About a week and a half ago I noticed this very mild "pain" (not really a pain but more of a discomfort feeling) in my middle to upper abdomen. It's more in the middle and not towards any left/right side. Feels like a warm/burn sensation and a dull ache but not quite muscle ache though. Sometimes you can feel it and sometimes you don't and sometimes sensitive to the touch. Most of the time it is not though.
It came on sort of out of the blue. I've been trying to track down what my diet changes were and all that came to mind was an increase in broccoli, edamame, and sausage. Both pork and turkey. So one could definitely assume and be right that my gas levels were elevated. I did pass quite a bit of gas. There hasn't been any drastic changes in my bowel movements though. I have at least one bowel movement per day. No other symptoms. No nausea, fever, other aches or pains. No family history of any stomach problems either other than a couple siblings with food allergies and a grandmother with a mild case of diabetes but is due mainly to her weight.
I do have some food allergies like wheat/gluten, peanut and lactose.
Any ideas what this might be?
Being that it is in the center and sudden onset I would suspect a hernia first. Does it feel like a bulge where it hurts?
I am almost certain that it is not a hernia. My brother in law had one and the pain that he described was much different than this.
There are different types of hernias and they can vary from minor to major. If there is a hernia though you should be able to feel a lump in the area.
The lack of fever would likely rule out infection.
Another possibility is an aortic aneurysm. These often do not pose symptoms though. If they do the pain will feel "deep" and may radiate through to the back. Sometimes the person can also feel their pulse in the area. If you do not feel a lump there and do not think it is a hernia it would be a good idea to have it checked out. Not many things will cause pain directly in the center of the abdomen. And if it is an aneurysm this can be quite dangerous so it would be best to have it checked out.
My stools are loose. Not diarrhea or watery loose but thin, stringy loose. I'm not certain if there is blood in them or not. Its a consistent color, more brownish but maybe a hint of blood. Though it may be just a different color because of the general change in bowel movements.
After 2 days of fiber the stools solidified a bit more but still are a bit more stringy and smooth.
If something was going on in the intestines there still should not be centralized pain so this is not likely related.
This pain is rather mild and "lighter" in feeling. Does not radiate through my body. Would have to say it was closer to the top than a "deep" pain.
That rules out an aneurysm.
Not trying to argue your points at all, just explaining the feeling.
I know you are not trying to argue the points. I am just trying to get more information to narrow things down. Again there are only a few things that would cause midline pain. But your original post did not give enough of a description to narrow it down, which I was pointing out things that can indicate certain disorders.
If I move in a certain direction and it sets off the pain, most likely if I do that same range of motion it does not repeat the pain. Unlike a muscle pain that the same range of motion always sets it of consistently.
On empty stomach.
If indigestion is present.
You still need to feel for any bulges. It could be a small hernia.
The last time I felt this similar kind of centralized burning sensation, I had the norovirus. Before realizing it was the norovirus I suspected some sort of food poisoning and I took a large dose of grapefruit seed extract. Not sure whether that is what caused the burning sensation along with added excess stomach acid but it too was centralized. I was put proton pump inhibitors and in a day it went away. I suppose I could try that. Just trying to make sense of this. We have an incredibly high deductible on insurance, so I'm trying to cover all the bases before resorting to the doc.
Intestinal infection is still not likely since this should also result in a fever.
Fiber has helped the stools but they are still messy and weird texture. Still lots of gas, though not as much. Have been very weak and fatigued.
Sounding more and more like some sort of low grade intestinal infection. Could also be associated with a mild autoimmune disorder.
One thing you can try is some yucca root powder. This can help kill pathogens in the gut, reduce gas and the fiber will feed the flora. The one drawback is if there is any ulcerations it can be irritating if the ulcerations are bleeding at all.
Could stress have contributed to this?
Stress can contribute to a number of health problems by suppressing the adrenals, thymus and thyroid and by inducing nutritional deficiencies.
Have become quite weak. Bruise a bit easier, fatigue quicker and legs get more tired.
This could be adrenal function or an anemia.
Yesterday i felt a little better but today my legs are very sore from just running with my dog a bit in a field. Other pains in my stomach have diminished but the one in the upper abdomen has been hanging on. It fluctuates with food too.
And when its felt more, its often followed with gas.
Are there any foods or supplements I should eat/take to help with what seems to be malabsorbtion? (Or maybe its something else)
I would still go with the yucca root powder first. This also helps with nutrient absorption along with the other benefits I pointed out.
Ok thanks. I will try to find some yucca root. Ive read about colon cancer and h pylori symptoms. They sound a little similar among other things like IBS, Chron's and leaky gut. Anyway to rule these out?
Symptom wise I would say it is very unlikely to be colon cancer. But yucca root has also been shown to kill cancer cells anyway by the binding and removal of cholesterol in the cancer membranes by yucca sterols.
Would any of the plant sterols have the same effect?(killing cancer cells)
Yes. That is why jiaogulan also has cancer killing properties. Jiaogulan has a higher content of sterols than any other plant I have seen. It is not as strong as an anti-inflammatory though as yucca root. So there is a tradeoff.
Just an update. The weird pains I was having have started to diminish. Every once in awhile I will feel them again but it's not a constant burn or gnawing type of feeling I was having. My bowels have firmed up a bit but are still a bit messy. The only thing I know has stayed around or even gotten worse is my strength. I know that I have lost some muscle mass and have been fatiguing quicker with things.
My diet has been pretty lean. Consisting of lean meats, vegetables and occasional rice, beans and/or potatoes.
Not sure what is up with that. But there has been improvement with the stomach.
Could have been an infection causing inflammation.
Loose stools can cause problems with electrolytes that lead to weakness. Have you tried adding trace element salt to your diet for some electrolytes?