Hi I am a frequent watcher of this site, but have not really posted any questions myself. I have had PBC for 10 years ( well diagnosed that long). I have cirrhosis and portal hypertension. I went to see my specialist on weds and told him that every time I eat anything at all my stomach aches feeling bloated, and bruised like I've been punched or something. Similar to overeating but worse, even when I've only eaten a small amount , which is all I can handle anyway. He looked at my last scan results and said that the level of portal hypertension is significant and that is what is causing the problem. He explained that when you eat there is an increase of blood to the stomach and that if there is difficulty for the blood to flow back freely that this would cause the symptoms I describe. He said its like having a tourniquet on your arm and try to exercise the muscle, it would be very painful. Anyway, physiology wise this makes sense, but I don't remember reading that anyone else suffers like this?? Has anyone else been told this.
He has organised an OGD, and a scan with Doppler, then may consider beta blockers. However he wants to be cautious with that as my main, and very debilitating symptom is fatigue, I also already have fairly low blood pressure, sometimes getting short episodes of dizzy/ faint spells. So we might try something and only continue if it actually improves the stomach pain.
Would be grateful to hear from anyone with experience of this, and advice they received.