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My apologies for bringing this thread back to life, but it's the first time I've come across anyone with similar symptoms. I'm hoping that there's some small chance that someone has received a diagnosis or explanation for this pain. It really is frustrating!

I'm 28 and I've also had this strange abdominal pain for at least 15 years. It comes along whenever it feels like it (morning, day, at work, on vacation) but seems random. I can go for months without this pain, then have it three times in one week. There seems to be no trigger. Like someone said earlier in the thread, it's at the spot where my ribs meet the center of the sternum (near the xiphoid process, I guess). It is not related to any food or exercise, and I have no other associated gastrointestinal symptoms.

The only 'cure' is to lie down (supine) for at least an hour, sometimes more. I've had all sorts of tests; barium swallow study, chest x-rays, CT abdomen, the usual - all completely normal. Going for an EGD soon, but I suspect it will be normal as the pain is clearly not stomach-related.

My doctor has given up, but this pain still impacts my life very badly. You can't always just lie down for a few hours, you know? Any ideas or updates from the previous posters is all I can hope for.
I just stumbled on to this thread searching for an answer to my pain. I have very similiar pain to those that have posted here...but I would also like to put mine out there hoping I could get an answer.

I've had the pain for over a month now (with 2 separate occassion - 1 day and 3 days where there was no pain whatsoever for those few days). Then the pain just came back. It has been there everyday.

The pain is just on my right upper abdomen, just under the rib area. I could put two fingers to it to pinpoint it exactly. It would be there when I wake up until I go to bed.

Characteristic of the pain: most of the time it is just in that area, but sometime it would move further right along the curve of the rib cage and sometime it would be right below the sternum. It has caused some nausea while I was on a trip (during this month), but since I came home, not much nausea. The pain is a dull ache that is very apparent when I'm standing up and walking around. Sometimes feels like a cramp when it's under my rib cage.

Food (type and volume) doesn't seem to affect it. Varies in intensity during time of day, but not by very much. Pressing on it does not make it worse...in fact, when I walk, I would hold on to the spot to lessen some of the pain.

Sitting in a driver position (while driving) helps. Laying down flat basically alleviates the pain completely. But once I'm up, it's back.

I've had bloodworks, ultrasound, stool, urine tests done and all came back normal. Haven't had scopes or ct scan or other imaging yet tho.

The doctor told me it was just gas...but it does not feel like that.

I'm at wit's end and would appreciate any wisdom from anyone that may have had this and came to some sort of a diagnosis.

Thanks.
teelee88,

It sounds similar in ways to mine, though I don't have the nausea, and mine seems to hurt down the left edge of the ribs from the sternum, rather than the right. Lying down being the only way of alleviating it sounds like the common key, but no one suffering from this has had any answers so far, it seems.

The only suggestion I have would be a barium swallow study (the only slight abnormality for me were two outpouchings in my stomach - may be a hint, or unrelated) or to have an EGD. The EGD at least could identify if there are any irritated areas in the stomach that might have increased pressure/pain while standing upright, and less so while lying down.

I've almost lost hope though. The EGD is the last thing I will try before I give up on diagnosing it entirely. If I do come up with a useful result, I will certainly post it here.

Good luck to all of us.
[QUOTE=klm9707;4899231] I also have a spastic colon and during a colonoscopy it was discovered that I have a twisted colon.[/QUOTE]

Wow, I can't believe I finally came across a forum where others have the same problems!! I've been going crazy trying to figure out what is wrong with me!! My symptoms are VERY similar: a kind of 'gnawing' pain coming from behind or just below the sternum - almost an intense hunger but slightly nauseating (??). It goes away completely while sleeping but comes back very soon after getting out of bed. It gets better/goes away if I lie down. If I push into the painful area, I can actually feel something like a bubble moving around(??!) and it seems to feel better. My bowel movements have slowed since these symptoms started but no diarrhea. Pretty bad gas though. I've tried antacids and proton inhibitors (nexium, etc) and they don't touch it. Food choice seems unconnected. I've had cameras in my stomach twice, barium swallows, barium enemas, x-rays, CT scans, sonars, 24-hour stomach acid tests (wire through the nose into the stomach for 24 hours- pure hell!) and esophagus pressure tests (another wire up the nose and down the throat while drinking liquid -more pure hell!). They found nothing but an extremely healthy digestive system! However, they also found that I, too, have a TWISTED COLON (an 'extra loop' as they said) Perhaps this has something to do with it? This nightmare all started while I was aggressively working out to lose weight. I wondered if I caused a hiatal hernia but the docs don't seem to think so. They don't know what to do and I am left suffering daily. This pain is a constant daily companion and it has been 7 months since it started. I REALLY hope someone else has experienced a cure for this. What was the name of the blue pill you are taking? Has it relieved your symptoms? Anyone else have any info?
I have nothing positive to add, unfortunately. I thought the migraine medication might have helped, but on repeat attempts it didn't do much.

