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Hi everyone,

I've been a long-time reader of these forums but this is my first time posting. I just turned 25 and have had about a 12 year history of what I collectively call "stomach problems."

It started with what was diagnosed as a bout of gastritis during my freshman year of high school (constant pain/nausea, avoidance of food, etc.) After a few months it passed but I would still get frequent, sometimes violently nauseous. Perhaps the wrong adjective but it's the first that comes to mind! Day or night, sometimes after eating, sometimes hours later, there was really no pattern. Elimination diets of milk and wheat didn't help, and there weren't any obvious triggers. Onions and garlic were the only two foods that were guaranteed to give me at least a little trouble so I generally avoided these. I cannot tell you how often I fell asleep curled up on the floor of the bathroom, using a towel as a pillow, because I was so sure I was going to vomit. This happened at least 3-4 times per week for several years. I never vomited although many instances come to mind where I easily could have if I weren't such a champion non-barfer.

I had many tests done. Blood work (negative for Celiac, H. Pylori), x-rays, barium, a test that measures the speed at which your stomach empties itself, and I've visited too many physicians/specialists to count. Was eventually diagnosed with "functional dyspepsia" which was the most acceptable diagnosis to date. This was about 7 years ago.

Over the course of the past decade my symptoms have gotten better, I am far more functional than I used to be, but I still hold the record for the weakest stomach out of anyone I know. My symptoms are limited to nausea, with the occasional pain. In the past year I visited a new gastroenterologist and she was the first to suggest reflux. I refused an endoscopy because a) yuck and b) my insurance won't pay for it and I cannot afford the cost right now. She insisted that not all reflux patients experience classic symptoms such as heartburn. She couldn't confirm the diagnosis without an endoscopy but thought a basic course of treatment was worth a shot in the meantime.

After a few months of treatment I think the two months of omeprazole made a big difference but I'm not 100% sure as I did not record any actual data to prove this. I switched to Zantac and felt like the nausea, pain, etc. has increased once again. I went from 75 mg of Zantac to 150 mg as a trial. I am now keeping data on my symptoms, so I can switch back to omeprazole for a while and see if there are any conclusive results.

I am looking for stories, support, ideas, and thoughts. Has anyone else been diagnosed with reflux, without experiencing heartburn or other classic symptoms?

I've been what I would call moderately ill for the better part of my young life and it gets me down sometimes, although I try to remain positive. Today I am missing a baby shower because I feel ill and it can be very difficult for me to function normally while in pain/discomfort. Most of my friends are sympathetic to my situation but I know people sometimes take it personally, although they shouldn't. I do my best to get by. I'm very grateful for having a flexible job that allows me to take a day off whenever, or come in late/leave early whenever. Without that flexibility I believe I would have a lot of trouble.

Any and all comments are welcome.
Hi Aelise,

Where is your pain? Did you have an ultrasound to check for gallstones? Approx. two months ago I started experiencing chest pain which radiates to my back and lots of burping. The pain was so severe I made several trips to ER thinking I was having a heart attack. I was diagnosed with Acid Reflux but never had heartburn or burning sensation in my chest. I was put on 3 different PPI's and the dosage was also increased to 40mg twice a day with no improvement. I tested positive for H.Pylori and was treated with antibiotics for two weeks. During the treatment, I developed severe nausea and the end of the treatment I was experiencing searing pain in my upper abdomen, went to ER again and was told to take Maalox (as if I wasn't taking that already), nothing would get rid of the pain. Upper GI and ultrasound came back normal. The doctor sent me for a Hida Scan and was diagnosed with non functioning gallbladder (biliary dyskinesia), I'm meeting with a surgeon on Thursday. Although doctors kept telling me I had acid reflux, I wasn't convinced. From what read online, nausea is a major symptoms of gallbladder disease. You should request the doctor send you for a ultrasound and HIDA Scan.

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