Upper Right Stomach/Flank Pain

Postby Raggamuffin » Mon Nov 06, 2017 5:09 pm

Hi all,

The past 2 weeks I've been having stomach pains in a rather specific area - just below my ribs and along my right flank. This is a symptom I've had before. I'm also no stranger to stomach aches and IBS like symptoms in the past due to anxiety. I've been burping a lot, but this isn't a stranger to me either. I burp and get wind a lot and I know that it can happen for people with anxiety.

I also know that me focusing on it (which I have the past 2 weeks) can make symptoms last longer. For myself one set of symptoms replaces another. Before this it was eye ache/strain and before that it was a week or more of neck tension and before that it'll have been something else.

My stomach feels acidic and the pain below the ribs comes and goes. Now for all my pondering and worrying about "what if's" I did a process of elimination to rule out anything serious. Going to the toilet hasn't changed in consistency, frequency or causing me any pain. To press around any of the stomach area I don't feel tenderness or pain. The pain doesn't get worse after a big meal. My appetite has remained unaffected.

I just ran through all this on a speak to a GP app. She ran through all possibilities with me, asked me to push and prod here and there and asked about my previous and family medical history. She said it didn't sound like it warranted further investigation and recommended I try Buscopan (an IBS medication). This is something I've tried before. In fact when I had a 3 month long stomach ache the Dr's recommended all sorts of IBS meds to me and none of them worked. What did work was finally accepting it was anxiety and within a few days it'd passed.

So what could be causing the issues? Well I moved house a few months back. Things were up in the air for a long time. We had rennovation work going on, and we still haven't unpacked everything fully. Next up we have my job - we were told 3 days ago our jobs are at risk of redundancy. Sure this news came in the midst of the stomach pains, but it didn't help defusing my stress any. Also diet - I haven't been eating great recently, which I know can aggrevate the stomach and lead to pains and gas. Also my partner is on holiday in Morocco. She left on the day I found out about the possible redundancies and isn't back until the 9th. Yesterday she was out for over 10 hours and I hadn't heard from her and so I worried.

Now I tried to do my usual Google search of "anxiety" + "symptom". But a lot of anxiety forums had people saying to watch out for gallbladder stones or appendicitis. Now that's ammunition for someone with health anxiety. Even if you say to yourself "this is due to anxiety" if you hear scary medical conditions, that can sow the seeds of doubt. Every day I've said to myself multiple times - "What if it's my gallbladder or my appendix?"

Well that's why I ruled them out by speaking to a GP and also looking at the symptoms they cause (of which I have none except a stomach ache).

So what am I left with? Well I spoke to a Dr and it did little to quell my underlying fears. I'm running on about 4 hours sleep. Is it any wonder I hurt a bit more today? With the recent work news, my partner abroad and our house only starting to feel like a home for the past week or so.

I had to drive to work today to pick up some bits for my night shift I'm working tonight. I also worked last night too (yeah shift work can be a killer for stress too). I couldn't sleep after my night shift. I tried and I got maybe 40 minutes. Woke up with my stomach aches and worried. I drove to work and talked myself through everything. Basically everything I wrote above I was going through (talking outloud; weird I know) and I reduced the stomach pains to nothing. When I was busy at work I didn't notice the pains at all.

Not noticing pains when I'm busy - I've had that with stress related symptoms time and time again. But you know the real reason I think this has me a bit worried? Cos I've had the pain in this area only a handful of times. Something like chest pain I'm nooo stranger to. In the 9 years with anxiety I've had thousands of days where I've had chest pain. You get to accepting it's "just anxiety" a lot quicker when youve experienced something that many times.

But a symptom you've felt a handful of times? There's not enough evidence for my mind to rule out all the possibilities y'know?

Anyway, I just wanted to get everything written out I guess. Thoughts would be appreciated.

Ed
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Postby quietvoice » Mon Nov 06, 2017 5:38 pm

So what could be causing the issues?

An acidic diet/lifestyle.

Check out the YouTube channels of robertmorsend and John Rose for the direction you'll need to go for excellent health.
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Postby Raggamuffin » Mon Nov 06, 2017 6:20 pm

Strange you should mention that. I just got back from the shop. Nothing but veg and fruit, wholefoods, and seeds and herbal teas.

I know how much I feel mentally and physically when I eat properly. I just let myself slip into eating a bad diet when we moved into our house. We had several months without a kitchen and the work has only recently been completed.

I think I haven't dragged myself out of that takeout/pre-packaged food mindset.

Right now I'm sipping on a green smoothie. I'll check out the links you posted.

Thanks for the reply.

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Postby Raggamuffin » Mon Nov 06, 2017 7:20 pm

Hi,

Thanks for the recommendation. I'm going through his videos now and just bought the Kindle version of his book.

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Postby Raggamuffin » Mon Nov 06, 2017 7:22 pm

Phew: eye opening

"Remember …
Pleasure, laughter, happiness, rest and sleep are all Alkaline forming.
Worry, anger, hate, envy, gossip, fear and lack of sleep are Acid forming."

Many thanks for informing me about this guy

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Postby whybotherwhynot » Mon Nov 06, 2017 9:07 pm

Can you request your Doctor to send you for an XR, a CT scan or MRI?

One of my co-workers used to complain about pain at the same location as yours. She said sometimes the pain came and went away. Sometimes, it came often and was very sharp. Her Doctor sent her to have an XR and a CT scan. She had gallbladders. Luckily she had them removed early.
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Postby quietvoice » Mon Nov 06, 2017 9:11 pm

whybotherwhynot wrote:She had gallbladders. Luckily she had them removed early.

And now she has no gallbladders?

That is not lucky. That is the medical profession butchering people.

Health is achieved and maintained by certain lifestyle choices. See the links in my post above, #1.
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Postby whybotherwhynot » Mon Nov 06, 2017 9:24 pm

Pardon me. My mistake. I meant gallstones.
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