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Hi all...
I posted this on the digestive board also, but thought some of you may have some ideas for me also...

For the last month I've been having stomach troubles. I've been on prilosec otc (and others on and off) for years for gerd and the doctor thinks I have ibs also. Now I have a gnawing, sometimes burning pain in my upper abdomen and left side abdomen but the worst pain is in my back. I went to urgent care 2 weeks ago, he prescribed nexium (took 3 days and seemed to make everything worse) and pepcid ac at nite. He thought possible cdiff from a month long round of antibiotics i had in may, or maybe posterior ulcer pain. At a followup with my doctor a couple days later he seemed to think it was pleurisy because of the location of the pain and gave me mobic, which really tore up my stomach. He took a chest xray. I am still convinced its my stomach as the pain lessens when I eat, but if I eat something like lettuce or raw stuff it gets worse about an hour later and stays that way for a few hours. I have small periods throughout the day when I feel almost normal with no pain....like yesterday I felt good, went shopping, felt the pains coming on in my back and sides and foolishly ate a fish sandwich and fries from mcdonalds and a couple hours later I had the worst pain and rumbling and gas and nausea. I quit taking everything about a week ago, but last nite I did take a pepcid ac and half an ativan and it seemed to help some. This morning I woke up with the gnawing feeling so I drank an ensure and ate a bowl of cornflakes. I don't feel pain anywhere right this minute, but I just generally feel like heck...almost a flu like feeling without the temperature. I don't have blood in my stool (that I can see anyway), have soft movements and sometimes yellow diarrhea....but I think thats from not eating much because I'm afraid to eat hardly anything. Heartburn about an hour after I eat unless I take the pepcid. The pain is on my sides (mostly left) at bra band level and sometimes between my shoulder blades too. Have any of you with an ulcer ever felt this way or similar? I have my regular pap/physical appt on wednesday and am hoping to get an answer then. I was also thinking possible hpylori? I'm not sleeping well from this and the anxiety it brings and thats not helping either, I 'm sure.
Thanks for any help you can give me...
Conni





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