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Im Lance and I am 18 years old now, I have been in stomach pain on and off for about 3 years now. when i was 15 i experienced a lot of acidity due to what i believe was from eating alot before bed in hopes of gaining weight for sports. i would wake up in the morning in sweats and have to go straight to the bathroom and i would have diarrhea and instant relief after. although this is when my morning appetite had gone away. After trying to fix all my problems myself i just took tums when needed. after symptoms got worse and worse i was diagnosed with mono, which was confusing at first but somebody on my football team had it and we share water spraying bottles. i was tired all day every day and this killed my passion for any type of physical activity. i was 16 going on 17 at this time and was devistated and found myself staying inside watching sports or playing videogames more than i was actually playing sports (off season) like i truly wanted to. but my symptoms didnt allow me to. i had now been 17 for a while now and urged my mother that i needed professional help as i had quit lacrosse and football my senior year of highschool. i had been fatigued all day every day, with good amounts of sleep ranging from 7-9 hours, i had been a health freak on and off trying to clean up my diet and increase both aerobic and strength excersizes and had grown to love it until my symptoms discouraged me to continue, i saw my first doctor who prescribed me prylosec for 2 weeks, i had taken it and it had not helped one bit. a week later i saw my gi and had told him all of my symptoms, i had thrown up a few times due to what felt like food poisioning, when i ate sometimes it would feel like i was digesting a knife pointing horizontal poking at the left side of my stomach, and that i was loosing weight and fatigued and felt low purpose of being a teenage boy who should eat whatever do whatever and have the feeling of no consequences. he scheduled me for my first major procedure, colonoscopy and endoscopy, i was scared but in heaps of joy for my first real step towards recovery, i had them done and off the bat he diagnosed me with acid reflux i was on omeprozol for the next week before the biopsies he took results came in with containing h-pylori bacterial infection, he put me on antibiotics for 2 weeks and im now finishing up my medicine and feel as if im back to square one. sporatic diarrhea, waking up with the feeling deep in my intestines of bloating and burning, i cant enjoy pizza or eating out anywhere with my friends girlfriend or family and couldnt even leave my brthday dinner without an upset stomach. my doctor had mentioned it could be caused by stress but i have nothing to stress, my career is starting off, i have a girlfriend of 2 years, a loving family, and i just got a new car. i agree that stress has worsened my symptoms at times but not caused them sololy. please ANY HELP WILL BE INVALUABLE! I just want to be back to normal. i also have noticed my symptoms going to my girlfriend aswell, she gets dizzy spells, diarrhea, vomiting, and very bad acidity in her stomach and im afraid im causing it or hurting her. please somebody reach out to me if you get a chance to help me out. i know i have read much about people in simiilar boats but i needed to post my story because i know the real help comes from those few specific details and symptoms that vairy within each persons case.
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