Trying to get some peace of mind...

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Cicero
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Date Joined Mar 2012
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   Posted 3/15/2012 7:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all,

Brand new here, came across these forums while Googling up some info on GERD and Zegerid. Looks like some solid posters and good info, so I thought I'd take a whirl at posting some of my concerns about GERD and what's been happening between my neck and belly button the past few days. I should start by clarifying, I think I have a touch of hypochondria, and I've been spending way too much time on Dr. Google, I think... I'm also very prone to anxiety (which probably contributes in no small part to my GERD) so I have a hard time separating, in my mind, what constitutes being proactive about the symptoms I'm showing, and what constitutes needless stressing.

Okay, so here's the deal:

-28 years old
-In 2005, was diagnosed with early onset Barrett's syndrome after an EGD and told to get EGDs regularly.
-Spent the next seven years moving around, dropping off on my PPI regiment, not eating particularly well, and likely drinking too much. No EGDs. Some mild episodes of GERD here and there but I stupidly ignored most of them.
-about four weeks ago I woke up feeling terrible and started panicking about the possibility that I'd neglected myself for too long. Immediately scheduled an appointment with my GI that morning.
-Came home that night and felt worse and worse... Ended up vomiting pretty profusely, felt better, went to bed.
-Felt fine the next few days. Girlfriend convinced me I'd had a stomach virus. Decided to postpone GI appointment so as not to interfere with work schedule.
-Over the next few weeks/days (so, most recently), been having some serious stomach issues off and on, but still pretty persistent... Nausea (esp in the morning and evening), diarrhea, fatigue, decreasing appetite, some shortness of breath... Though strangely, not much heartburn or reflux.
-Woke up yesterday with profound nausea, bright yellow diarrhea (sorry for the overshare), zero appetite, and a lot of fatigue and mental confusion.
-Convinced myself I was dying after some Dr. Googling--either of liver disease, kidney failure, esophageal cancer, something...
-Left work, went to urgent care. They ran some bloodwork--all came back good, except my CBC showed that (according to them) I was "definitely fighting off a virus."
-Girlfriend is convincing me I'm a hypochondriac and that I once again have a stomach bug.
-Went to GI today (called them in desperation this morning and they worked me in.) Was basically told, all I can do is wait until I get an endoscopy (which isn't until April 11) and take Zegerid in the AM, and Zantac in the PM.

Whew, okay.

So my concerns are thus...

-April 11 is a long way away.
-I have symptoms that don't seem particularly like an upper GI tract deal (though I have some of those too) and those freak me out more than anything else.
-I want to get a handle on this ASAP, because I am trying to finish grad school, work two jobs, and student teach, and it's all coming to a head between now and May. If I wait for the endoscopy until April 11, am feeling awful that entire time, then get the EGD and am told nothing turned up, but my symptoms are still persisting, it'll be back to the drawing board, which means waiting to see more doctors to be told I need more tests which I'll then have to wait for.

Basically I guess I'm wondering... What do you guys do/have you done when you've had to wait for appointments, tests, procedures, and then play the game ALL over again if none of those yield any answers?! This isn't like having a cold, where you can try to go about your life and keep slogging through it--this is debilitating.

Sorry to ramble so much... Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks so much.

Nickles
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Date Joined May 2011
Total Posts : 296
   Posted 3/15/2012 9:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there,

All I can say is go back to the basics for now.

Make your diet as clean as possible.

No tomatoes, oranges, anything bitter, sour, greasy, chocolate, coffee, milk (for some ppl). Anything citrus.

Eat light, healthy and simple.
Eat (preferably) brown rice or white rice.
While grains, oats or whole wheat bread
Eat more veggies
Eat light protein boiled, baked, or steamed.
Eat often but lightly. Drink water for sure.
If you get nausea or heartburn try gum, but if you have diarrhea do not chew gum.


Take probiotics see if that helps your diarhhea.

Incline your bed, sleep at angle or sleep on your left side.

If you want natural supplements until your appointment, let me know.

Others will give you advice on what they think.

Nickles
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Date Joined May 2011
Total Posts : 296
   Posted 3/15/2012 9:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh and destress a little, you have too much going on.

I know you have duties, but try to lessen your workload to destress your hectic schedule.

stkitt
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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 3/16/2012 9:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Cicero,
 
Hello and welcome to HealingWell.  Great input from Nickles and I would certainly agree with the advise provided.  Viruses and bacteria are major physical causes of nausea and vomiting. But so are our emotions, especially anxiety and  stress. 
 
Our lives are filled with emotions from fear to shame, anger to depression as well as the good emotions, delight, happiness etc.  Our emotions cause complex physical symptoms. It is the intensity of our emotions that can send our body into overdrive producing nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.  I am not a physician so I cannot tell you all your sypmtoms are due to stress but I do feel if you can reduce the worry and stress you are feeling re "what is wrong" it may perhaps settled  your symptoms down  to a low roar.
 
If I may suggest, try to avoid Dr. Google as our anxiety may only increase when we find articles with deadly outcomes that fit our symptoms.  I once thought I had a brain tumor only to find out I had a middle ear infection and my severe vertigo was cured with medication.  blush
 
Actually April 11 is not that far off even thow it feels that way,  however, perhaps you could let the Dr. know you would like to be put on the waiting list for a cancellation if one becomes available before April 11.

It is great to be a part of a community of people who understand what you are going through, so I hope that you will stay on with us. We are here to help and support, and look forward to getting to know you better.

 

 
 
~~Kitt~~
Moderator: Anxiety, Osteoarthritis,
GERD/Heartburn and Heart/Cardiovascular Disease.

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Cicero
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Date Joined Mar 2012
Total Posts : 2
   Posted 3/18/2012 2:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks so much for the replies, those of you who took the time to read my incoherent mess. Just a quick update, followed by a call for a little assistance...

I'm on day five of pretty notable symptoms, though the diarrhea and nausea are more controlled than they were before. Appetite still has not come back at ALL and I'm finding morning (7-11am) and afternoon/evenings (3-7pm) are pretty intense. Hoarseness, dry cough, infrequent chest and abdominal pains, and stomach gurgling are all going on, along with no shortage of fatigue, confusion, and anxiety.

Here's the deal. I have an EGD on the 11th, as I mentioned, and I'm going to establish care at a family practice on Wednesday with a regular doc. I am wondering, for anyone on here who's been in this position before who's having this range of symptom-types and is fairly certain it's GERD, but also worried that it might be something worse (gallbladder, liver, kidney, etc etc), what kinds of tests and services should I request of this doctor on Wednesday/of the GIs after my EGD (depending on what they find?) I basically want to go in prepared so I (and the doctors) don't have to waste a bunch of time playing guessing games.

Thanks again for the input. You guys are awesome.
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