I've had chronic stomach problems since I was 5 years old. But they seem to evolve and change as I get older.
For the past year or two, I've been having episodes where I wake up in the middle of the night shivering and freezing and feeling sick. About the time I fully wake up, I have to make a run for the bathroom to vomit. Occasionally this happens just BEFORE I get to sleep. And sometimes I don't actually vomit, I just feel really sick to my stomach. It's a combination of burning and nausea in my stomach (not intestines. def stomach.) I've found that if I sit up and wake up it clears up. If I doze off at all it gets worse even if I'm still sitting upright.
Besides this, I had times where it was difficult to eat without feelings sick. I often feel sick before I feel full and I have a hard time keeping weight on. I also have almost constant heart burn and whatever I eat or drink comes back up my esophagus for a while before settling.
I explained all of this to my gastroenterologist and he did an endoscopy and blood tests to look for any scar tissue, damage, and for celiac or chrones.
I was prescribed Prilosec and diagnosed with GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) because the Prilosec worked. I take the Prilosec religiously and it helped for a long time. I was able to eat better, the episodes have been greatly reduced, and I gained about 5 lbs.
My long distance boyfriend came to visit the week before last. My stomach flared up due to nerves and I was sick the whole day before picking him up from the airport. I was curled up in a chair shivering and dozing off until I finally vomited and felt pretty much better after. I still had slight nausea the entire time he was visiting and I had an episode just before taking him to the airport to go home which scared him pretty bad.
Since he left, I've barely been able to tolerate food and have been eating in small amounts. I feel almost constantly queazy and keep getting random flare ups. It is still accompanied by burning in my stomach and esophagus.
I've had a really hard time sleeping. I'm afraid to sleep when my stomach is upset because that usually leads to waking up vomiting. When I do get to sleep, I sleep 4 to 6 hours (my normal is 10 or 11 hours) and feel sick to my stomach and cold. Drinking water and taking a hot bath seems to calm it down some but the Prilosec isn't doing the trick anymore.
My doctor prescribed me Dicyclomine which is a smooth muscle relaxant/anti-spasmodic. After taking this, I woke up with pain radiating through my stomach, esophagus, chest, and left shoulder until I drank a lot of water.
Taking Gaviscon seems to help a little bit but still not enough.
I've considered trying an anxiolytic like Lorazepam (Ativan) to treat the anxiety and nervous feelings that seem to have triggered this recent change in my condition. Would this be a good idea or something I should try?
Does anyone have any ideas what this could be? Is it still just GERD or is there something more going on? What could I take to fix it and get some relief? I plan on moving out on my own in a year and living with my boyfriend and I don't know how I'll hold down a job and handle the stress and anxiety with my stomach like this. Help?
If it's of any interest, I am female, 18 years old, 5 feet 0 inches tall, and 90 lbs.