Mystery illness: low level nausea/stomach ache/headache

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Hello, is there anyone out there who can shed light on what I've got, who's maybe got this themselves or has a clue what it could be? Doctors don't have a clue..

For a year and a half I've had intermittent bouts of feeling unwell, characterised by one or more of these symptoms:

low-level headache (top of the head)

low-level nausea

stomach ache/feeling bloated

feeling really tired

They've done an endoscopy (possible Gastritis, I guess, or stomach ulcers) all clear. They've done an ultrasound test (for any serious things like tumours?): all clear. They've done blood tests: all fine. They've done the Helicobacter test (stomach ulcers): negative.

But I'm still getting the symptoms. It does come and go. So I recently had two or three weeks feeling normal. Now, the last week, it's back again and I have this headache and slight nausea/stomach ache..

Any ideas what this could be? Anyone else have these symptoms?

Oh, one more thing, I used to suffer from Colitis, but I've been absolutely fine for many years, after taking Azthathiaprine. I've now stopped my regular Asacol, as I believe that drug might have been making me feel unwell. (Incidentally, I first got these stomach/headache symptoms a few weeks after taking a course of Naproxen, for backache... I believe that drug can definitely cause Gastritis, even maybe if you take the Mepredec like you're supposed to..)

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    This may be a very simplistic answer to what may very well be a complex problem, but I went through periods of some of what you describe, but I don't have colitis and have taken no medications. I would feel "off" with a headache, slight nausea and a pain in by stomach. I thought it may be a gall bladder problem. Then I stumbled upon a cure. I drank carbonated water which would then cause me to belch, the stomach pain would be relieved and the queasy feeling would leave with the headache. I couldn't believe such a simple thing solved the problem. I don't seem to have the ability to belch on my own! Have you ever tried drinking something carbonated when it happens?

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    Hi John - have you tried a course of probiotics? You will find them in the fridge at the chemist.

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      Hi Wayne, Yes I take probiotics.

      Also, just after Christmas, I totally stopped alcohol. I was a moderate drinker before that, but I used to have at least one glass of wine most evenings. Totally stopped and am not going to look back. Don't want to touch alcohol again!

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