| | H.Pylori, ulcers, IBS or worse - please help
I apologise in advance for the length of this but any advice would be really really appreciated. I am a 54-year-old male living in UK. About 6 weeks ago my stomach began to feel swollen and I started to experience pain from both the area of my sternum and just under the ribs on my left side. However, I had suffered no gas attacks or heartburn or anything that I would associate with indigestion. Dr prescribed antacids. 14 days later with no improvement, I went back to the surgery and was examined, confirming my stomach was swollen. A blood test for H.Pylori proved positive and I was given a 7-day course of 3 antibiotics. Because of my concern that it might be something major and that my own anxiety could be adding to the problem, further blood tests and an ultrasound scan of my abdomen were arranged. The blood tests proved negative and nothing was apparent on the ultrasound and I was advised that my liver, kidneys, blood count all appeared normal. Before the course of antibiotics finished, I began to develop another symptom which was a slight feeling of nausea combining a desire to vomit and some light headedness although to date I have not yet actually vomited. I initially attributed this feeling to the fact that my appetite had virtually disappeared and I was eating very little. I lost about 5lb during the first couple of days of treatment but nothing since. The antibiotics appeared to get rid of the pains in my stomach and my nausea and I assumed that the H.Pylori had been eradicated. However, after a couple of days of feeling really good, the pains in my sternum started to return although not so strong as before. I saw the Dr again and he advised that sometimes the after effects of HP eradication could be worse that the original symptoms. He has now referred me for an endoscopy. In the interim he has prescribed Meberverine Hydrochloride, which is normally used for easing IBS. He says that any further use of antibiotics might mask any abnormality that could be discovered during the endoscopy but that the Meberverine should assist in reducing any build up of gas that could cause the discomfort. However, it just seems to make my motions very loose when that was previously one part of my constitution that seemed unaffected by the tummy problems. Coincident with ending the HP treatment and beginning the course of Meberverine, my nausea returned but with an unusual feature in that it seemed to be at its worst in the morning to the extent that I could not even face the thought of breakfast which for me was very unusual. Any physical activity seems to help in getting rid of it and usually by lunchtime its affects are largely unnoticeable and my appetite seems to return and increase as the day goes on. If I donít undertake any activity i.e. stay in bed (which is what the nausea makes me feel like doing) then its affects last much longer. I am going to see the Dr tomorrow as the Meberverine has now finished and I donít think I can stand this nausea thing any longer nor face the thought of going to work after Xmas if it persists. I donít think the HP has in fact been cleared up but my Dr is not in agreement with me. I have agonised over whether or not this a something more serious such as cancer but I have tried to take the optimistic view that something should have shown up in the blood tests such as anaemia. I am therefore getting desperate to know as to whether this is HP returned, ulcers, GERD or something worse. Although I have found similar symptoms on these forums, I have yet to find my peculiar type of nausea or confirmation that you can have ulcers or GERD without heartburn or bile etc. Any informal advice would be greatly appreciated.