Hi there. I live here in the Seattle area and I'm one of those patients that they can't seem to figure out. I've had 7 large ulcers in a year, one being a GI bleed. I'm only 29 years old and I'm a female. I bled so bad that my hematocrit was quite low. I've been hospitalized twice for these and I've had 9 endoscopies in the last year. The last scope was today. The following is a summary of my problem: It all started in December 2002, I had a small ulcer and was treated for it. It went away and after 3 months I stopped medication (Prevacid 60mg/day). Then in August of 2003 I went in with abdominal pain again and they did another scope (I had had 5 prior to this). They said that they wished they had a stomach like mine and that it looked great, they didn't do the test to check how much acid I was producing. Not even two weeks later I was admitted into the hospital for severe abdominal pain. They scoped me yet again and found 3 very large gastric ulcers. I was in the hospital for two weeks and even had a feeding tube that went to my intestines. For the next several weeks I was on Prevacid 60mg / day. I was rescoped at the end of November to check on the ulcers. There were no ulcers left but I did have Gastritis and tested positive for H Pylori this time. So I did the 2 antibiotic and Aciphex treatment. That was fine, I was satisfied. I was told to stay on the Previcid for life this time and so I stayed on it. About five weeks ago I fainted and I had abdominal pain. I was rushed to the ER and a rectal revealed that I was having a GI bleed. My hematocrit was 25 and fell. I stayed in the hospital for two days and this time my medications were majorly increased. Prevacid AND Aciphex. My GI doctor decided to send me to University of Washington Medical Center for another opinion since his hands were tied. Keep in mind that the GI from the original hospital put me on 100 (Yes 100) bottles of 2% Viscous Lidocaine. I like to use that but when I had another Gastritis attach, the ER doctor told me I could sieze from that. Nine days ago I went to UW for another opinion. This doctor told me to take even more acid reducers for nine days (Prevacid-60mg/day, Aciphex 3/day, Carafate, Zantac, Prilosec, Reglan (nausea)). So I did just that. Today he went in with the scope and the ulcer did heal. However, he told me he did some (PH? if I remember right?) and that I have a severe amount of acid in my stomach. He consulted the surgery team but no one will cut the nerves to my stomach electively. He doesn't know what to do either now it seems. He does think that I have IBS though. I take Zelnorm for that. I'm emailing you because I'm very frustrated, trying to get on with my life and this problem is slowing me down a lot. I'm scared to death that I'm going to bleed badly and not be so lucky the next time. You should also note that my father and his father all had their nerves cut to the stomach as well. Highly Selective something They had the exact same problem as me. Are you able to suggest anything or help? I appreciate your time and will value any input.