Two years ago this month I had my gallbladder removed. Since about
three days after the surgery I have had severe epigastric/stomach problems. When I get up in the morning if I don't eat within a certain time I am in severe stomach pain and then eat breakfast and with 1 1/2 hours am in pain again so eat a snack and by lunch time same thing again. In between my stomach hurts all the time. It gets the point when I get the least bit hungry, it becomes URGENT to eat something or down 5-6 Tums. I was diagnosed with gastritis about
6 months after my gallbladder surgery and doctor put me on Nexium and I took that for 4 months with absolutely no relief at all. I finally stopped taking it as it was just making me sicker. I have been taking Zantac for over 7 years every morning (cause of the antihistamine in it that I used along with Allegra to control chronic hives). I have been doing a lot of research on the net and found the above subject. Could this be my problem? I have been to my gastro doc every couple months with the same complaints of nausea, severe stomach pain, etc. and he keeps saying it is NOT the Zantac causing my problems and he doesn't know what it is. Anyone here have any advice or ideas? Anyone here had similar experience after having gallbladder removed? I've tried stopping the Zantac and within a few days am miserable with feeling like I need to belch constantly and if I eat the wrong thing I have reflux. I just don't know where to turn.
ADDITIONAL NOTE: Have suffered longterm from constipation type IBS and have cut out red sauce, garlic, onions, peppers, spicy foods, fatty foods, pepper, etc. from my diet many years ago, so that cannot be the cause of the stomach pain either.
I try to now eat a high protein low calorie diet as I heard that protein can stave off hunger and stays with the body longer in order to try to avoid eating 10 times a day from the gnawing stomach pain.
Soft tissue joint disorder 2007 (can't spell or pronounce the name), Lupus Sept. 2006, IBS 2004, Chronic Hives 2002.
Medications: Allegra and Zantac; Xanax PRN; Lunesta and Ultram PRN.
Post Edited (ocean1) : 5/21/2007 10:31:37 AM (GMT-6)