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GI problems looking for advice

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  • Posted By: Jobones33
  • August 13, 2007
  • 08:37 PM

GI problem undiagnosed any advice appreciated
I am a 32 year old woman and have had severe pain in my stomach after eating and sometimes when I am not eating. I have a loss of appetite and it has affected my mood. I also have had issues with diahrea and have had dry heaving issues. I was diagnosed H Pylori positive and took anti biotics for that but it did not stop che stomach pain. I am currently taking something to slow my stomach down and it is supposed to help with stomach contractions but I still have stomtch pain. I am scheduled for an endoscopy in 4 weeks. I would also note I am goign through a tough spell in my personal life so my stress level is high and I feel depressed for the first time in my life. The stomach pain does not seem to be worse now that I am depressed but I just want to be able to eat a regular meal and feel good again. My symptoms are bloating,naseau,dry heaving,pain in my stomach, lack of appetite, diahrea. I have seen a doctor who says it is IBS or H pylori. Waiting for endoscopy but I am depresged and just want a diagnosis like I said. If anyone has any thoughts please let me know......Could depression cause this????

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  • Yes, depression and stress are related to functional abdominal pain, which is what you may have if the HP was truly eradicated. If it was not eradicated, then it may be persistent (10-20% failure rate of triple therapy in eradicating HP).Alternatively, it could be bad reflux esophagitis, stones in your common bile duct. You need the scope first, go from there.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 14, 2007
    • 04:02 PM
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  • Thnaks for the response it just seems strange I have been on all these meds for Gerd for IBS and for the H pylori...and I am still feeling sick. I am still almost 4 weeks away from my Endoscopy. It seems like it can't just be depression but they are not diagnosing me with any other problems other than assuming it is IBS.
    Jobones33 4 Replies
    • August 16, 2007
    • 00:27 AM
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  • HAve your endoscopy, confirm that the HP is or isn't eradicated, and go from there. Good luck
    GI guy 45 Replies
    • August 16, 2007
    • 03:07 AM
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  • I am still struggling my doc just changed the med to Dicyclomine and I am just wondering why the meds without any real testing other than blood tests..just seems strange.
    Jobones33 4 Replies
    • August 16, 2007
    • 11:01 PM
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  • Hi again, Dicyclomine is an antispasmodic for the intestines, and works very well on the colon in particular. IT's technically an anticholinergic - if you picture the cholinergic neurons as the signallers to the GI tract to propulse and move, then an ANTIcholinergic applies the brakes. Cholinergic just means that the neurons release Acetylcholine, which is a compound found at many many many nerve terminals both in the brain and the peripheral nervous system. This drug is used when people have pain in the GI tract that is due to excess gas, colonic spasm around pockets of gas, or if a doctor thinks that the sensitivity of the colon TO that gas is too much and wants to diminish the spasm (which hurts the most). Whether their right or wrong to prescribe this is a different story. Whatever the case, your GI person thinks that this might be your problem. Gastroenterology isn't an easy field. The symptoms are vague, and the organs are many and huge (the small intestine alone is 500-800 cm). Hang in there, see them again, do your best to push them to consider every possibility! Good luck!
    GI guy 45 Replies
    • August 17, 2007
    • 01:03 PM
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