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Since just before Christmas I've had constant severe stomach pain and a starving hunger that won't subside no matter how much I eat. went to the doctors very quickly and they said I had acid reflux and gave me 20mg of omeprazole. took for 4 weeks and the symptoms didn't go. had blood and stool tests all came back fine. was then put on 40mg of omeprazole and 300mg of ranitidine daily. I have been taking them for 6 weeks and though my pain is not as severe it is still hurting so much I cannot sleep. however the doctor just said since I'm not vomiting blood or losing weight there is no reason to be worried so to keep taking the pills for 3 more months. I am in constant pain still, I can never sleep which means I'm very behind on my uni work, I cry in pain every night, I just don't know what to do. I am 21 and have given up caffeine and alcohol as I found these make the symptoms way worse than they already are.

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    You have started to identify your own particular triggers to avoid which is a good initial step. That the medication is helping (albeit not as well as you'd want), shows your problems are probably due to acid. However, being female and young may not be in your favour. If you were male over 55, your doc would probably send you for endoscopy.

    If your symptoms persist, nag your doctor and he may send you for a scope to check there's no damage been done to your oesophagus.

    Meanwhile reduce food portions and eat small amounts but more frequently. And leave at least 3 hours between your last meal and going to bed.

    Student life can play havoc with digestion - rushing meals, socialising, stress.

    You may find the (free) www DownWithAcid org uk book helpful.

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    Hi I'm older than you but Omeprazole didn't work for me

    I'm now on 30mg Lanzoprazole in morning and 300mg Ranitidne before bed

    Ask your Dr might it might work for you too.

    Try not to get stressed out as it seams to make it worse.

    Don't skip meals try to have something.

    Try propping bed up and sleeping on left side.

    As Barrels has also said to you look the website site book

    it's is very good

    i looked it up my self after I got reply from Barrett on this site

    I hope this helps and you feel better soon and

    can get back on track with your uni work. Feel free to ask me any other questions

    I'm not medical trained but can tell my own experience and my be it will work for you or you can ask your DR.

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    Did your doctor tell you what the stool was tested for?

    I would expect it to have been for H. Pylori. If it wasn't then it sounds like that should be tested.

    Also when you go to the doctor write down a list of your symptoms and worries ask her/him if she minds and go through it and take notes if necessary. So many times when you see the doc you remember something really important when you come out and it's very frustrating. It's also important to ask doc to repeat or explain in more detail.

    Hope this helps.

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    Thanks for the replies, I went back to the doctor and he said just to keep taking the pills but since I was in so much pain i went back the next day to get a second opinion from a different doctor. He changed my medication to 40mg esomeprazole and still 300mg ranitidine and also sent me to have an ultrasound and a camera down my throat. The ultrasound all came back normal but unfortunately the camera down my throat consultation isn't until July. After a week my stomach ache was gone so I kept taking them until I finished the packs (28 days). when i saw the doctor to see if i should keep taking the pills he said to keep taking esomeprazole 40mg but to stop the ranitidine. Unfortunately the day after I stopped taking the ranitidine, the starving hunger pains have come back. So will have to go back to the doctors once again.
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