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I'm wondering if someone here can help me. Three months ago I had a stomach flu/virus. I was pretty sick for about a week and a half and noticed I wasn't getting any better so I went to the doctor and he diagnosed me with GERD. I developed acid reflux and heartburn, something I didn't even know was happening because I had never felt it before. He put me on omeprazole and I've been on it since then. I got over the stomach flu but my stomach and bowel movements haven't felt normal since then. I either have constipation or really soft stools, I never feel hungry, I just eat because I know I have to. I can only eat very small portions because I get full really fast, and I'm bloated for a long time after eating anything, it feels like my food just sits in my stomach for a long time. I also have really bad indigestion, my stomach feels off and distended all the time, and I'm losing weight and I don't have much more to spare. Well, I started feeling worse about a week and a half ago so I went to my doctor and said to stop taking the omeprazole for two weeks so I can do an H. pylori test. Getting off the omeprazole has been difficult, the acid reflux was pretty bad the first couple of days, my stomach would get bloated and upset and unsettled, it's hard for me to eat like this. I did notice though being off the omeprazole for a week that my hunger came back, and I have a little more of an appetite, but I still feel full after a small meal.
Two days ago I started taking digestive enzymes, I've only taken one a day with dinner, but after I took the first one and ate, I noticed this weird sensation on the left side of my stomach below my ribcage, it sort of starts in the front and shoots to the back, but didn't pay much attention to it. It feels like a tightness or heaviness or pressure. Well, I felt it all day today and I actually went to the emergency room because it felt really uncomfortable and weird after I ate. I haven't taken any digestive enzymes today. The doctor felt my stomach and they did blood tests, everything came back completely normal. I came back home and made myself some scrambled eggs and toast which I ate just fine but 2 hours later I developed a really bad upset stomach, which ended up being trapped gas, I made some ginger tea and had some mylanta and I started burping like crazy, and now my stomach just feels unsettled.
I don't know, I'm sorry to ramble, I've been like this for 3 months, I'm losing weight, I'm missing work all the time, and no doctor has been able to figure out whats wrong with me. I have an appointment with a GI specialist but it's not for another 2 weeks. I feel really helpless, especially with this new symptom I'm having on the side of my stomach. If anyone has any advice to offer me or words of encouragement I would really appreciate it.
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