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Just 5 weeks ago, I had my first bout with heartburn -- including chest pain, sore throat, water brashing, bitter taste -- ever in my life. I am 31. This came on after a particularly stressful weekend and a night of black bean quesadilla and some wine.

I went to the doctor a week later after I cut my diet severely and ate bland foods to no avail. I was put on a PPI (Omeprazole) that I could only tolerate for 10 days. I had abdominal cramping that kept me up at night and a continuous sore throat and felt anxious. I tried Pantoprazole for 1 day. Then, still had symptoms, and my doctor decided to send me to a GI for an endoscope and to just take Zantac 75mg twice a day.

My endoscope determined GERD (though I have no explanation from any doctors as of why) and antral gastritis. Again--I have no answers or information at this point to clarify whether this is all chronic, why this is happening, or whether the gastritis will ever go away or if I'm just stuck with this for life. I was told by the GI to take 2 zantac 75mg at night and return to my normal life/activities and sent on my way. I am frustrated at the lack of information and how this has been treated like it isn't a big deal.

Well, it is now just over a week later and I feel worse then 4 weeks ago. I have lost about 20 pounds in this time (I wasn't overweight to begin with). I am severely nauseated, loss of appetite, still symptoms of heartburn (excess saliva and burning in the stomach) and have alternating constipation and diarrhea every week--which just seems to upset my stomach even more. I have a hard time passing gas. It is interfering with my life, activities, relationships, work--everything. I have no energy and end up being up all night with nausea. I can't help but wonder whether something more serious is going on. My blood work was all normal -- including the Hphylori test and my endo biopsy for Barretts and Celiac also tested normal.

In all this time, I've cut virtually everything out of my diet in order to reduce acid/irritation. It doesn't seem to make a difference. I am trying to get some exercise but it is incredibly difficult when I can't eat and have lost so much weight. And, I'm trying relaxation yoga to help with stress. Nothing is working.

Am I being too impatient? Is this all normal? Does anyone else have the constipation/diarrhea? Does anyone else feel like the acid reducers are messing them up?

I am looking for comfort, advice--anything. I am having a hard time adjusting to the idea that I may just be stuck like this for the rest of my life. And, I'm feeling really depressed and lonely. :(:(
Thanks for all your input.

The hardest thing for me is the severe nausea. I find it so odd and debilitating. Before I ever took any meds for this or had an endoscope, I was really uncomfortable but I could still eat and go to work. However, lately, the nausea just gets worse that it wakes me up throughout the night so I can barely sleep and barely eat. I have to wonder if that's really "normal" for GERD/Gastritis for it to be so severe that you can't function, even on medication.

I plan to call my doctor on Tuesday (or even the dr on call this weekend) and demand to speak to him and discuss this as I can't go on with it interfering with my life. I keep "waiting" to get better but seem to only be getting worse. I'm worried that something else is going on. I get some discomfort under my right ribs at night -- and it is enough that I want to stretch out and it is annoying. It reminds me of getting "stiches" in your side from running. It subsides and comes back again. It even woke me up early this morning along with the nausea. Plus, I've noticed that my joints are starting to sore as well. It just seems so odd to me that I'm getting worse instead of better. People mention the gallbladder...would an endoscope notice something wrong with my gallbladder?
[QUOTE=Gijill91;3884137]Just 5 weeks ago, I had my first bout with heartburn -- including chest pain, sore throat, water brashing, bitter taste -- ever in my life. I am 31. This came on after a particularly stressful weekend and a night of black bean quesadilla and some wine.

I went to the doctor a week later after I cut my diet severely and ate bland foods to no avail. I was put on a PPI (Omeprazole) that I could only tolerate for 10 days. I had abdominal cramping that kept me up at night and a continuous sore throat and felt anxious. I tried Pantoprazole for 1 day. Then, still had symptoms, and my doctor decided to send me to a GI for an endoscope and to just take Zantac 75mg twice a day.

My endoscope determined GERD (though I have no explanation from any doctors as of why) and antral gastritis. Again--I have no answers or information at this point to clarify whether this is all chronic, why this is happening, or whether the gastritis will ever go away or if I'm just stuck with this for life. I was told by the GI to take 2 zantac 75mg at night and return to my normal life/activities and sent on my way. I am frustrated at the lack of information and how this has been treated like it isn't a big deal.

Well, it is now just over a week later and I feel worse then 4 weeks ago. I have lost about 20 pounds in this time (I wasn't overweight to begin with). I am severely nauseated, loss of appetite, still symptoms of heartburn (excess saliva and burning in the stomach) and have alternating constipation and diarrhea every week--which just seems to upset my stomach even more. I have a hard time passing gas. It is interfering with my life, activities, relationships, work--everything. I have no energy and end up being up all night with nausea. I can't help but wonder whether something more serious is going on. My blood work was all normal -- including the Hphylori test and my endo biopsy for Barretts and Celiac also tested normal.

In all this time, I've cut virtually everything out of my diet in order to reduce acid/irritation. It doesn't seem to make a difference. I am trying to get some exercise but it is incredibly difficult when I can't eat and have lost so much weight. And, I'm trying relaxation yoga to help with stress. Nothing is working.

Am I being too impatient? Is this all normal? Does anyone else have the constipation/diarrhea? Does anyone else feel like the acid reducers are messing them up?

I am looking for comfort, advice--anything. I am having a hard time adjusting to the idea that I may just be stuck like this for the rest of my life. And, I'm feeling really depressed and lonely. :(:([/QUOTE]

So sorry to hear you are going through so much discomfort.

Interestingly, I had my first episode of GERD when I was in my early thirties and in a miserable job. It appeared to have suddenly come after I drank a cup of coffee one morning on an empty stomach and then it did not go away for three months. This was back in the early eighties so I was put on Zantac for the duration. I altered my diet, stopped the coffee and irritants for a while and eventually got better. I stopped the Zantac, the heartburn went away and did not return (in spite of two pregnancies) until about three years ago when I was fifty two years old. So, I suppose it is possible for some people to have episodic reflux that comes and goes.

As far as your diet, I always thought that foods like yogurt, mashed potatoes, plain toast,rice, etc., were great for GERD. Apparently not so. From what I have been reading lately, a diet high in starches is not good for GERD symptoms. So as you try to adjust your diet, try to cut down on starches for a week, while eating more protein and vegetables, and see if that helps your stomach reduce its acid production. It is also possible that 75 mg of Zantac may not be enough through this phase. I currently take 150 mg of Zantac OTC twice a day and doing fairly well with some breakthrough acid here and there, but not as bad as you have been describing.

If you have time, google "Low carbohydrate diet in the treatment of GERD" and see if any of the rationale makes sense to you and you may want to try a low carb diet to see if it helps you. I appears to have helped me work through acid rebound when I stopped taking PPI's and switched to Zantac two months ago.

There is also a product called DGL which, in essence, is licorice. You can buy it at the healthfood store and it helps coat and soothe your digestive tract.

I hope several of these suggestions help and that you feel better soon.

Rose





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