I'm really looking for an educated opinion on what could be the cause of my symptoms. Just some basic background info: 27 years old, female, never been hospitalized, great health (or so I think), some kidney stone issues (had 2 this past year) and a nagging hemorrhoid are the few health problems I experienced. I'm 125 pounds and 5'8 so I am thin and I eat relatively organic and healthy. Moderate drinking on weekends (1-2 glasses of wine at most for the entire weekend) and I have never smoked, or been into fast food/soda.
It all began the week before Thanksgiving- I woke up one Sunday morning and had an egg omelet with ketchup and with a glass of OJ and got horrible burning in the middle of my chest that I had never felt before. I LOOOVE spicy foods and nothing ever bothered me up until this point (I even put tabasco in my soups to give them a kick). I thought that was really strange and the burning persisted throughout the day. It freaked me out enough to alter what I was eating and to eat bland foods and contact a GI doctor. The only other symptoms I had were random hunger pains that preceded the burning and a gnawing pain above navel that flared up in the morning before breakfast and in between lunch and dinner and when I ate the pain would subside. I also have had 2 pain free periods (which is weird for me as I normally cramp really bad- so that prompted me to think maybe its an ulcer). I went to see the GI Doctor and she gave me the breath test for H Plyori (which was negative) an abdominal ultrasound (no abnormalities) and a prescription for prilosec OTC to "treat" a potential baby ulcer. I felt fine once I started up on Prilosec and finished the 2 week course (all pain went away with the PPI). A week after stopping Prilosec I had my follow up and told the GI Doctor that I felt kind of funny again off of the PPI's (gnawing hunger pain was back and burning was occasionally back since stopping) and we both agreed to start me back up on Prilosec for another 2 week course to "treat the potential baby ulcer or inflammation" and to try to come off of the PPI again and follow up.
I went back on the PPI Prilosec on 12/11 and finished on Christmas Eve (all symptoms went away again and I was even back to eating chocolate, and some of my fav spicy foods with no issues). I felt fine coming off of the PPI (just some mild stomach discomfort which I figured was my body coming off the medicine again) until New Years Eve. I woke up on 12/31 and had pancakes with bacon - I felt terrible after that and had stomach discomfort for the rest of the day. My husband made a really delicious stir fry for New Years Eve dinner that was a tad spicy and low and behold I had the WORST crippling pain I have ever felt in my entire life. For 2-3 hours I was in agony - pain above my navel and up to my upper chest (this burning, sore like someone punched me feeling). It finally subsided enough to get some sleep after the ball dropped, but I feel constant tightness and discomfort. I continued for the next few days up until TODAY actually to feel horrible. Ever since that spicy meal I have lost my appetite, my stomach is in constant pain (hardly any relief) with indigestion and heartburn, my throat feels tight when I swallow (top of the throat literally right when you first swallow- not your esophagus or down further) and I can feel acid in the back of my throat although it doesn't actually make me gag or regurgitate. I am not nauseous and haven't been throughout this whole ordeal which is nuts! Today is the first day I woke up with a little bit of an appetite and forced myself to eat a bowl of cereal for breakfast, 2 bananas for lunch and animal crackers for a snack. I keep feeling less acid and a little less pain the more bland stuff I put back into my stomach, but I still feel like something is really wrong/off. Why the heck did I lose my appetite so suddenly? Why hasn't it returned? I normally have a great appetite.
The intense stomach pain from the last few days is making me think its something super severe. Why the heck do I feel worse coming off of the Prilosec then I do before I started it? Stomach cancer symptoms are so generic and it completely frightens me. I still have discomfort and stabbing pains under my left rib cage where stomach is along with hardly any appetite. I can't get an endoscope done for a week until next Friday- 1/10. I am just looking for you guys to shoot straight with me and let me know in your opinions what you think may be wrong with me.
If you made it this far you can also assume I am a hypochondriac, but normally a healthy one. The amount of pain almost sent me to the ER the other day.