• Destiny Destiny
    January 26, 2009
    Constant pain in the middle of stomach
    Destiny Destiny
    January 26, 2009

    I have recently been having severe pain in my left side and bad acid problems. I have been to the ER once and they gave me some pain medications, fluids, a CT Scan, and X-rays, and then they sent me to a specialist. I then had an endoscopy where the doctor diagnosed me with a hiatal hernia and GERD. He told me to continue to take acid medications.

    It has been almost four days since then and the pain has subsided some, but the burning and pain in the middle of my stomach is still there. I am still unable to eat much of anything, and when I do eat it causes the pain again. I am to the point where I can't handle it any more because I have a job I have to go to and a daughter to take care of. My doctor said he couldn't do anything more for me and sent me back to the specialist. The specialist said to continue to take the medication and increase to two times a day, which I had already been doing. When he found that out, he said that he wanted to see me but I feel like I am not going to get anywhere and that I will always feel this way.

    I can't feel like this all of the time. I did stop taking the Protonix and the pain in my left side has subsided, but the constant food in my throat feeling and pain in middle of stomach are getting me down. I am becoming very depressed at this point and know that I can't go down that road again. I need help and feel that I am not going to get anywhere with this.  




  • Amy Tudor
    August 08, 2014
    Amy Tudor
    August 08, 2014

    Hi there, Destiny -


    I know this is a very old question, but I did want someone from our staff our answer you!  Did you ever find out what was causing this pain in your stomach? It sounds like really severe reflux that was not yet well controlled with medication, but then I'm only a layperson and can't diagnose your problem.  I agree with our community member who said that you should be very honest with your doctor about how badly this condition has been interfering with your life.  That's always a good road to take with health issues.  You're also doing well to reach out to others who are going through the same things, since communities such as this one can make you not feel so isolated with the pain you're dealing with.


    If you did find out the problem, perhaps you could share what happened here? It might be helpful to someone else going through the same thing.


    Here are some links that might be useful to you - I hope you're much better now!


    Enjoying Summer Despite Acid Reflux

    10 Foods to Avoid with Acid Reflux

    5 Drinks to Avoid with Acid Reflux


  • LuciaLucia January 27, 2009
    January 27, 2009
    For one thing, you need to be really honest with your doctor. I too have experienced a depression from all of my health problems. Make sure you tell your doctor that, because they may be able to help you with your depression. With depression comes stress and more physical aches and pains, so it will actually make you feel worse. Another thing is, I have taken protonix and failed it, so if you continue to take it with no changes, talk to your doctor about an alternate medicine, but do give it a chance to get into your system. If you only took it for a week or so, it wouldn't really have time to do its job. Some things that will help you is to get bed risers just for the head of your bed (you can even use bricks or blocks of wood), and eat smaller meals. With my hernia, food gets trapped in the bottom of my esophogas if I eat too much, so I eat really small meals about four times and day, and I don't have anything but water after about 7. You may also consider taking the protonix before you eat, because that will it will digest at the same time as your food. For some reason it has helped me to take it about an hour before eating. Acidic stuff will make it a lot worse, so sodas, alcoholic drinks, caffeine, cigarettes are all things that can make you feel worse. You may consider changing your diet temporarily to involve more mild foods for a week or two until your medicine starts working better. And with the hernia, sometimes if you lay on your back and sort of massage your stomach from the middle of the chest down towards your belly button, it will relax some of the pain you have. Hope any of this helps. READ MORE
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