For about... I'm not sure, perhaps 5-6 years now? I've had episodes of extreme internal pain (and am having such an episode right now). The pain lasts for about 12-20~ hours after it first sets in, then leaves without further symptoms / complaints until the next episode. Episodes used to happen about once or twice a month... lately they've begun to occur about once a week.
I'm not sure how to describe it; it's almost like a very extreme heartburn sensation, and it 'surges' in intensity for the duration of an episode (going from essentially annoying to crescendos of absolute torture). I'm also unsure of the part of me that is having the complaint - I'm fairly sure it isn't my stomach or anything below that, but it's below my heart & lungs.
It is not accompanied by any symptoms other than the pain itself (no nausea, etc), it is not triggered by anything obvious to me (occurs regardless of how well or poorly I'm eating for example, occurs regardless of how much sleep I'm getting or how physically active I've been), it is not impacted by antacid tablets, Advil or Tylenol. Stretching / exercising / showering likewise has no impact.
...Does anyone have an idea of what may be causing these episodes based on my admittedly vague description?
I realize this is not supposed to be 'Amateur Diagnosis: The Forum', but I've twice gone to the hospital during an episode and the doctors have essentially shrugged at me (in fairness, it is
an ER and they have plenty of acute problems to deal with right then, so I get where they're coming from). I just want some semblance of an idea what is happening & if there's anything I can do to manage the symptoms or make episodes less frequent (or both).