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Let me start off by explaining where this issue sort of started. About 3 years ago, I found myself eating less and less and then at a point had no appetite at all. I visited my doctor several times and tried many different things such as Proton-Pump Inhibitors (for acid). Nothing would work so I got a gastroscopy done and that was also normal. At some point I finally realized that I suffer from Generalized Anxiety Disorder. I was put on Cipralex 20mg and started on Lorazepam .5mg and immediately regained my appetite. Over the next two years, I got addicted to Benzos and was taking anywhere from 3mg-10mg of either Clonazepam or Xanax (depending on the day) per day. At the beginning of this April I decided to quit benzos cold turkey as all my previous attempts at tapering failed.
I managed to quit Benzos entirely and have not taken any since. In terms of my anxiety, it has never been better *knock on wood*. Quitting benzos actually improved my anxiety to a point where it no longer interferes in my day to day life.
For the last month or so I have been dealing with a much worse issue. Every other week, I have extreme chronic pain in my stomach and lose my appetite entirely. I will wake up in the morning and not feel hungry at all although my stomach will be EMPTY as can be. After an hour or so, the pain begins. The only way I can describe it is as if I have gone without food for a week and my stomach is literally begging for food. However, I cannot even think about eating food. The only foods I am even able to eat are spicy foods. Spice is the only thing that somewhat triggers my appetite. IF I manage to get a decent sized meal in, the pain subsides for 30 mins to 1 hour and then I immediately feel bowel movements and s**t out what I ate. 5-10 mins after going to the washroom, the pain creeps back in. This goes on for about 4-5 days usually and then goes away on its own. The next week or so I'll be completely symptom free and then the following week it'll start again. It usually gets triggered if I wake up and don't manage to get food in within the first half hour, or if I eat at night and then stay up til 3-4am without having another meal.
The reason I gave the backstory on anxiety is because I know exactly how that feeling was (at the pit of my stomach) and this is not that feeling. The only thing that soothes my stomach is drinking ice cold milk or pop. That first sip of milk or pop I can feel it going down my esophagus and into my stomach. As soon as it enters my stomach I feel immediate relief that only lasts for about 10 seconds or so. I am also taking Dexilant 60mg to see if it might be acid but that doesn't help me much at all.
The pain is strictly isolated to the pit of my stomach. Sometimes it's right at the top of my stomach (where the esophagus meets the stomach) and other times it's at the bottom of my stomach (near the duodenum). I never feel the pain in my intestines or any other organ. Only the stomach. It feels like it's pumped with air and the air is expanding my stomach. Burping gives me some relief although that depends on the size of the burp and how much air I can let out.
I am getting quite desperate at this point and my doctors can't seem to figure out what is causing it. Although my anxiety has vastly improved (from a constant 7-9 to a 1-3), my doctor suggests that there could still be some underlying anxiety that could be causing it. However, I personally don't feel it's the anxiety this time.
If anyone has experienced similar symptoms or know what might be causing this, please help me out! I can't stand this pain. It physically HURTS and is not just some small time hunger pain.
Thank you for reading this!
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