What is going on with my stomach?

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I have been getting pains in my stomach for a few weeks now (when I mean stomach I mean stomach ie. under left side of ribs) as well as associated burping. I used to get acid reflux and was on omeperazole however the heartburn subsided last summer and I stopped taking them. I still don't get heartburn however these new symptoms have materialised. My doctor instructed me to continue with the omeperazole however it still is not going away and sometimes I think they are reluctant to give me an endoscopy because of my age (26). Most things I read seem to link it to an ulcer but most ulcers are caused by the h.pylori infection and I have had stool tests for that in the last 18 months that came back negative. I suppose I am getting a little worried that this could be something more serious. I have associated sore throat and phlegm, the last couple of days the phlegm has been a grey colour in the morning however I have moved in to a new apartment this week therefore thought it might be excess dust as the property has been vacated for over a year. I have not been throwing up and bowel movements have been fairly normal. Trigger foods seem to be alcohol and I also think I may be gluten intolerant. I'm not sure if I should continue with omeperazole, I have read online that the symptoms can be caused by low stomach acid rather than excess stomach acid. Becoming really fed up with this and not sure what to do sad

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    Hello Adam, When I first started getting a burning feeling in my chest (heartburn). My doctor gave me an ECG as I described it as pain in my chest. As I was still getting this pain I went onto the internet and realized my symptoms were GORD (Gastro Oesophageal Reflux Decease). I went back to my doctor and he agreed, first I was given the Omeperazole (PPI) for two weeks but it did not stop the burning, then later Ranitidine (Zantac) an H2 Blocker (not PPI). I find the Ranatidine works well for me. If your doctor is not too helpfull, you should go back and ask for the Endoscopy as you are worried about your health. Sometimes doctors have to be encouraged to work for you, and you have to push them. Explain your worried about it. I am 65 so it is not surprising, although I was size 12- 14 but less now as I've had to re-think what I can eat. Children get this also, so age is not the issue with GORD,
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    Hi Adam. Sounds fairly similar to what I've been experiencing. My doc gave me omeperazole, but I want to see if I can heal naturally first. All the following have really helped me

    1. Drink more water - not with meals however, just regularly during the day

    2. Eat small meals and often. Last meal at 7 p.m ish

    3. Eat slowly and really chew your food

    4. I cut down on caffeine and fatty foods

    5. I drink ginger and liquorice teas

    6. Be kind to yourself - stop rushing around and being stressed (if you do!)

    You mention you may be gluten intolerant. Can you get that tested to confirm?

    You'll find this forum full of wonderful people who are going through similar situations. The advice I've received has been invaluable! But if you're really worried and struggling, go back to the doctor and explain your concerns (even see a different doctor to get a different perspective!)

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    I have a 10cm Hiatus Hernia and am on Omeprazole and 300mg of Zantac twice a day.

    I still have the reflux most nights which burns my throat and I have to crunch ice cubes for hours to take the burning and taste away.

    My doctor referred me to a specialist yesterday because I am now suffering with a bloated stomach which looks like I am 6 months pregnant and it is very uncomfortable to sit and walk.

    I am having an Endoscopy and a Colonoscopy next Wednesday....Wish me Good Luck !!

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    Oh Rochelle - that sound horrendous! Good luck on Wednesday xxx. Can I ask if you've had stomach issues for long, or if it's suddenly came on? It just seems that many people on this forum get recurrences over time?
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    Hi guys, thanks for the prompt replies, just for the record I have no heartburn at the minute - none at all I used to have it quite bad but not anymore. When I used to get heartburn it was usually bread and oats that triggered it off which is why I thought I may be gluten intolerant. The thing is though I eat fairly healthily, probably drink a little too much sometimes at weekends but all in all my diet is quite good - I could benefit from more exercise though which is something I am working on. I do stress about things, usually to do with my health so i think the healthy anxiety may have caused or worsened the symptoms at least. I have a doctor's appointment booked for a week on Tuesday as my doctor instructed me to go back in 3 weeks so i may request an endoscopy. I was sent for one a year or so ago but upon seeing the specialist they recommended it was not necessary as the omeperazole had sorted out the heartburn by then. Rochelle I had a colonoscopy and it wasn't that bad, hope everything goes okay. Suseq I drink a lot of water as well as eating small meals often, I don't eat slow I inhale my food which is something I am working on - thanks for the info regarding the ginger tea it was something I was looking in to and I have stopped drinking coffee. The stress I am working on but doesn't help when symptoms persist - I am a worrier and often fear the worst, I have had lots of health issues this year from problems urinating to going dizzy and ightheaded etc. even had a diabetes test which came back negative so getting fed up really.
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    Hi Adam,

    Your pain in your stomach might be mild gastritis, the endoscopy will tell, and the sore throat and phlegm might be silent reflux.

