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Hey everyone, this post might be a bit rambly but I'm hoping someone might be able to help as I feel like i'm falling apart!
About 8 years ago I was diagnosed with gastritis after an endoscopy. Symptoms had been constant nausea, sore stomach (felt like an open sore inside), dry heaving, acid reflux and what I now know were occasional panic attacks. Tried a combination of different medications which didn't work and then the pharmacist suggested a PPI. Went on 30mg of Lanzaprazole x1 daily and for the last 8 years, other than rare occasions, no problems.
I broke my wrist in June and since then all my gastritis symptoms have come back full force even with taking lansoprazole. I don't drink or smoke and my diet is really very good. The panic attacks seem to be linked to my stomach, and I don't mean I start to panic because I feel unwell, it's like (sorry for TMI here) i'll suddenly start feeling a bit nauseous and might need the loo (a normal bowel movement) and the panic attack feeling will start. Once i've been to the toilet, everything settles. It's like my body gets flooded in chemical reactions. Went to the Doctor who of course doesn't look into anything and just blanket prescribed be a full whack dose of Propranolol for a panic disorder even though I told her I was convinced these attacks were a side effect and linked to my gastritis or hormones or even vitamin deficiency. She wasn't having any of it.
Worth noting when I went back and said I wasn't happy taking the Propranolol, she then made a comment on how I shouldn't be on the Lanzaprazole long term.... i've been on them 8 years (i'm 34 now) so it's a bit late to worry about that now!
I've had blood tests previously which showed I was low on some vitamins (iron, calcium, folic acid) which I now know are a side effect of the PPI medication. What i'm wondering is, if that healing my broken wrist, when I was so deficient in vitamins, has wiped my body out and it's now struggling to get back on track?
I went to a nutritional therapist who suggested probiotics and a GI digestive enzyme but they gave me indigestion! I'm laughing but COME ON!!!
My symptoms also seem to be worse in the week before and during my period. Again, this only happened after I broke my wrist. I'm lucky if I have one week where I feel like a normal functioning human at the moment.
I have a private appointment with an endocrinologist next week because i'm trying to figure out if my hormones are triggering this or if it's just that the lansoprazole isn't working?
It's affecting my life so badly and I don't know where the I'ml i'm supposed to start working out what's going on. The doctor is utterly useless!
Has anyone else experienced this or has any thoughts on it?
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