Honestly, I could of written your exact post word for word, because I am experiencing everything you mentioned. My GI problems started last summer with mostly nausea and pain just below my sternum. I had an endoscopy done in August and my dr. found an ulcer ( I asked on a scale of 1-10 how bad, and he said a 4, but boy I thought it would of been a 10 with all the pain and symptoms!!) Anyway, he put me on Dexilant (a really expensive Prilosec) because everything else bothered my stomach.
I started feeling better within about a month and started going back to my old way of eating (with all the holidays) and about the first week in Dec. I start having ALL the same symptoms you are talking about now. (Not the exact same as before except the mild nausea) I go back to the GI dr. 3 weeks ago and he doesn't seem that concerned, and tells me to go another 3 weeks with the Dexilant. I do and its not working like before and really, I think it makes it worse. I stuck out the 3 weeks, (I even went on a seven day cruise first week of Jan. and hardly ate anything..just baked potatoes and yogurt...Really!!)
But now I'm back still feeling about the same as when it started in Dec. and wondering what I should do. I really don't want to go back on meds. so I'm trying some natural remedies that worked somewhat with the ulcer. (DGL, ginger, aloe vera juice etc.) I think it might be gastritis (inflammation of the stomach lining) and also eat small meals.
I really struggle with anxiety at times, and dealing with some stress in my life right now and think that's what caused the ulcer in the first place. They tested me for H. pylori and gluten and all came back negative. I am 54, and have the indigestion (especially after a big meal) shade of green nausea, and constipation. I get bloated, and feel like my food is in my stomach too long. I also have the pain just below my left ribcage at times...I've heard that can be IBS. (See, I told you we are the same!!) I try treating the constipation with fiber (prunes, fruit, salads, juicing, etc) and it aggravates my stomach more! I hate taking any laxatives !! I'm trying to eat a really bland diet now. What a catch 22.
I got on this sight tonight because I have been feeling so discouraged about it. Thank you for your post...at least I feel I'm not alone. My HA starts up at night when I'm feeling crummy and I come here to try to calm myself down. Please feel free to PM me if you want to talk more. I would like to share in anyway I can. Maybe between the two of us we can figure out what it is.....:))
Have you been to a GI dr.? I really don't care for my dr....he's in the room for no more than 5 minutes and just getting a few answers to my questions is like nailing honey to a tree. I've thought about changing drs, to get a second opinion, but wonder if it would be worth the trouble. Sorry for the long story!!