Tuesday, February 23, 2010
I could go on for what feels like forever on the woes of my stomach. I am writing this to tell you more about me and to maybe get some ideas/help...
Ever since I was a teenager (I'm now 30) I would occasionally need to take TUMS or even OTC Zantac for "indigestion". This would suffice until about 4+ years ago. Ever since then I have been dealing w/ intermittent burning stomach pains which is only prevented w/ Prilosec but it's to the point where I am taking 40 mg/day (twice the OTC dosage) as per my Dr and I am STILL having "breakthough pain." I have been to 2 different GI specialists; one dx me w/ acid reflux and the other w/ dyspepsia. My argument on the reflux dx was that the pain is isolated to my stomach and GOES AWAY WHEN I LAY DOWN and no one can tell me why. I rarely burp/have symptoms in my throat/wake up at night/have chest pain. I have had 2 endoscopys, a CT scan, and an ultrasound - all were unremarkable (no ulcers/abnormalities.) I have also tested (-) for Celiac disease.
Six months after the serious pain began I had tried the South Beach Diet to break my carb cravings. In that time I had run out of my Prilosec and missed getting it refilled and low and behold I did not have pain. (Now if I miss even 1 dose I am in pain by lunchtime.) The problem is that Phase 1 of SB is not something I could maintain. I had NO ENERGY to exercise, headaches, etc. It was horrible. So back to carbs & Prilosec I went!
Recently, I have started seeing a certified nutritionist to try to get to the bottom of the stomach pain and my lack of energy. She did some screenings and believes I am deficient in protein absorption and is trying me on different supplements but I suspect the Prilosec could be why I am not absorbing protein right. She cannot recommend that I stop since she's not a Dr and I know if I stop I will be in pain. Ugh! I am just so frustrated!! I am going to email her tonight to see if she will contact my GI Dr and maybe work TOGETHER w/ him?!
Things that seem to aggravate it are alcohol, coffee, tomatoes/tomato products, oranges/OJ, drinks w/ citric/malic acid, apples, and possibly items w/ artificial sweeteners. I have almost eliminated art. sweeteners from my diet so that's a start. But the problem w/ the rest is that I can enjoy them SOMETIMES, yet other times they completely light my stomach on fire. The easiest thing to do would be just eliminate it all but I really enjoy some of these things..and sometimes I can w/ no problem (I think it would be easier if they always hurt me.) I LOVE coffee and have cut back to 2 cups/day and I really enjoy tomato stuff and apples :) I could care less if I have alcohol again but I do occasionally drink some wine.
I have decided to elminate alcohol completely, I have already cut back on my sweets, and eventually will start cutting back on other carbs too. I am curious to see if I would be OK w/o the meds if I just had fruit/veg as my carbs instead of whole grains? I have also decided to be more diligent about tracking my food on SP as I have TOTALLY been slacking w/ it lately. I am wondering if there are other connections/triggers I am missing?
I am just so frustrated at this point and I really I hope I find something that works that I can stick with.