Posted 12/22/2010 8:16 PM (GMT -7)
I am having some major concerns about my health, and I just don't know what it is.
I had some serious bloating and indigestion at the end of August. I went to the doctor because I had no appetite, and it felt like my stomach and chest was on fire.
I saw a doc, and he said, could be a minor ulcer or GERD. He did a quick blood test for H. Pylori, and it came back negative. He gave me prilosec for about one month. Symptoms disappeared.
The come back here and there, slightly. I managed them with Zantac.
Now I have other issues.
My problem is, I have frequent, but brief bouts of nausea, and just gnawing stomach pain when I am getting hungry or my stomach is empty. Most people, their stomachs growl when they are hungry. Mine growls, and starts to ache. However, a lot of the times when I eat, that gnawing pain goes away. Then, when I get hungry again, the aching comes back. I don't have a lot of heartburn, but my nostrils feel like they are burning (a lot) when I am breathing at times. No regurgitation, not much for burning esophagus.
What concerns me most is the fatigue and weakness I am suffering from as well. I just have no energy. Then again it may be the stress and anxiety I am having over all this.
I just don't know if it is GERD or gastritis, or something else entirely. My father suffers from GERD, hiatal hernia.
As for me, I feel like I have symptoms of gastritis, but the H. Pylori test came back negative (maybe it is wrong). I am 27 years old.
I haven't been taking a lot of medication for GERD. A zantac here and there, but I am whole-heartedly trying to avoid going through the PPIs. I do not want to become dependent on those pills. But then again, I want to have some quality of life. I was taking generic omperazole for about 5 or 6 days and that made me feel lousy. lots of heartburn and stomach pain. i stopped taking those pills and i started to feel better. however, i have taken a coarse of Zergerid OTC (which is the same drug, more or less) and that seemed to help in the past.
i don't get it.
more tests for H. Pylori? i cannot afford a endoscopy and my new insurance doesn't kick in until Jan. 2011 and they may not cover that procedure until 6months after i start.
GERD symptoms? gnawing stomach settled when eating. burning nostrils. frequent nausea. or something else?