Worried, and just tired from constant stomach issues

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
[ << Previous Thread | Next Thread >> ]

leviathan
New Member


Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 5
   Posted 7/21/2009 7:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all, I'm a 21 year old male.
At the beginning of this year, i noticed that i would feel hungry, go to eat a meal, and only be able to take a couple of spoonfuls before feeling bloated, yet still feeling hungry at the same time.
As a result, i went to the GP, and was told that i probably had gastritis. i did the h.pylori breath test, which came back negative, and was given a prescription of Pariet, and was told to take one per day.

At first, the Pariet worked wonders, and i could eat freely once again without feeling full almost immediately. This was a relief, as I am extremely underweight. I am approximately 177cm, which i think is around 5"10? and at the start of the year, i weighed around 43-44kg. The pariet was working well for me, but after i finished the three repeats, i continued to feel slightly sick. as a result, i went back to the GP, and an appointment was made to have an endoscopy. turns out that my stomach's internals look fine, and there's nothing wrong in there, which is puzzling, as i continued to feel nauseous, excessively gassy, and couldn't eat much before feeling full even if i'm still hungry.

After that, i returned to the doctor that did my endoscopy to discuss the results. since there's nothing going on inside my stomach, the doctor suggested that stress may be the cause, which coincided with the fact that i had to start preparing for exams. the doctor suggested that i try to stay off the pariet where possible, and to see how i feel after my exams.

It has been a month since my exams have ended, and i feel horrible. i haven't felt worse. I am now actually vomiting, (although not extreme vomiting, very light), basically cannot eat anything (i've tried just rice on its own, even eating a pear makes me feel nauseous and i start dry-wretching after chains of burps sometimes, although the dry-wretching after burping happens all the time throughout the day). As a result, i have dropped all the way down to 41kg. This has happened all throughout the year. It feels like i take one step forward when i feel good stomach-wise, then the problems return in a week or two, and i take two steps back, and lose more weight as i have trouble eating. It should also be mentioned that my build in and of itself is one that doesn't put on weight easily. i have tried to put on weight before the gastritis problems arose, to little avail. It feels like i am just in a viscious cycle, where i make progress, only to end up weighing less than where i started, which makes me frustrated and stress, which MAY be contributing to the problems arising again and so on and so forth. I am trying not to get stressed about the weight loss, but it's difficult not to when you are 177cm and only weigh 41kg at the moment.

As a result, do you think my problems are gastritis related? I was thinking that it may not even be gastritis at all, due to the fact that there's nothing wrong going on inside my stomach...
I read up on the internet that the best way to deal with acute/chronic gastritis is to fast for two/three days on just water only, then turn to fruits and fruit juices for two to three days after that, then slowly resume your normal diet. Whilst it may not be that big of a deal to other people, but following through with this fasting idea is very high risk to me, as it means i will just drop in weight even further, which as i said, i simply cannot afford to it. however if this is the best course of action in overcoming gastritis, i figure i may as well take the weight loss now, and get over the gastritis problems, then slowly try to gain weight back.
Also, i was thinking that it actually may not be gastritis? Due to the fact that at the start, eating one Andrew's TUMS tablet helped get rid of the nauseous feeling almost immediately. now for example, i ate one today and felt even more nauseous, and ended up vomiting up white foam (i think it's called bile), which tasted a bit like the TUMS (i know this is disgusting, but i'm just trying to give as much detail as possible).
Also i should mention that previous to the recent reoccurance of the gastritis type issues, I generally sleep late, at around 4-5am, and wake up at around 1-2pm, and only ate 2 meals a day approximately, and i would try to fit in a third meal at around midnight.

Any suggestions/information are greatly appreciated, I am really struggling with these stomach issues, and i just feel so exhausted from dealing with the whole one step forward, two steps back on a fortnightly-monthly basis, and is also causing my girlfriend a lot of distress. I am willing to change my sleeping habits etc, whatever i should do to improve my condition and be free of gastritis, and be able to eat properly again and hopefully gain some weight.

Sorry, I should also add that when i had my endoscopy done, i also had a biopsy which came back negative. I have also had two blood tests done, one by my GP, and one by my endoscopy doctor. both came back saying that everything is fine, except the endoscopy specialist told me that i needed to eat more greens, but other than that everything is normal.

