Need reassurance - constant indigestion, cramps/ vomiting

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   Posted 4/11/2010 3:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Since last June I've been expreiencing constant burping and pressure in my chest all the time, its got worse to the point that I find it hard to get food down and feel it rising up again as soon as I swallow. My throat is always sore from all the acid and it feels sort of lumpy and is sometimes hard to swallow. I have been on omeprazole for this since November. In addition in January I suffered the worst stomach cramps I've ever had, vomiting, bloating, nausea and really nasty sulfuric smelling burps which I ended up in hospital for and lasted over 12 hours, the doctor thinking it was probably gastritis. However, this has happened again at least every month since, the last doctor thought it was my gall bladder but I have now had an ultrasound and its not that. I've also had a test for H.pylori that came back negative. I eat well - no meat, no dairy, no coffee, no alcohol. i'm now waiting a month to see the specialist again who has made no other suggestion as to what it might be. I'm 21 and this is ruining my life. I'm so frightened I can't think straight.

Has anyone had symptoms like this and recovered or know what it could be? I'm so scared I can't do anything I just cry all the time. If anyone has any advice on how I can cope until I can next see the doctor that would also be appreciated, I am beside myself with worry.

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   Posted 4/11/2010 10:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Victoria, Dont rule out your gb because the ultrasound came back normal . My ultrasound came back normal and it was my gallbladder all the along. I had a hida scan and it came back abnormal showing it was my gb all along. Im not saying its your gb causing your stomach problems. I am just saying not to rule it out just yet.
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   Posted 4/11/2010 11:13 AM (GMT -6)   
I hear you stress and frustration, and it's totally understandable. As Kimber said, many ultrasounds miss gall bladder problems, so it's still a possible culprit. What you're experiencing also sounds a lot like chronic gastritis and reflux. It's possible that your LES--the valve that keeps the acid and contents of your stomach where it belongs--is not closing properly, and allowing acid and food to reflux into your esophagus and mouth. All the symptoms you're having are enough to make anyone nauseous.

Have you been to a GI specialist? If not, you need to get there ASAP. Don't worry about some dire diagnosis. The extreme symptoms you're having are pretty typical of someone suffering from gastritis and severe GERD. Please try to calm down and relax as much as possible. Your anxiety and stress can be increasing your symptoms. I know it's a hard thing to do when you're stressing over this, but do your best.

This forum is full of members who've experienced what you're going through. Get yourself to a good GI doc. If you're already seeing one and he/she isn't taking your symptoms seriously, get a new one.
We're here for you, Victoria. Hang in there!
Take care,

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   Posted 4/11/2010 3:45 PM (GMT -6)   
I hope they find out what's going on with you soon. Your story sounds something like my husband's (age 56.) He had one bout with diverticulitis about 4 years ago. A couple of years later, he started having projectile vomiting episodes out of the blue. Inbetween he'd feel fine, but about once a month (usually after a day of eating too much, such as after the Super Bowl or Thanksgiving), he'd wake up vomiting. If it came on during the day, he'd talk about getting the "nasty-smelling burps," (!)and it was like his system had just shut down, nothing was digesting. He'd feel so sick and weak for about 24 hours, sometimes vomiting multiple times, and couldn't go into work, which is unheard-of for him. We knew something was up because no one else in the family ever got this "flu." He went to a GI doctor a bunch of times, and finally they figured out the right combination of meds. Now he takes Prevacid twice a day and Pepcid at night (both maximum-strength) and hasn't had another episode in over a year. He hasn't altered his diet as much as the doctor told him to, but somewhat (at least now he eats a little breakfast.) He also does have Barrett's Esophagus and a hiatal hernia, though he keeps forgetting this.
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   Posted 4/12/2010 10:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Victoria,
don't be afraid - in order to get better, you have to first believe that you will! At one point during my GERD episodes I was burping ALL DAY LONG for months and it was accompanied by extremely foul odor and painful bloating. The rooftop of my mouth was completely blistered and inflamed from the burns (just from the fumes!). It limited my social life dramatically.

