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4 months of serious nausea (reflux?), 17yrs. old - please help!

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  • Posted By: rob.m523
  • April 26, 2009
  • 11:15 PM

Hi,

Around 4 months ago I remember I was eating lots of spaghetti and drinking lots of Arizona ice tea and orange juice to attempt consciously to gain some weight. I was not eating poorly out of stress, I just felt like gaining weight because I wasn't 100% content with being 6'2'' and 170lbs at the time. One day when I was scarfing down my spaghetti I couldn't really finish the whole thing (good 1.5-2.5lbs of that stuff) because I felt a bit off. Thinking maybe the carbs were caching up to me, I thought it'd just be a matter of time before the slight bloating and nausea would go away. The symptoms of nausea, occasional vomiting, bloating and slight abdominal pain continued to worsen over time. I had visited a gastroenterologist and they ran some blood tests. The results of liver/kidney function came back normal, nutrients came back normal, gastric emptying was normal, ulcers were tested negative as well as h. pylori, upper endoscopy was negative for esophagus erosion. I've yet to have heart burn for these past 4 months, and the doctor's suggested it was acid reflux. I was put on Ranitidine for about 2 weeks, in which the reflux went away in a matter of days, but then came back and I didn't ever discontinue use of the Ranitidine. I was moved to Prilosec 20mg in which worked very well for about 2-3 weeks, and then the symptoms came back even worse after those 2-3 weeks. Recently I was put on double dose Prilosec 20mg for twice a day, that worked for about 2-3 weeks and then the symptoms came back even worse than before. I was suggested Chlorella, A-F Betafood and Phosphoric Acid for the nausea (taken as needed) and those recently have made quite a noticeable difference but now those are also starting to lose their effectiveness.

This is affecting my class time dramatically, severely limited me socially with friends and family, and my appetite is very poor. Force feeding past the vivid nausea, fatigue, bloating, indigestion is not exactly what I look forward to every day I wake up. The blood tests were done about 2 months ago so I'm not sure If I should have another test for ulcers. For the past 8-10 days my stools have become dramatically darker than usual, and my appetite has become worse than ever. This is really dragging me down emotionally as well, as I have no control over what is going on when the gastro docs can't give me a straight answer on what I have exactly. I doubt the carb and ice tea+ orange juice diet could deliver this dramatic of an effect for this period of time. The gastroenterologists are now suggesting to put me on a tricyclic anti-depressant to cover up the nausea, but I don't want to cover up a problem, I want to find a solution to it and fix it.

I'm extremely desperate here, and I've yet to find anything from the docs to be of the slightest bit convincing, as they simply batter me with taking more prescriptions and waiting to see if they work. I really appreciate any input any of you can give me :(

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  • Hey...just a thought, but you might want to try going off gluten/wheat for a few months just to see if it helps...I'm 16 and I had constant nausea AND heartburn AND indigestion for years before I went off gluten...just a thought!
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  • Hi,Around 4 months ago I remember I was eating lots of spaghetti and drinking lots of Arizona ice tea and orange juice to attempt consciously to gain some weight. I was not eating poorly out of stress, I just felt like gaining weight because I wasn't 100% content with being 6'2'' and 170lbs at the time. One day when I was scarfing down my spaghetti I couldn't really finish the whole thing (good 1.5-2.5lbs of that stuff) because I felt a bit off. Thinking maybe the carbs were caching up to me, I thought it'd just be a matter of time before the slight bloating and nausea would go away. The symptoms of nausea, occasional vomiting, bloating and slight abdominal pain continued to worsen over time. I had visited a gastroenterologist and they ran some blood tests. The results of liver/kidney function came back normal, nutrients came back normal, gastric emptying was normal, ulcers were tested negative as well as h. pylori, upper endoscopy was negative for esophagus erosion. I've yet to have heart burn for these past 4 months, and the doctor's suggested it was acid reflux. I was put on Ranitidine for about 2 weeks, in which the reflux went away in a matter of days, but then came back and I didn't ever discontinue use of the Ranitidine. I was moved to Prilosec 20mg in which worked very well for about 2-3 weeks, and then the symptoms came back even worse after those 2-3 weeks. Recently I was put on double dose Prilosec 20mg for twice a day, that worked for about 2-3 weeks and then the symptoms came back even worse than before. I was suggested Chlorella, A-F Betafood and Phosphoric Acid for the nausea (taken as needed) and those recently have made quite a noticeable difference but now those are also starting to lose their effectiveness. This is affecting my class time dramatically, severely limited me socially with friends and family, and my appetite is very poor. Force feeding past the vivid nausea, fatigue, bloating, indigestion is not exactly what I look forward to every day I wake up. The blood tests were done about 2 months ago so I'm not sure If I should have another test for ulcers. For the past 8-10 days my stools have become dramatically darker than usual, and my appetite has become worse than ever. This is really dragging me down emotionally as well, as I have no control over what is going on when the gastro docs can't give me a straight answer on what I have exactly. I doubt the carb and ice tea+ orange juice diet could deliver this dramatic of an effect for this period of time. The gastroenterologists are now suggesting to put me on a tricyclic anti-depressant to cover up the nausea, but I don't want to cover up a problem, I want to find a solution to it and fix it.I'm extremely desperate here, and I've yet to find anything from the docs to be of the slightest bit convincing, as they simply batter me with taking more prescriptions and waiting to see if they work. I really appreciate any input any of you can give me :(hi, has your doctor every done a mri of your head. and the reason i'm sayin is cuz my daughter went threw what you are and had an mri done,on the mri results they found a chiar1 malformation . they fixed that. she also has acid reflux too and is on prilosec 40 mgs, pepcid zofran and now they just put her on regalin again. she was doin good for awhile and then now she started throwin up , has abdominal pain and nausea again. maybe your doctor can put you on zofran or regalin for the nausea and throwin up. hope this helps you alittle,
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    • January 29, 2011
    • 02:17 AM
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  • I am 17 yrs old i have had 1 baby and i had the mirena put in may 11th 2011 and a couple weeks later i started having nausea on and off throuout the day sometimes not everyday, but got worse over time, i sometimes get heartburn... i went to the ER July 28th and they had removed the mirena( i was thinking the nausea was caused by the mirena) but the symptoms never went away. In August i went to the ER again cuz i was just completely miserable all day and i now get headaches here and there too, they took blood tests everything came back normal, they tool coltures and everything came back negative(which is good) So i keep asking what could this be? They took a pregnancy test before the mirena was put in and again after it was removed they were both negative. It makes me so miserable that i dont want to leave the house because i have no fun when im out and have nausea. && you could only imagine how miserable you would be and still have to take care of a baby too.
    misty.cool 1 Replies
    • August 27, 2011
    • 11:56 PM
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