What promoted me to seek osteopathic manipulation was research into things which could potentially help with the hiatus hernia pain and gastritis in general. A concern over whether the back ache symptoms I have been suffering with could be muscular and whether or not it might help.
In terms of whether it has helped or not... hard to say, perhaps I have not taken enough treatment yet but I have noticed very little change so far... the aforementioned tightening feeling in my left shoulder blade seemed to come on about four or five days after the third session of treatment, though I cannot be sure whether it is the cause or merely coincidence...
Hope this helps, any further questions please do ask
I do office based administration work
Spend all my day at a desk/computer, though depending on what position I am serving on in the day I may or may not be getting in and out of my chair a lot (I have to issue blank documents to fellow colleagues from a safe and so this involves almost constant standing up to get the documents and then sitting down at a computer to fill in our records to state these documents have been issued)
Other days I may be editing other documents and this involves sitting down for the majority of the day.
The symptoms seemed to start suddenly and then get gradually worse and change their presentation over the year.
Back in mid December, about the time I was suffering from a cold (could be coincidence) I started to feel mild pains in my lower back and upper back and just felt generally ill with episodic moments of very mild nausea and my stool turned yellow/when wiping. I consulted my GP and he said the pains were most likely muscular
After Christmas I started to get occasional chest aches and concerned over this I went to A&E worrying over heart trouble. They checked my heart out, took blood tests, all was fine. slightly elevated heartrate so they did an x ray as well, kept me in observation for a few hours but then concluded acid reflux and sent me home with omeprazole.
Over the next two weeks I started to suffer from sporadic pain under the ribs and after that time went to see my physician again, discussing the rib pains and how they seemed to have come on after taking the omeprazole (again I don't know whether this was coincidence or not)
The symptoms seemed to stay similar, for a short while... my doctor took me off the omeprazole and gave me ranitidine... a couple of weeks after going onto that was when I first started to notice the ache under the left shoulderblade. My doctor sent my for the ultra sound as well which diagnosed the fatty liver as previously mentioned.
At this point I began to get very anxious and depressed due to not knowing what was wrong, and my stress and depression slowly built up and then it seemed to me that the constant pressure on the shoulderblade started to get slowly worse.
I began to seek medical attention more often my doctor booked me in for the gastroscopy.
Blood tests had been taken on and off throughout this time and some of the levels seemed to change, but nothing that concerned my GP, though they did book me in with a hematologist, who I saw a couple of weeks ago now.
We also did a blood test for amalyse levels, as my concern was for pancreatic function, that came back fine.
Had the gastroscopy and took the drug regime for that and things seemed to get worse during that time. For example, there was noticable pain when pressing under the left rib cage and central on the abdomen for a while but that seems to have gone completely now and I just get the usual aches under there, pressing on the rib cage makes no difference.
So yes I would say that the symptoms got gradually worse...
As to change in daily activity... not massively... normally I walk to and from work, about 2.5 miles there and 2.5 miles back and back in December I was walking a lot less (and that has continued on due to depression and feeling pain when moving, but I am walking a lot more now than I was)
I was noticing burning/ache around the back in the ribcage area when I was walking, sometimes strong and sometimes not and I still get that at times now. For example, I walked home from work on Friday night and felt very little discomfort, but walked down the road yesterday to the supermarket and found my back was aching and burning quite badly, so its sporadic in itself if and how much pain movement causes in that regard.
Hope this helps.
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Thankyou for that information. I will certainly follow up with it.
One final question if I may...
With regards XXXXX XXXXX relief, is there anything you can recommend...
With gastritis and hiatus hernia being factors for an upset stomach etc, I am uncertain what type of pain medication I should be taking or asking for with back pain. Is there anything in general that might help.
I presume stuff like ibuprofen is out, even with mild gastritis?
Anything else in addition to the lanzoprazole I am taking?
Anything over the counter, specific brands that would be safe for me to take or I could ask my GP to prescribe?
Or does my condition warrant further investigation before pain med recommendations can be made...
Many thanks for your time....
Thanks very much for the information and your time