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I have had constant, extreme nausea and stomach discomfort for over 2 years now. Every time I eat I feel like I need to vomit.
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I am a 21 year old woman. For over 2 years, I have been almost constantly nauseous and have experienced constant stomach discomfort. Every time I eat my stomach hurts and I get extremely nauseous immediately after eating, so much so that I often have to run to the bathroom to vomit. I also get very lightheaded after eating. At least twice a day I get a raging stomach heartbeat that is very bothersome, and lots of times it comes with a sloshing stomach. It seems as though my heart and stomach are not working together properly as I also get heart palpitations daily and when I eat. I am also constipated quite often no matter how much fiber and water I have in my diet. I have tried every diet, exercise, and regimen under the sun that are supposedly supposed to help get your stomach back on track. I lose weight constantly. This past year I went from 135 lbs to 115 lbs in 2 months.
I have seen medical professionals about these symptoms several times. The first few times I was told I had to have an endoscopy, so I did. The results came back as pretty normal except that I had stomach inflammation and that I needed to take a proton pump inhibitor for acid reflux. Trying and taking anti-acid after anti-acid as directed by doctors NEVER made me better, only worse. About a year and a half later I tried doctors again and acid reflux was the diagnosis once again, until one day I woke up to such bad chest pain that I demanded more tests. The doctor, then referred me to have an ultrasound of my gallbladder and a HIDA Scan. The ultrasound showed no gallstones, but my HIDA Scan showed that my gallbladder did not function properly, so I got it taken out. I am now 4 months post gallbladder surgery and I am still feeling terrible (although I am luckily not having gallbladder attacks anymore). One thought I have always wondered has to do with the amount of antibiotics I've had to take over the past 3 years due to recurrent staph and strep skin infections (I have had to take at least 10 harsh antibiotics in 3 years). I heard that if you take too many antibiotics, it can mess up your gut's microbiome.
Please help me figure this out! I can't even go to restaurants anymore because I get sick almost every time I eat!