Post Edited (leviathan) : 7/21/2009 6:39:38 PM (GMT-6)


stkitt
Elite Member


Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 32602
   Posted 7/21/2009 8:14 PM (GMT -6)   

Hello leviathan,

Welcome to HealingWell.  Just wondering if you have ever had a colonoscopy as your sx could be related to Irritable Bowel Syndrome.  Abdominal cramping, Bloating and gas Diarrhea, constipation or both are sx of IBS however most people with IBS do not have weight loss. 

I think you need to look at getting a second opinion from another   GI specialist.  Yes you could have anxiety as either the primary or as a side effect from another problem.  Be your own best advocate.

I would not recommend a 3 day fast to anyone.

Take care and stick with us.

I wish you peace.

Kitt


 

Kitt,
Moderator: Osteoarthritis, GERD/Heartburn
Anxiety/Panic, & Depression
*~*
http://www.healingwell.com/donate *~*
"When you find peace within yourself, you become the kind of person who can live at peace with others."
Not a mental health professional of any kind


leviathan
New Member


Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 5
   Posted 7/21/2009 11:20 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks for your reply stkitt. the only reason i think that i have experienced weight loss, is because i have not been eating well, or sometimes at all when the symptoms flare up, such as in the last couple of days. so you think that i may not have gastritis at all? i should mention that rather than feeling any pain per se in my stomach, it feels more like my stomach is melting, and i constantly hear grumbling and i guess digestive noises? im not sure, i hear rumbling, and what sounds like liquid dribbling somewhere etc. the sounds vary, and all are very hard to actually describe in words.
do you think that my sleeping habits have anything to do with my problems? i also have not experienced constipation or diarrhoea. however, i did have loose bm's yesterday night after drinking some coconut water from a coconut i had bought from the supermarket, upon the advice of some "home remedy" websites.

lisams
Regular Member


Date Joined Jun 2009
Total Posts : 24
   Posted 7/21/2009 11:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm sorry you're going through this. I wonder if the stomach pain is from not eating enough. Your stomach has digestive fluids and acid in there, and if there isn't anything for it to work on it can cause discomfort. I've been through some stomach issues, and each time I started cutting back on eating there would be discomfort and lots of grumbling noises. I found that if I eat a little every few hours it helps a lot. I know it's so hard to eat when there is stomach pain, but for me I had to kind of force myself to nibble throughout the day on bland foods (bananas, crackers, oatmeal, applesauce, yogurt, etc.).

I hope others will have some ideas for you. Hang in there.

Lisa

leviathan
New Member


Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 5
   Posted 7/22/2009 6:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Just thought i'd update everyone on what has happened. i went to the chemist today to look for some DGL tablets, but supposedly you can't get them in australia, or something along those lines... anyway, the pharmacist was interested in my problems and wanted to have a chat to see if he could help resolve the issues. after listening to my story, he thought that the excessive stress from my low weight is what is to blame, and has recommended that i see a doctor, and possible look into anti-depressants to relieve the stress, and see if that makes things better. i agree with the pharmacist, as i have honenstly felt that the extreme stress from my constant "one step forwards, two steps back" in regards to my weight, is the main, or one of the main factors of my stomach problems. do any of you see me goinig down this path as being unadvised?

gerdo
Regular Member


Date Joined Nov 2008
Total Posts : 37
   Posted 7/22/2009 2:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Leviathan,
your post is very timely. I have been posting my own story with GERD (A Story of Recovering from GERD) recently on this site and all of the symptoms you describe are EXACTLY the symptoms my gastro described for the Pylorus theory. You can read up on it on my thread. There are 4 symptoms to this theory:
1. Feeling hungry (empty stomach feeling) followed by feeling full after eating moderately (quickly filling up) (I lost 40 lbs)
2. Nausea/Vomiting (I did not have this)
3. Heartburn & Burping (I had these really bad)
4. Don't remember - am going to ask doctor or check my notes.
Both doctors I worked with coincided that GERD is stress related. The point is, your pylorus is probably closed off because of stress as mine was (I suffered GERD for more than one year but my symptoms varied).
I went to a psychiatrist that worked with my gastro (she had exactly your symptoms and treated it with medicine for almost a decade before meeting my gastro and completely healing) who gave classes on how to relax for patients specifically with gastro problems. I imagine if she had prescribed me anti-anxiety pills I might have started to feel better as they help your body to relax. I did not need them, however, so I only started to feel better when I was prescribed very heavy doses of mobility drugs (Motilium, Cisapride, etc). You might be able to feel better on anti-anxiety pills as this is most likely the root of your problem (the pylorus closes off the opening from the stomach to the intestine, your food stays in your stomach for hours, your eat, you fill it up more, the food starts getting higher up to your esophagus, you feel full, your stomach produces acid and keeps contracting to move food along, food rebounds towards esophagus, you feel nausea like you want to throw up, you can't eat, your stomach is full but your brain knows you have not passed any nutrients along, sending signals that you need to eat, you feel hungry, you eat a little but since you are full you can't eat much, the whole cycle starts again.
Your symptoms sound like a text book case of this. It took me months to get my pylorus up and running again. My gastro eventually dilated it through a gastroscopy (not a surgery). I did meet quite a few people though that fully recovered by just taking meds. Time varies but on average my friends seemed to recover in 1 - 2 months on medicines.
The key thing is to try to relax and get the pylorus to open. Pls read my thread for more info if you like.
Good Luck to you!

