Hello. My name is Rick, and I am new to this website. I have never really joined a online support group, mainly for the lack of motivation. But recently I have been so hopeless, upset, and discouraged due to my condition; I just thought I could use some extra support but more importantly, some opinions of what can be going on.
Heres my story. I have always had digestive issues since the age of 18. Since that age, I have been interested in bodybuilding. High protein-carb, moderate fat diet; about 3000 cals to be precise. Eating every 2 hours. I would take all kinds of nonsense dietary sport supplements, "creatine, protein, caffeine, nitric oxide, test booster, you name it." Id eat strictly for 5 days straight but then allow myself to eat whatever I want on the weekends. Thats when i started to notice my digest to act up, badly. I would feel the food just sit in my stomach. It would cause very uncomfortable pains in which vomiting was the only thing that relieved the symptoms. But I would notice that the symptoms would all go away once the weekend was over and I would get back on my strict diet. But in the future I noticed that Id get the symptoms even when I would eat clean. So it did not matter what I ate. Being said the symptoms persisted, I went to the doctor. He ordered a gastric emptying test. It came back a little below normal. 7 minutes below normal to be exact. He then prescribed me all kinds of PPI, they provided some relief. Months went on, really didnt get a huge improvement. I then got into the bad habit of smoking marijuana every day. Amazingly, I could eat whatever I want, symptom free. But after 2 years of every day use, it got to the point where it became a addiction. I obviously needed to stop. I stupidly got back into bodybuilding with all the sports supplements, strict dieting, and boom! The symptoms came back. That being said I had another gastric emptying test. But the results were normal. It didnt make sense because I have the ever so apparent symptoms of food sitting in my stomach, feeling that it takes forever to digest. Gnawing stomach aches, relieved by vomiting, and barely any appetite. At first they suspected gastroparesis, but due to the gastric emptying test, that was inconclusive. So the doctors just said functional dyspepsia.
I have barely made progress and Its been 7 months since the start of my second flare up. Im 21, weigh 135 at 5'10. NOT a way I want to live. I can barely take this. Has anyone dealt or is dealing with the same issues I am? What diet/precautions do you follow? If anything, does anyone have any insight of what the under lying issue can be? Please, please help! Thank you