I have been having stomach problems going on two years now. My symptoms include nausea, stomach pain, burning, and knawing feeling at the top of my stomach, feeling full and bloated after eating a small meal or even a light snack and just plain irritable. In January I had an endoscopy done and the Doctor told me all they saw was some gastritis and started me on Nexium. The Nexium made my stomach hurt and feel worse than before. I called my doctor and he told me to discontinue taking the Nexium and see how I feel. The diarrhea went away but continued to have stomach pain, and upset stomach. Like you, I feel like I have the stomach flu but there is no vomiting or diarrhea and I feel like this on a daily basis. Food has become my enemy. For two months straight all I ate was crackers and drink water. I started out weighing 192Lbs and now I weight 158lbs. The Doctor doesnít seem to be too concerned about my dramatic weight loss. He keep throwing prescriptions at me and saying here take this and it doesnít work. I changed my whole diet. I make sure everything I eat is baked or boiled, nothing that contains a lot of grease or spices. I totally weaned myself off of carbonated drinks, chocolate, fruits and veggies that contains or produce a lot of acid. All I drink now is water and Snapple teas. I take Pepcid and it gives me some relief and I keep a box of Nauzene tablets with me at all times and that helps with the nausea. So far I havenít found anything to help with the full irritable feeling I continue to have or even the stomach pain. I can eat a meal at 6pm, and at 2am, I wake feeling horrible and burping up food I ate 8 hours ago. Itís like my food donít digest and it stays in my stomach longer. I even deal with constipation and occasional diarrhea. I want to try taking probiotics for digestion, I have heard that they work and it keeps you from having to take so many acid reducers. My stomach issues are daily and it affects my life. Iím crabby and easily irritated with my children because I donít feel good. My husband wants to take me on dates but I feel so bad all the time and all I want to do is stay in the bed. I get depressed at times because of what Iím going through. Is there a cure for gastritis?
Do you know if when they did your scope they tested for H pylori? I had all your symptoms for the past eight or nine years, and just had a scope last Monday that found ulcers, inflammation, and H pylori. it's a yucky bacteria that can live in your stomach. causes tons of symptoms I felt like I was falling apart. I also could not believe something in your stomach could cause depression I just thought I was starting to go crazy because I never felt good. something to look in to!! good luck, and hope you feel better.
When they did my scope they didn't find the H Pylori or any ulcers. So, I am not exactly sure what's going on with me. Are you feeling better since the Doctors found out what was wrong with you? If so, what medications did they give you? I'm still suffering. Last night, I had an awful night. My stomached cramped and hurt really bad. I didn't even eat any food today because I was scared the stomach pain was going to come back. I nibbled on crackers and drunk water all day. I am very miserable.
You shouldn't stop at an endoscopy. You should also do a colonoscopy and an exam for the small intestine. Problems in any of these places can cause symptoms in other places along the digestive tract. There are two types of exams for the small intestine: a capsule endoscopy and radiological imaging. Do them both. Also do a colonoscopy: damage in the colon can cause symptoms farther up the digestive tract.
If there are no obvious "mechanical" causes discovered with the above, then start looking at things like lactose intolerance, celiac disease, and problems with motility (where the intestine muscles don't push the food properly.) Tests for those things include: breath test, gastric emptying study, and blood work.
You need to see a GI doctor, not a primary care physician.
Thanks for the information. I will definitely mention those test my doctor. The doctor I see is a GI specialist that my primary care physician referred me to because non of the medicines he was giving me worked. However, I didn't think about all those other test you mentioned. I currently don't have any insurance so getting to a doctor right now is out of the question. Hopefully, that will be changing soon because everyday I am miserable and unhappy.
Yes, people often think because the symptoms occur in area A, they only need to look at area A, but the digestive tract is pretty complex and things that are happening in area C can cause discomfort and symptoms in area A.