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Hello! I'm posting as I could really do with hearing other people's experiences.
I have suffered with abdominal pain on/off for a year or so. In November this got much worse.
I now have upper abdominal pain everyday and well as digestive problems plus unintended weight loss. Doctors orignally said it was gastritis and gave me omeprazole. Went back with in a week still in a lot of pain and just changed me to lansoprazole. Another week later went back again on a Wednesday with same pain, this doctor examined me properly and doubled the lansoprazole. He said if pain doesn't go away by Friday to go straight back to see him.
Throughout all of this my partner paid for me to have a test that finds any food intolerances. I'm already vegetarian and gluten free at this point. So sent off for the test.
The pain did not improve so went straight back to the doctors Friday (by this point feeling like I'm in and out of there all the time) he was worried about my symptoms so sent me to a and e.
At a and e the surgeon was not worried about the upper abdominal pain and all tests and xray we're clear. He sent me home with solpadol (cocodamol) and booked me an endoscopy.
So put up with the pain for some more weeks and got the medications on repeat. Finally went for the endoscopy hoping for some answers. It showed just a bit of gastrol reflux disease. Which is not what is causing my pain.
Back to doctors again who agreed that gastral reflux was not the cause. He booked me a referral to GI and Liver specialist plus a ultra sound.
I received the test results. Turns out I'm am 85% plus intolerant to quite a few things. Main ones that effected me was Milk protein, Garlic, Cumin, and more. Plus the one I found weird Pepsin the protein digestive enzyme. By now I have also lost around a stone and a half. Even when I have tried to loose weight in the past never managed more than a few pounds. So I have now changed my diet and keep a food diary.
Went for the ultrasound. It came back clear apart from a small cyst on spleen, which was told is quite normal and no effect.
Been back at work for a week or so. Had another day off today. It is getting me very upset and hating myself.
I'm taking pain killers everyday. And just have nothing more to do till my GI appointment on 27th.
Anyone else experienced similar I would really appreciate hearing.
(I may have missed things out and explained myself right but hope its readable)
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Have they asked you to go for a blood test to rule out anything sinister, why dont you ask for one. I got one and it came back i had ibs and i am going to a nutrionist/dietician about it as I keep putting weight on and then losing it and i have not been able to maintain weight.
Do you get a lot of acid reflux and heartburn if so ask doc to check you for HPylori a bacteria that lives in the gut and duodenum and causes horrendous tum problems such as ones you have mentioned and dreadful acid reflux. The test is done via stool or breath test. This tiny stomach bacteria is very common and can be dealt with by antibiotics.....it can be a pain getting rid of it and for your tum to return to normal...if you test positive for it you have to be patient in getting rid if it....ive never had it but studied it at uni...best wishes for a speedy diagnosis........
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