Upper abdominal pains around rib cage
Looking for some help hopefully. About 1.5 years ago noticed a pain in my left rib cage right on the bone. Could feel palpable pain when pressing on a certain area. Had X-ray and all looked normal. Later I noticed this painful spot would flair up when swallowing certain foods. This has been the most interesting, perplexing symptom! When I eat certain foods, mostly fruits and veggies, some spices (soy sauce, etc) and other highly "concentrated" foods I get an immediate sharp pain in that area that then fades away. Bland foods, rice, butter, meats, etc do not cause this?!? It feels neurological, like a nerve firing exactly upon the swallowing function. This has developed into abdominal/flank pain that flares up around both sides, primarily felt around the rib cages but also sometimes in the center. I went through a battery of additional tests over the next six months, abdominal ultrasound, abdominal CT scan, Gallbladder scans, blood, urine, Lipase test, MRI's of Thoracic and Cervical spine. Pretty much ALL came back normal, including images of spleen, liver, pancreas, kidneys,etc… except for some pretty bad spinal stenosis in my cervical spine. I worry most about Pancreas issues of course, as those are so serious, but I've never had anything close to the kind of pain that patients describe with Pancreatitis – plus both the ultrasound and abdominal CT scan showed normal pancreas – and Lipase test was only 33U/L. I do feel like I get some irritation from eating, although I've limited my diet now to a pretty bland assortment, plus no fruit and more limited veggies, lots of rice, butter, meats and that seems to help. I'll still eat the occasional salad even though it causes the pain to fire on the left rib cage. The eating part is what keeps me thinking its a digestive issue, but then some days I think it's got to be neurological. I am very active, cycling, running and after a hard run recently I noticed I was hurting. So, not even sure if I should be here in the Digestive forums! I've put off following up on much of this with Covid and just live with it, so its been about a year since I've had any tests, but have my annual physical with my Doc in January and we will start the ball rolling again. Anyway just wondering if this makes any sense to anyone who's had a similar experience?!? Thanks!