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My symptoms began as LPR reflux, almost 4 years ago. The symptoms have remained, sometimes strong (high-fiber foods and oil make it worse) and sometimes mild. About a year ago, I also began experiencing a burning sensation in my stomach, usually between meals; not every day.
My wife began experiencing LPR symptoms about 2.5 years ago. And she just began noticing the burning sensation in her stomach a few weeks ago.
We've both recently had endoscopies. Hers turned up nothing noticeable -- the GI thinks it's just acid reflux. Mine (two days ago) showed redness of the mucosal lining ("erythematous mucosa"). I'm assuming that's gastritis, but I'm still waiting for the results of the biopsy. My wife is still waiting for the results of her biopsy, too.
Like many of you, I've spent a lot of time researching LPR and indigestion. The fact that my wife and I are both having the same symptoms leads me to believe it's *likely* the underlying cause is something we have in common -- not just a coincidence. Below are some possibilities. If any of these seem like they might apply to you, please let me know.
1. Excessive dieting/Calorie restriction. We're both healthy eaters, and we're both thin (my BMI is around 20, and my wife's is about the same). I've been on a paleo diet for just over 10 years, though I do incude white rice. My wife has also been eating a high-protein, low carb diet for the past several years. I've read reports that long-term restrictive eating can slow gastric emptying, which can lead to indigestion/reflux.
2. Bacterial or viral infection. It's possible we picked up an infection somewhere. Maybe our bodies haven't been able to clear the infection.
3. Something in our environment. I don't think this is likely, but I suppose it's possible. We've been drinking filtered water (reverse osmosis) for the past several months, with no improvement.
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