Did any of the blood tests include one for H-pylori? If so, and it was negative, you might need to talk to your doc again about increasing your Prevacid. Sometimes it can take a month before you get any effectiveness from a PPI.
You could also try something as simple as apple cider vinegar before each meal instead of a PPI.
Haven't been tested for H.pylori, I guess I should get it checked.
Originally Posted by AuroraB
I started GAPS by reading The info at Home Page. I did the Intro for about two weeks.
How long have you been dealing with the rash?
Have you been feeling fatigued recently? (before the stomach issues started?)
How long have you been dealing with the stomach ache/pain below the belly button? (has fatigue, if any, gotten worse since pain started?)
When did you feel like the pain started moving around to the lower right side? Any pain or ache in the back or hip?
Is the stomach ache/pain sharp or dull? Have you been suffering from a cold or recently gotten sick? Any fever? Any nausea or vomiting?
How are your bowel movements? Regular, everyday? Are the stools formed? Any need for excessive pushing? Any bloody stool?
Does the discomfort stay the same, feel worse or feel better after a bowel movement?
Any issues with urination? What's the color of the urine? Any blood in the urine?
Do you remember injuring yourself or pulling a muscle at all?
Any chance you are pregnant, Marcus?
By answering the questions we can gather more info to perform a DDx. (differential diagnosis) and narrow down possible diagnosis.
So far with the limited info, it's not easy to pinpoint a possible preliminary diagnosis.
However, most common symptoms involving lower right quadrant abdominal pain correlates with the appendix (history of fever, infection), gall stones (history of eating fatty, oily, fried foods) or kidney stones (referred pain to the hip or lowerback), possible intestinal compaction (history of constipation), or possible hernia (history of physical trauma, exercise, injury).
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Originally Posted by StephenHLi
By your responses it doesn't seem to be of serious nature.
The 10 years dealing with the rash is a chronic issue and if the size of the rash has increased over that time, well it would suggest a more need to further address your immune system. I would increase more fermented and anti-inflammatory foods, probiotics, healthy oils, and sulfur rich foods (unless you are allergic to sulfur).
Dull ache pain usually not suggest stones blockage. No fever usually suggests not appendicitis.
Doesn't sound like compacted bowels or rectal/stomach cancer. Since you are a male, can rule out ectopic pregnancy.
It could be abdominal muscle strain or slight hernia. It could be inflamed inguinal lymph node.
It could be h.pylori or ulcer. But usually stomach problems like ingestion, bloating, pain/discomfort and ulcers are related to the abdominal region above the belly button.
You also responded that your stool was a bit mushy, this suggests possibly something related with the intestines. I would place a warming pad or a warm/damp (not wet) wash cloth over your lower abdomen, including the belly button.....for about 10-15 minutes each night before bed time. In some cases (diarrhea), it may be a good idea to place some salt directly into your navel and then placing the warming pad/washcloth.
I would also suggest maybe to take it easy on any abdominal workout routines, just as a precaution if it is indeed a muscle strain, semi-tear, or inguinal hernia. If the pain persists, maybe talk to your PCP who may refer you to a specialist/surgeon for consult.
Over last few days I gone low carb and eating just paleo style and my stomach aches have been non-existent. I did have a processed turkey type thing with breadcrumbs yesterday and got a stomach ache again so I'm inclined to think I can't tolerate gluten, I'll keep a close eye on that.
I did have some pretty nasty headaches since going paleo again, fortunately it seems to have passed.