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Stomach problems, what will help? Gastroparesis? Acid reflux?
My boyfriend is having a lot of problems with his stomach. It's been going on for a long time and the doctors and hospital are doing tests, but don't seem particularly bothered. They've diagnosed acid reflux, ulcers in the past, possible gastroparesis ...
He also suffers with palpatations and medication he's taken in the past seems to have contributed partially towards the stomach problems.
He was given horrendously strong antibiotics end of last week which have now made things much worse - and they weren't necessary! They took a blood test and found out there was no infection. They gave him the antibiotics (2 different kinds) on the off chance it was an infection He stopped taking them after three days when the side effects were so bad, terrible nausea, fever, feeling drained and very ill - and after looking up the drug online and finding a lot of people had awful side effects and in fact some of the side effects never went away again for some people.
He stopped taking them Saturday, saw the doctor earlier in the week, who said they will do more blood tests and to wait, the side effects will wear off. He's feeling no better, constantly feeling sick and drained and now has pains in his sides.
He's not eating much and I'm really worried. I don't live near enough to go round all the time, but I will be there this weekend.
Is there anything anyone can recommend? My thoughts are probiotics, lots of camomile and peppermint tea, light food like scrambled egg and banana, staying away from possible problem foods like gluten, milk? I don't know what else I can do for him, but I can't bear to see him like this and have little faith in his doctors at the moment, as they contradict each other all the time.
Any thoughts on what could help? Just to make him feel a little better, so he can enjoy his weekend and to make the sickness subside?
I was diagnosed with gastroparesis last year after a period of quite quick weight loss of around 5stone in 6mths. Vomiting nausea and fatigue. Had lots of tests endoscopy/colonoscopy/gastric emptying study and it was that one that confirmed the GP. Also have ibs which combined with vomiting sped up the weight loss
If he's on Facebook he should look for gift UK or other gastroparesis pages as lots of us are on their and give lots of info or just experience from going through it.
It's not very well known and o still have issues when Changing doctors so if he can look on those sites there's lots of help and advice.
Thank you Kiss. Yes, he's had the tests. He also has IBS, although the most recent doctor he saw said it could be IBD, but that's when they gave him the antibiotics in case of a possible infection??
it's very possible that how he feels at the moment is a result of the really awful antibiotics he took for three days. Or a combination of how awful he usually feels plus the effect of them ... I will pass the info on to him and have a look myself. In the meantime is there anything he can take/do/eat/drink that will help him start to feel a bit better? Are probiotics the right way to go? I have some capsules from H&B I take, [http://www.hollandandbarrett.com/shop/product/holland-barrett-mega-potency-acidophilus-capsules-60001540 these]] will they be ok?
Can you link to the Gift UK group on FB, I can't find it ...
I asked him last night, he hasn't taken the medication to deal with the nausea yet, as the side effects are tiredness, but he's already feeling so knocked out from the after effects of the antibiotics he was prescribed I've suggested he take one to see whether it helps and because maybe the side effects won't be too bad?
I would suggest getting him a really good probiotic - not the drink kind though. It will help build up his gut bacteria. Udo's do a really good one called "Super-8" and Renew Life's Critical Care is also excellent.
The H&B ones only contain acidophilus which is just one of a number of strains of "good bacterias". The one's I've recommended have a variety of strains in them, including acidophilus. The different strains all do different 'jobs' so it will be a more comprehensive supplement.
Whatever one you buy, be sure to check the dosage as some supplements appear cheaper but are not good value for money as you have to take 2 or 3 per day.