Darn Heartburn!

In a recent blog post (now I will have to go back and check) I stated that I had been having horrible heartburn. On my worst days even peanut butter and water would give me heartburn, which made trying to figure out what to have for the other meals a tad difficult.

I decided that I finally had enough trying to deal with it on my own so I made an appointment to see a GI doctor. The GI’s office called and apparently I had already seen one of their doctors for when I had gallbladder issues. So they booked an upper endoscopy for me at the beginning of January.

It had been a while since I’ve had to spend time in the hospital so naturally I was nervous as hell. I started crying when they went to put in my IV. If I have to have anything medical done I cry. I hate it and you would think I would be used to it after all these years dealing with my Lupus. My mom once made the comment that perhaps the reason for me being hysterical is that I had to do all this testing when I was just a kid/young adult and it somewhat scarred me. I think she is right.

Later, I awoke in my room and asked the nurses what they found. I was told that I have Gastroparesis which meant my stomach was not working correctly by not completely emptying. They changed my heartburn meds and told my mom (since I was coming off the drugs) to call the office if things didn’t change.

I was told nothing else so I had to do some online research, which is ironic because normally doctors do NOT want the patient to do that. Suddenly things began to make sense. I had been experiencing some of the symptoms (nausea, the constant feeling of being full, no appetite, and heartburn) but I just thought it was my Lupus.

The new medication had helped the first month or so but now I am starting to get really bad heartburn again. It looks like a diet change is in order, which should be interesting because I am already a finicky eater.

*Thanks to http://www.mommiesquietplace.com for use of picture

13 thoughts on “Darn Heartburn!

    1. I recently saw my family doctor and he put me on an anti-nausea med (I think?). It seems to be helping! Yay! And I am still trying to stay away from foods I know that will give me grief. I stray every so often because they are so good! 🙂

  1. My heart goes out to you. I hope you find some relief. I have chronic illnesses too, and it really can bring you down. Glad you see the beauty around you and that you share it.

    1. Thank you! I’m sorry that you have chronic illnesses too. 😦 I don’t wish it on anyone. It certainly makes like a challenge! I hope you are feeling okay today! 🙂

    1. Thank you! I was able to see my family doctor and he has given me a prescription for something that helps! I am relieved! 🙂 Thanks for stopping and commenting!

  2. I feel for you. Been there. Let me ask you this. Do you also have pain in your abdomen? If you do, it’s most likely gastritis. I tried several heartburn remedies then my sister said about Nexium. A word to the wise, it claims heartburn is gone in 24 hours. This isn’t true. For most people it takes 2-4 days for it to work but it does help. I hope it goes away for you. Also, always make sure there is something in your stomach. It’s better to eat small every 2-3 hours than big at one sitting. Good luck.

    1. Yes, I do get pain as well. Thank you for the tips! My doctor has me on Prilosec. Then I recently had another doctor appointment and he gave me a prescription for nausea (I think?) and that seems to be helping! I am still trying to limit myself to foods that I know will give me heartburn. Thanks for the visit and comment! 🙂 I hope you are feeling well!

  3. This sucks! But at least you have an answer to what’s causing your problems. I hope with new meds and a change of diet you can control the heartburn.

  4. I stopped taking my over-the-counter meds for my heartburn b/c they only worked for a short period, and then my heartburn would be worse after I would come off of them. This is why I became a health coach. Because I didn’t want to see other people go through the heartburn I went through!

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