I have had this on and off pain that goes from the middle of my abdomen and through to my spine. It comes and goes and gets up to about 5 out of 10. Its a burning feeling. I have had colonoscopy and endoscopy. One Dr says I need a CT another says don't bother with the CT as its muscular. I'de prefer to avoid the CT due to the radiation hit.
I went to physio and the stretching exercises did help, to the point that it went away .. but its back again and worse now. Anything that uses that muscle seems to set it off .. even driving.
Beyond that I have been having problems for years and the Drs just keep saying stress, anxiety.
For example when I lean back in a chair the pressure on my upper back causes this feeling in my upper abdomen like being in a barrel. It's a tightness, like when you go into the water and there is pressure all around. It makes me feel short of breath. My Dr said it sounds like anxiety. I even bought a new office chair but its the same if I lean back for a while. Sometimes I get it when driving. At one point they said it was asthma and I also had a bunch of cardio tests (echo, stress, BP monitor, ETG) and nothing. It can last for hours. A hot shower helps and 2mg Valium helps (given for "anxiety")
I have IBD and cannot take the medications (eg sulfa) as they cause this same barrel around my chest feeling.
Other issues I am having are, burning, paining, prickly scalp, its been coming and going for over a year, now its worse than ever, terrible migraines, ringing in my ears and more recently this vision thing where it looks like its raining very lightly. I have to check with my GF sometimes ... 'it's not raining is it ?"
I also have 'brain fog' .. I have to really concentrate on a conversation and the words don't come out sometimes .. it can be embarrassing and I sometimes think its early alzheimers.
I'm a 47 year old male and really tired of years of this stuff and its all getting worse.
Does it sound like MS ?