Stomach wants to growl but doesn't. Any ideas?

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Weird thing, for the past two weeks, I get that build up like my stomach wants to growl, but never does.  It feels like hunger, but a lot of the times, it happens within an hour after eating.  Just some background info, I do have gastritis which I've been working on since the start of the month to heal along with gerd. 

I was on Dexilant for 3-weeks, but stopped it after I started to get side effects.  I'm now back on Protonix.  So far no major issues with the exception of a little indigestion after meals containing fat.  Usually just pop 2-tums in and I'm okay. 

I read online that excess stomach acid can mimic hunger and this pain does feel like hunger.  When I did the switch from Dexilant to Protonix, is it possible that I'm going through a little bit of acid rebound and just need time for it to balance out?  Possible trapped gas?

Just an FYI, I did have my gallbladder removed in March of this year and this actually happened soon after, but did eventually pass.  Also, about a month after surgery I started to experience a ton of bloating & gas after meals, thought it was low stomach acid, but once I started to take a probiotic, the symptoms disappeared.  Should I consider getting back on a probiotic?

I just recently started taking digestive enzymes again to get rid of that "brick" feeling after certain meals, and the enzymes seem to be helping with that very well, and because of the loose stools I've been having.  

Thanks for reading. 

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    If probiotics  helped, try them again.  Acid rebound usually starts if you suddenly stop a PPI medication. I don't know if you could get rebound if you switch from one medication to another. 

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      The reason I thought it could be rebound was because Dexilant is 60mg while Protonix is 40mg.  Planning to pick up some probiotics tomorrow.  
  • Posted

    Hi Chucky

    I just posted a new discussion about excess stomach grumbling. The opposite of what you re having. I'm going to send you a private message about my visit with the naturopath.


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