Well, I am not alone. I have for 35 years suffered with this pain that I call my non deadly heart attack because I have yet to die from it, but it feels like a heart attack. (though I have never had a heart attack, I think it might feel like this?)
At age 14 it began. I had to gulp water after lunch just to make the pain go away. From there, it just kept getting worse. Through the years, I found that when the pain starts, I can rock back and forth, side to side and force burps out, and when the pain is so bad I want to die, I have someone pound on my back to move the pain around and help me burp, like a baby who has colic. (the harder they hit my back, the better to stop the pain)
It use to be my ex husband doing this, now it is my children who must pound out the gas. Sometimes, gulping soda helps due to the fizzle. At times the pain is so intense I bring up bile or vomit. It usually starts if I eat lettuce, fatty foods, cheese, ice cream, milk, chocolate, coffee, cabbage, red meats, spaghetti sauce and pizza, mexican food, etc. Sometimes, it happens if I have NOT eaten for several hours or when fasting. A friend suggested that maybe its a gluton thing?
My doctor tried me on Prilosec and that worked till I developed an allergy for it. Now I have some pain med (Hyoscyamine 0.125 mg sublingual tabs) I can try that will disolve under my tongue along with some other antacid that my insurance wont approve, so the doctor just called in a different one. I had my galbladder checked in March, negetive. Today, I had a Barium Swallow for an Upper GI. Negetive the doctor said, no hernia, etc.
So, I ask him, what is the problem? It has to be something. He said he can do other tests to see the lining of the stomach, etc. But for a month, he wants me to try the new pills. If that does NOT work, I will have the tests. I am tired of the pain, and it can strike ANY time, not just at night. Its hard to be in public with that pain.
By the way, two of my kids, who are both adults now, also suffer from the same thing and my mother also did. However, my mother had Divoticulitus anda hiatial hernia. My mother use to say I inherited the family stomach. Sigh.
I am tired of the pain. Mystery Diagnosis is ME.