stkitt
Elite Member


Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 32602
   Posted 7/22/2009 4:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello there and yes I do agree with the chemist................see your physician and talk about your feelings of stress openly and honestly as stress can certainly cause many problems that are manifested in physical symptoms.
You may well have depression.  We also have a great depression forum here in HealingWell if you would like to talk to others with Depression.
 
Take care and do seek help.

With kindest personal regards,
Kitt


 

Kitt,
Moderator: Osteoarthritis, GERD/Heartburn
Anxiety/Panic, & Depression
*~*
http://www.healingwell.com/donate *~*
"When you find peace within yourself, you become the kind of person who can live at peace with others."
Not a mental health professional of any kind


LittlePeanut
Regular Member


Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 81
   Posted 7/24/2009 4:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Leviathan:

I had my first battle with GERD in my 20's although they did not call it that then. I was given Tagamet to take and Donnatal. I took the meds involved my self in fun outoor activities and slowly ( seemed Like a couple of Months) I forgot about my stomach forgot the meds and was back to my normal bad eating self. Stress has a way to find the weakspots in us. It jus happens to be the stomach which is hard to take. I found that eating regular meals and not in a rush help with digestion greatly. Modify your diet and take out the usual trigger foods until you find your way as to what works for you.

Keep talking to us an vent as you neeD

LP

leviathan
New Member


Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 5
   Posted 7/28/2009 9:12 AM (GMT -6)   
a great big thank you to everyone that has replied or taken an interest in the thread, and my problems. I can't express how much confidence you guys/girls have given me. I really do appreciate it.
I went to a different doctor on monday, and i mentioned the stress, and the option of anti-depressants. We explored that area in a fair amount of depth, with me asking the doctor about any concerns. Point is, i filled out a lil quiz thingo that's supposed to help ascertain the extent of my stress etc. The doctor has also told me to definitely fix my sleeping habits to somewhat resemble a normal person's, and i am seeing her again on thursday. I have a feeling that i'm onto something here, and i feel that with the support of you guys/girls, as well as the actual interest and care of my new doctor in my case, i can overcome these stomach problems, and like LittlePeanut says, I look forward to returning to my "bad-eating self", where i can eat the foods that i enjoy without any worries. I will keep you all updated as to what happens with this current doctor etc.

Thank you again for everyone's concern.

Kind Regards,
Leviathan

dencha
Forum Moderator


Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 7188
   Posted 7/28/2009 9:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Leviathan,
I'm so glad that you're on the road to discovery and recovery! Your attitude sounds great, and I think you're on to something. We're here for you whenever you need to vent or have a question or problem--or just when you need encouragement and support!
Best wishes in your quest to be back to "bad eating!"
Take care,
Denise turn
New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
Forum Information
Currently it is Thursday, September 20, 2018 9:12 AM (GMT -6)
There are a total of 3,005,044 posts in 329,191 threads.
View Active Threads


Who's Online
This forum has 161760 registered members. Please welcome our newest member, Adrianna1023.
280 Guest(s), 11 Registered Member(s) are currently online.  Details
alephnull, Italatin8, Anitas, Redwing57, Uniform Charlie, Saipan Paradise, InTheShop, RunJerRun, Anna7ella, colja, MacroMan