What do you think I should do before my next appointment?

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I'm a 24 year old female.

Since the beginning of Febuary, I have been getting bad gas and acid reflux, something I have never been prone to. It started triggering bad episodes of constipation and I was having all kinds of different stomach pains for days on end, at least once a week.

I went to the doctor several times when the pains hit their peak. Generally I feel a tight knot of pressure in my middle abdomen, bad gas, and bowel problems. They perscribed me several different pain killers that didn't work. They started having me take Prilosec twice a day. That helped for a while and my stomach seemed to go back to somewhat normal.

Late Febuary it comes back with a vengence, I was getting incredibly sharp pains. No real nausea, no vomitting or anything. Just pressure. I went to an urgent care and they gave me Carafate, which was a Godsend at first. I got an endoscopy, which unfortunately was two weeks after the worst of the pain.

Biopsies and blood tests came up fine. My doctor only commented that I looked badly inflamed, looked like I had recently had an ulcer that the Carafte helped to heal, and that the inflammation could be allergen related.

I am willing to believe this could be triggered by an allergen, but I don't know what. Since this has all started, I have been eating much better, no caffeine, and only taking the antiinflammatories perscribed be. Only other things I am on are Paxil and birth control, both of which I have been on for years without issue. My endoscopy doctor was at a loss, trying to suggest that those latter two daily medicines may be suddenly causing an allergic reaction. I think this is unlikely, why would birth control or Paxil give me such an immense and sudden gastro problem after several years of use?

Now, I have been taking Prilosec for weeks and twice daily since my endoscopy. I am having diarreah, acid reflux with lumps in my throat, gas, and sharp pains now more than ever. The Carafate and Prilosec are no longer heping. I think I'm going to stop the Priolosec because it never helped much in the first place, and I believe it may be making matters worse based on other people's experiences I have seen on here and elsewhere.

I have no idea what could be wrong with me, but no matter what I eat or do, take or stop taking, this painful pressure in my stomach, terrible acid reflux, and constipation and/or diarreah always seem to come back. I intend to make a doctor's appointment Monday, but I guess I'm curious to know if stopping Prilosec is a good idea and any other thoughts you all have.

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    I have been doing my own research and I feel like I must have Diverticulitis. What do you all think??
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    I would come off Paxil and the birth control to see if symptoms improve.  I think it is possible that you may have developed a sudden intolerance to these medications. The only way of testing this theory is to stop taking these drugs.  

    The other possibility is IBS; your symptoms sound like it.  I have IBS and I have had four different types of pain with nausea, constipation, loose stools,back pain, and acid reflux.

     

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