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Old 02-22-2007, 09:11 PM   #1
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Dyspepsia, Acid, Pain

This afternoon, I was speaking with a naturopathic physician who I am turning to because my primary care physician cannot help me - it's beyond their expertise and they already referred me to a Gastro specialist who is only interested in feeding me more and more pharmaceuticals and not helping me to correct the problems - just keeps putting a bandaid on the issue and not give me resolution.

So this naturopathic physician listened to me carefully as I described my symptoms and he suggested I may have Dyspepsia!

I went to look it up and all the symptoms seem to jive with what I am experiencing from the Gastritis and Hiatal Hernia diagnosis I received after my Endoscopy last week.

Those symptoms include:

* A constant gnawing or burning stomach pain
* Bloating
* Heartburn
* Nausea (upset stomach)
* Burping
* Pain in the center of the upper stomach area
* Feeling of fullness and a mass in the chest

Apparently, Dyspepsia is caused from stress and gastritis. This is perhaps the reason why I have not been able to get more than 2 bites of food down into my stomach.

I'm going to see this naturopathic physician on Monday. From our phone conversation he seemed very confident in his diagnosis. We have used this physician in the past to treat my fiance's gastro problems and high cholesterol.

He's a very smart man and has a great way of explaining how to fix / correct the root of the issues without depending upon horrible PPI's!

Now my question is... has anyone ever had a physician diagnose them with Dyspepsia? Please share your experience and info about your recovery.

Thanks!

Chickie

 
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Old 02-23-2007, 04:20 AM   #2
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Re: Dyspepsia, Acid, Pain

that is really interesting...I never heard of it before but it sounds like GERD to me.. I hope you follow up with what the doctor gives you for this..

 
Old 02-23-2007, 05:05 AM   #3
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I had the same symptoms last Fall. Someone recommended Probiotic 15-35 which is 15 Strains/35 Billion Microoganisms per two capsules which I take after breakfast. This is the good bacteria. I no longer have a problem. I continue to take it daily.

 
Old 02-23-2007, 08:17 AM   #4
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Yes, I have dyspepsia myself. My gastro doc went as far as to tell me that I may be bringing on these problems myself. I haven't been able to eat solid foods like hamburger and steak in over 2 years because it feels like it gets stuck and won't go down all the way. I also constantly have a raw burning, gnawing pain in my stomach, usually centered around my belly button area.
Someone suggested apple cider vinegar. I took 1 tbsp yesterday with some honey and I feel worse than ever. Last night I hurt when I swallowed and now today my whole esophagus and when anything I eat or drink hits my stomach it hurts.
I drink a lot of hot tea and that really soothes my stomach when its upset.
I constantly am bloating, burping, passing gas and get nausea.
I am looking for a homeopathic doctor in my area.
The prescription Nexium and Prevacid don't work, they make me feel worse.
I can drink mylanta and gaviscon and it usually doesn't help either.
I may have mild lpr because I do burn up in my throat sometimes and thats when the hot tea and mylanta usually work. It never works on my stomach.

 
Old 02-23-2007, 10:08 AM   #5
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yep - i was told i have dyspepsia too (among other stuff). all my gi does is throw ppi's at me. i have tried them all - don't work/side effects. like you, the otc meds don't work well. i am on this new theory of some kind of neuropathy causing gastric/swallowing problems. i am going to see a neurologist in 2 weeks. please do post as to what your naturopath says. we can compare notes. i too, want a natural solution. i've been taking probiotics but not sure how much they are helping. let us know what you find out. this gnawing stomach burn is quite annoying to say the least. good luck.

 
Old 02-23-2007, 05:57 PM   #6
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Re: Dyspepsia, Acid, Pain

I have previously been "diagnosed" with dyspepsia. Both related to this and in the past for other more temporary stomach issues.

It is just a generic old-fashioned term which covers alot of ground, more in terms of symptoms than real "problem" diagnosis. It is much like the term "dropsy" or "consumption" from the past than a serious diagnosis. I think it is often used for "functional" problems (i.e., something the doctor can't pinpoint, but knows you're having stomach discomfort).

 
Old 02-26-2007, 07:25 AM   #7
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Re: Dyspepsia, Acid, Pain

I totally relate to what you are saying, the doctor said it was Dyspepsia/Gastritis/Acid Reflux/GERD/GORD I think they mean all the same thing i really don't know, but i to suffer with this bloating feelin, after only a few bites of food i feel full, this never used to happen before.. it brings on more stress, i get bloated, fullness with only a little bit to eat, sick feelings like needing to throw up! lighter stools, weight loss, can anyone relate to these symptoms?

