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So here’s the story…
33 year old Male, lengthy history of GERD, 6’2 190 lbs, been on Dexilant for approximately 5 years. Exercise regularly.
October of 2016, I started getting a pain in my upper left abdomen after eating. Basically exactly where my stomach is. The pain is nothing extraordinary. I have described it as a 3 on the 1-10 scale. At times it presents on the right side as well. No food in particular makes it worse than any other food. Over the course of the 8 months I have lost approximately 12-15 pounds. No diarrhea, constipation, nausea, or vomiting. I went to my primary care initially and she prescribed Carafate thinking it may have been ulcers. No luck there so I was referred to a gastroenterologist. I had seen this particular gastroenterologist several years prior for my GERD related issues. Here is the list of things that have been tried thus far in order.
- Indigestion supplement called “FDGARD” – no effect
- CT Scan- all abdominal organs normal
- Endoscopy- Showed LA grade B esophagitis and mild gastritis (even with those findings, the doctor did not believe the pain was coming from that). No H pylori, no barret’s esophagus, no celiac.
- Blood work- All normal
- Stool Sample- All normal
- HIDA scan- All normal
- Abdominal ultrasound- All normal
- Changed PPI to Aciphex- symptoms became worse including chest pain
- Repeat Endoscopy- Same findings as first
- B-12 blood work- levels normal
- Colonoscopy- Actually located a polyp but doctor advised it is completely unrelated to the abdominal pain. Nothing else found during procedure.
- Irritable bowel supplement called “IBGARD” (currently trying)
So, I am fresh out of tests and yet the pain remains. As I said, the pain isn’t crippling, but it isn’t the greatest knowing every time you eat, it’s going to hurt.
Sorry for the lengthy post but just wanted to be detailed to try and answer questions. If anyone has any other ideas or experiences they can share, I would appreciate it!
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