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I've posted here about this quite a bit, but not lately.

Back story:
October 4th we went on vacation for 6 days. I know I had been experiencing some mild indigestion at that time because I packed a bottle of Tums to bring with me. We ate out every night and I ended up needing some Tums at bedtime. Nothing too serious.

November 1st or so or so I started to feel worried I may have an ulcer. Tums no longer helped but Rolaids did. Started on Prilosec OTC but it made no difference.

November 15th-ish: Had a terrible night. After eating some chicken wings I had the worst indigestion you can imagine. Awful pain. Also had upper right quadrant pain that extended to my back. It started around 7pm and lasted 10 hours. I couldn't walk, stand, etc. I couldn't talk. I wanted to go to the ER but I truly and honestly believed I would die if I tried to move. The next day I went to the doctor and they suspected ulcer. She referred me immediately to a GI.

Between then and Christmas time I had 2 more attacks like that one. Both sent me to the ER and both times they found nothing wrong but gave me morphine. Between the ER and the GI, between mid November and the end of 07 I had a few ultrasounds, a CT Scan, an upper endoscopy, blood work and a HIDA scan. HIDA results are questionable. They told me at the hospital that the % was 33. But then the doctor's office the next day told me it was 51%. I don't understand how or why and no one could tell me for sure what the discrepancy was. 2 people read it and had 2 results, and the higher one is the one that was officially written up. The doctor believed regardless of results that I have chronic cholecystitis (GB inflammation that causes chronic indigestion). However, she then went on maternity leave to have her baby, and I saw her partner. He said no, not GB, but that I'm a woman and prone to stress and it's all in my head. Said I needed some antidepressants. Said my tests are all fine, and it's stress related. I told him I am doing well in life and have no stress. He didn't believe me and sent me on my way. WT?!?!

So now I haven't seen a doctor since around the 20th of December. I was so angry that I just left his office and never went back. I have an appt. at a new GI during the first week of March. I currently take Protonix twice per day and Bentyl 20 mg three times per day. I have gone from a small 120 pounds to 101 pounds since mid-November.

I have chronic indigestion. No gastritis or GERD or ulcer though according to the endoscopy. I cannot (and I mean strongly cannot) eat fats. I can have very, very lowfat meals (I can eat grilled or baked boneless, skinless chicken breast for instance that is virtually fat free). I cannot eat any sweets, no red meats, no pork, no dairy, etc. I use all fresh veggies now for cooking and eat lots of pastas and that sort of thing. If I eat fat I am in terrible pain. If I don't eat fat I'm in mild constant pain, but it's a pain I can live with. I've been on the meds 3 months and no change has occurred. I had a bite of my fiancee's hamburger the other day and was in awful pain. I am very frustrated and don't know what to do. I'm wasting away. And I'm just tired and not feeling well all the time.

My guesses? Cholecystitis or non-ulcer dyspepsia. I don't have RUQ pain unless I overdose on fats, which obviously I don't do, so mostly I don't have that pain because I'm eating healthy. However, you can push all over my stomach and I'm fine, but you push below my right rib and it's often very tender. However, I'd like to also check out slow gastric emptying, because that can cause indigestion. I'd also like to check out the possibility of parasitic infections which, I've read, can reek bizarre amounts of havoc on your body. I don't have any other ideas besides that though.

Oh, and in terms of bowel changes, only one to report. My stool has been more yellow since this happened. And when I have a bad episode of pain I often have yellow diarrhea the following day. Luckily though, diet controls those bad episodes.

I just found some relief with decaf green tea with mint. I drink it and for a few hours afterward my tummy feels pretty good. I have ordered some George's Aloe Vera Juice. Supposedly 2 ounces per day also helps the digestive system. I am looking for odorless garlic pills, as they supposedly help as well. I don't know what else to do??

I'm hoping this new doc is good. I am desperate. I don't know where to turn.

Does anyone have anything similar going on with their body? Or any suggestions?





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