I have constant nausea, mild stomach ache, loss of appetite and feel tired and wiped out all the time, for the last 3 months, but getting progressively worse. The stomach ache and nausea is worse after eating.
I know all my bloods are normal (except cholesterol which is high) as I have them checked regularly for lithium levels + all the standard tests. I take lithium, thyroxine and citalopram 20 mg. At the moment I am on a low fat diet, reasonably balanced but not enough of it as I can't eat much.
Any idea what is wrong please?
Dr Jones :
Any investigations done for this?
Since how long do you have these symptoms?
Hi, no investigations have been done. I've had these symptoms for the last 2 months approx.
Is pain kind of burning and crampy or dull?
Thanks for input.
Your symptoms are simulating gastritis, or GIT ulcer. The basic cause of this is exposure of unprotected gastric mucosa (usually protected by layer of mucus) to gastric acid.
The common causes for this to happen are H pylori infection. Use of pain killers, stress, food habits and excessive alcohol consumption etc.
Ok, I don't drink alcohol
That is just one of the causes.
You can get gastritis even if you don't drink.
Ok, what should I do? Are there tests to confirm it?
H2 antagonist (ranitidine, famotidine) and proton pump inhibitors (omeprazole) can help to resolve symptoms. Other useful measures are stop use of NSAIDs (pain killers), avoid spicy food, take good sleep, avoid alcohol or carbonated drinks.
Generally diagnosis is made by clinical symptoms but investigations like urea, breath test and even gastroscopy before starting treatment can be helpful.
Ah, ok then. I'm in the UK - can I buy the medicine? By the way I'm sleeping all the time as it is!
Yes, you can check out a pharmacy near you.
Please ask if there are doubts.