Around 2005 when I was 15 and taking my exams, I would get sporadic abdominal pain and nausea. My GP referred me to a gastroenterologist and I had numerous blood tests and an endoscopy. Everything came back clean. I was prescribed Lanzoprazole and took Gaviscon tablets. After my exams finished, the symptoms appeared to go away, so the whole episode was put down as gastritis and stress related.
I didn’t have any further problems until May 2015 when I had to leave a cinema halfway through a film due to abdominal pain and nausea. Initially thinking it was a bug, I took a few days off hoping it would pass. However, to this day I am still suffering from an ongoing, undiagnosed stomach problem. I have seen several GPs, one dismissed it as irritable bowel syndrome, and another actually sent me for more blood tests, a stool test and an ultrasound scan. All of which, once again, showed nothing untoward. It is a daily struggle thinking ‘Am I going to get through today without any problems?’ My bowel movements have been affected also, with constipation a recurring issue. I took Fybogel for an extended period of time to try and resolve this and it worked initially, however I no longer take it and my bowel movements are still irregular. I go around 4-5 times a day on average. There doesn’t seem to be any pattern with anything. I altered my diet around a year ago to consciously eat more healthily – fruit, fibre, drink plenty of fluids. I don’t drink alcohol and only occasionally eat fatty takeaway foods.
I have tried many different remedies suggested by doctors over the past 22 months - some ease the symptoms but none have sorted me out. Obviously I haven’t been taking these all at the same time, but each for set periods of time to see if they made any difference:
2005: Lanzoprazole, Omeprazole, Gaviscon
2015 onwards: Omeprazole, Nexium Control, Buscopan, Fybogel, Cyclizine Hydrochloride, Tums, Vitamin Supplements
If I had to describe my symptoms in a sentence, it would be:
A regular feeling of nausea and stomach discomfort accompanied by differing bowel movements.
I am only 26 and I am at a loss at what to do. It is constantly getting me down and I get upset and angry because I just want to feel normal. The fact that tests and scans show nothing yet I clearly feel unwell is frustrating too. Has anyone got/had a similar problem? Any advice would be a big help!