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Fructose Malabsorption

Digestive Health | Last Active: Jul 28, 2020 | Replies (263)

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Hi, I am wondering if anyone has experienced anything similar to this. I’m 20 years old and have suffered from nausea and burning in my throat for several years now. I have seen two GI doctors who have tried a few different PPIs and have tested me for many things, but I continue to get worse. Currently I am diagnosed with GERD and Fructose Malabsorption. PPIs seem to help with “regular” heartburn which I would get after eating a meal, but the burning in my throat is something different. It comes out of nowhere, usually two or three hours after I have eaten something or when I wake up in the morning. It will last for 2-3 days (sometimes more) straight with severe nausea, bloating, and gas. During these spells I can barely eat anything and medicines like Gaviscon, Zantac, and Pepto don’t even touch it. Then, I will wake up the next day after having a spell and the burning will be gone, but I am left with a queasy/nauseous feeling most of the time. I have drastically changed my diet and don’t eat or drink anything acidic or irritating. I don’t have coffee, chocolate, sauces, fried foods, etc. I also don’t smoke and I am pretty underweight. Does anyone have any ideas or tips? I am so desperate for relief that I am willing to try anything.

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The burning could be cause be GERD resulting from fructose malabsorption. You say you get bloating and gas, and that is symptom of fm big time. Have you read through this entire fm discussion? There are tips on what to eat and not eat, recipes, finding drugs yo can tolerate, etc.

GERD in the night or during sleep can also be caused by Obstructive sleep apnea. Few doctors seem to aware of this connection, thought most GI specialists should be. Maybe worth testing and eliminating it.

Yes, I had the same problem! Even surgery after being diagnosed with severe acid reflux. Turns out that wasn't the problem. Was tested negative for fructose malabsorption. But after I cut out all fruit and many vegetables that are actually fruits did I finally get relief. No sugars or fake sugars. Pretty much just eat proteins and certain vegetables, boring but off all meds and feel so much better. Also lowered blood sugar and other issues I had.