I just needed to write down how I feel about my health and what else has been going on with me. For those of you who dont know I have been suffering with stomach problems for over a year now. I finally got insurance and am now seeing a gasterologist. He done an EGD a month ago and dignosed me with Gasteritis and Acid Reflux. He said my stomach just produces to much acid and they tried to prescribe me a different acid reducer but the problem is my insurance wont cover for the ones their trying to get me on because their like $200. I have tried several over the counter acid reducers but I still have a lot of problems. I always feel gassy with constant belching weather I eat or not, acid indigestion, occasional stomach pain, nasuea, and sometimes vomiting. Most of the time I dont throw up food just acid or air to get some relief. I recently started getting worse and having other symptoms such as heart palpations, feeling of blacking out, shortness of breath, sometimes sweating, leg cramps, brain fog, forgetfullness, nervousness, depression, dizziness, and even vision changes. I seriously thought something was horribly wrong with me so I went to the ER one night when I didnt have insurance and she put an EKG on me to make sure my heart was ok it was so she just said it was anxiety and gave me a shot of Adavan. After that I was still sick and I went to see my doctor and she tested my thyroids, CBC, Magnisum and a few other things but everything was fine but I wasnt I still remained very sick. I had no energey and my stomach was progessively worse so I ended up loseing a lot of weight over it. Somedays I didnt know if I was going to make it because I felt so bad. I couldnt eat right or sleep through out the night and I even had problems going to the store because my eyes would bother me. They seem sensetive to light and like im strainging them which causes me to get minor headaches or feel dizzy. Somedays the feel jumpy or heavy like its hard to move them its really strange but when their like that its usually when I first wake up and it doesnt last very long. One time I was at the store I seen a bright object and it made me feel like I was going to faint so I had to go set out in the car and wait for my mom to finsh shopping. I cant stay online very long or watch tv as much because it seems to bother my eyes. Somedays they seem better then others. After I got insurance I got a new doctor and told her all about my other symptoms and she wanted to do a CT Scan and did a lot of blood work. A few days later they called me and wanted me to come in so she could discuss my test results. My doctor told me my chlesterol was high which is odd because Im not over weight and Im young she said the other thing is my B12 levels was 280 which is low and its not common for someone my age to have. She said but since I have stomach problems and have to take acid reducers my stomach probably cant absorb it right and it is possible it could be whats causing all of my other symptoms. She said I would probably have to get B12 injections monthly for the rest of my life unless my stomach gets fixed. She decided to wait on the CT Scan to see how I do. After I got my first shot I did seem to be doing better then after a week I felt just as bad as I did before I got the shot. So I went and got my 2nd one and waited 2 weeks and just got my 3rd shot. Somedays I feel better then others but theirs always at some point during the day and night were I dont feel good weathers its my stomach or a few of these other symptoms that will happen randomly at different times. Its very frusterating and scary. Sometimes I get some anxiety from it but I use to have my anxiety under control up until I started getting worse. I have a fear that its not just lack of B12 thats making me so sick even though I knew it can but some people have lower levels then I do and they barly have any symptoms. On my stomach they also did a biopsy and it came back positive but it could be 7 different things so they have to figure out what else I could have. I go in to see my GI doctor next week. I have no idea what else they think I could have but thankfully its not cancer. On top of being sick all of the time my fiance of almost 5 years also broke up with me and I dont really understand why. He lied to me a few times about where he was at and I knew about him lying. I was upset with him and then he just changed and said he was tired of trying to change when he still keeps messing up and hurting me. He said he would stay out of my life so I could find my happiness. I was hurt because everything seemed fine until he lied to me about stupid things and he would just go out of town and wouldnt come see me when he knew I was upset with him instead he would just go home and sleep until he went to work. He told me just a few days ago I was so amazing and he would always stay by my side and then he just throws me away like it doesnt bother him. This is not the 1st time something like this has happen but I was able to forgive him because I loved him and I wanted to make things better for our son. Now Im realizing that even though he seemed like he was changing and getting better that this is a pattern with him and that he probably wont ever fully be able to change no matter how much he tries to convince people he has. I think once he gets his mind back to normal he will try to get me back but I dont think I can handle keep getting hurt and lied to when he probably wont be able to change. It really hurts knowing that the only person I really cared about seemed fine and then all of a sudden changed within just a few days and decided to end it because of him hurting me yet I was the one that got hurt and didnt do anything. I just dont understand and whats worse is here I am always sick at a time when I really needed him right before Christmas and he just walks away like it didnt bother him. How can you act so in love with someone for years and then just walk away from the person you supposely loved and your kid emotinonless? This really upsets me and it would be a lot easier just to forget it and be with him but things dont work out that way and I know me and my son deserve a lot better and he wouldnt be able to keep me happy since he would just keep doing things to upset me. Now I cant really eat much because im sick and hurt from him and I still cant sleep good even though Im tired. My moods change because of all the stress I have times were im so angry at him for just walking away and giving up and then I have times to where I miss him and cant stop crying. I get sad because I cant get out to really do anything because I never feel right and I still worry theirs something else wrong with me. I dont know what to do anymore. Im to young to be having this many problems and I want to be able to get out and do things and take better care of my son but its hard on me. Anyway thats whats been going on with me. I really hope things start to look up for me and for anyone else going thru something horrible weather its health or just anything. It would be nice to talk to anyone else who is suffereing from Gasteritis, Acid reflux, and B12 deffiecency or who is just having similar symptoms. Even if you have ever been heart broken feel free to comment or message me. It helps me to talk to people that I know will understand what im going through. I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and the best of luck finding the help and support they need to find a cure for their health problems.
