| | Weird nighttime episodes. Can anyone relate to this?
I'm new around here, so hi! I've had digestive issues since I was a child, and I'm about to be 45 next month, so it's been a while! I was diagnosed with GERD about 20 years ago. For the last 6 years I've been on omeprazole 20 mg bid. Over the last year I have had 6 of what I'll call "episodes". I'll be sleeping (I use a CPAP mask also) and I'll suddenly wake up in the middle of the night a bit warm and feeling that I need to have a bowel movement (sorry, no way to make that pretty). When I get to the bathroom, I can feel my stomach roiling, acidic... then I will get DRENCHING sweats... I mean, my whole body dripping with sweat. Often my bowel movement will be normal. Then I will dry heave for a while. Once it's over, it's over. I'll feel very tired, but it's not like I continue to be ill. Has anyone here EVER experienced anything like this before? I've been consulting with doctors over the last year with what seems like limited success. The first time it happened, I got diagnosed with a UTI and told that since I'm diabetic, symptoms happen "differently". In July when it happened, my lipase was high (not my amylase) and I was diagnosed with pancreatitis. My pancreas enzymes went back to normal, and I had another episode 3 weeks ago at which time they did an abdominal CT scan on me and diagnosed me with diverticulitis and gave me a Cipro/Flagyl cocktail! I'm so frustrated and can't help but wonder if these episodes have been GERD induced. Further, when my heartburn is really bad, the middle of my back hurts, too. Anyone else experience this?
Thanks in advance for ANYthing you have to say.