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Am hoping someone out there can offer me some advice in between now and when I have a breath test for Helicobacter Pylori.
So my stomach problems started around a month ago. Started with mild pain lower right doctors ruled out appendix.
A few days later the pain moved to the centre of my abdomen and was more like a burning sensation I had a general feeling of being un well.
The doctor told me to take gaviscon and see how I felt after a day or two.
With no improvement and having a weekend away planned I went to see another doctor who said I could have a gastric bug. She told me to buy renatadine over the counter as was cheaper than prescription. Chemist said they didn't have this but did have something else by Zantac (Can't remember the name), new on the market that was supposed to be more effective.
I stocked up on this and went away for the weekend. After every meal I got a burning nagging pain that was extremely uncomfortable but bearable. I took the tablets the chemist sold to me, you were allowed to take up to 16 a day i think they were a bit like renies. They seemed to work after an hour and the pain would subside until I ate my next meal.
For the whole weekend I suffered with bad pain after every meal with the pain being a lot worse in the evening, a very full feeling in my upper stomach under my breastbone and a feeling of being punched in the stomach making it very hard to get to sleep.
Each morning I would feel better until I ate. On the morning of our journey home two days later I thought it best to stop at a chemist and actually find some renatadine as the doctor had advised (Wish I had done this sooner!!) After taking a zantac the pain was gone in 10 minutes. Zantac worked fine but I was finding I would have to take two sometimes three a day (75mg)
I saw my doctor on my return the pain having improved since taking the zantac and most days I only needed to take one or two. I had lots of blood tests to check my white cell count, red cells, liver, kidnies, ovaries including ovarian cancer and B12 deficiency.
After extensive tests all that showed up was that my red cells were slightly enlarged but I'm apparently not anemic and do not have B12 deficiency.
(I can share all my tests and results if need be)
Doctor said it might be worth checking gallstones but I really don't think it's this as I've had no other symptoms but the acid and some tirdness and weight loss because I have cut so many foods out and eating much smaller portions.
So a couple of weeks on and I have been managing by taking zantac which I stopped on Saturday and started taking omeprazole one a day and have been in no pain.
The doctor I saw last week booked me in for a breath test for Helicobacter Pylori which I am having in two weeks time, so I have to stop taking the omeprazole tomorrow until the breath test.
I have private health and spoke to my doctor today about getting a referral to a gastrologist so I could just have whatever other tests I needed ASAP. However she said they would probably want to to do the breath test first in which case I would need to be off any medication for two weeks so I might as well wait and have the test on the NHS at my surgery.
My only concern is managing the pain once I stop taking the omeprazole for two weeks. She said I could take gaviscon but I've not found it very effective.
Half of me is thinking I can try and manage the pain by eating low acid and small amounts for the next two weeks to minimise the discomfort and get the test done to at least rule it out if it's not it or if it is I know the problem and can get treatment.
Other half of me is tempted to phone my doctor back, get a referral and try and see someone within a week and get an endiscopy as I've heard they can diagnose Helicobacter Pylori along with checking for ulcers and hernia etc and anything else that might be causing the acid.
However I've also heard that even via endiscopy I would need to be off the omeprazole for two weeks so either way I have to get through the pain for the next two weeks until I have a test and can then decide what to do next and see a specialist.
I am just interesting to see if anyone has had a similar experience, what was wrong with them and also how people coped with the indigestion, acid pain in their stomach during the two weeks without any antacids.
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