Gastritis - Constant severe stomach pain

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I wondered if anyone could help me, since about January 2013 I have on and off had a dull ache in my stomach, sometimes flaring up to make me feel sick. I actually put this down to anxiety however in the past few weeks my theory has changed.

About three weeks ago my stomach flared up however to the worst pain I have experienced as yet, made me feel like I was going to be sick constantly and made me not know what to do with myself. I feel like there is a lump in my thought and my stomach feels tender and swollen when flares up feels like my stomach is on fire/knotted up!

The pain was so sever I went to the doctors (2 and a half weeks ago), my doctor felt my stomach and said it felt swollen, I told her the symtoms and she says she thinks I have gastritis and prescribed me with Lansoprazole 30mg tablets to take daily for 1 month, this however to date hasn't helped my stomach at all, the flare up comes and goes however the pain in my stomach is constant and the Lansorprazole is causing terrible upset stomach to the point I am worried to not be near a toilet.

I went back to the doctors on Tuesday 22/10 explained all of the above to her and she said I am to keep taking the tablets and she is happy to see me again in November (once the months course has been taking) however im in dispear with this pain sad HAD ENOUGH OF FEELING ILL and can't help but think the worse

Has anyone experienced symptoms same as above as I feel extremely on my own shouting and no one understanding what im going though

Comments greatfully received.

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    Hi my self sagar and I m from India . And I m also facing same problem too much pain and can somebody help !!

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    I have had these types of stomach issues as well however it the problem might not be your stomach but a

    fibroid. I have vaginal fibroids and i get the same issues that you are having. The best way to find out if you have them is to get a ultra sound of you uterus and see if some thing shows up. What happens is these fibroids can grow big and cause stomach issues. I had one removed in March of last year and it was the size of a childs small football. It got to the point where most of my pant didn't fit because it made my stomach swollen. I hope

    this helps

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    Hi Amy

    thank you so much for your message, very interesting and could definitely be a possibility! I had an ultrasound of my organs but nothing came up however maybe they wasn't thorough around my uterus?

    I am due to go to the doctors for a smear over the next could of weeks so will speak to the nurse then.

    thanks again, will keep you posted...

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    Just so you are aware as well fibroids can grow outside of the uterus so there is a special ultra sound done to help figure out where they are located. But there are some herbs that help with digestive upset. probotics are good as well as achdophlis sorry about the spelling. These help calm the stomach. Chastberry is good to help reduce the fibroids as well. Sometime seeing a natural path helps then the regular doctor

    I hope you feel better soon


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    Out of interest any, what was ur symptoms? Did it sound exactly like mine? I saw a homeopath on Wednesday she was really helpful and has given me some herbal tablets to take , so far so good but only time will tell!

    So with regards to seeing if it's fibroids I would need a different ultrasound to what I had is that right?

    Thanku in advance !

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    Hi Jenny,

    I had stomach pain, bloating , nausea and really bad periods. The pain would vary from really bad to just like cramps. My last fibroid got so big it was affecting my kidney. I had trouble going to the bathroom because it go so big. Small fibroids can just make you uncomfortable. There are two types of ultrasounds, the first is one where they put the gel on you and move it around over your uterus. The other is that they put wand with a camera in side of your uterus and see if there is any fibroids and the location of them. I hope this helps


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    Thanks Amy, the only symptom that I don't have is really bad periods however the others are the same.

    Last year (6 months ago) I was diagnosed with CIN 3 cervical cells which I had to have removed I wonder if it could all be linked maybe....

    I am going to book an apt with my gp this week and see what the next step is...

    thank you for sharing your problems definitely something for me to think about and get checked smile

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    Hi Jenny

    My symptoms have been exactly like yours but over a few years. More frequent now but all clear everywhere like you. I am having ct scan for closer look at upper abdomen and pancreas now. Did you take a few supplements each day or any other meds we could have in common that could cause it? What does the aloe Vera do? Do you get upper abdominal pain in middle of night?

