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Help! Gastritis, peptic ulcer ruined my life.

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  • Posted By: DDR321
  • February 1, 2013
  • 07:51 PM

Hey everyone,
Ya know, I wish this title was overly dramatic but, it's really not. My life pretty much stopped 2 years ago this month. It started with symptoms of shortness of breath, palpitations & severe GERD out of nowhere following a course of amoxicillin for a sinus infection. This may or may not be a coincidence, I don't know. I went from being a super active, health conscience, happy person to being completely disabled and unable to work virtually, overnight. No one knew what was wrong and I got passed around to the wrong specialists and misdiagnosed to no end.
A few months into this, I had an endoscopy. In it, was revealed that I had gastritis and a peptic ulcer. I tested negative for h pylori. That GI specialist failed to acknowledge any connection between my sudden breathing issues, stomach pain and the endoscope findings. In hindsight, this assessment is astoundingly ignorant for a gastro specialist.
Anyway, every day I wake up I wish i hadn't. Dietary changes don't seem to make much of a difference.
My symptoms are constant 24/7: burning in stomach, acid reflux, regurgitation, bouts of severe weakness/dizziness, constant shortness of breath, back pain adjacent to the stomach.
In all my research, most peptic ulcers & severe gastritis are a result of h pylori. My father suffered from h pylori several years back. He did triple therapy and was cured. My current GI doc insists that I don't have h pylori, but i'm not so sure. 88% of all peptic ulcers are from h pylori.
What do you guys think? Has anybody on here been disabled from working because of this? Anyone here ever have this array of symptoms? I'm open to ANY thoughts, suggestions, referrals or advice on this debacle.
Thanks for reading, I appreciate it.

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