Subtle Symptoms Years Before Getting Very Sick?
I have been having gut issues for a few years attributing it to tweaking my hormones. I have had belching, bloating, nausea, intolerance to fatty foods, poor appetite etc.It always seemed like I felt viral. In Feb. I weighed 112lbs and I have lost 8lbs as of June. I got horrific epigastric pain one night over Memorial Day Weekend and have had it since. Went to Dr and she suspects ulcer due to imbalance of gut flora. Have been taking probiotics for years. I have been waiting for almost 3 months to see GI. They are very booked up as it is a teaching hospital where I used to work as an RN. I called my PCP yesterday to order an H Pylori blood test as well as stool antigen as I can not continue like this. Will see GI on Sept 1. I am very concerned as I have tried to eat 3 meals with a lot of fish, whey protein shakes, veggies like okra which seem to help with the pain, but I am losing muscle mass and subcutaneous fat. I am usually very active and energetic. I am a cyclist but can't ride anymore. I am also very weak. I guess the main question again is can you be infected and it not manifest itself for years?