About 2 weeks ago I thought my stomach was bothering me - Maybe I ate too much I wondered. But later I had the same feeling on an empty stomach. I thought maybe I'm just very hungry. Over the course of the next week I kept getting this feeling independently of food intake. It would come and go regularly, and has now been occurring off and on for 2 weeks now (by off and on I mean I seem to notice it more at night when things are not so hectic, and I will feel it for maybe 30 min out of every hour all evening long). It soon became clear that this had nothing to do with my stomach or any part of my GI tract at all . I say this because the feeling was clearly not associated with my eating, my bowel movements are ok, no vomiting, no gas, and the feeling, aside from eminating from my belly doesnt feel like any stomach/GI feeling I have had before. In fact I'd say it is on the border of discomfort and pain. And although my belly doesnt feel warm, I'd describe the pain as "warm" or "hot" - like you might say "it feels like being stabbed with a hot poker" even though you know the area of the pain is not hot - it just a way of describing an odd feeling. 2 nights in the last 2 weeks it has made falling asleep difficult. It has now been two weeks and it feels like it is getting worse. In fact tonight is the worst I expect sleeping difficulty - which is why I am writing. I feel pretty crappy right now. After 1 week it started being accompanied by a very mild headache and yesterday I started getting the feeling behind your eyes that is usually a sign of getting sick. Recently I feel "kind of nauseus" sometimes, but I certainly dont feel "sick" in any way that I ever have before (No fever, sorethroat, "achy", run down, runny or stuffed up nose, etc). So I am a bit concerned. Any ideas on what it could be? What tests should get? I always fear cancer, as there is a family history and I am not in twenties any more. Should I screen for that?
How tall are you (feet and inches)?: 6'2"
What is your weight in pounds?: 205
How old are you?: 48
How long has this been going on?: A week or two
Check all symptoms you are currently experiencing:
Describe associated symptoms not listed above: Hmm. The psychiatric option above got me thinking. I dont know if this qualifies, but I guess I have been under a lot of stress over the last year and a half. I wonder if that could be playing a part? Ulcer?
What have you done so far to remedy this condition? Please include tests and relevant studies here.: Nothing
Please list any chronic medical problems and also list any prior surgery (lacerations don't count!): None
Check all conditions present in your immediate family... : Asthma / Lung Problems/Cancer
Please list any medication allergies that you have : : None
Please list any medications you are currently taking (and dosage if known) :: None
When was your last menstrual cycle?: I'm a man, baby!
Are you currently using or do you have a history of tobacco use?: No
Are you currently using or do you have a history of illegal drug use?: No
Please describe your alcohol consumption :: Rarely
HOW QUICKLY DO YOU NEED THIS TO BE ANSWERED?: Within the next few days
So that we can serve you best, please try to tell us your top three things you wish to be addressed in our response.
1. How much of concern of cancer should I have?
2. Should I make an appt to see my doctor or wait it out a bit longer?
3. What tests would you recommend so that if I do see my doctor I can suggest them.