My pain started about 30 minutes to 1 hour after a meal. It felt like my stomach was about to explode. I felt some naussea but never vomitted. Once the intense pain was gone, I could still feel the discomfort throughout the day. Once I was diagnosed by endoscope, I was put on Prevacid twice a day and had to take an antacid 1 & 3 hours after every meal. My pain was gone after about 3 - 4 days. However, from the day I was in the hospital to the time I started eating again spanned about 4 days. That probably helped my ulcers too. So in total, I would say at least a week before I felt normal. The only thing that wan't normal were my stools. I constantly had loose stools and would go 2 - 3 times a day where in the past I was good for just one a day.
After enjoying normality for about a month, I started having problems again. It started about 4 days after I finished my Prevacid. The pain wasn't as bad as the first time. I call it more like severe discomfort and not pain. Anyway, I was put on Aciphex which did nothing so I suffered for about a week and went to the emergency room twice. I was told that I was probably having trouble with my ulcers again. I finally got to see a gastro doc and another scope was performed. No ulcers were found and I was told that I had mild gastritis.
I was put back on the Prevacid and Librax. I still haven't felt normal yet and that has been two months ago. I have also had a abdominal ct scan which was negative. My symptoms are still upper abdominal discomfort esp after I eat and standup with a slight feeling of discomfort under my righ rib cage. My doctor is trying to say stress and IBS w/o doing all the tests. I will be seeing him today so I plan to ask for the rest of the tests to rule out everything else.
Seems like physical activity is the only thing that gives me some relief. I have started taking Metamucil hoping bulk up my stools some so they won't be so soft. Since I started the Metamucil, the discomfort isn't as bad but now I just don't go to the bathroom. And finally, about a week ago I was put on a flagyl and did fine while I was on it. Two days after the flagyl was finished, the discomfort was back. I plan to talk to the doctor today about that.
Hope that helps.