Upset stomach?

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Does anyone suffer from chronic upset stomach in addition to their other symptoms?I feel like my stomach is always churning and sour.Even when I'm not regurgitating food I feel nauseous like I might need to throw up .I eat a lot of ginger tablets and tums but it doesn't seem to help.

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    I suffer with helicobacter pylori which gives me  stomach gnawing pain and nausea, diagnosed in 2013. treatment was not effective as I had three times anaphylaxis to the antibiotic's prescribed. Now I've also been diagnosed with Achalasia so I need to have food to stop the nausea and gnawing pain then when I eat I get oesophageal pain....

     

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    I think this could be a number of things (perhaps the digested food not progressing down through your system?), so I would go along to your GP, and if there is not an easy solution (always live in hope!), ask to be referred to a gastroenterologist.   If your achalasia has not been looked at by a specialist Upper GI centre, you could be asked to be referred to a surgeon there.   It may, or may not be linked, but it probably needs the experts to determine whether it is linked or not.   General indigestion-type medication may be helpful in the short term, but it may have to be in liquid form to do you any good, perhaps?
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    By your name you seem to imply you are an RN.  SO, let me first send to you fraternal greatings from another RN (I'm in USA)  The value of what you do is under appreciated.  While I dont know you, there is a comradery I feel for you.

    While ginger can be good for an upset stomach, it can be part of the problem also.  Secondly, you know that if you get too"happy" with the tums, they can affect your systemic electrolytes.  (I dont remember if tums uses a calcium or an aluminum salt, stick with the calcium)  

    Another facet to remember here is, the longer food sits in the oesophagus and breaks down the more acidic (sour) it becomes.  So, there are a number of things that could be happening in your case.  Therefore, go to the GP.

    I hope you get this resolved

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      It's always nice to meet a fellow nurse (actually I'm US based as well) smile I did ask my GI doctor and his only suggestion was to give me phenergan tablets.These help out,but I can't take them at work as they tend to make me incredibly sleepy.Im actually wondering if my system is having troubling digesting now that I've begun to eat more post dilation(I spent a year living on practically nothing)I can't seem to win first I can't swallow and now that I can swallow I feel like puking it back up ugh!
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      You really must  be having very bad nausea.  I took phenergan pr a number of years ago and I was out for almost 24hrs.   You know that phenergan was originally developed to be a major seditive (like thorazine) and was found to be effective against nausea and vomiting.  I can understand why you cannot safely work with phenergan, I'm not sure I could navigate from the bed to the bathroom without busting my "can."  Perhaps as the lower oesophagus recovers from the trauma of the balloon dialation your symtoms will improve.

      I wonder (brain-storming) if the nausea could be a result, not of the stomach's dificultly to digest but the LES's new openness.   My brain-storm idea is that reflux is getting into your lower oesophagus, stimulating this recently stretched and therefore injured area..  If my beer-hall hypothesis is correct, your response to this simulation is nausea.    

      The fact that you have been eating like a monastic could mean that you do have a reduced gastic capacity and therefore a greater risk for reflux.

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    Domperidone might be an option against nausea?

    I wonder whether the food is progressing through all your system OK?   And whether it is perhaps associated with some sort of reflux?  Or perhaps some kind of infection in the gut?  Or even something like the vagus nerve getting affected?

    It might well have to be a gastroenterologist who can tell you what is happening.

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    Fair comment!   But maybe that is not the only solution they can think of?
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    Is it only after you eat certain foods? I ate Chef Boyardee and got nausea and diarrhea, and since then I've had nausea for two weeks that gets worse if I eat anything but plain bland foods. You may want to see a doctor and get a referral, they'll probably order an upper GI, or a gastric emptying test. You might have an ulcer which is why you'd feel that way. Also, are you having any other symptoms? I have many other symptoms and do not have an ulcer so I'm thinking maybe gallstones or appendicitis which if you're having other symptoms you might also have gallstones.
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      I do feel better if I eat blander foods and only small amounts at a time.I also feel really bloated even though I only eat a little.I had a scope done about a month ago with a dilation which showed no ulcers.I was wondering whether the dilation could have caused reflux?I sometimes have a sour taste in my mouth and lately the pressure I feel in my chest has feels "warm" if that makes sense lol.
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    I think the dilatation could open the lower oesophageal sphincter and create the risk of more reflux.   The whole purpose of that valve is to stop the acid from the stomach rising, and perhaps the problem is that being too clamped tight, it was not allowing food to go down properly.   So there may well be a relationship there when the valve is dilated.    Gaviscon can help short term, and other medication line omeprazole (from your doctor) may help if the reflux (sour taste in your mough, especially at night) is a problem.

    I think the bloating may be a separate issue.   There is some information about bloating issued by CORE charity, that you can google.   It is usually sorted out with medication but, like many digestive disorders, it is always good to try and get to the underlying causes.   The doctor would also ask you about wind, flatulence, smells, colour of your stools and all sorts of other things that would give them clues about what to do about it.

     

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