 
Old 02-26-2007, 07:49 AM   #8
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Re: Dyspepsia, Acid, Pain

I'm starting to feel a little better. I did a little bit of experimentation to see where I stand with how chemicals/medications are reacting with my body.

A month ago when I first started to feel ill with horrid pain and acid in my upper right gastro area and repeated visits to the ER for pain. I was given maalox, etc and told it was gastritis. I was taking PPI's at first and they didn't really help with the pain.

Then I started to take carafate which I thought was my miracle drug. A day or so later I lost my ability to eat more than 2 bites of food. Developed nausea and felt horrible.. but was out of pain as long as I took my carafate!

Over the past weekend I decreased my carafate intake and my appetite came back! I'm still get some acid but I'm treating that with maalox and PPI's. I am no longer constipated either!

I had looked up Dyspepsia and carafate and found dyspepsia to be a side effect of carafate so my experiment proved to be on target.

Now, here's something else interesting...

Back several years ago I was diagnosed at the age of 30 with asthma! I was put on Singulair pills. When I first got sick, I stopped taking my singular. My primary care physician asked me, "why did you stop them?" I replied back, "instinct".

All these weeks and doctor's visits I learned that acid can cause asthma like symptoms because the throat and airway can get burned by the acid!

Then this morning I started to look up Singular which has another name of Montelukast. I queried it on Medline Plus which is a government website. I found the following gastro related side effects to be interesting in relation to my symptoms:

Abdominal or stomach pain
chills
constipation
diarrhea
difficulty swallowing
indigestion
loss of appetite
nausea
pains in the stomach, side or abdomen (radiating to the back)
shaking
upper right abdominal pain

Now even though I have been diagnosed with gastritis and hiatal hernia - it makes me wonder if the montelukast (singulair) triggered gastritis. Usually hiatal hernia just causes some acid but nothing like what i was experiencing and it perplexed all the doctors.

It should be interesting to see how the doctors deal with the print outs I am going to present to them. I'll keep you all posted!

 
Old 02-26-2007, 10:10 AM   #9
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I have all the above symptoms, I had a Endoscopy last August and they found that I have inflammation of the duodenum.

I take Losec 20mg a day, I have the feeling sick and pain above belly button back again ... I don't know what to do I still have pain under both ribs too!!

 
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Re: Dyspepsia, Acid, Pain

Have you all checked for gastroparesis? Early satiety, reflux, vomiting if severe, and the attendent weight loss.

I have mild gastroparesis. It does all this stuff - but mine's mild enough I've hardly lost any weight as a result. I'm convinced it's the main cause of my (often bad) reflux, though.

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Old 08-28-2008, 07:48 PM   #11
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I was diagnosed with Dyspepsia a year ago after being misdiagnosed with Gerd, Acid Refux, Hyinal Hernia. Dyspepsia is real. You have to been ruled out for Refux which is when the flap in between your stomach and throat does not close all the way or correctly. If you have GERD or Acid refux and the only way to tell for sure is with a really good gastro doctor and endoscopy. Then I would recommed the Esophex procedure. It is New here but been in eurpoe for years. It is a nonsurgical proceedure that is done endoscopically takes 45 minutes and most people are free of sympotoms and pain and prescripions in a week. Easy, Safe Fast and effective, but only if you have Gerd or Acid refux..
Unfortunatly I have Dyspepsia and that is when your stomach over produces acid for many reasons. Part genetics, Part stress. My doctor (Botoman) in Florida, is an expert on this and took me 5 doctors till I found him. He said that our (gut) is like a brain and our brain and gut misfire and over produce acid. An easy quick fix that worked per his recommendation is Digest gold and aloe vera juice. (get he kind tha is distilled so it tasts good) The reason it works is that the digest gold and aloe tricks your stomack ino thinking it needs less acid to be produced. Over time this heals the Gastritis that most likely has developed (an inflamation in the stomach) due to over acid production. The Gastritis causes other symptoms like nausia, pain, acid comming up like acid relux sympotoms. This sound complicated, but once you find out what is wrong, there are cures for Acid relux, Gerd, Dyspepsia and Gastritis, But you have to first find a good doctor who accuratly diagnosis you and then treat it. Most doctors like to put you on nexium, zedgrd, They make so much money off of this, but unless you have a problem with stomoack emtying corectly, which most of us do not it is very rare, you are only masking the symptoms and not fixing anything, so you'll be on the meds for life or until they don't work anymore. E-mail me if you have questions, I don't like to read about people suffering like I did when you can fix it, just don't leave it in the doctors hands. Get an accurate diagnosis and treat it. You'll make a full recovery.

