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I am a 20 year old female, who suffers with daily nausea for almost 6 years now. It was diagnosed as Acid Reflux and I took 500mg of Ranitidine on and off until it got recalled in 2019. Meat would cause me to throw up so I became a vegetarian on June 2019.
In October 2019 my symptoms became much worse and I was in and out of the hospital for suspected appendicitis for four days. I was switched onto Omeprazole, but the herbal medicine from my acupuncturist worked better and I didn't see a change with Omeprazole so I discontinued use with the support of my doctor. I received a endoscopy in December. Two biopsies were taken and the diagnosis they gave me was “chronic stomach inflammation.” Celiac was ruled out through testing.
I am conducting research out of the country until May so unfortunately I can not follow up with my doctor in the United States until then. I am mostly focused on making dietary changes. My doctor discussed doing a Colonoscopy upon my return.
My symptoms start with nausea in the pit of my stomach and when the nausea begins I am immediately lethargic. Then I get classic acid reflux symptoms where the acid like feeling travels into my throat. I also experience a dull ache on my lower right abdominal side (kind of feels as if someone is pressing on it) that grows into a sharp cramp. I also experience sharp pains on my left lower abdominal side. The pain on my right and left side are distinct and I feel like I could pinpoint the exact place; it doesn’t travel or connect. I also fluctuate between constipation and diarrhea when the symptoms are at their worst.
For the past two weeks I have been eating only the following foods: basmati rice, beets, beans, carrots, celery, eggs, spinach, mozzarella cheese, bell peppers, veggie burgers, peanut butter, rice cakes, bananas, oranges, cucumbers, and sunflower seeds.
I’ve noticed that introducing beets into my diet has been the only thing to normalize my bowels. The past two times I have eaten black beans or kidney beans with rice I have experienced flare ups. More recently, I had greek yogurt with sunflower seeds and oranges and had my first bad flare up in a week.
When my stomach pain was at it’s worse September-December 2019 I mostly only ate rice, rice congee, oatmeal, bananas, beans, and sometimes eggs. My stomach pain never lessened during that time.
Examining my food diary leads me to believe that rice, yogurt, and beans may be doing harm rather than good.
I guess I’m looking for dietary tips (what foods, any recipes, etc.). Also if anyone has shared experience they would be willing to share that would be lovely. I have always been an athletic person, but this has all stopped me from enjoying the sports and exercises I used to enjoy. Moreover, I fear I’m not getting a proper diet as I am now.
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