History:I have had GERD since about 2009, I was treating it with Prilosec, over the years I have had my dosage increased, increased again, then told to start taking it twice a day, now they have switched me to Nexium. In 2013 I had trouble swallowing food-bread was the worst. I had an endoscopy and they found chronic gastritis, abnormal mucosa and esophaegeal stricture, which they dilated, 6 months later I had to have it dilated again. I had another endoscopy in July 2017 and the gastritis was gone and I no longer had a stricture.
Current problem: I still have heartburn and indigestion, but since October 2016, I have been having a pain in my stomach right in the top center, it's a very intense pressure feeling as though I just did 200 situps, but it is pretty constant. I am also bloated from about an hour after I wake up until I go to bed, I have had people ask if I am pregnant. I get full quickly, yet I have been gaining weight, aside from when I had my son in 2004, I have been about 120-125 my whole adult life and now I am 150-155. This is very embarassing, but I cannot stop burping either, I cannot even go 20 minutes without burping, very loudly at that. My stomach grumbles and growls all day long, sometimes it sounds like a dinosaur roaring and one time a coworker even asked if that was thunder outside.
I went to the doctor in October, he thought it was gallstones, I had an ultrasound of the galbladder, liver & pancreas, everything was normal. Blood tests were normal other than one time I had a high blood count, but it went back to normal when it was rechecked. I have had low vitamin B12 and D for the last 2 years. I have also recently had low folate and iron. I went back to the doctor in February, they changed my medication and said it was a gastritis flare up, well I have had gastritis for a while and never had these additional symptoms, just the same ones I had for GERD. The new medicine is not helping any and I am miserable. I hate to wake up in the morning because I am constantly in pain and uncomfortable and I hate going to work because of the burping and how I feel. I am out of breath all of the time. I had a HIDA scan done and my ejection fraction is at 92%, normal is above 35 I believe, so everything with the gallbladder appears to be fine.
I tried a 2 week eliminate all fats diet, I tried 2 weeks with no dairy, 2 weeks with no sugar. I take vitamins and probiotics. I have tried gas-x and lactaid, no help from either. My GI doctor suggested FD Guard, no help there, so he put me on an anti-depressant saying I just have a sensitive stomach, no surprise, but that was no help either.
My doctor sent me for a surgery consultation so see about scar tissue removal from my c-section, but the surgeon doesn't think it is that, he recommends removing my gallbladder, despite all of the tests being normal, in hopes that it will fix my problem.
I have read something recently saying that a deviated septum could cause GI problems, it didn't go into a whole lot of detail and I am not sure how common this is, but I am trying to explore any other options to resolve this. I have been told that I have a deviated septum a while back, my nose is constantly stuffy and has been my whole life and I frequently get post nasal drip. I do not feel comfortable having my gallbladder removed without having any confidence this will change anything. I know that the deviated septum, allergies and anxiety that I have all cause you to swallow more air. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated, thank you!