I'm new here and looking for someone with experience with GERD. I was "diagnosed" with GERD almost 3 weeks ago. I've seen 3 different doctors and I've been prescribed Omeprazole that I take everyday and Ranitidine. One doctor told me to take Ranitidine when I have burning pain in my chest and the other told me to take 1 Ranitidine in the morning before my meal and 1 in the evening before dinner. I've been taking Omeprazole for 14 days and I'm still having symptoms. I finally have an appointment with a GI doctor, but the appointment isn't until the 19th. I'm loosing weight and it's been very noticeable. I'm afraid I'm going to wither away before I even get to my appointment.
So I was hoping to list my symptoms here to see if anyone has any advice for me.
First off I am:
19 years old
5' 6" in height
Currently 118-120 lbs (not good... I'm usually 125-130 lbs)
I can't remember ever having something like this before. I might have had something similar back in 5th grade, but it was never this bad.
I've always had problems eating early in the morning, so I usually eat very little in the early morning and eat a full meal a few hours after I've been awake.
I don't have any known food allergies.
I'll start from the very beginning...
On Wed. Feb. 22nd I gave up drinking soda pop for lent. Before this, I was easily drinking 1-2 normal bottles of pop per day. I would also sometimes drink bottles of apple or grape juice.
When I gave up pop, I took to fruit juices as a substitute.
a week later, I started noticing abnormal digestive problems. (These things usually happened in the morning only and I was usually fine the rest of the day.) After eating the very first thing in the morning, I would get very gassy almost right away and feel extremely nauseous. I never threw up, but there were times I felt I was extremely close to it. I would rush to the bathroom and force myself to have a bowel movement. It would be very smelly and embarrassing but at least I usually felt much better afterwards.
My symptoms slowly changed to where I was nauseous after eating anything all day (no certain foods seemed to cause me discomfort, it was everything). So I slowly stopped eating as much. about
2 - 3 weeks ago, I started feeling a burning sensation under by breastbone as I went to bed at night. The rest of my stomach felt abnormal as well (much pressure and gas).
I finally decided to go to the doctor and after telling her everything that had been happening, she told me to get some Ranitidine and take it twice a day. A few days later, nothing changed. I was starting to get very weak from not eating so my mom took me back and I was prescribed Omeprazole and another medicine for nausea.
#3 days after, my mom took me to the ER because I was so weak that morning, I almost passed out. They didn't run any tests and just told me to keep taking my meds.
I take 1 Omeprazole every day, but I try not to take Ranitidine unless I feel burning because I'm worried about
low stomach acid.
Here are my current symptoms:
Burning right under my breast bone (this has been more of a dull pain lately that actual burning)
Gas (lots of it with eating)
Random pains around my abdomen (this has mostly been on the left side under where it usually burns)
Pressure in my upper stomach
Hunger grumbles even after eating
Feeling that food is still in my throat
Sometimes a scratchy throat
Nasty taste in my mouth
Sometimes I feel very tired and my heart begins to beat rapidly, this is rare but it's new
I have hunger grumbles, but my stomach feels pressured and full
Abnormal Bowel Movements (sometimes I don't go at all, sometimes I force myself to and the stool feels normal, it's not hard, sometimes I don't feel like I get everything out, and today was different because I've gone twice so far)
I've been losing weight
So my question is, what are the possible things that are wrong with me?
I've been looking things up and I think it's either GERD, too LOW stomach acid or maybe some erosion on my stomach lining like an ulcer? (I don't have any blood in stool)
The low stomach acid thing scares me because if that's the case, then I'm really hurting myself by taking my meds. Wouldn't it make sense that I stomach started producing less acid because I was taking in so much pop? And then when I stopped drinking it, my acid got really low? I heard the symptoms of low acid are almost the same as high acid.
I'm not sure though... I'm no doctor. I just wish my GI doctors appointment was sooner...
Thanks for any help!
Post Edited (smccrac3) : 4/6/2012 12:44:17 PM (GMT-6)