Re: Stomach discomfort/full feeling
Had almost the same problems you did; didn't have an endoscopy, as it was largely considered irrelevant given the other work I had done.
Bloodwork (tonnes - no unusual bacteria present, no parasites, no nothing)
H. Pylori breath test (to check for a particularly bad strain of stomach bacteria - my test came out negative.)
Ultrasound (full abdominal, gall bladder looked fine, everything else looked fine)
Upper GI series w/small-bowel "follow through" (swallow mildly radioactive crap and get your guts X-rayed, which shows up abnormalities)
The good news is that nothing looked wrong whatsoever; no ulcers, no parasites showed up, nothing was wrong with my blood, nothing looked out of shape at all.
"Functional Dyspepsia" - Basically the "upper gut" counter-part to IBS, if you've heard of that. The long and short is that NOTHING is technically wrong with my stomach, it's just VERY VERY VERY easy to irritate it; it tends to over-produce acid, over-spasm, and generally be... well... sensitive. It's damn annoying, and likely caused by the massive amount of stress in my life, or so the doctors have told me.
The bad news?
There's no cure. There are drugs that can help, but some people find they don't help much at all - I happen to be one of those people. The medication makes my life liveable, but that's it. I seldom get truly hungry, and if and when I do, despite at times feeling like I have quite the appetite, I end up only being able to eat a very small amount before I feel full and start burping like I'm just stuffed with air. Very... very frustrating.
If this is stress-induced (and most people with the condition are indeed over-stressed), then the only cure is to cure the stress, and to hope the condition gets better with time. I have faith that I'll get to those points eventually, but it's not happening yet.
You might want to ask your MD about this condition, if he hasn't suggested it. It's not something that is super-rare or anything like that.
Last edited by BCorsair; 02-04-2011 at 03:58 AM.