acid reflux / ulcer so painful , my days are numbered

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hi im a 29 yr old male who has had bad pains in my stomach for around 10 yrs , the doctor says its acid reflux or a ulcer and has gave me lansoprazole. ive been tacking them for ages now and if i stop the pain with come back with in a few days, my doctor says its due to me smoking . but i dont think he knows what hes talking about , my health has gone really bad lately im having really bad anxiety attacks thinking im dying all the time , im also feeling dizzy like the floors moving like im on a boat 24/7, maybe my days are numbered an i am dying . i think ive got stomach cancer or sothing really bad like that im to scared to get it checked out . he keeps saying that if it was somthing bad or your heart or cancer you would of been dead by now , maybe i should change my doctor we dont get along at all , he said one day that i was making all my illness an anxiety up just to stay on the sick . i wish i was , i wish he really knew what i feel like , hate that guy so much hes the reason i dont go to the doctors anymore .maybe i should go to the hospital to have a fuul check up.

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    Hi Damien, your do sounds uke mine, I was accused of wasting nhs resources because I asked for a gastroscopy after months of pain. 

    He may well be right in the fact that it's smoking related or an ulcer but you need a proper diagnosis. The way I see it is you have 2 choices, you either go in and demand a gastroscopy or you change doctors. You need to have some answers in order to help with the anxiety but ( as a fellow anxiety sufferer) you may need to be referred for help with that too as anxiety plays hell with your stomach, trust me, I know. 

    Also make sure you are taking your meds regularly and 30 mins before food to get the full effect. 

    Make another appointment with your doc and ask for a gastroscopy. If he says no then change doctors. Best of lick and let us know how you get on 

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    Ps. The reason the pain comes back when you stop the ppis is something called acid rebound- your body makes excess acid for a few weeks as you've become used to the tablets. Also the dizziness can be caused by reflux - I've had that twice now. Not good sad 

    A good doctor makes all the difference when you're battling an ongoing condition. Since my diagnosis the doc who told me I was wasting nhs money has bee. As nice as pie as she knows she made a mistake. Keep taking your meds and push for that test!

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    I would just get another doctor since you don't like him.  If you do have an ulcer smoking is with out a doubt a big problem, you really should stop no matter what.  That said I am sure all this is causing a lot of your anxiety, It is tough when you don't feel well.  I was on Prilosec for 1 year.  I slowly have weened myself off. even with that I can tell my body is producing to much acid. It has been 13 days since I took my last pill.  I am hoping once my body stops producing more acid then it should that I will be fine. Try your best to have a positive attitude even though I know you don't feel it.  tell yourself everyday that you are going to get better, that is what I tried to do, I wasn't positive everyday but you have to fight. keep us posted. The best to you
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    It sounds as if a lot of your problems are linked to anxiety although if you have got acid reflux perhaps you could try changing your diet.  I used to get bad heartburn and bloating and was on omeprazole for months but then thought I would see if it was diet related.  I started by changing from cow's milk to soya or almond milk and it was miraculous.  After all those months of heartburn it more or less disappeared overnight.  The only time I get it is if I've eaten a tomato or bacon. Maybe you could try something like that to see if the stomach ache goes but it does really sound like anxiety.  

    What I can't understand is that you are frightened of dying from all the symptoms you get but you think it's still OK to smoke yet you're more likely to die from that than from anxiety. Aren't you terrified of dying of lung cancer or all the horrible things that go with smoking?  It does so many things to your body so if you just gave it up I'm sure you'd start to feel much better.   I'm assuming, of course, that by smoking you mean cigarettes and not cannabis as that causes other problems.

    I think you're in a situation of when you go to see your doctor his heart sinks because of all the other times you've been and so his mind it set against you before you even sit down. Going to another doctor might be a good idea but remember that they ARE trained and DO know what they are talking about so don't dismiss everything they tell you that you don't want to do and maybe you will get a better response.

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    Damien, Anxiety attacks can cause all sorts of symptoms. When I was suffering badly, I had to be rushed from work to a hospital twice as I had symptoms of a heart attack.I remember holding on to the edge of my boss's desk as I was so dizzy I was going to fall over. It was all due to anxiety and panic attacks and unless you experience it yourself, you will never understand how bad it can be. Unfortunately no drugs help - you have to get it under control yourself. Firstly buy some vitamin B1 tablets and take 500gms (2 x250gm tablets) three times a day. Also see if you can get a very old book from the library called "Self Help for your nerves" by Claire Weekes - read and follow it - it is fantastic. Then go to a new doctor and demand a gastroscopy. Do not worry about the diagnosis yet - not knowing if you have a serious problem is much worse than any diagnosis could be and worry can cause a lot of digestive problems. Take control of your life and get an answer fom the doctors.

