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i am looking for help with a health problem

By April 16, 2011 - 2:09pm
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for the last ten years i have suffered with upper abdominal pressure that feels like i have a belt wrapped around me very tight have had numerous tests every thing has come back normal. i dont know where to turn. any help would be greatly appreciated thank you

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Hi Pallenjk,
Thank you for your question and for joining EmpowHER. We are not doctors, so we cannot diagnose you, or tell you what to do. We can, however, help you to advocate for your health. Upper abdominal pain can be caused by a number of things such as GERD, celiac, pancreatitis, other mild gastro-disturbances, or more serious conditions. It is important for you to keep track of when symptoms occur (ex., does it correlate with menstrual cycle, or large meals), how long "attacks" last, how bad the pain is, what home remedies or OTC medications you've tried (what's worked, what hasn't), etc. Once you have identified a pattern, you can then look at working with your doctor to rule out some things. Have any particular conditions been ruled out yet? What do you think is going on?
It also is important to track any other symptoms, and if your pain is accompanied by fever, vomiting blood, bloody stools, difficulty breathing, or the pain occurs during pregnancy, you need contact your doctors as soon as possible.
Here is additional information about gastritis: EmpowHER Encyclopedia: Gastritis
Hope this information helps. Take care, and let us know how you're doing.

April 18, 2011 - 6:59am
(reply to Christine Jeffries)

dear christine thanks for the reply i have tried many websites asking questions and havent gotten any replies i have no pain just the constant pressure and have been diagnosed with chronic gastritis but have no relief from any medications and also pressure is a constant 24/7 never subsides sometimes is worse after eating at night. thanks for your help pallenjk

April 25, 2011 - 6:25am
(reply to pallenjk)

Gastritis covers a whole host of digestive problems. Did your doctor indicate to you what he/she thinks could have caused your chronic gastritis? I have heard that it could help to eat small meals, and a bland diet for a while, then to re-introduce some foods gradually to determine your tolerance for those things.
Here also is a list of possible treatments from our encyclopedia page in case there's something there your doctor hasn't tried yet: http://www.empowher.com/condition/gastritis/treatments
What did the doctor say is the next thing to try? Will the doctor recommend any more tests, or has a scope been done at all to check to make sure you don't have an ulcer or H. pylori infection?
Not sure this information is helping at all. Continue to work with your doctor to determine the best course of action for you.
Take care,

April 25, 2011 - 6:45am
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