Here are a few reasons for GERD that you may wish to consider - none of them are grave or reason to fret as they are all fixable. I selected the ones that most match your symptoms but I am not a doctor so pls consider that:

1. You may have disbiosis causing your GERD. Bad bacteria literally ferments in your gut and stomach and generates hydrogen sulfide gas (hence the smell of sulfur or rotten something). The amount of gas these "unfriendly" bacteria generate is astronomical. The gas generages an upward pressure (bloating and belching) and downward pressure (flatulence) in your system depending on where the bacteria is located (stomach / small intestine). When the upward pressure is bad enough, it will cause pressure on the LES ring to let the gas out. Once the LES ring is open, stomach acid also has a channel to seep into the esophagus. Disbiosis will not show up in blood tests (docs like to rule out H Pylori and sometimes Candida - I was negative for both) so diagnosing it is troublesome (took me a year, thousands of dollars in medical bills and -40 lbs to figure out). However, the smelly gas is a typical symptom. You may also have rumbling in your belly. Disbiosis is usually a result of antibiotic or NSAID abuse, or just plain poor diet. The good news is that if this is the reason for your GERD, it can heal naturally. Get the confirmation from your specialist first. Again, this is just my two cents and I'm no doctor. Once GERD is confirmed, if you suspect you have disbiosis try meeting with a nutritionist doctor that specializes in gastrointestinal disorders. Interview them and if they are not willing to talk to you for free once, move on to the next one. Most of them will put you on a cleansing program, then repopulate your tract with good yeast and good bacteria (you need both). They will most likely prescribe digestion enzymes and a simple diet of mostly steamed veggies or soups with onion & garlic (to kill of pathogens and as prebiotics).

Active carbon tablets are great at absorbing excess gas and eliminating toxins. You may want to try them along with something like Aloe Vera or DGL tablets to sooth your tract. Again, this is just advice from my own personal experience....

2. You may have IBS and or gastritis. IBS is more common in people that suffer from anxiety. I have seen people treat it successfully with the above protocol and 5-HTP (a natural supplement to boast serotonon production). 5-HTP is a nutrally occuring substance in our bodies that produces serotonin (the happy neurotransmitter). It helps us relax (even the digestive tract). Try relaxing teas as well. Ginger tea is good for digestion as is olive oil, banana, apples, papaya, mango, steamed greens, etc.

3. Finally, your pylorus may be clamped (I had this too & apparantly is super common reason for GERD). The pylorus is a small muscles that opens to let food pass from the stomach to the intestine. A prolonged period of stress usually causes it to clamp shut so food builds up in your stomach. Since the stomach has no where to pump the food it rebounds and regurgitates up causing GERD and sometimes violent vomiting. Typical symptoms of this type of GERD are feeling full (even when you have not eaten), nausea/vomiting (sometimes it can be violent), gas/bloating, feeling a hollow pain in the pit of your stomach. If your food starts fermenting, you will also get foul smelling gas. Healing this type of GERD usually takes mobility drugs like Motilium 30 minutes before a meal for a few weeks. In extreme cases, a GI doc can dilate your pylorus (not surgery). I had this type of GERD as well and had to have the dilation. I know more than 4 people that healed their GERD with just the motility drugs. Valerian is a natural herb that can help you relax.

Be systematic in trying things out. Keep a journal and track your symptoms - rate them on a scale to see progress. Don't change too many things at once b/c then you will not know what is working and what is not.

There are many other reasons you may have GERD - low digestive enzyme production, low HCL, high HCL, etc, etc... Rule out the simple ones first. A great doctor once told me, "The simplest solution is usually the best one."

I wish you luck in your recovery and please remember to relax (seriously, do meditation, yoga or breathing exercises DAILY) - your body is amazing at healing itself!!
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