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GI problem undiagnosed any advice appreciated

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  • Posted By: Jobones33
  • August 13, 2007
  • 03:14 PM

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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  • I'm no doctor but I think depression can certainly make any type of physical problem worse. It's a vicious cycle because the worse you feel the more depressed you get. I don't think it can account for everything you are feeling, though. Too many doctors blame it on hysteria or depression instead of looking until they find the answers. When you say endoscopy, do you mean an EGD where they go look into your esophagus, duodenum (or 1st part of the small intestine) and your stomach? Has anyone suggested a colonoscopy to you? An EGD can tell you if you have any abnormalities in the upper portion of the digestive tract, but not the colon. Don't have a sigmoidoscopy, because that only looks at the last half of your colon. You need a total colonoscopy to look at the whole colon. You may have IBS or you may have something more complicated like Crohn's disease or diverticulitis. I would think that your GI doc would also have ordered a CT scan of your abdomen by now. If he/she hasn't, ask for one. Another alternative is exploratory laparoscopy, but you should probably wait for the findings of the other tests first. Four weeks is a long time to wait, so unless you requested that time, you need to tell your doctor you need to have the testing done much sooner. If necessary, go to the ER and have them get the GI on call to look at you. I hope you get better and get your answers. You are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless.
    KatieRose 29 Replies
    • August 13, 2007
    • 10:30 PM
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  • Thanks for the response. I thought 4 weeks was a long time. It is an EGD. It just seems the doctors are quick to call it IBS that may very well be what it is but it is very disturbing the pain I have in my stomach and the dry heaving etc. Makes it hard to enjoy life. By way of history I had a gall bladder attack about 6 months ago as well which really knocked me off my feet but they did an ultrasound and said my gall bladder was fine and called it a gall bladder sludge attack...whatever that is. Anyway I think the latest stuff is different but it is very distressing to be put on a med without a true diagnosis.
    Jobones33 4 Replies
    • August 13, 2007
    • 11:23 PM
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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
    • 11:00 PM
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  • Can you describe where your pain is?
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • August 17, 2007
    • 07:45 AM
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  • The pain is in my upper stomach and sometimes I have shooting pain under my ribs. It is hard to say sometimes. I have bloating and other pain which may or may not be sympathetic pain.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 17, 2007
    • 01:27 PM
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