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nmcvicke
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   Posted 5/15/2009 6:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all, I've posted before.  I recently got my EGD/Upper GI scope done and got some results back yesterday.  The results showed that I had an irritated stomach (gastritis) and a small hiatal hernia, which the doctor said shouldnt be a problem.
 
I'm on 40mg of omeprazole a day.  One in the morning, one before bed.  Lately I still have some burning and cramping sometimes throughout although normally by the end of the day I feel much better than the morning.  Is that normal?
 
Another question I have is how long does recovery take, and do people recover from gastritis 100% ever?  Thanks!
 
Nic

opnwhl4
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   Posted 5/15/2009 8:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Nic -
I am not sure if everyone fully recovers from gastritis or not. I think it is one of those things that you control the symptoms and flare ups more than recover from it. I have been told off and on I have gastritis and esophogitis. I've tested positive for Barrett's twice and also have tested negative a few times. I can't say for sure, but my gut feelings are that these things are managed more than cured. I am sure someone here would know for sure and will be along shortly.

Take care,
Bill

nmcvicke
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   Posted 5/16/2009 9:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Ok, thanks Bill. Do you still take PPI's even when the symptoms subside and do you know approximately how long it takes to recover from a flare up? Thanks for the response!

opnwhl4
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   Posted 5/16/2009 10:46 AM (GMT -6)   
I do take them every once in a while. Usually I take them for a couple days and all is well. I have already had the Nissen surgery done though.

Take care,
Bill

dencha
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   Posted 5/17/2009 10:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Nic,
I have a strong tendency towards gastritis...I've had it on and off--mostly as a result of medication that is irritating. Most antibiotics cause it to come on. When I had gastritis it always created an increase in GERD symptoms, burning my esophagus and flaring up my asthma.

After months of babying my stomach, the gastritis will heal, but it is a long term process. Once it's healed, I can go back to ordinary eating and drinking. I am only able to tolerate amoxicillin, and now I've found that z-pac is okay on my stomach. My doctor is aware of my stomach sensitivity, and is very careful. When things are bad, I eliminate any medication and supplements that not absolutely necessary. He has prescribed Carafate, which coats my stomach...I put the tablet in a little medicine cup, and add a bit of water, to make a slurry. It helps to protect the stomach lining, so it can heal. It's a very old an benign drug...if you haven't tried it, you might ask your doctor about it.

I had the Nissen Fundoplication procedure at the end of February. While I've had some gastritis flare-ups due to prednosone that I had to take to calm down asthma, my GERD has not been affected, because the wrap keeps the acid in my stomach where it belongs.

Yes, I think gastritis goes away, but your sensitive stomach remains--ready to be re-irritated by whatever sets you off.

If you eat very carefully (no alcohol, coffee, spicy foods, etc.) you will get your stomach back to normal. If your experience is like mine, in between attacks, you can eat and drink normally. I've actually been hospitalized by an uncontrolled gastritis attack that flared up my asthma. Unfortunately, there is no magic pill that clears up gastritis quickly. It requires lots of patience.

I still take protonix 40mg. My family doc reduced my dosage from two to once a day, but isn't ready to cut it out altogether, because of my reactive stomach. I'm just glad that my stomach isn't setting off my asthma any more.
Good luck to you!
Denise

adking31
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   Posted 5/17/2009 12:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello,
I am new to this group. 
I just finished a round of Rifaxamin/antibiotic and now have gastritis that I not had to deal with in years.  I have also noticed a worsening of my constipation.  I will be using some Miralax to get things "moving along".  The constipation seems to make everything worse. 
 
They also think I may have eosinophilic esophagitis that worsens my gerd. 
 
I also have horrid pain after I eat that is not gastritis related..it is just below the center of my sternum and hurts clear through to my back..I was told it was esophageal spasms,but I do question that diagnosis.  I have severe GERD and allergies to food and various types of pollen. 
 
I get heartburn following every meal!  I eat DGL with some relief. 
 
Kenny

beareilly
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   Posted 5/17/2009 1:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kenny,
i 2 have suffered from gastritis.Mine never went away.Even with every pill known to man.Hopefully it is gone forever now that i have had surgery.(I havent felt the flare up yet and am praying i left with the scapel.lol.
good luk,
b

dencha
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   Posted 5/17/2009 2:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I feel for you, Kenny. I've had gastritis after every antibiotic except amoxicillin and z-pac. My worst offender to date is Augmentin. I even had a course of Rocephin (shots) because my doc wanted to bypass my reactive stomach.

My GI doc told me to avoid antibiotics as much as possible, and when I take one, try to take the type that doesn't irritate, and hope it works. If not, I'll just have to cope with the gastritis.

It's tough for me to avoid antibiotics (and at the moment, prednlosone) because I have horrible pollen allergies and asthma.

You'll just have to baby that stomach for many weeks. It takes what seems like forever to calm down gastritis.
I assume you're on PPI's? I took 40mg Protonix AM and PM until my Nissen Fundoplication the end of February. I'm now down to the nighttime dose only. My doc is a big advocate of the nighttime (before dinner) routine, because of sleep positions.

Good luck to you!
Denise

nmcvicke
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   Posted 5/27/2009 2:31 PM (GMT -6)   

Thanks a ton for all the replies.  I think I'm finally on the mend.  I've been avoid alchol, smoking, and caffiene.  I try to eat healthier than I used to but I cave for fried foods sometimes and they don't seem to bother me.

Mostly I suffer from gas and gas pains lately.  Hopefully as I heal that will go away and I can eventually ween myself off of my omeprazole.


dencha
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   Posted 5/28/2009 5:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Glad to hear you're feeling better! Have you tried Gas-X for the gas?
Good luck!
Denise
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