Functional dyspepsia anyone?

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eugenia
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   Posted 7/20/2009 1:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone:
 
Been lurking around for quite a while and now posting.  Anyway way back in Sept 2007 was diagnosed with H-Pylori and that was eradicated -- proven by a endoscopy in October 2007.  Another reason for the endoscopy was a feeling in my chest and stomach that was there constantly.  Anyway, the endoscopy was fine nothing came back -- next I was sent for a CT scan of abdoman - everything fine.
Next went to GI specialist -- after my doctor kind of didn't know what to do with me.  The GI specialist tried me on losec, panteprazole, and finally Nexium.  Nothing woudl take the feeling in my tummy and chest away -- absolutely no relief.
 
Anyway, to make a long story short they finally diagnosed me with functional dyspepsia. 
 
The above all took place in 2007/2008.  Now in 2009 I stil have the problem and am now starting hte process of going through the same tests.
 
Any suggestions/advice woudl be greatly appreicated.
 
Oh yes...to top all this off I have developed severe anxiety which I'm having a bit of an attack today.
 
Thanks for any replies.
 
Eugeniz
 

stkitt
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   Posted 7/20/2009 4:26 PM (GMT -6)   

Hello Eugenia

Welcome to the GERD/Heartbrun Forum.

Just to clarify dyspepsia is a recurrent or persistent pain or discomfort that is primarily located in the upper abdomen. Approximately 25 percent of people in the United States and other western countries experience dyspepsia.

Dyspepsia can develop because of an underlying medical problem. However, the most common type of dyspepsia is "functional" (or "non-ulcer") dyspepsia. This refers to dyspepsia that occurs without an identifiable cause.

Some people benefit from avoiding fatty foods (which can slow the emptying of the stomach), and eating small frequent meals. Foods that aggravate symptoms should be avoided, if possible, although eliminating entire food groups is not recommended. If you have questions about which foods should be avoided, discuss this with a healthcare provider and/or dietitian.

I do not think it is a bad idea to have some tests repeated as our bodies do change and something may show up on new tests.

As for your anxiety,  you have a right to feel anxious as your symptoms are not imaginary. We have a great anxiety forum and you may have posted there already but if not please do join us in the A & P Forum as the members there know all about anxiety and will have great advice and lots of support for you.

Again a warm welcome to our family here in the GERD/Heartburn forum.

Kitt

 


 

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LinTan3
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   Posted 7/30/2009 9:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi. I'm new here. Came across Eugenia's post. Am having similar feelings and have been very frustrated. Last October, I'd been feeling unwell (discomfort in stomach etc) and one evening after a brisk walk, had palpitations and thought I was having a heart attack or something but after some tests (inclulding an echo), doctor said I was fine. I was feeling bloated and all. I also had bad nausea bouts even up till now. At the time, I was prescribe a course of Nexium and motilium and that was that. The feeling didn't really go away but it was manageable. Then about 3 months ago, the nausea got pretty bad. Went to see a GP who referred me to a Gastroenterologist. Did a endoscope and ultrasound of abdomen. Didn't find anything. Was told that I had Functional Dyspepsia and was taking nexium for about 2 months. Initially it helped a little, and the nausea subsided. But i never felt totally well. Bad bouts of nausea would come and go, sometimes to the point of not being able to function or focus on work etc. My doc had been advising me to reduce nexium to see how i'd get along without it. I had tried a couple of times and seemed to always feel bad without it, so I continued taking it (40mg twice a day). Last week I had a bad bout of nausea again and I just stopped taking nexium totally. I don't think it has taken any effect or if it had, it's gone.

Last week, I went to see a traditional chinese doc who said I was not taking enough water and that I was 'weak', gave me a bunch of herbs to be boiled and drunk. Nasty tasting stuff. Have not finished it yet. It kinda gave me diarrhoea :P . Anyhow, I went back to see my Gastro doc and told him my woes. He's changed my meds to Ganaton to see if it helps.

Am so tired of having this nausea. It doesnt seem to go away. I'm avoiding oily foods, caffeine, dairy, citrus fruit, spicy food, but so far, still feel the nausea. I also seem to always feel hungry. I think when I get hungrier, the nausea increases. But, eating also can make me feel discomfort. I try to eat small amounts every few hours. Not sure what else to try.

Feel so depressed over this. And even breakdown in tears more easily than usual.

Frustrated.

beareilly
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   Posted 7/31/2009 12:26 AM (GMT -6)   
i know the feelings of attacks. I too have them. I do not have dyspepsia though 1 of my endo's showed it a few years ago .I did have h pylori .I have since had the nissan fundo for my gerd and feel great.Sorry your going thru it. I wish u good health
b

stkitt
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   Posted 7/31/2009 7:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Just wanted to drop in and wish you a warm welcome to HealingWell and the GERD/Heartburn forum.
 
I do believe I saw a thread you started of your own which is great.  We are here to support everyone and I am glad you have joined us.
 
Again welcome,
Kitt

 

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miliox
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   Posted 8/10/2009 8:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone,
I want contribuite with my experience, I had similar clinical history than many of you, after similar symptoms and they didnt find any organic problem the doctor diagnosed "functional dyspepsia". I tried many things related with diet but nothing eliminated the problem.

I wanted start doing sport but I felt weak then I couldnt. Some years before I learned Qigong, an chinese exercise which is included in TCM, after start doing Qigong I felt much better. My Qigong exercise focused on breathing, I thought that somehow increase the oxygen uptake improve the functioning of the stomach, may be because tone up the nervous system. After this discovery I keep on practicing two hours per day, I felt better every day. When I felt strong enough I started going to run every morning and going to the gym at night, just now I felt very very well, almost fully recovered.

I try many many things and only exercise helped me. I think the most important aspect to take into account for overcome the functional dyspepsia is doing sport, we could be days and days speaking about theorys related with the body physiology but that is useless. For some reason people who suffer of functional dyspepsia has a altered the organs function, the body doesnt work as it should. Exercise stimulates blood circulation. When blood circulates better, all organs function better. It was very curious how after my job I felt everydays typical functional dyspepsia symptoms and these dissapeared after one hour at gym and I began to fell hungry again. I heard that stress has a strong effect on kidney, kidney retains blood and blood doesnt flow properly throught the body, also the autonomic nervous system is strongly affected preventing the normal functioning of organs, in this situation I think exercise could act as a pump stimulating the blood flow and the balancing of the organs.
In all traditional medicines the most important point for keep healthy is move the body. Just now I think the most strong stimulus for recover the healthy is doing exercise.
Another important point is changing lifestyle, the more relaxed lifestyle the best......
There is ample evidence that the medicines do not work for functional dyspepsia.
I am spanish, my mother language is not english then I couldnt express everything as I wanted, but I can give you all information you need if you are interested, WORTH IT.

kllaws2
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   Posted 8/12/2009 11:13 AM (GMT -6)   
My GI doctor said I have dyspepsia too, which is just a fancy word for heartburn. I had an endoscopy, which didn't show anything. I then had an ultrasound and hidascan test for my gallbladder to rule it out, and my gallbladder is actually functioning at 18%. I took the meds the doctor prescribed for dyspepia, which were buipar and domperdone, and followed the diet he instructed, but it didn't work. I got sick after eating anything fatty or greasy. I'd throw up bile and have diarreha. I have constant nausea in my upper abdominal area and belching....maybe get your gallbladder tested.

secondchances
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   Posted 8/19/2009 6:43 PM (GMT -6)   
LinTan3,
i heard that being hungrier than normal and nausea could both be signs of parasite, have you had a stool test?
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