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    Hey I'm from Canada and iv been experiencing the exact same problems for the past 3years! Everyday is a struggle constant nausea, direahha, constipation, major stomach aches, feeling like total crap. Iv had so many tests run on me and everything cams back negative which is so frustrating cause there's gotta be a reason as to why many of us feel this way. When I was pregnant with my daughter all the problems had gone even for 2 months after she was born I thought it had finally gone away but I was wrong it came back full throttle! Hope someone figures this out soon
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    Hi everyone! I have similar symptoms for about 6 yrs now. I've been in and out of hospitals trying to figure out what's wrong, my last visit was last week and I was in the hospital for 2 days. I had an ultrasound, and tons of blood tests and a stool sample test. They wanted to do an endoscopy but they decided it wasn't the best time since I'm 27 weeks pregnant. Blood work came out great and I'm still waiting to hear on the stool sample plus a separate blood test to check for an auto immune disease. My pain starts below the rib cage and extends to my right backside. The ultrasound came back normal. Gallbladder, lived, and pancreas looked fine but I'm still having this extreme pain. They think it could be a number of things...possibly microscopic gallstones, possibly an auto immune disease, possibly celiac disease, or even the pancreas but can only be sure until I have that endoscopy. I'm due in June so I can't wait! I also wanted to mention that the only thing that seems to take the pain away for small amounts of time is a heating pad. They prescribed me Zantac 150 mg and some lidocaine patches which haven't helped. I just want answers and soon.
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      Did you get your endoscopy done or other test to get answer of whats going on ?

      I am having similar symptoms as well.

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    I also have been having stomach pains. I've been to hospital 3 different times. And everything cam back normal. It doesn't make since to me to be in so much pain and it be nothing. I have pains all throughout my stomach.. My sides, and my back. Even a little lower then my stomach. Some pains are sharp, shooting, radiating, cramping. Right now I'm having pains in my right ribs. And lower back. There were days I would feel like something is in my throat, and some nausea. The pains are getting more consistent. I have not gone to the doctor yet, but as bad as it is getting guess I will have to soon. What kind of dr. Should I even go to? My primary doctor, my ob? After reading everyone's posts, I'm thinking of looking into the aloe Vera capsules or some probiotics. Bt I need something!! And what pain medicine should I take? Advil, Tylenol, alieve? I need help!!
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      Hello Crystal67692; I pray by now you have found relief from your GI symptoms.  For many years, I also have suffered with all kinds of persistant abdominal pain and discomfort.  Three different doctors, Gastroenterologist, could not come up with anything more than IBS (Irritated Bowel Syndrom).  If you have not been able to find the etiology of your pain, you might try getting off all dairy products.  A drug named Bentyl helps with my cramps along with a heating pad.

      Sharron, RN

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    Victoria - have you had your CT Scan Yet? I went back to the doctors last week absolutely useless! The doctor I saw said "you have ibs" and prescribed me laxatives! (I do not need laxitives to say the least!) anyway, I went to my chemist (he is fantastic I would say better than I doctor) He said "don't take this prescription - yes it is a laxitve and I don't think you have ibs!" he said to go to the supermarket and buy "ONKEN NATURAL YOGURT" and take a tablespoon morning, lunch and night, basically this has live good bacteria in (acidiphilu in particular which is what I have been taking in tablet form) he said the live yogurt is better and the tablets are processed ect.

    So I have been doing just that for just under a week now, only time will tell, my chemist thinks that its an imbalance of bacteria in my stomach which is causing this and by having this yogurt after time it should even itself out again and become normal! I have stopped my Acidiphilus tablets and just having the yogurt.... only time will tell.

    Meanwhile one good thing about going to the doctors, I asked to be referred to see the stomach specialist again, so I am now booked in to see my specialist end of April (nhs is a waiting game) so hopefully he will refer me for a CT scan as that was what he said last time!

    I haven't tried the aloe vera yet, im going to see how I get on with the yogurt and take it from there.

    Good luck all, lets hope we all get to the bottom of this and QUICK! so we can get our lives back!

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    Regarding aloe vera my wife finds that the liquid is more effective than the capsules.

    Presumably as that is the juice from the plant rather than a powder or gel.

    It is surprising the number of products that contain aloe vera nowadays. I've even seen aloe vera treated socks.

    When we were in Tobago on holiday a guy carrying aloe vera leaves went round the beach offering to rub them over people whose skin was red from the sun.

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