No diagnosis yet for me. They think it's my gallbladder but the tests have come back normal. So, they're waiting and retesting later down the line and just monitoring me and keeping me medicated on various things that don't seem to make much of a difference.
They first thought ulcer with me. Or gastritis. Not so much GERD because my pain was lower than that. So I stopped eating anything acidic. If you look up diets for ulcers and gastritis you'll get some good ideas as to what kinds of foods to avoid and so forth. For me, it did not work. Then I started wondering about gb issues, and the doctor also mentioned the idea too. The endoscopy came back fine, so while waiting for the gb tests, I dropped the ulcer/gastritis diet and started eating gallbladder friendly foods. Basically, I stopped eating all fats. Talk about difficult. I notice that anything with fat really causes me distress. I've been to the ER twice--two Sundays in a row. It's painful and frustrating. But through trial and error I did learn that the gallbladder diet works best for me. It took me 2 weeks of frustration to figure out what I could eat though, and I had to try very hard to find friendly foods for me. It takes time and determination.
Typically gb pain is upper abdomen, esp. upper right abdomen. It doesn't sound like gallbladder is troubling you, only because of the location of your pain. But, everyone presents differently. Also, for me, it's so hard to pinpoint the pain when it gets to be terrible, because really my whole upper abdomen starts to hurt. So if an ulcer friendly diet doesn't work, you might try removing fats and seeing if that has an effect.
I don't know much else about other conditions, so I can only point you in those two directions in terms of diet. Maybe others will have other clues?
Have you tried antacids? Do they help? For me, they never even made a difference. I could drink half a bottle of Mylanta or take 10 Tums/Rolaids and it would not help. Do you have any relief?
Ulcers and gastritis typically feel a little better immediately after you eat, before it starts to hurt again. Do you have any temporary relief after eating? Again, this isn't always the case, but often times it can be. People will feel bad on an empty stomach, and then eat and feel better for a short while before the pain comes back.
Have you tried Prilosec OTC? It might be worth it to take in the meantime before you see your doctor. It's about $23 or so at the store, but it might help. If it is gastritis or ulcer or GERD. Also, to be safe, don't take ibuprophen or aspirin until you see the doctor. Stick with Tylenol.
I wish I could help you. The only thing I will say is don't take the Boost as a meal replacement. Take it in between mealtimes as a supplement to your diet. You're going to have to start forcing yourself to eat. Bring food with you everywhere. Even if it's just a saltine. Eat 2 every 60 or 90 minutes when you're not hungry, just as a small snack. Force yourself, unless it makes you really sick. You need to try to get your stomach to not shrink anymore. The less you eat, the less you'll want to eat. If you can get food into you even in small quantities, eventually your hunger will come back. One thing I did since I can't tolerate fat, is to buy some fancy bakery bread. Just some French or Italian or something. Anything that I could tolerate without butter on it. I would keep a ziploc baggie in my purse and just munch on bread whenever I could. I had to force myself at first, but eventually I came to really feel hunger. Took a week or so, but the appetite did come back. Basically, if you stop eating, you're not going to start feeling hungry again. If you can just keep putting food in your mouth, a bite or two here and there when you're not hungry, your appetite should start to return over time. This is what you want, so you can try to not lose weight.
I laugh when people say they wish they had my body. Laugh so hard. I am very small. I've always been pretty petite anyway. But it's not by choice lately. And it doesn't feel good lately. And anyway, no matter how much weight I lose I bet you anything I'll still have that pouch of cellulite right below my bum on the backs of my thighs.
I try to explain to people that small or not I still have a 'normal' female body with the same normal female trouble spots AND I have a lot of pain in my stomach in addition to it, so they shouldn't wish to be me by any means. But they don't believe it. Whatever. I give up trying to reason with people and basically just roll my eyes when they say stuff like that.
I think you should try different things. Try some Prilosec. Try some antacids. Try a GERD/ulcer/gastritis diet. If they don't work, it doesn't necessarily mean you don't have any of those things, but it would suggest that maybe you should try something else. Just don't give up, and force yourself to eat bland stuff to fill you up.
Oh and the anemia may not be from internal bleeding. I would think a doctor would check that out first and foremost but it really could just be from a poor diet lacking iron. Better safe than sorry, but I didn't mean to freak you out before.
Also, my GI told me that yes, milk can make you feel better at first by coating the stomach, but a few minutes after drinking milk, your stomach produces excess acid because of the fat and calcium. She said skim milk will not have as much as an effect like that as whole milk. But milk being good for heartburn is somewhat of a misconception she said.
One last thing before I end this long ramble! I have heard from people who just come down with GERD or gastritis that it can be so painful that they thought they were dying. And not to say that either one is not serious, but it's less serious than, say, cancer or what have you. I think people don't realize that a common thing such as GERD can be so terribly painful. My brother had accute gastritis that 2 months of prescription Nexium and a less acidic diet healed perfectly, but he said that first month before he got his diagnosis was just awful. So, don't freak yourself out with worst-case scenarios. It could be something highly treatable, that once you see the doctor and get some medication or treatment, you'll do fantastically and feel great relief. I really hope so at any rate. Try to not get so discouraged. And please force yourself to eat some food. Even when you're not hungry.