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A couple of years ago, I was diagnosed with GERD and a hiatal hernia and I started taking omeprazole, and later switched to lansoprazole, and I was able to manage my symptoms pretty well. I stopped taking the medicine after the worst of my symptoms stopped. It's been about 4 years since then and the worst my pain has gotten was mild and easily sorted out by taking tums- or it would pass after I slept and I'd be fine in the morning.
I noticed in June that I suddenly had a bad reaction to foods I normally eat all the time, but I didn't think anything of it more than just a bad flare up. It passed like all the other times. There were a few other times after that that I had bad acid reflux symptoms at night, but again they all would pass by the morning. Despite this, because the symptoms were more frequent, I started taking the lansoprazole again.
Not long after I started taking them, about a month ago, I suddenly had much worse pain. My acid reflux has been acting up, constantly burning in my throat. I kept taking the lansoprazole, and now I'm on omeprazole twice daily again, along with trying Pepcid on top of it but none of these have helped. Tums doesn't help me either. I also have severe abdominal pain in the upper middle area, ranging from a burning sensation to throbbing, and a sharp stabbing pain on my right side. When I wake up in the morning, I have a burning sensation in my lower abdomen.
I've been to two doctors since then and I've had some blood tests done and most of them have come back normal. Currently I'm waiting for the results on possible gluten allergy and a test for h. pylori. On Wednesday, I'm having an ultrasound to check for gallstones and I'm also scheduled to have an endoscopy on Sept. 22nd.
Both doctors have told me to keep taking the meds and to watch what I've been eating, and I have been but the symptoms continue. Nothing is helping me and the pain is inconsistent. Every morning I eat a piece of toast and a banana and sometimes it causes worse acid reflux and other days it doesn't cause any. For lunch, at work, I eat a plain piece of grilled chicken and it usually makes the pain go away for a little while. If I eat the chicken in a sandwich, it can cause more pain. Dinner, I've been varied on but usually being home and resting helps the pain from feeling any worse- but not always. I've also only been drinking water for most of this time. I recently started drinking almond milk also in hopes of coating my throat, but it also hasn't had any effect. All in all, the pain never really stops, it just varies in degrees of how badly it hurts.
Symptoms usually feel worse when I'm active and walking around. I still feel them when I'm sitting and I usually feel best when I'm lying down.
After a full month of no real diagnosis yet, I'm mostly just wondering if other people have gone through similar symptoms and what they were diagnosed with, what they did to treat it or at least lessen the symptoms. I'm starting to get a little distressed trying to deal with this pain, to the point of being in tears nearly everyday this week- and I'm not usually one to cry about anything!
- I'm a 23 y/o female
- I weigh about 94 lbs, which is 5 lbs less than the beginning of the month
- I do have pretty high anxiety, and this situation has made it worse
- Symptoms feel worse when I'm at work, so it might be stress related?
- I almost always feel dehydrated, I'm not sure if this is related
- I currently have my period and cramps have made the pain worse
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