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Stomach/Mood Problems, GP unable to diagnose.

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  • Posted By: BenK1980
  • October 2, 2006
  • 08:16 AM

I am 26 and have had ongoing stomach problems for the last 7 years. During this period I have also been diagnosed with depression and anxiety. I feel I do not currently suffer from any mental health problems to a signifigant degree and did not find any benefit on the recent courses of anti-depressants and beta-blockers I was on.

Over the last year or 2 I feel the symptoms have worsened despite a huge change in my lifestlye which involved quitting smoking, cutting drinking right back, avoiding recommended foods and regular excercise.

The symptoms I experience are mild to severe abdominal discomfort which never fully disipates, burning in my abdominal/stomach region and often into my chest, throat and possibly other areas. I mention other areas as I also sometimes feel my lungs are heavy and/or my nose/ears/sinuses are congested and I am sniffing as though I have allergies or hayfever which I do not and I have read that stomach acid from reflux symptoms can sometimes reach as far as these areas of the body and cause problems.

The more severe and worrying symptoms that have manifested themselves more in the last year or 2 include bouts of weakness/faintness, what feels like stomach palpitations and feelings which are hard to describe but feel like I am slipping out of my body and are very disturbing and difficult to live with.

I find my symptoms are generally worse when sitting and better when standing or moving around, the worst time of the day for me is after lunch and sometimes after dinner, mornings are usually not too bad and I sleep quite well apart from dreams.

I have had a full range of blood tests, an endoscopy (5 years ago although my GP has booked another one). I have also had a 24 hour ECG and tried various alternative treatments and mental therapies but nothing has caused any signifigant improvement.

At 26 I worry these symptoms will plague me for the rest of my life and only continue to worsen, I have tried everything I can think of to tackle the symptoms without much success. My GP seems to be at a loss too and I do not see any light at the end of the tunnel. Does anyone have any ideas or has had similar experience? I would greatly appreciate any replies or advice.

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  • There is one condition, (which I had) which will cause up to 40 symptoms and also cause some very serious diseases and to top it all it is generally not diagnosed by doctors..(mine did not)..Try :stop Yeast .com and see if you have any of the symptoms.If you have had any antibiotics or exposed to a chance of heavy metal poisining you could have some problems along the line you describe.The reason I say this is that you may have a dysbiosis condition which is an imbalance of the intestinal flora.I did the research with much pain out of nessesity.Your general health depends on the efficient workings of your main motor which is the intestines, and if yeast takes over you are in trouble as I was.you will need some probiotics and in any case they could only make you feel betterthere are remidies, but no quick cure and you can find it all on the internet yourself.O.J
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 3, 2006
    • 09:51 PM
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  • You should be tested for Celiac Disease as soon as possible. The endoscopy will show if the villi in your small intestine are flattened - and therefore unable to allow the absorption of needed foods and minerals. Also, a blood test will show antibodies in your blood if you have this autoimmune disease. I suffered from all the symptoms you are describing - and it took years to get a diagnosis. It is amazing what a malabsorption problem can do to your body - it affects your abdomen, your pulse, extreme fatigue, aches, throat problems, inability to focus, irritability, weight-loss, heart palpitations and eventually that disassociated from your body feeling. I had no desire to read a book...I struggled to just get thru work and get myself home.Today I feel great - due to the simple solution of following a gluten-free diet. No more wheat, barley rye or oats. Sounds harsh, but when I think of how sick I felt - it has been easy for me to follow it!Good Luck - your symptoms sure sound like you might have celiac disease.Cathyhousecat88@aol.com
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 14, 2006
    • 08:33 PM
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  • My daughter has had the same symptoms as you and has found some relief from LEXAPRO. I say relief because I don't think the real cause has been found. She is a college junior that suffers from sinus infections every other month, although she doesn't have allergies. Supposedly the sinus infections are coming from reflux but she's had a nissen that is still intact. She doesn't suffer from depression, but she is a perfectionist and a biomedical engineering undergrad(very stressful). She has found the lexapro to reduce the stress(anxiety), which reduces the number of sinus infections, which lifts the fog and makes most days much better. We've tried gluten free diets and she doesn't drink caffeinated products or eat chocolate(usual triggers), but none of that helped. I hope you feel better soon...
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 17, 2006
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