     

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    How can you even afford to smoke when you are "On the Sick"?

    Your Doc has had years of training and experience and you think that you know better than him?

    Google smoking and stomach acid:

    Hopefully you’ve cut out the pizza and Burgers, lost weight, and raised the head of your bed. But your heartburn just won’t go away. Before you reach for a new bottle of antacids, you can do one more thing that might help: Quit smoking.

    A large study found that smokers were much more likely than nonsmokers to have acid reflux, a condition that causes acid from the stomach to leak upward into the esophagus, the tube that food travels through. A tell-tale symptom of acid reflux is heartburn -- that burning feeling in your chest. Smoking also sometimes goes hand in hand with other habits, like drinking coffee or alcohol, that are thought to fire up the burn in your body. But cigarettes alone can bring on the discomfort"

    Lots like that that probably won't convince you

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    When you stop taking a pp1 or pp2 it is normal for the pain to come back soon after, this does not mean that you still have an ulcer it means that your body has not yet adjusted to having acid in it.
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      The original poster seems to be asuming that he has an ulcer as he does not mention any tests that he has had.

      If an ulcer had been diagnosed he would most likely have been prescribed triple Therapy.

      So many posters tell us their ongoing symptoms but neglect to tell us of tests or diagnosis. In ten years even with a bad doctor it is unlikey that that he has not had a battery of tests.

      Surely he has also had something for his anxiety symptoms?

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      80% of ulcers are caused by the bacteria which necessitates the triple therapy so I can see where you are coming from. But he might have been one of the 20% who just get an ulcer due to over use of medication etc - though this would be unlikely at a young age.

      When I came down with lots of bad stomach aches my doctor just TOLD me it was an ulcer and gave me proton pumps. I then researched it and asked him why he had only done that and why he had assumed this and that and it was only then that he thought about it properly. It turned out I did not have an ulcer either, it is ibs. If the poster is in the UK then the doctors usually do the quickest thing because they cannot charge more for doing more.

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      My wife and I have each had duodenal ulcers without having helicobactor . My wife has had gastric ones caused by medications.
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      All in the past.

      Last time she had 67 gastric ulcers caused by taking a medication for gout for justt three days.

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      Mfaybe I have been lucky then Derek. I was talking lots of medication for a long time and thought I had an ulcer or ulcers but it turned out not to be and ibs instead. But I do take glutamine and colustrum and things to strengthen myhstomach etc.
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    Hi there,

    I would advise you to first quit smoking, my daughter too has pains in her stomach the doctor did a gastroscopy found mild gastritis but she had and still gets bloating,gassy, constipation too, They sent her to a nutritionist who asked her to follow a FOB map no milk, wheat  products etc, before this she could have had everything without an issue, she culd only have certain fruits and vegies, and no fried products either, then they introduced one by one and what she noticedwas that the milk caused issues they did the test for coeliac, etc and they all came negative,  she also takes metamucil if she feels like she is not been regular with BM, she was 21 when it all started and now she is 23, she gets an episode every now and then but the doctos think it is IBS, so try to stop milk and milk products as well as gluteo on a gluten free diet, continue with the meds though, I too have issues and take nexium 40 mg now the doctor has asked me totake 20 mg in the morning and 20 mg in the night, also try an d get some tablets to help you relax, I was given Valprim 5 mg to be taken at night, raise the bed head when you sleep, someone mentioned to  place two bricks at the head area , rather than sleeping on 3 to 4 pillows, I know you  feel like your heart is racing, tightness near chest area which can go to the back, I get a dry cough which become mucassy very quickly and that trigger my asthma as well as cause sinus and congestion in nose.  Also see if you can get a breath test done for h pylori, this is a bacteria I think that can  make yu very sick and it lives in your stomach but in order to do this you should have to stay away from all the tablets for at least 7 days, anyway see another doctor if you are not happy with this one.  Good Luck and keep us updated

    God bless you all

    hg

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