For more than the last year, I have been experience several problems with eating which have gotten progressively worse. I get full very easily (a small bowl of soup, some bread and a small serving of fruit and am full). This is odd considering that I used be able to eat substantially more than that. I have lost some weight in the last few months, though not a substantial about (approx 10 lbs). Over the last year, I have been regurgitating food. It is as if it had never reached my stomach, I either spit it out (gross...looks like vomit) or just swallow it again. This gives me some pretty bad breath. I used to have heartburn, but that has gone away with medication (Omeprazole OTC, then Prevacid, and now Protonix 40mg). The pain I feel is usually localized under both ribs, with some pain under my sternum. I do get pain in my midback,under the shoulder blade, but that could easily be from my sometimes sedentary work environment or preexisting back problems. My PCP and GI doc both recommended and prescribed Reglan 5 mg 3x per day, which doesn't stop the pain, but seems to make it shorter. Sometimes I get a pinching pain in my back above my kidneys, but that may or may not be related.
I recently had a Gallbladder Ultrasound (negative for stones), a Barium Swallow (showed some Diffuse Esophageal Sphincter movement), and an EGD which suggested Gastritis and a minor Hiatal Hernia. Oh...and for some reason Ice Cream makes me want to have someone cut my stomach out. My gastroenterologist wants me to RTC in 6 weeks now to see if the Protonix helps (which it doesn't seem to be, but I know it takes a while) before looking at other tests. I have only been seeking care for this for the last 3 months or so.
I would appreciate any opinions, thoughts or considerations. I would especially like recommendations of things to ask my doctor, and possible diagnostic tests.