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Hi All

A dear friend of mine, age 39, has been diagnosed with gastritis, but still has no explanation of why, and why he also has these other symptoms that include--stomach discomfort only when lying down, headache when lying down, ringing in ears that gets so loud that he cannot sleep, insomnia, feeling morose on waking, fatigue after eating. These symptoms come and go. He lost 13 pounds when the gastritis was really bad, but it has resolved enough that he gained the weight back. The problems do not seem to be connected to any type of food. He is going to JHU to be evaluated tomorrow by a GI specialist. I just thought I'd post this and see if anyone has seen or has had this odd combination of symptoms. I do wonder if it is autonomic dysfunction.

Thanks,

Katherine

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Let's see:

--stomach discomfort only when lying down, headache when lying down, ringing in ears that gets so loud that he cannot sleep, insomnia, feeling morose on waking, fatigue after eating

Stomach discomfort only when lying down - reflux maybe? The acid is possibly bothering him because it is backing up into his esophagus - you need a GI doctor to diagnose this. and BTW, you are supposed to wait 2-3 hours after eating before you recline, esp. if you have stomach problems.

Headache when lying down - Can he take his blood pressure when this happens to see what it is?

Ringing in ears - many different reasons including medications, blood pressure

Insomnia - well, if he has stomach issues, they can make it more difficult to sleep, that's for sure. Then again, many of us are familiar with insomnia.

Feeling morose on waking - I'm not even sure what morose means? Does he mean irritable? Heck, that could be from low blood sugar, or from low blood pressure, or ?????

Fatigue after eating , We all know if you do have dysautonomia, the blood going towards digestion means we have less going elsewhere.

In this person's case, has he been tested for diabetes? or sugar related issues? I mention this because of the "morose upon awakening and the fatigue after eating".

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Katherine,

I can see why you wonder if he may have possible ANS issues. My ANS issues started out this way. At least when I crashed in 2000.

He did not mention any heart rate issues? How about his blood pressure/ It's possilbe to have high BP with ANS issues-----POTS. I know a man with terrible gastric issues, and has POTS with very high BP.

He should see a cardiologist also---maybe just to check for any heart rate/BP issues he may have.

All the symptoms you mentioned can come with dysautonomia----hopefully he doesn't have it.

I hope he will be OK----good luck to your friend.

Maxine :0)

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No clue, but I will tell you that they have never been able to clear up my gastritis and I've been on everything. At one time 900 mgs of zantac a day. Now my son is doing the same thing....

It's crazy, all these symptoms that seem unrelated, but you figure they must be in some weird way.

I hope he gets some answers. My gastro says I just have a weird bacteria they haven't discovered yet....

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Thanks..."morose" was his description. :) He said he feels this way for a couple hours after wakening--and this is definitely a symptom that is new along with all the other stuff. He is definitely not sleeping well. I believe he is lying down right after eating on occasion due to fatigue. He didn't mention heart issues, however, I know he saw a doctor several years ago for palpitations that were determined to be benign. I don't know about his bp. I am hoping he gets some answers at JHU since local doctors have not been able to help.

Katherine

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Just to update--my friend saw a GI specialist who says his symptoms point to obstruction in his small intestine. He has to have more testing now to figure out what would be causing that-bacteria, thickening, tumor...lots of possibilities. I guess I still don't understand how an obstruction would cause ringing in ears and headache...but hopefully he will have some answers soon now.

Thanks for your thoughts,

Katherine

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Sure hope they don't make him wait much longer!

I hope he isn't loosing too much weight!

I wonder about the ringing in the ears being related or a separate issue. That must be so darn annoying for him!

best regards, tearose

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