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Can anyone help my sister after 2 years of agony?

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  • Posted By: helpcindy
  • December 30, 2008
  • 10:44 PM

My sister wanted me top post this for her. She has been to every doctor you can think of and had numerous tests and they can’t find out what is wrong with her. For the past 2 years she has had trouble with keeping food down. When it comes up, no matter how long after she has eaten it is as if it has just been chewed, not digested at all. She has heartburn, constantly burps, and hears ‘burping sounds’ coming loudly from her stomach all the time. She said when she first started having problems it felt like something was stuck in her throat, but now this feeling has moved down more towards her stomach.. She said it doesn’t feel like food reaches her stomach, and feels like it is always getting stuck somewhere. Even if she doesn’t eat she still throws up acidy, yellow, bitter, stuff, Sometimes it has a taste similar to soap. She said it doesn’t have the smell that puke usually has. All foods come back up, but, some in particular that aggravate it are- caffeine, coffee, pop, etc, nuts, When all of this first started 2 years ago after throwing up a bunch of dark, brown stuff gushed out. It just did that for awhile, but not now. Through all of this she lost just a little weight, but can’t understand if she can’t keep anything down why she still has the extra weight she does have.
Her bowel habits are not normal like they used to be. She frequently has diarrhea, but not severely. Somewhere between normal and thin.
She doesn’t know if this is related, but lately has had back pain, dark, strong, cloudy, urine.
She had her gallbladder removed several months ago, but that didn’t help any of her symptoms.
They’ve run all kinds of tests including an esophageal manometry procedure, a lower esophageal body study, a barium tablet and barium esophagram, a hida scan for her gall bladder some kind of test that starts with IGA (?Something), an endoscopy, an EGD procedure, x-rays, a gastric emptying scintigraphy, etc…
She does smoke, takes anti-depressants, and takes Nexium, which helps the heartburn somewhat.
It’s hard to write for someone else, and I’m just going by what she told me over the phone. She’s very desperate and would appreciate any help anyone has. Thanks so much.

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