    Alcohol is definitely irritating for the stomach lining and can cause gastritis, if you can stop that would be best.

    I cured my gastritis and reflux naturally using the diet described in the book "dropping acid" and the natural supplements described in the book "ulcer free". You might find those helpful. If you would like I can give you more details on how I cured myself.

    I personally find ginger, as well as all other spices and herbs, irritating for the stomach. The only hot beverage that is safe in my opinion is chamomile tea (I tried a few).

    About gluten, I never heard it irritates the stomach but maybe it is the case for you, usually it causes more problems in the bowels (inflammation). It is a trigger food for IBS and might cause constipation and/or other problems for people who are sensitive to it. Constipation might cause refux. Why do you think you have a reaction to gluten?

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    Hi ines thanks for the reply. I think I have a reaction to gluten as I used to get heartburn after eating grain like foods - usually bread and oats that did it. I also used to get bad lower abdominal pains and constipation (I suppose a mild form of IBS), which is why I had the colonoscopy / sigmoidoscopy I referred to earlier. So all in all I don't think it agrees with me however it is very difficult to cut out of your diet - most convenience food has bread content for example. I have read up on gastritis however I don't throw up or anything as harsh as that, just get random mild pains in the area where my stomach organ is, also travels through to the back sometimes as well - and I have also had bad indigestion now and then but again no heartburn was involved. I've been drinking ginger tea today and it seems to be helping but if you could offer some more information it would be much appreciated smile I will try and cut down alcohol at weekends, this will be hard though haha
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    The main thing that worries me is the burping and stomach pains - seems to be an indicator of stomach cancer, as well as other much less serious conditions I know however it still worries.
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    I had mild gastritis and I did not throw up. I just had pain in my stomach and more acidity.

    I also get inflammation in my lower belly (bowels) a few hours after eating gluten, it disappeared since I eat everything gluten-free. They make very good gluten-free product now. Check "food for life" brand for bread, "tinkyada" for pasta, and "Pamela" for pancakes.

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    Oat naturally does not contain gluten, sometimes it is contaminated with gluten that is why they sell gluten-free oat. If you have a problem with gluten, it is unlikely oat would trigger it. What do you eat with your oat and bread? Do you eat butter or cheese on bread? Fat is inflammatory for the stomach and dairy causes your stomach to produce more acid.

    It is better for your stomach to not drink alcohol at all anymore, see if it gets better. If you can't help it, maybe taking something that would coat your stomach lining before your drink might be helpful (DGL licorice, slippery Elm, pepzin GI).

    You could try slippery elm now (2 tabs with a big glass of lukewarm water), it works very well, if your stomach pain disappears completely in 10 minutes, you know you have an inflammation of the stomach lining (called gastritis).

    I will post a new discussion with what I did to cure my gastritis.

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    I'd eat porridge on it's own and get heartburn, same with bread. I don't eat much fats other than avacado however I eat quite a lot of greek yoghurt which I may cut out.

    I will try the slippery elm, I also think my symptoms may be as a result of low stomach acid rather than excess - there is a test you can do with baking soda which I may try.

    I will try and abstain from alcohol at least for a few weeks, however I only drink at weekends usually anyway and not usually to an excess.

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    That reaction you have with bread and oatmeal is strange. Many people with gastritis feel good with oatmeal. Rice is a safe alternative. It is one of the foods that cause the less problems to anybody. Sometimes I eat japanese rice for breakfast.

    I got much better when I stopped greek yoghourt. I used to eat it every morning. It is too acidic and dairy products stimulate you stomach to produce more acid. Anyway it is good to try to stop things a few days then put them back and see how you feel, so you will know what is good for you and what is not.

    If your stomach is irritated, taking acid would only irritate it more.

    It is good if you can stop alcohol completely for a few weeks. When my stomach was painful even a little bit of something irritating would trigger pain for a few days, I got better when I stopped everything irritating completely.

    I posted what I did to get better, in details, in a new discussion if you are interested.

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    Yes I seem to be okay with rice so I will eat that as a substitute.

    I will check out the new discussion, thanks a lot smile

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    I just remembered that the author of the book "Dropping acid" was saying that it is rare but some people get a bad reaction to oatmeal, I think 1% of people, and that for those people oatmeal is a trigger food that causes silent reflux.
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    Hi Adam

    I do relate to your problem reflux is horrible and i also have bad stomach pains all over infact and very bad left rib pain.Im sure this is related to reflux because a lot of people that post on here say the same. sore throat and phlegm can also be an affect of relux so in my opnion i do think you are suffering from reflux side effects. It does get you down at times im depressed most of the time with this but its a case of just getting on with it. Maybe a good idea to pop back and see your doc and explain your symptoms and maybe take a pain killer when you feel the pain coming on. but have a chat with them see what they say. 

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