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Here is my story. About a year ago, I had a severe reaction to a meal at work. It led to diorrehea, being sick and having the most excrutiating pains in my chest that I've ever had. It was hoorific and I was rushed to A&E thinking I was having a heart attack as I couldn't breathe. Thankfully it died down after about 4 hours.
I then started to get these regular attacks about once a month, but I just put them down to either food poisoning, bad indigestion, food introlrance. I was often ok the next day and just went on with life. then after six months it was 3 times a week and it started to take me longer to feel better. I just tried to brush it off and I was very naive and irnorant about it.
Then in December last year things were really bad, I was having these attacks several times a week and was in agony for hours on end, ending up at A&E. It took ages to get my GP to refer me for tests, as they thought it was just gastronetiritis or IBS or a virus. One doctor would not refer me to hospital or do anything else and suggested I go private!!
So I got an endoscopy in February, but my stomach wasn't in the best of conditions, and they couldn't complete the test because I was in too much pain. By this time I had evaluated alot of things in my life as this had all shocked me and my family, as I have never had any major health problems. I stopped drinking totally and cut out all fatty and take away foods. I lost about two stone in weight and then watched what I ate to see what triggered these symptoms off. I now realise that I was leading a very stressful life and job last year, which may have been big factors in what has happened.
After Feb/March things seemed to pickup and I slowly regained my confidence in eating and the attacks went away and I only suffered mild indigestion after that. I thought I was on the mend and things were getting back to normal, but the past month I have been getting an acid taste in mouth again. I've had two bad indigestion attacks from eating the wrong foods(pizza). I was able to get through it, but it was like the attacks of last year.
I finally got to see a GI specialist and just the other week, and a surgeon who was very helpful and explained a lot of things in great detail. I went for another endoscopy and got through it (yah!). they said everything looked fine apart from a large hiatus hernia. I am booked in for a barium meal next month.
So to confirm, I have a hiatus hernia, gallstones and a bit of acid reflux. I'm not in any great pain at the moment and the acid coming up is only small, with a bit of coughing. I do get the odd pain and heat where my gallbladder is and sometimes pain in my back, which I understand is normal. My digestion of food sometimes seems to be a bit slow and often I have to wait for things to push through the system so to speak, before I can have something to eat, otherwise I get severe pains, stomach cramps, bloating etc...Its kind of like knowing your own body and its routines and habits. I do feel tons better after giving up drinking and have cut out all fatty foods and have had to even give up pizza(sob!) as the bread or dough is like digesting glass, same with crusty bread!
The specialist has suggested taking my gall bladder out, as he thinks the gallstones are causing a lot of my digestion issues. He's not forcing me and is letting me make up my mind, but he wants to do the barium meal to get a better picture of my insides. So I go back in a month to see him. All my GP is interested in, is giving me pills, pills, pills. He tried to give me lanszaprole and got angry when I said I didn't take them, as I will only take them as a last resort. I'm already on one set of tablets from something different that happened ten years ago, and that was only supposed to be a temporary solution! It all seems to easy for doctors to give out pills for everything.
I must admit, my head is in a spin and I've been reading a lot of all the symptoms on the internet. I've got a week off work so I'm going to have a good think about things. I don't know if the gallstones cause the acid reflux or not? If they don't, I'm not sure if I need my gall bladder removed. Even if I did get it removed, would the acid problem still persist and would I then need another operation on the hiatus hernia?
Would love to hear from anyone who has/is going through similar things.
All the best
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