Long term illness - GERD or something more?

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roady3
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Date Joined Aug 2013
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   Posted 8/15/2013 9:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone,
I am new to the forum. I decided to join after coming across Healing well many yimes while searching my symptoms. I am looking for answers but also just generally looking or support. I have been sick for what feels like an eternity, and I am just so tired of not being able to participate in my own life...

It all started in May of this year. I was feeling more and more lightheaded, feelig like I was going to pass out. I went to a walkin clinic and was told I had labyrinthitis, a problem in the inner ear, and to just wait to get better. Mid June saw me still suffering, and then new symptoms set in. A dry cough and watery diarrhea. It was extreme, but I pushed through with my normal tasks, ignoring it. I ended up in the ER after experiencing racing pulse and heart palpatations. ER tested my heart and said it was fine, gave me 3L IV saline and said I had electrolyte imbalance.

I got sicker. Vomiting, painful mouth and throat, and no appetite. I returned to the doc, this time with my new family doctor. She said it was probably a virus and would just work its way out. A week later, still sick, I looked in the mirror and saw a terrible case of oral thrush. Yuck. Back to the doc for an antifungal med. While there for thrush I mentioned my continued symptoms--dry cough, trouble eating, and increasingly uncomfortable gas and belching. She recommended OTC Zantac, presuming heartburn/GERD. I have always had mild heartburn, usually controllabke with a tums and only triggered by certain foods.

I started the Zantac daily, and it was helping. I started eatig more, which was helpful, because my lack of appetite has been contributing to a feeling of extreme fatigue (tired after using the restroom or brushing my teeth). I go on a job interview and clean the house for visitors even though this exhausts me. Everything falls apart... I start vomiting again, mostly bright yellow bile. I'm so sick I don't leave the sofa for four days... I can barely nibble a cracker without belching, painful gas. I start 150mg zantac twice daily and make another appointment.

At appt doc gives me pantoprazole magnesium for GERD symptoms. She is now rrferring me to a specialist, although she said I may end up in the ER if I don't improve soon. I was feeling a bit better, but over the weekend I had a terrible headache and took an ibuprofen which gave me red then black stool for two days, so I guess I irritated my stomach further... Then last night I had painful gas in my chest so bad I couldn't breathe well enough to sleep. This progressed to three episodes of intense belching and vomiting (bright green bile and nothing else). My stomach is burning and my head aches from the vomiting (I assume).

Anyway, I guess I wanted to hear your thoughts. I have been struggling for 2 months, lost 25lbs, and have barely left my home except for doc appts. I just want to be well again... I've been sick so long I have forgotten what it's like. :( Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for reading.

Ian Victor
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Date Joined May 2013
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   Posted 8/15/2013 11:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Roady3- Wow-- you've got a lot going on there. I'm not a physician, but it sounds as though you're on the right track by being referred to a specialist. Has your doctor done standard blood tests to rule out liver, kidney etc.. or other disorders? That's usually the first place they start-- blood tests. Too bad Dr. House isn't real person. This sounds like his kind of case. May I ask how old you are? Sometimes ages is a factor at other times, not so. I guess my advice would be to keep working with your doctors and let them figure out what's causing your symptoms. I do hope that you feel better and find some resolution and relief. Health problems can create anxiety, frustration and depression. Hang in there and don't give up hope. The answers will come.

Ian

roady3
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   Posted 8/15/2013 11:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Ian,

Thanks for the reply. Yes, it's a lot all at once... It has been tough for me, I am pretty healthy normally. Last time I was awful sick was early 2010 when I had a bad flu. I'm 26.

Yes, I have had many blood tests. My doc said all my bloodwork was "normal", and she also did a stool sample for parasites and the like that came back clean. So it's been frustrating, having no diagnosis but feeling so rotten. I would greatly appreciate some help from Dr. House! Anyway, I appreciate you "listening". I have a fear I will end up in hospital, but I guess if that's what it takes, I'll do it. Thanks again.

lobstahguy
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Date Joined Jul 2013
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   Posted 8/16/2013 5:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I was very sick with systemic candida in the 90's and regained my heatlh by eating a yeast elimination diet and adding cultured vegetables. I couldnt hurt to try and since you had oral thrush then you definitlely have a yeast problem and the antifungals only work temporarily. I would give it a try. www.rejuvinative.com is a good site to start

getbettertummy
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Date Joined Jun 2013
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   Posted 8/17/2013 11:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Have a specialist to do an endoscopy to see what's wrong with your stomach. Could be an ulcer. Black stool indicates that you have more then stomach irritation. Stay away from NSADs.

Post Edited (getbettertummy) : 8/17/2013 10:51:25 AM (GMT-6)


jamosca
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Date Joined Aug 2013
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   Posted 8/17/2013 4:46 PM (GMT -6)   
We're you tested for helicobactor pylori? Also you should really have an endoscopy , red and black stools definitely not normal.
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