All the conditions that you mentioned are all possible. I agree with the upper endoscopy performed previously, and a repeat test may be needed to rule out an ulcer.
More specialized tests can include a 24-hr pH study to exclude GERD, or a gastric emptying scan to evaluate for gastroparesis.
The upper endoscopy would evaluate for a cancer within the upper digestive tract. You can also consider abdominal imaging, with an ultrasound or CT scan, to look at the organs.
A test for celiac disease can also be considered.
These options can be discussed with your personal physician.
This answer is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice - the information presented is for patient education only. Please see your personal physician for further evaluation of your individual case.
Kevin Pho, M.D.
Thank you for your reply Doctor. I'm scheduled to see my regular GP mid next week but saw a different doctor at the same clinic today. She's prescribed me an Helicobacter breath test kit that I have to do tomorrow morning and send away with the results hopefully getting to my doctor by the time I see him next week. Based on the esult of that test, we'll move onto an endoscopy.
While I understand why this test is necessary, would an Helicobacter bacteria infection be likely to cause the symptoms I'm experiencing.. especially now that I'm getting more pains in the lower abdomen?
I went to the doctors today and was given Omeprazole for the same symptoms, I have to go back for blood tests next week. I have only had one tablet up to now, what a relief, the acid has stopped, the burping is less and I feel alot better already. The only thing I really hate is the bloatedness, I wish that would go. well i will see how these pills help and let you all know next week. Good luck.
Hi, I've experienced pretty much those same symptoms for about 10 years or so now.. just found out after a lovely bout with a stomach bug and several trips to the ER with abdominal pains bloating nausea and other fun stuff that I won't get into the gorey details of... that I have Gallstones. You could maybe mention the thought to the dr. as like I said I've had the same symptoms.. (also found out I have kidney stones as well... yay me!) Good luck in your search.. believe me I know how frustrating it all is. =]