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I've been having this mild stomach ache. It's like a mild burning or gnawing ache around the belly button area. I also get nausea and then the urge to use the washroom where my stool would be soft. I've also been having bloating and mild throat irritation which I suspect is acid reflux. I've also lost a lot of weight because I've significantly reduced my meal portion sizes. I'm starting to get scared now. I've had stomach issues for a while but I was doing better. Since July symptoms have worsened and it seems like i'm having flare-ups more often. I've been taking my medication, been very careful about what I eat (avoiding trigger foods), been drinking more water, eating more yoghurt. I don't understand why this problem hasn't gone away yet. I didn't expect to still be suffering 1 year later, especially with the changes I've made. I really thought I would be healed by now. It's quite distressing. I suffer from anxiety also. I recently came off Omeprazole (PPI) and started Tagamet (H2 Blocker). Maybe that has something to do with it. Also, I realized that I've been eating breakfast too late. I don't know if this could be a side effect of leaving my stomach empty too long (overnight). I should mention that certain personal problems have been bothering me and I know that stress can make symptoms worse. I did not have an endoscopy as yet. My doctor did not give me a definite diagnosis. He just said it's a problem with stomach acid and gave me medication. My ultrasound was clear and I tested negative for H Pylori. From what I've read my symptoms seem consistent with gastritis/GERD. I read that these conditions are easily treatable and a lot of times you can make a full recovery from them (thankfully). I hope my recovery doesn't take much longer. For those who have recovered or are recovering...how long did it take and what specifically did you do to help the recovery process?
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