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Hi, I'm a recently turned 20 year old female who has been having stomach pains for over a month. This post may be a little long but please read the whole thing.
- Mild stomach pains that come and go
- Frequent burping or feeling the need to burp
- occasional rumbling/gurgling stomach that feels like upset stomach but no diarrhea
- Bouts of feeling dizzy/nauseous, but nothing like I'm going to throw up
Here's the story so far:
So around the 5th of September I started having a mild pain in upper left abdomen,
it's not sharp pain, it's hard to describe.. it's like a dull..burning sensation? Sometimes
it feels a bit stingy as well. I completely lost my appetite, I WANTED to eat, but when I ate I would become full very quickly and feel bloated ( although my stomach does not actually look bloated! It's just that heavy feeling ).
SO, I went to Urgent Care and the doctor diagnosed me with gastritis, and prescribed me to take omeprazole and ranitidine for 14 days. I took both the first day, but after I took the ranitidine I felt like I was going to vomit, the pills were 300 mg, and think that dose is too much for me, so I decided to try just taking the omeprazole instead for the rest of the 13 days. So that's what I did. And it helped! The pain was greatly reduced, and my appetite completely came back and I was eating just like before with no trouble.
However, the pain never went away completely, but it was basically all gone, so I assumed that it was just in the finishing process of healing and that it would all be good...boy was I wrong. Last Friday on Oct. 6th, I woke up feeling fine, I didn't eat anything until dinner time when I had pizza.. and that's where it all went wrong. After I started eating it my stomach felt really upset and uncomfortable. The rest of the night I felt really nauseous and dizzy. The next few days the pain was not going away, and I felt horrible.. so I decided to go back to urgent care.
This time, it was a different doctor, and tbh he seemed very rushed.. He felt my abdomen,listened to my heartbeat and was like " Well maybe it's constipation? ", he offered to take an x-ray and I agreed. He came back and told me I had 2 gas bubbles in my stomach and just gave me laxatives and sent me home... they literally did NOTHING. I think gastritis is more on the line of what is happening..
These past few days, the pain has been very minimal and not really there for most of the day. This whole time it's been that way though, it's like it comes and goes in random times throughout the day. Some days it's better after I eat, other days it feels worse after I eat. After I eat I burp a lot, but it's not any loud burps it's very small pathetic ones that barely relieve anything. I have this feeling in my stomach that's just...uncomfortable? It's hard to explain, it's like the feeling before you have to go to the bathroom badly? It just never feels quite right.. I don't know what is going on.
The more I read up on it the more scared I get of it being something like stomach cancer.. because "there can be no symptoms" or very vague symptoms and I can't stop worrying about it and I know that stress just makes it worse but ugh! I don't know what to do anymore.. My symptoms seem to match most with h pylori gastritis or an ulcer. Although I feel an ulcer would hurt way much more than gastritis?.. I should also mention when I went to the Urgent Care the first time, my weight was 138 lbs ( 62 kgs ) and the second time I went ( Which was almost a month later ), I weighed 133 lbs ( 60 kgs ). I feel like that's just from me not being able to eat very much, and I know that isn't crazy weight loss but aahh.. I'm scared
I have a doctor's appointment set up for Tuesday and I really want to get an endoscopy done so that way they can see directly what is going on.. But I don't know how to ask the doctor about it? And I want to get my blood tested for h.pylori.. aah I am so nervous
PLEASE give me some answers here.. I need some peace of mind. Everytime I try to tell myself it's nothing major my mind just goes right back to "but what if it IS something major?"...
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