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Hey guys,

I have been waking up with a gnawing pain in my stomach. It feels like I'm starving. It also happens during the day too. I went to the doctor and he gave me some medicine that is similiar to Prevacid. I don't think it is helping. He said if it doesn't I have to come back and get an ultrasound. My mom says it is my diet. But, my doctor said no it isn't since you went vegetarian 4 months ago.

Have any of you guys ever experienced this? Do you have an solutions? What worked for you?

He also saif it could be a gallstone????
 

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If you have gallstones you'll usually have an attack after you eat a fatty meal. If it's a constant pain then it could be an ulcer or gastritis. You should probably go see a gastroenterologist. They might be able to do tests to find out if you have helicobacter pylori, the bacteria that causes the majority of peptic ulcers. If you do, then they can treat you using antibiotics. Either way, keep a food log, record when you have pain, and check for blood in your stool. Blood from the upper GI tract will appear black in your stool. If it doesn't start to get better with the Prevacid or if you have blood in your stool, then go see a gut doctor and he can tell you what to do. At the worst they'll want to do an endoscopy to find out what's wrong. Here's some more info on ulcers:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peptic_ulcer

Good luck!

~Wondre
 

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Lanzoprazole blocks the production of hydrochliric acid and a peptic ulcer would get better under that therapy. I was wondering, why your doctor would do an ultrasound, but gallstones would be one alternative and can be seen in ultrasound. Changing to a vegetarian diet sure isn't an explanation for your pain.
 

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yea, my mom tries to find any excuse to show that vegetarianism is bad. your hair is going to fall out and stuff. but i've done my research. i have read an entire book about the nutrients i need. i haven't eaten this well in my entire life. it feels great.
 

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My upper endoscope was what revealed my stomach ulcers. I agree with Wonder, you should probably go see a gastroenterologist. They will know what tests to go through to figure out what you have.

You may have to go through things like barium x-rays and an upper endoscope to properly diagnose what it is that's ailing you.
 

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yea, i went to patient first today, b/c i started having back pain. it ended up to be a UTI, though i don't have and pain. the dr referred me to a gastro dr. i just want to get on the right meds and get this better! it hurts so bad sometimes. thanks for everyone taking time to reply.
 

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Be sure to see that GI doc you are being referred to (don't blow it off if things start to get better, I mean). I don't want to be alarmist, but it's a good idea to make sure this isn't anything more serious than ulcers.
 
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