Sunday, June 30, 2013
I've been dealing with gastric distress for so many years on and off and have been given so many differing diagnosis's. GERD, irritable bowel and, swallowing air are the ones that come to mind.
The past few months it's been quite bad, so I've given up coffee and gluten for 6 weeks, added probiotics and digestive enzymes with varying degree's of relief.. it just seems to have a mind of it's own. I also don't eat after 6pm as that's a sure recipe for gas pain. I eat very little sugar and even cut back on fruit to 2 servings a day.
It's all in the stomach and I produce massive amounts of air (gas) and burp sometimes all night long. it will wake me up from a dead sleep as it's like sleep apnea and I can't breath until all the gas comes up.. I've had esophageal spasming with it as well and ended up in emergency a few times with what feels like a heart attack, but isn't.. thank goodness.
I saw the Dr. on Thursday and once again pleaded for an answer, so this time he's going to test me for H. Pylori, the nasty little bug that lives in peoples stomachs and is one of the causes of stomach ulcers. He's also testing me for celiac, but I doubt that's my problem.
I've been off my acid reducing pills all weekend to prepare for the test (a breath test) on Tuesday and I kind of hope this is the problem and I can finally get this under control.. if it's not.. back to the drawing board.. this has been plaguing me for close to 25 years now, long enough!! I've been trying to get back up to my goal weight, but eating isn't the most enjoyable thing to do right now.
Anyone here have anything similar going on? I'd love to hear from you and if you could share things that have worked for you, even better.