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First time posting so forgive me if I get things wrong...
I'm a 26 yo female. Had stomach ulcers for the last 9 years, couple of hospital visits in this time... but in the last four months it's gotten really bad (vomiting, burning, really bad pain) and is not improving at all. Waiting on a referral to gastro. but takes ages!
I'm now on 300mg ranitidine and 80mg esomeprazole and it's not helped at all. I've changed tablets multiple times at varying doses.
Since my first diagnosis I have made all of the lifestyle changes I can think of including cutting out alcohol, caffeine, dairy, gluten, spicy foods, chocolate (in large quantities), fruit, fizzy drinks, red meat etc. My diet consists of a lot of starchy veg, carbs, fish and poultry.
I've been checked for heliobacter, which is negative, and bloods are normal.
Stress may be a factor, but I'm on cipralex for anxiety/depression and feel this helps quite a lot.
I've considered if it's too low stomach acid, but really don't think this is the case as my food is clearly digested.
I was wondering if anyone else has suffered from chronic ulcers and any tips on some things you found useful that I've not tried? Would you recommend an endo. or to avoid it (I've heard horror stories)? Is there any form of surgery or treatment that can stop this? And finally - do you think there are some alternative diagnoses that maybe we aren't considering that would present very similarly?
I realise it's not the worst thing, but it's so painful and having had it for 9 years at such a young age is a bit ridiculous!
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