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I am a 37 year old woman, my life has become a nightmare due to this awful persistent acid reflux, severe heartburn, upper tummy pain, bloating, nausea, pressure in the top of my stomach, fullness and lack of appetite. I know to some it will sound tedious but after 5 years of it and no light at the end of the tunnel I am comepletely at a loss wiht it all.
I have had numerous tests over the years (endoscopy, ct scans, mri, barium meal) all of which have come back clear! How can this be when I am in so much discomfort? I eat a healthy balanced diet, when I feel I can eat! And I have cut out dairy and gluten for over a year now.
I have a new gastro consultant appointment in a weeks time, who knows what this one will suggest.
I would very much like to hear from anyone else who is experiencing similar problems. I am so down with it all, I cant ever imagine a time when I will feel normal again.
Thank you so much for reading. XX
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Ask your doc for a stool test or breath test for HPylori this stomach bacteria causes all the symptoms you describe. An endoscopy usually shows it but the stool and breath test are the best for showing HPylori. Insist on one of these tests. If its not HPylori the it could be hiatus hernia ask to have test for it.......i do feel for you!.....best wishes for a speedy diagnosis.....
I have stomach pain, constipation and sometimes nausea. I have also had loose stools and heartburn. I was diagnosed with IBS after an ultrasound, stool tests, and a celiac test came back clear. The doctor didn't even think to test for celiac, I had to request it and he was amazed it hadn't been considered. So you could ask for celiac testing as well. It took me three and half months and eight visits to the doctor to get my diagnosis.
Hiatus hernia could be a possibility but I would have thought it would have shown up on the endoscopy. You could also keep a food diary to see if any fruit, vegetables, types of meat or drinks are causing your symptoms. Carbonated drinks, caffeine, artificial sugars such as sorbitol and alcohol can also be culprits. Ask to see a dietician and ask about the Fodmap diet. Some doctors will not have heard of it so take information about it to show your consultant. Foods that appear healthy, may cause digestion problems if you have IBS.
I have tried everything going and nothing helps. I do not think it sounds like HPylori, your Endoscopy would have shown this when they took samples. I've been suffering many many years
Stool samples have false negatives. The stool tests takes a small part of the stool and miss things that may be localized in some other part of the stool. In addition, studies done found much less h.pylori in the stool than in the vomit because this is an upper respiratory infection. Some people are carriers of h. pylori and go around contagious, not knowing they have it.
Otherwise if it turns out that you have something chronic like colitis and can't get any medical intervention in the way of drugs, you might want to get permanently on a good quality probiotic and stay on it. I am not sure if docs are willing to give people anti-inflammatories for irritated bowel syndrome or colitis but they are available on the holistic medicine side at health food stores.
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