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Thank you for reading this. I know is long but I wanted to share as much info as possible.

I have been having needle like pricks around my chest, abdomen and stomach sides for years (2 years). The sensation is like a needle is pricking me and feels superficial (muscle maybe since doesn't feel like it is from inside the body). It is random and can't really see a pattern. Lately it has concentrated around the lower side of my left peck and left upper ab right below the rib. Sometimes is every day through out the day or simply disappears for weeks and comes back after a few months. The pain is mild and more of a discomfort. If I were to rate it from 1-10 I would say it is a 2 or 3. Nothing to scream about but I do feel it. The pricks started on my sides, moved to my chest went back to the sides and now is near the rib with a sensation that feels like when you eat a lot and you feel that fullness feeling right where the last bottom rib is and sometimes It feels like an electric current was applied but no muscle twitching.

I had an abdominal ultrasound 8 months ago and it showed that gallbladder, spleen, kidneys, pancreas and aorta were ok, but that I had fatty liver. I also had high sugar at 6.6. Since then i have gone down about 70lbs and my sugar is at 5.7, still high but better than before. I have also had low vitamin D for months and this has been an issue for me in the past. I'm 5'10" and 35 years old (male).

When symptoms first appeared the doctor thought it was my heart, went through the usual test and even had a cardiac catheterization, which was negative so wasn't my heart. A few months went by and I gained more weight from 240lbs to 270lbs. During this time all lab test were high so I switch to a low carb diet and manage to go from 270 to my current 195lbs in about 5 months. The strange pricks near my ribs kind of started around the time I started exercising (abs) so I'm kind of thinking this may be a nerve/muscle issue. Keep in mind that I also occasionally get the sides and chest and that was a previous issue but had decrease over time.

On my last visit (1 week ago)I had an ALT of 41 from 80 (last August) and low D vitamin which seems to be a recurring issue for me. The doctor referred me to a gastroenterologist which after explaining my symptoms mentioned that I can have an endoscopy to check for issues like gallstones and other stomach issues or I can simple opt not to get one and that it was my decision. He didn't seem worry or anxious to test me.

My questions is would this be stomach related, muscle/nerve related or some other issue.

I don't want to go through the endoscopy since I don't approve of the risks or potential discomfort. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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