I know many people have stomach or colon issues in addition to this pain, but I'm starting to think that they aren't related to the source of the pain, but are a secondary problem.

The only consistent thing is that the pain seems to happen "where the ribs meet" or in the sternum area, and that the pain goes away when we lie down. Someone earlier posted that it tends to happen more often (or is more likely to happen?) if they're going somewhere, or on vacation. I find this as well - even small things, like if I'm planning to go to a car meet, the pain is more likely to show up. When I think back to the times it happens, I'm usually away from home, on a trip, or planning to leave the house (actually, it happens often when I'm training at a new job as well).

Maybe it's stress-related? That's the only thing I can think of right now. The fact that eating doesn't alter my pain at all (and the lack of any other stomach symptoms) really has me wondering if this even belongs under Digestive Disorders, or if some people with this pain just happen to also have digestive issues that might not be related at all.

When I brought it up to my previous doctor, he just said it sounded bizarre and I don't think he took it seriously. I was booked for an EGD and did not go. I don't think they'll find anything relevant. I'm going to bring it up to my new doctor (along with the backing now that other people have had similar symptoms, thanks to this site) and hopefully we'll get somewhere. I doubt it, but it's worth a try.

I'm really tired of having almost every trip or event ruined by such an annoying pain. Having to explain to someone that you just have to lie down for an indeterminate amount of time is really awkward when you're like...on a bus. Or in a car. Or in a mall.
[QUOTE=Noizy Tribe;5011961]I have nothing positive to add, unfortunately. I thought the migraine medication might have helped, but on repeat attempts it didn't do much.

I know many people have stomach or colon issues in addition to this pain, but I'm starting to think that they aren't related to the source of the pain, but are a secondary problem.

The only consistent thing is that the pain seems to happen "where the ribs meet" or in the sternum area, and that the pain goes away when we lie down. Someone earlier posted that it tends to happen more often (or is more likely to happen?) if they're going somewhere, or on vacation. I find this as well - even small things, like if I'm planning to go to a car meet, the pain is more likely to show up. When I think back to the times it happens, I'm usually away from home, on a trip, or planning to leave the house (actually, it happens often when I'm training at a new job as well).

Maybe it's stress-related? That's the only thing I can think of right now. The fact that eating doesn't alter my pain at all (and the lack of any other stomach symptoms) really has me wondering if this even belongs under Digestive Disorders, or if some people with this pain just happen to also have digestive issues that might not be related at all.

When I brought it up to my previous doctor, he just said it sounded bizarre and I don't think he took it seriously. I was booked for an EGD and did not go. I don't think they'll find anything relevant. I'm going to bring it up to my new doctor (along with the backing now that other people have had similar symptoms, thanks to this site) and hopefully we'll get somewhere. I doubt it, but it's worth a try.

I'm really tired of having almost every trip or event ruined by such an annoying pain. Having to explain to someone that you just have to lie down for an indeterminate amount of time is really awkward when you're like...on a bus. Or in a car. Or in a mall.[/QUOTE]


Still here, still suffering - daily:( I also suspected that this was stress-related and asked my doctor about that. Sadly, as my pain (discomfort is likely a better word) starts after I wake up and stays all day, every day, the doc didn't think it was stress-induced. The only way to be sure would be to try a run on some anti-depressants or something - which I would really rather not have to do as an experiment!

Well, I just did my yearly health check and that included a barium swallow and x-rays, so we'll see what they say this time.

I don't know if I mentioned this before, but I find that the discomfort gets particularly bad sometimes just before I fart (that sounds nice, eh?). I often wonder about that twisted (looped) colon I apparently have and wonder if the discomfort is actually happening there but I feel it higher up or something. Well, what a mystery...





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