Bit of a long story but......
I have been a long sufferer of Gastritis, diagnosed with an endoscopy ten years ago. It has generally remained relatively controlled by medication (I have been on one form or another of Nexium for ten years, at quite high dosage), though I have always still had issues with nausea. I was also 'diagnosed' with IBS about 2 years ago, though without any real tests, as I know it is hard to pin point. Two years ago I also had an MRI of my small intestine which revealed no abnormalities. I have a history of depression but have not been on medication for it for over 2 years as I never felt that they did me much good.
In the last 4-5 months I have been increasingly ill. I am from Scotland but have been travelling in Australia for almost 16 months now. I did experience quite severe emotional trauma 6 months ago, and due to my deteriorating health it has been difficult to fully pick myself back up since then, tough other aspects of life have certainly improved. My nausea has increased to a point that it debilitating on a daily basis, my fatigue can be anywhere from mild to extreme day to day. Some days I can barely lift my arms over my head. I am almost constantly bloated, I have occasional acute headaches, dizziness, bad flatulence, inconsistent bowels (often feeling constipated, but when I do go it comes out like diahrea). My menstrual cycle has become less regular, and my PMS has changed completely. My whole life I have experienced some nausea, depression and fatigue the day before my period starts, with cramps and a little nausea on the first day or two of it. now my PMS is beginning over a week before my period, with cramps, extreme nausea, increased fatigue, and it is quite debilitating. I have been to several doctors in Australia (as a UK citizen I am entitled to the same medicare as residents), walked into 4 different emergency departments and tried to seek further help, but to little avail. I've had a few blood tests, all of which have ruled out celiac and have shown relatively normal levels of everything else. Vit b12 was a little low on last check, but not low enough to indicate pernicious anaemia, and it has been low in the past. I finally explored a more holistic route in took on an anti candida diet, since all of my symptoms fit it. So for over a month i have had no sugar, yeast, wheat, dairy, fruit, preservatives or additives. The detox is supposed to come with side effects, but for the first week I felt fantastic. A little over a month in and I feel awful again, easily as bad as before I started it. I have been a relatively heavy and/or regular drinker for quite a long time, always enjoying a little too much red wine, but now I have not had a drink for over a month and it doesn't feel as if I've made any difference. If I miss so much as one dose of my gastritis nexium I am instantly plagued by acid reflux and heart burn again.
I have been un able to work for over three months now due to sickness and am scraping by on the last of my money. I can't afford to go on like this and I have stopped living as I travel, but merely existing instead.
Any tips or advice would be so so welcome or if anyone wants to ask further questions I'd be happy to answer. About to go and see new doctor number 12.
Tags: nausea, bloating, PMS, dizziness, Headaches, lethargy, fatigue, Depression