I am having a gastric emptying study done on Tuesday but I'm anxious to hear what people think about my symptoms.
I can't tell if these are two separate but related problems, but I will describe them as clearly as I can.
Problem 1: Every time I eat, I get huge amounts of air/gas movement back up through my esophagus. It flat out does not matter what I eat, nor to some extent how much. Obviously, certain foods are worse than others, and larger meals are worse than small ones, but there is absolutely no such thing as a food that does not cause this problem for me. I don't exactly burp, at least not in the way most people do. I think it's the basically the same mechanism, but a different valve. Specifically, I really think it's my lower esophageal sphincter (LES). Even though I don't burp, the release of air pressure has the same relief, at least temporarily. But this valve action can happen 10-20 times a minute for upwards of 3 hours after a meal. I've got nausea occasionally for a long time, but lately it's been worse. Some mornings after breakfast, I get very nauseous and double over with stomach pain.
Problem 2: An unbelievable amount of bloating. This also happens with every single meal, though it's worse at night (maybe I eat more at dinner, maybe food isn't moving through my digestive tract the way it should and it's built up by the evening, I don't know). Regardless, the bloating is so intense I have nightmares of my stomach literally rupturing under the pressure. My stomach swells up so much I look pregnant; my belly button will start protruding, veins pop out, it's honestly terrifying. I've eaten nothing but soft foods today (pureed soups, very watered down oatmeal, Greek yogurt), and the bloating is still terrible and I'm more nauseated than usual too. Even drinking water, plain water, will make me bloat. I feel like it's been getting worse in the past few weeks. (This has been going on for at least 3 months, though it started long before that, just less regularly.)
No amount of Gas-Ex, Tums, Gaviscon, Pepto Bismol, or any other over the counter medication has been at all helpful.
My docs are stumped. I do have Crohn's, but it's not really active at the moment and it's very mild anyway. I had a barium CT scan that showed that my colon was completely distended, it was so full of...well, you all know, LOL. My doctor prescribed a cleanse of GoLytely, and taking daily laxatives since then has kept me a little more regular but the bloating is exactly the same. I have trouble sleeping because I wake up feeling my stomach is absolutely full and weighed down.
Does this sound like it could be some form of gastroparesis? I don't vomit (then again, I haven't vomited in 18 years), but there is a lot of backwards movement from my stomach, it's just mostly air and acid.
Sorry this is so long! I tried to be as concise as possible but I wanted to make sure I described the problem as well as I could. Thanks to anyone who actually read through this :)