Hi Kari, I'm sorry you are having problems with this. It can be pretty miserable. I was doing pretty good until this last episode of bing sick and the doctor put me on extra pred and on cipro (antibiotics). I actually try to eat more like a peice of bread or somthing. Somtimes an herb tea helps like there is one called sleepy time. It had spearmint in it. Not strong but just enough to help calm your tummy down. Do you still have your gallbaldder? I used to eat small meals too and my tummy would blow up like a ballon and hurt like crazy. For hours.. I had gallstoned that had completely filled my gall bladder. So I had it removed. I have done much better since that but I still have some problems. I think all these stupid meds can really cause baad stomach problems.
I hope you find somthing that works for you and you get feeling better soon
I am the queen of gastritis, and Pattylatty is right--prednisone can do a number on your stomach. I take a double-dose PPI (currently aciphex, but GI doctor may switch me to another one), and 300 mg of zantac every night. And rolaids when I need them, but they make me nauseous so I try to avoid them. I have an improperly functioning LES (hypomotility disorder of the esophagus) which leads to massive reflux. I've had 3 upper EGDs, and all three times I've had gastritis, this last time, erosive gastritis, which is severe gastritis with erosions (one step below frank ulcers). I would suggest you talk to your doctor about a PPI. They are expensive, but if you've had this problem for a month or longer, you want to get it taken care of. Damage from acid throughout your GI tract can be extensive, and it doesn't take that long. Your primary should be able to prescribe you aciphex, or the equivalent, so maybe you won't actually have to go to a GI.
If you do decide to try aciphex--go to their website. They have a mail in rebate of up to $30 for out of pocket expenses. I've been getting aciphex for free for 5 years now because the my co-pay is only $25.
Glad the treatment worked for you. My doctor is good with me, if I say that I do not think it is the 'usual' gastric trouble and perhaps we could do the preventive medicines for HP, then he says OK.
Only my way of dealing with things, but now I am so very forceful with my doctors, never in a rude way but not taking no for an answer. I push and push if I think something is wrong. Too many times unfortunately some doctors will say "oh, it's because of your lupus" and in a lot of cases, 'yes' it is, but in others, 'no' it isn't.
We know how we feel, how our bodies react when we are in a flare or if the problem is not something we are used to going through. If things are not right, then push and push for testing and answers.
I have done this twice in the recent past and on both occasions I was lucky I had, because the outcome could have been so very different to what it was. I had pre-cancerous lumps in my tummy on one occasion - I was told I was in pain because my spine was in a rather bad way - and the other most recent one was trouble with breathing which turned out to be multiple blood clots in my lungs - I was told then there was a 'bug' going around and I had a chest infection. I did have a chest infection, but on further testing it was found I had the blood clots too. I knew things were not right and took matters into my own hands in the first instance, and the second occasion after deep scans the real problem was found. I am so glad I pushed for what I believed to be right.
By being aware of our own bodies and speaking up, we can ultimately be of help to our doctors by letting them know of what to look for/take note of when having consultations with other patients too.
Post Edited (goldenwings) : 7/25/2007 8:43:21 AM (GMT-6)
H.pylori testing is a common test for any GI work-up on acid reflux, indigestion, etc... The problem is it can be highly inaccurate, if they use the blood test. The most accurate way is through endoscopic biopsy (which is very expensive and not necessary for most of us), but they can also test for h. pylori through a stool sample and a urea breath test. I've had all of them except for the stool sample. I had a raging h.pylori infection several years ago and had to go through triple therapy (the antibiotics) twice to get rid of it. Everytime I have an upper EGD, they usually test for h. pylori, even though I don't think I'm any more at risk for re-infection than the general population. I still have stomach problems, which tells me they had nothing to do with the h. pylori infection. If you didn't know, h. pylori is strongly associated with ulcers, and in rare circumstance, gastric cancers. Evidently, I still have ulcer like conditions (erosive gastritis) despite having eradicated my h. pylori infection years ago. I've read some things that indicate that once h. pylori start wreaking havoc on your GI tract, the damage can continue even after successful eradication. Don't know how credible that it, but if I find out (I'll ask my GI doctor), I'll let you guys know.
I guess the bottom line is if you need to be tested for h. pylori, don't settle for the blood test. All the blood test tells you is that you've had the infection in the past; you will stay positive for years after the infection is gone. I would probably have a positive blood test. You really need to have one of the other tests done. If you're having an endoscopy for another reason, insist on an h. pylori biopsy--this is the best method.