Post # 1
I’ve been getting pains right under my sternum for a few years now – it starts as a dull pain and over the course of an hour it becomes excruciating. When the pain subsides, I’m exhausted. I’ve been checked out for gallstones as I have a strong family history, and my sister (who had gallstones) said what I describe is very similar to the pain she was having. I don’t have gallstones. Lately, the pain has remained dull, but radiates along my collarbone to my shoulders, and I get a lot of shoulder tip pain without the sternum pain. It happens sometimes after eating, and other times when I’m hungry. I’ve had severe episodes after alcohol before, but I hardly drink anymore now. I’ve taken antacid medication that dulls the pain for up to 10 minutes. Do any Bees have a similar problem – if so, what was it?
I have an appointment with the doctor today, and wondering whether I should ask for a referral to a GI specialist?
I have had a CT with contrast after an excruciating episode before, but all it showed was a ruptured ovarian cyst (which I didn’t feel in my lower abdomen).
Post # 3
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@Deejayelle: Heartburn is my initial thought. I get it especially bad after drinking Miller Lights.
Post # 4
@beachbride1216: That was my though too. Acid Reflux?
Post # 5
how sure are they that its not your gallbladder? Really sounds like a gallbladder issue to me…
Post # 6
Thanks for the replies! I saw the doctor on Friday and he seemed to think it DOES sound like gallstones, but sometimes they are so small that they can’t pick them up in a CT. he has given me a referral for an ultrasound, as well as a breathing test to see if the bacteria H.Pylori is present. If it is they can treat it, if not, I may have to see a specialist if the pain continues.
My workmate was saying that her husband once got pain so bad in his chest that he thought he was having a heart attack and called an ambulance. It ended up being heartburn, so that may well be the case with me. I was wondering about reflux too, although the pain never goes higher from my sternum to my throat.