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I am new to this forum and wanted to start a thread for functional dyspepsia. i have been suffering on and off with this terrible issue now for the last 2 years.
It all started back in 2019 when I got the worst heartburn along with regurgitation i have ever experienced! after numerous doctor visits and no answers, I decided to privately refer myself to go and see a gastroenterologist, in hope that i would get some relief as i was experiencing the burning almost every day for 3 months straight at this point.
I had an endoscopy done which came back unremarkable, i was also tested for H Pylori which was also negative. I was relieved to find out that nothing was terribly wrong and was therefore diagnosed with Functional Dyspepsia. My gastroenterologist told me to manage symptoms through diet and prescribed me with 2 months supply of Esomeprazole 40 mg which started to help with the constant burning. The medication along with changing my diet to avoid trigger items, got rid of all my symptoms at the time.
Unfortunately, in Oct 2020 my symptoms returned again after taking a course of antibiotics for a slight UTI. This time the burning in my chest and stomach was unbearable and I was also experiencing terrible hunger pangs even when not hungry. luckily i had a few tablets of the Esomeprazole left and started on them again - in hope my symptoms would subside. Boy was i wrong, nothing was helping and i was in agony all day long and falling asleep at night was also difficult.
I was convinced the antibiotic triggered the dyspepsia and stomach pains, so i arranged an appointment with the GP. They advised it was probably IBS and arranged a blood test to check for infection and checked vital organs - everything came back normal.
The burning and stomach pain was showing no signs of improvement, so i saw my Gastroenterologist again, who arranged for an abdominal ultrasound (which was normal) and a blood test, where my eosinophils count was very marginally elevated. He told me he was not concerned by this and that it suggested an allergic reaction. I once again started on the Esomeprazole 40mg and then 20mg for a further month.
The PPI along with dietary changes to this day have shown no improvement. In fact I feel worse when taking the PPI, so have stopped it. Everyday, i wake up with stomach discomfort and the burning in my chest returns as soon as i've had breakfast. The burning stays with me all day and I feel slightly better after eating food but this is short lived.
I have booked to speak to my consultant next week as i am fed up feeling like this and really would like some sort of relief! We discussed last time that anti-depressants were quite effective with functional disorders, i was in two minds about taking an anti-depressant. However, at this point i am desperate for something to at least work in getting rid of the burning sensation as i have been this way for the last 3 month. So i am going to give this a go - has anyone on the forum taken amitriptyline for functional dyspepsia and has it worked at all?
I would also love to find out if anyone has had a similar experience with this awful condition? and have you found any herbal remedies helpful?
Thank you and I wish you all good health!
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