Hi all, just wanted to share my story briefly and pray their is some advice to be heard out their. My symptoms started about 6 months ago after dinner i started having severe chest pains with a panicy mental state. I thought I was having a panic attic or an anxiety attack so I debated going into the ER but ended up just going to the urgent care the following morning. Well they couldnt find anything wrong with me because I went in and told them I had chest pain and massive anxiety. So they told me I was completely fine and to chill out basically. About a month later I had the same symptoms spring up out of nowhere (it may have been from drinking the night before). This time I knew it couldnt be my chest or heart so I waited again. At this time symptoms would come in waves every other week or so. Finally about 2 months ago the pain stopped coming and waves and simply remained constant. I couldnt stand the pain anymore so I went to the ER and once again told them it was my chest, they did the usual EKG blood tests and checks for a heart attack but once again told me i was all clear and to chill out. I setup an appointment with my doctor afterwards to see if she could help and she did the usual ekg and blood tests once again. At this point this would be the third EKG, blood test and urin test I had done with results showing completely normal. I was completely fed up after i was informed of my 'normal' status. I ordered three different lab tests online to check my digestive system, my thyroid, my liver, and pancreas. To my surprise EVERYTHING NORMAL AGAIN. I continued to have harsh pains in my stomach chest and small intestine while everyone was telling me i was fine and to chill out. This made my anxiety really bad because it felt like I was dieing and no one cared to help. I asked for a referal to a gastrologist and they performed an EGD and a CT scan to check my stomach, esophagus, and small intestine with a camera. They did the procedures and diagnosed me with Unspecified Chronis Gastritis without bleeding, Duodenitis, and "other diseases of stomach and duodenum". At that time they did not want to follow up with me after the procedure until two weeks had passed and I was placed on a restricted diet. I was feeling optimistic that now that I knew what the problem was I could heal quicker and return to normal. The two weeks passed and I was feeling a little bit better after being on the diet but could still feel a moderate amount of pain. After the two weeks had passed I reported i was feeling a little bit better on the follow up, having done nothing at all besides follow the diet. I thought he would have recomended some medication or something to help with the pain but he concluded that since I was feeling a little bit better on the diet that I should just continue that until I am restored. Now I left feeling ok with his explanation but the pain has started to get worse and worse again and I have not changed my diet from the restricted diet and my next follow up isnt for another two months.
So long story short I have been diagnosed with unspecified chronic gastritis and duodenitis and the only treatment plan I have from my doctors is to follow a strict diet. I am having a hard time keeping faith that I will ever return to normal or not feel this pain anymore and it is really bringing me down. I am at the point where I am scared to try new foods, beverages or anything that enters that path at all because I just cannot handle the extra pain. I have lost 25 pounds in the last 2 months while all of this is going on and fear my work performance will slip beyond my control as well.
Any advice is appreciated, thank you and glad to be able to post here.. I apologize for any bad spelling or grammar I let it all spill out. \