I feel so bad for you. You have to take care of yourself and your son and let the stress of your relationship with your boyfriend ease up. Stress only makes stomach problems worse and you do not need any more pain. Time will heal your broken heart. Concentrate on yourself and getting well enough to enjoy your life with your son. I wish you the best for 2011. I truly hope you can heal physically and emotionally.
Hi I know its been a few years since I wrote all that and you may not ever see this but just wanted to update you. Im doing a lot better nowdays. I never took my ex back I was strong enough to stay away from him. It made me grow up a lot and now my heart is fully healed and I have a great man that I dont have to worry about cheating on me or lieing and who is better to my son then my ex was. I got my gallbladder taken out Feb 2011 and continued with my b12 shots till it got caught up and it all helped a lot. My symptoms went away. Its amazing what a vitimin defficency can do. I still take an acid reducer for my stomach and I just recently started taking a probiotic for my stomach and its really helped me out a lot. Things have really looked up for me since then. If you ever read this I hope things are going well for you. Take care.
I'm not janeybugs but I just came across your original post. I'm so glad you wrote an update just minutes ago because I was so worried about what became of your situation. It is wonderful that your life has improved so much. Congratulations.
Do you remember what your stomach tested positive for? Did you have H Pylori or some other bacteria? How did the doctors decide you needed to get your GB removed? If you can answer, myself and others will surely benefit from it. Again, congratulations on your great improvement.
Hello, No my doctor never did tell me what I tested positive for after I had my Endoscopy and biopsy done. I know i was tested for H Pylori several times it was always negative they always just assumed I had acid reflux and gasteritis because all the other doctors would do is blood work and I did get an ultrasound but that never showed anything because I didnt have gallstones. I had the pain randomly since I was 17 and then I just got severely sick over time everyday so once I finally got insurance I got reffered to a GI doctor told him everything and after he did my upper endoscopy and it came back positive he decided to do a HIDA scan on my gallbladder which came back positive because my gallbladder was not functioning right and its what was making me so sick and get that random severe pain and where I couldnt absorb my vitimins right. My BF is also suffereing from the exact same symptoms I use to have and he has no insurance so once he gets insurance hes going to get a GI doctor to get a HIDA scan like I did. Thanks for your reply and concern I apprecate it. If you have any ofther questions you can message me.
Thank you so much for responding. You have helped me a great deal. The last time I had a HIDA scan, my GB was operating at 9%. Since I lost my insurance, I could never get another one done. Every doctor, including my GI doctor who did the original HIDA, refuses to do another one because they don't seem to see the problem as significant enough although I am barely functional. One thing I noticed is I cannot digest fats--good or bad like avocado to olive or coconut oil, fried foods, now even rice. Still can't get any real help from an MD, specialist to take that seriously.
Like you, I can get severely sick refluxing, stomach burning, etc. everyday. I am out of tricks like baking soda water to treat it. Five years on Nexium and every other PPI have made me worse because I can't digest properly at all. At least stopping those eliminates some other side effects. Like you, I cannot absorb vitamins or the nutrition from foods but I have read so many people like me who did the GB surgery and didn't get better so I am very wary of that. Like you, I have gastritis, acid reflux diagnoses, and ultrasounds that do not show stones. No one seems to take these seriously.
Hopefully, by January of next year, we will all be able to have insurance and get better treatment that can lead to a resolution as good as yours. Again, I thank you so much for sharing. This helps me (and will likely help others to come) so much. I am SO glad you have better people and health in your life :).
Thats terrable that yours is only a 9% and their not doing a thing about it. If they have the test results they should be able to just use it and be able to take your gallbladder out. I still have problems but Im a lot better then what I was and not being able to absorb vitimins right can also make you extremely sick as well. When I had my gallbladder over the years I thought I was dieing or had something seriously wrong with me.I went thru so many regular doctors but since I had no insurance they wouldnt even reffer me to a GI doctor. It got so depressing and frusterating. Seems like if you have no insurance they dont care they just keep giving out acid reducers that dont do much so were left suffereing. Back when I was so sick and finally got insurance they wouldnt even pay for Nexium. So I was stuck with taking the cheap over the counter acid reducers. Luckly a few months after I got insurance my GI doctor did the HIDA scan and seen my GB wasnt functioning right so I got it taken out. I know I will probably always have some stomach problems but Im just so thankful Im doing a lot better then how I use to be. I think getting your GB would probably help you a lot. You may still need to take your acid reducers like I do but I think it would help a lot of your symptoms. I think the probiotics my GI doctor just recently recommended is really starting to help me a lot.
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