. bliss-smiley-emoticon.gif


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Posted 08 January 2012 - 04:23 PM

Update here...
I am on day 12 of 2 different antibiotics for H Pylori. I've been extremely nauseous - only really able to eat plain bread & water. Thank goodness I only have 2 days of meds to go.

Came down with stomach flu - everyone at work had it. No D, just vomit, abdominal pain... the usual suspects. Today I had D twice - how, I don't know since there is virtually nothing in my stomach.

Enough of the gross stuff! There is good news too!

Burning pain in upper left abdominal quad has gone away! It feels too good to be true. Perhaps these crazy meds with all the crazy side effects are working!!

I follow up with my GI on the 19th.

Best,
Pondy :)
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Posted 08 January 2012 - 04:53 PM

Antibiotics kill my stomach, too :blink: --sorry, kiddo

Keep the probiotics on board. Drink as much water as you can stand so you do not get dehydrated and hang in there.

That is good news that the awful pain has stopped.

I had a"bug" this week too...ugh! But I fought it off pretty good--could have been worse! ah well, as my Dad used to say "This Too Shall Pass." :)

Geesh, you have had quite a run. Hopefully, you will be right as rain soon.
My best, IH
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"Life is not the way it's supposed to be. It's the way it is. The way we cope with it makes the difference." Virginia Satir

"The strongest of all warriors are these two - time and patience." Leo Tolstoy

"If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else" Booker T. Washington

“If idiots could fly, the sky would be like an airport.”― Laura Davenport 

"Do or do not. There is no try. "-  Yoda.

"LTES"  Gem 2014

 

Misdiagnosed for 25+ years; Finally Diagnosed with Celiac  11/01/10.  Double DQ2 genes. This thing tried to kill me. I view Celiac as a fire breathing dragon --and I have run my sword right through his throat.
I. Win. bliss-smiley-emoticon.gif





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