Originally Posted by trystme
Hi. My husband is 45 years old. He has had chronic nausea, general stomach upset, and fatigue for a couple of years now. He is a smoker. It seems like it all started when he tried to quite smoking for the umteenth time two years ago. He started feeling like crap and we attributed it to not smoking. He was doing the patches. He finally quit the patches and then started back smoking.
But, he still felt really bad all of the time. So he went to our pcp and had blook work done and that all came back normal. He went to a gastrointestinal doctor who did a scope again. He has been diagnosed with GERD and takes Nexium which takes care of the heartburn but this is not heartburn at this point. The scope showed that his asophagus had healed since he had started on the medication and the scope showed no other stomach problems. He burps A LOT and always has ever since I've known him. Gross but true. He burps no matter what he eats and he burps when he hasn't eaten anything.
He has lost about 25 pounds since this all started. He just doesn't feel like eating. He doesn't feel like doing anything. He forces himself to go to work. He is losing clients and not going after new clients and his income has decreased a good deal.
He also drinks a lot. He has cut down and he is quitting completely this Wen. We've both gotten into the habit of having two vodka martinis before dinner but he was drinking much more after that some nights. He also drinks way too much coffee in the mornings and doesn't eat breakfast. Maybe it is all just catching up to him?
He cried last night and said that he is just so fed up with feeling like crap all of the time. I tried again to get him to go back to the gastrointerologist but he said no. I tried again this morning to let me call to make an appointment. He thinks it is just the drinking and once he stops doing that then he'll be fine. I hope that he is right, and I'm sure that the drinking makes it worse, but I just have this feeling that it is something more.
Does anyone have any opinion or experience with anything similar?
I'm so sorry your husband is going through a tough time right now. Did they run a test for H-Pylori? The doctor wouldn't be able to see in with a scope. We just found out that my daughter has this and she had nearly all the same symptoms as your husband. A stool sample would be more accurate if he is willing to do that. Here are some of the symtoms: (H-Pylori usually means that you have an Ulcer too, but not all the time) I would have this test done for sure.
Abdominal discomfort is the most common symptom. This discomfort usually
* is a dull, gnawing ache
* comes and goes for several days or weeks
* occurs 2 to 3 hours after a meal
* occurs in the middle of the night (when the stomach is empty)
* is relieved by eating
* is relieved by antacid medications
Other symptoms include
* weight loss
* poor appetite
Something else that can make you tired all the time is Your thyroid being out of whack. He may want to run test on his thyroid too, just to be sure. I have Hypothyroidism, which is a low thyroid level, and it really made me feel very bad. I would sleep all the time and would have NO energy at all.
Look up his symptoms on the internet and see if you can find something. I would definitely talk him into having some more tests done. There is a reason he is feeling like this and I don't think it's because of quitting smoking. (Just my opinion).
Good luck hun,