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I’m 20 years old , and in the past 5-6 months have been experiencing really bad nausea and vomiting symptoms along with heartburn and the vomiting of acidic stomach bile , no matter what meal I eat (I’m vegetarian ) and also wake up with some kind of back pain most days . I have been to the GP several times and had a number of blood tests and given omeprazole for the past 3 months which has gotten rid of heart burn , but I still feel nauseous , bloated and don’t know what to do . I am currently waiting for an appointment with a specialist but unsure as to how long it may take , any suggestions or ideas on what it could be ? My doctors don’t seem to know and it at the point of draining all my energy which is harming my studies and motivation . Thank you
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On the NHS, scans can take a month to come through. You could try a food diary in the meantime to see if food is the cause. It can take a long time to identify food triggers.
Your doctor has referred you to a specialist for tests because he or she is unable to identify your problem from your symptoms alone. However, do not worry because anxiety will make gut problems worse.
Not an anxious person , I have had blood tests for helicobacter bacteria , celiac disease and lactose intolorence and all seem to be fine so will have to check in further detail , thank you for the help
Sometimes doctors suggest anxiety when they don't know the answer. Hopefully further testing will uncover the cause.
1. ultrasound for gallbladder stones
2.hida scan for gallbladder function
3.endoscopy to rule out ulcers /gastritis /etc
if you see the gb as the only problem, remove it sooner .
When you say you've had a number of blood tests did they include vit b12..as a vegetarian your b12 levels should be checked as b12 is only contained from meat, fish and dairy, ie eggs. You should have your vit d checked also as low levels can cause digestive ptoblems....
Low vit d levels can cause gastro probs too..check it out....
If your vit levels are low i would recommend taking multivits which include vit b12 and vit d...it may help...
Yes I do since my daughter has been so sick, also vomiting bile, the acid burning the oesophagus as a side effect of vomiting. Hence she took PPI. Currently on H2 blockers only as we found a diet and way, to tolerate more food and gain weight. Heartburn doesn't have to be a core reason of stomach disease, it can be a side effect of a non-stomach disease due to constantly bringing something up there, where it shouldn't be.
I repeat myself again, but the ignorance also in GI docs is huge.
Blood tests, basic scopes, basic imaging will come back as normal or have findings, which are not related to these symptoms.
Please look into SMAS/Wilkie. (duodenum mechanically squeezed and food having a problem to go through)
It if was severe Wilkie, you will not even get through liquids and have the typical blown up stomach and duodenum in front of compression. This is what most doctors can diagnose on imaging as it jumps into their eyes.
Yet mild Wilkie leaves a few mm open, but will influence the passage of especially solid food.
You can get around it with liquids, juices, mash, smoothies. Bite and chew well, eat small amounts and often.
You need to gain weight, not loose weight when one has Wilkies.
Wilkies therefore often hits especially females, who have lost weight as their AA/SMA angle decreases and can cause this mechanical obstacle for food.
Yet....females are often excused as 'anorexia nervosa' prematurely with this condition.
The other thing is MALS, median arcuate ligament syndrome.
A ligament (of Treiz) cutting in the coeliac artery and its blood supply to stomach, making one sick.
This can be easily diagnosed with the correct! ultrasound.
Yet if MALS was only a cutting in of ligament onto coeliac nerve plexus, it will not be seen in any MRA or ultrasound, but cause symptoms of nausea, vomiting and pain, especially after eating.
(only a diagnostic nerve block or surgery can find this nerve thingy)
I urge everyone, who comes back 'negative' with usual testing, to look into those compressions from Wilkie/SMAS to MALS to even nutcracker. Find the right docs, who are familiar with it through certain fb groups to not loose as much time and money as we did.
Best of luck!
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