GASTRITIS - who's been Dx w/it & what's it like for you?

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   Posted 6/3/2009 12:42 PM (GMT -7)   
I would have SWORN I've had a stomach ulcer since last August.  GI told me to just keep popping another Omeprozole when the pain came on.  That didn't help.  Neither did Tums or Maalox.
So he did a gall bladder ultrasound and found out I had gall stones.  So out came the gall bladder last month.  They were sure the stones were what was causing my pain.
2 weeks after the surgery, the same pain came back.  Monday I had an Upper Endoscopy and the results were "MINIMAL GASTRITIS"!
I was shocked there wasn't a gaping hole in my stomach because that's how bad the pain has been over the past 10 months.
Who else has been diagnosed with "gastritis"?  Isn't this just inflammation in the stomach?  What are your symptoms?  What have you been told to take to reduce the pain when it comes on? 
Diagnosed in October, 2004 at age 32 (misdiagnosed with IBS in 2002)
Current Rx's: Colazal (generic), Omeprazole, Ferrous Sulfate, Librax, One-A-Day multivitamin, Probiotic, Omega-3 Fish Oil, Vitamin D, Cranberry pills
Secondary conditions: swelling ankles, extreme fatigue, mouth ulcers, joint pain
Previous/occasional Rx's: Prednisone, Flagyl, Levaquin, Xifaxan, Carafate
4/7/09: Gall bladder removal laproscopic surgery (gall stones)

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   Posted 6/3/2009 1:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi kitkat-- I suffer on and off with some ghastly, searing/burning pains at times and had always assumed it was my transverse colon.  An upper GI a couple years ago showed nothing, but one a year ago did show som "mild" gastritis and also esophagitis and like you, I am amazed so much pain could be mild.  Interestingly, when the pain flares and sustains itself for a while, it seems to correlate closely later to flairng of my UC too.  I too have been prescribed drugs like omneprazole and even on double dose they seem to have no effect on this pain.  If I take more than one or two supplement capsules of any sort a day, the pain gets worse, even though I take these supplements with food. 

Pancolitis >20 years, allergic to all 5ASAs
Tried everything under the sun (natural and alternative)
Some partial success with TSO but was too expensive to keep up 
Remicade Humira, lots of probiotics, entocort, tapering pred again, maybe surgery this year

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   Posted 6/3/2009 2:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh burning, the bad taste in the back of the throat, the constant ever present nausea... I've been on PPIs for quite a few years...This symptom is, for me, definitely crohn's related. It is one of the first symptoms to resolve after administration of the biologics and the first to appear when I need my next dose. The PPIs do help some, but not much when the inflammation is out of control...
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Date Joined May 2009
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   Posted 6/3/2009 5:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Dear Kittkatt: I, too, have gastritis among Chronic inflammation throughout my entire intestinal tract. It is absolutely excruciating at times. For me, it is severe pressure and nearly vomiting (although sometimes I have vomited), feeling faint, and as if I will have a heart attack. And occasionally I get a ripping or tearing sensation in the middle of my gut, right in the pit of my stomach, and that is SO unbelievably painful, I would just assume die right there, because you think you are dying anyway. I have actually fainted during one of these "episodes", and they are terrifying. I also had tons of gallstones about 8 years ago and had my gallbladder removed. It did help with the "attacks" for a long time but they always told me that they thought there was something else going on with my stomach. Anywho, for the longest time after that I thought my irritable bowels were because I didn't have a gallbladder. But now, I know something much worse was at play. There was no medicine that helped that pain, it eventually subsided, and I would just pray when I felt an episode coming on. It was all I could do.Good luck and God bless you.
Had my gallbladder out in 2001,chronic inflammatory bowel disease diagnosed(FINALLY) in August 2008, Psoriasis, Had severe eczema and asthma as a small child (now no) Psoriatic Arthritis, chronic sinusitis,allergies,  including one episode of anaphylactic shock while having one of my "bowel episodes" at my daughters pediatricians office. Current meds: Omeprazole 20mg in AM,Flonase nasal spray, Quit Bentyl since it was the only med I had taken 30 min. prior to anaphylactic shock. Quit Nexium because it is too expensive! My PCP refuses to treat me, my GI doc only prescribed Nexium, and then NEVER discussed a treatment plan with me after telling me I had chronic inflammatory bowel disease when he got the results from all of my biopsies and test results from a colonoscopy and upper endoscopy. I need a GREAT doctor!

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   Posted 6/4/2009 10:08 AM (GMT -7)   
I have had repeated episodes of gastritis for the last few years. When it first started I ended up losing about 70lbs until we figured out what it was, although they never figured out what the cause was. I did finally start to recognize the warning signs and stop eating at the first sign so that it doesn't get worse. When I realize that I am having an episode, I go to a clear liquid diet for a few days until things get a bit better. I will "sneak" in a few saltines of plain crackers, but nothing much beyond that. I also don't really have much of an appetite, but I would tend to eat just because it was meal time. The other thing that seems to make me feel better, but may just be a comfort more than a cure, is chicken broth. I drink it a lot, but especially when I am having a gastritis attack. Something about the saltiness just helps the nausea, and it sits better in my stomach than water or other drinks.

Oh and my gastritis originally came with duodenitis, for what that's worth. In the begining I was constantly nauseous and couldn't keep anything down, so finally I just stopped eating. When I was first DXed, I was in and out of the hospital and had every test imaginable, some multiple times, but still they couldn't figure out why I kept getting it. Just one of the wonders of this DD. I'm just glad I am not getting it nearly as often as I was.

CD 20 years officially, 30 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Managing with strict low residue diet, keeping symptoms to a minimum. All test show small amount of ulceration, still have occasional blockages. But still have a great time with my 2 daughters and husband!

Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....

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