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My Dyspepsia & Nausea Puzzle

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  • Posted By: stefplank
  • May 29, 2009
  • 03:23 PM

Hello WD Community, I have been reading many posts closely, but decided it was time for my own. You input and suggestions are most welcome.

For over 5 years now, I have had IBS. I'm fairly sure this was the result of stress due to studying. Now at university, I have pretty much controlled my IBS.

However, a few months ago, I was very sick (all the signs of a sick bug / food poisoning). This experience really knocked me up, as I had a phobia of being sick. Still, I got better after a week (my exam week unfortunately), and I thought everything was fine. A few weeks after I had this sickness, I started to get regular heartburn, indigestion, belching and worst of all, constant nausea.

I put up with this for a while, but the nausea started making me think I was going to be sick, and so I paniced, in a viscious cycle. So I decided to go to the doctors. I was scared because I thought I might have a stomach ulcer, and therefore have to have an endoscopy (the thought of having one, as it makes you gag, still worries me incredibly). The doctor asked whether I had lost my appetite (I hadn't), or lost weight (I hadn't), which are two of the most common signs of a stomach ulcer. He gave me a quick physical, and then said I most probably had a 'perpetuating stomach' due to the sick bug I had, and therefore I needed something to reset my stomach acid.

So naturally, I was put on PPI's for a month. Although I had a couple of days where I was slightly off, they did work. I have finished them now, and my signs have come back, although possibly not as badly. I'm going into study season again now, and I am incredibly anxious. With exams, endoscopies and stomach ulcers in mind, I am finding it hard to relax and see if the stress is really what is causing this.

Generally my situation:

Nausea, Belching, Bloating and being very anxious. I have not lost my appetite or weight (unfortunately!), and I don't have any serious signs such as vomiting or blood in stools. I get enough sleep, although my symptoms are ALWAYS worst in the evening, and therefore usually end up having Rennie tablets or other such antacid remedies.

Hopefully, when I have finished the year, I'll be able to calm down, and truly see if this is stress. But what do you think? Do any of these symptoms seem similar to yours?

One last very strange thing is, I have developed a habit of making myself gag. Why am I doing this? I hate the though of being sick?

Thanks for the help. :)

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