Functional (Non-ulcer) Dyspepsia
I was recently diagnosed with Functional Dyspepsia and am undergoing successful medication for this condition.
Date: 9/2/2013 1:05:57 AM ( 7 y ) ... viewed 4623 times
I have some news. For the last two years, towards the end of the year 2011 when I was still infected with parasites, I started to increasingly belch/burp uncontrollably. I was diagnosed as being fructose intolerant. Prior to the parasite infection I had no food intolerances.
Over time I got used to this condition and just "wore it" as part of a digestive disorder caused by long term infection by multi-drug resistant parasites, notwithstanding the strong and recurrent antibiotic protocol treatments I had to undergo, in attempts to rid my body of this scourge.
Earlier this year 2013 I underwent an appendectomy (as I experienced acute appendicitis). My belching problem improved slightly for a couple of months while I recovered from the operation, but gradually got worse and worse.
It progressed to the point where I could no longer ignore it. I belched almost constantly, and experienced heartburn and gastritis. I began to dry retch multiple times in the day, had diarrhea, and could not sleep at night. I had to snatch sleep propped up on pillows in bed. Meanwhile I had a bucket beside the bed, but did not bring anything up when I was awoken by retching/belching. It was uncontrollable. I was in such pain. I was losing 2 kilograms a week because I could not eat.
I sent off a three day parasitology stool samples, and tested negative for all parasites, ova and cysts.
I was finally diagnosed by a GP (corroborated by a Gastroenterologist) with Functional Dyspepsia. Functional Dyspepsia or Non-ulcer Dyspepsia is a condition where the stomach motility is disrupted, and the nerves controlling the action of the stomach act in a disordered spasmodic manner. As with a heart condition, where the heart beats abnormally and the body takes this rhythm to be the new "normal", same with Functional Dyspepsia. The irregular spasms which affected my upper gastrointestinal system became the new norm and hence the symptoms described above. I thought I was going to die. The pain was up there with the level of discomfort associated with appendicitis.
I know about pain. I am not a wimp. I was in childbirth over 5 days with my second child, and had to have a vaginal reconstruction to try to repair the resulting rectocele. Painful. I have been kicked in the head by a horse and required stitches for a wound which exposed my skull. Painful. I have broken bones. Not so painful. I have had an appendectomy. Painful. I had parasites - amoebic dysentery - for a year. Painful.. But I digress...
I was prescribed Nexium (a proton pump inhibitor) 40mg per day. Proton pump inhibitors work by reducing the acid secretion in the stomach, thereby enabling inflammation of the lining of the stomach to heal.
I was also placed on Motilium (Domperidone) 10 mg four times a day at least 1/2 hour before meals. This drug helps the stomach contract in a normal manner.
Oh me, oh my. Well, within the same day I started taking those tablets (I am so sorry Americans - I don't think Domperidone is available in your country)...I began to improve.
Now, 13 days into the drugs (Nexium and Motilium) I am a new woman. NO BELCHING!! In fact, the medical specialist informed me that it wasn't belching after all - as no gas was being produced - they were spasms, which then progressed to the dry retching.
I am down to three Motilium a day and one Nexium. These will be calibrated down over the next three weeks or so, based on whether my upper gastroinestinal tract has been able to "re-learn" normal motility, and then we can determine whether I can go off the drugs, or will need to continue on a reduced dose.
I had some onion today (high fructose) to see if all those spasms/belching were to do with damaged nerves in my upper gastrointestinal tract, resulting from the original parasite infection (I think this may actually be the case), or whether I still have fructose intolerance.
Will let people know how I go. I love these drugs!!!!
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