 
Old 08-29-2008, 05:14 AM   #12
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I have heard a lot about the brain / gut connection. Since I last posted to this forum, I have seen a few other gastro specialists, taken on a new internist, began to see a new holistic nutritionist and have received handfuls of new tests.

Recently, I had my hair sent out for analysis by a holistic nutritionist. The hair tells a story that the blood does not. It shows bio-chemical makeup history of your body / compared to blood that only shows what's going on at that moment! The hair analysis showed that I had an extraordinary high calcium level and low magnesium levels. A few weeks ago, I took these results to my internist who has ordered me to get some blood work done on a day where I am not feeling well to see if my calcium shows high in my blood on that day.

If the calcium does show high and them magnesium shows low, this could point towards a parathyroid problem - which does affect the pancreas. My pancreas has been the root of all my pain and suffering over the past year and a half and has proven itself in my repeated blood work that showed elevated Amylase levels.

My symptoms to this day include, dyspepsia, nausea, acid, localized pain in the area of the pancreas, glucose intolerance, yeast imbalance and constipation.

I have been put on a restricted diet of benign foods to keep my GI tract less irritated. I do not currently have gastritis and have been off of all PPI's and acid controlling medications while I am restricting my diet to wheat free products, no sugar and no dairy. ( I have been tested for all the intolerances and all came back negative ). I have also been put on a regimen of supplements ie: magnesium, b6, folic acid, etc.

The only drug that I occasionally use to this day is Motilium. It is a gastric motility drug and it pushes the food down during episodes of dyspepsia. I swear by this drug, it has helped me so much and has presented very minor side effects.

Chickie


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I was diagnosed with Dyspepsia a year ago after being misdiagnosed with Gerd, Acid Refux, Hyinal Hernia. Dyspepsia is real. You have to been ruled out for Refux which is when the flap in between your stomach and throat does not close all the way or correctly. If you have GERD or Acid refux and the only way to tell for sure is with a really good gastro doctor and endoscopy. Then I would recommed the Esophex procedure. It is New here but been in eurpoe for years. It is a nonsurgical proceedure that is done endoscopically takes 45 minutes and most people are free of sympotoms and pain and prescripions in a week. Easy, Safe Fast and effective, but only if you have Gerd or Acid refux..
Unfortunatly I have Dyspepsia and that is when your stomach over produces acid for many reasons. Part genetics, Part stress. My doctor (Botoman) in Florida, is an expert on this and took me 5 doctors till I found him. He said that our (gut) is like a brain and our brain and gut misfire and over produce acid. An easy quick fix that worked per his recommendation is Digest gold and aloe vera juice. (get he kind tha is distilled so it tasts good) The reason it works is that the digest gold and aloe tricks your stomack ino thinking it needs less acid to be produced. Over time this heals the Gastritis that most likely has developed (an inflamation in the stomach) due to over acid production. The Gastritis causes other symptoms like nausia, pain, acid comming up like acid relux sympotoms. This sound complicated, but once you find out what is wrong, there are cures for Acid relux, Gerd, Dyspepsia and Gastritis, But you have to first find a good doctor who accuratly diagnosis you and then treat it. Most doctors like to put you on nexium, zedgrd, They make so much money off of this, but unless you have a problem with stomoack emtying corectly, which most of us do not it is very rare, you are only masking the symptoms and not fixing anything, so you'll be on the meds for life or until they don't work anymore. E-mail me if you have questions, I don't like to read about people suffering like I did when you can fix it, just don't leave it in the doctors hands. Get an accurate diagnosis and treat it. You'll make a full recovery.

 
Old 09-02-2008, 03:30 PM   #13
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Re: Dyspepsia, Acid, Pain

Worth,
Did the Digest Gold and the aloe vera juice cure your gastritis? How much of each did you take per day? I've been on Nexium and would like to try the natural route. My GI doc actually doesn't think I have GERD because the endoscopy, manomtery, and 24 pH tests did not show evidence of it. He did mention that he saw "mild gastritis" when doing my endoscopy, but I wasn't given any suggested treatments for it. I'm wondering if this could be the cause of the acid-type problems I'm having (sore throat, hoarseness, slight cough).
Kassie

 
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