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norhtwah
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   Posted 8/15/2011 1:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello everyone. I just found this site today. I don''t know if this is the ocrrect forum or not. I apologize for the long rant.
 
Towards the end of June, I developed severe burning in my stomach. I have had burning stomach sensations and burping on and off over the past 20 years but nothing as extreme as now. 20 years ago I had an upper GI that revealed nothing so I have lived with my symptoms since then. They would bother me some from time to time but nothing too serious.  I was able to drink and eat anything I wanted.
 
My lfie style was not the greatest. I drank alot of beer on the weekends, wine during the week, drank a lot of coffee daily, and popped Ibuprfren for headaches. Loved spicy foods.  In addtion to this, my company announced this past March they were clsoing our office down and making us move to another city. This added a lot of stress and some depression. From what I have read, these are all triggers for Gastritis.
 
Well I have it now. An Endoscopy showed inflmation in my stomach and esophogus. But he also commented that the findings were grossly normal. I was kind of out of it when he was talking to me after my endo but he did say my stomach looked normal.
 
I have been on Omeprazole since June. He also prescribed Carafate and Simex Duotab after my Endo.
 
Need less to say, my life has been basically a living hell ever since this Gastritis flared up. I rarely get relief. Most days I am in constant burning pain. I can't eat much, losing a lot of weight (and I need to anyway), and I am getting depressed. It is very hard to concentrate at work.
 
Will I ever be normal again? How long does it take for this stuff to go away or will it ever?

Chuck T
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   Posted 8/15/2011 1:52 PM (GMT -6)   
It should go away. The carafate helped my gastritis a lot. As with anything, it takes time. Stay away from coffee and alcohol, they are big triggers. If you end up having h-pylori, they will give you different meds.

norhtwah
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   Posted 8/15/2011 1:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Did you just use Carafate? I am concerned of long term use of PPI's.

somedaysarediamonds
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   Posted 8/15/2011 2:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Northwah,

Was your doctor's diagnosis gastritis or GERD and gastritis? I wasn't very clear on that part.

I had GERD and gastritis but when I had a procedure that stopped the GERD/acid reflux in a couple of weeks the gastritis stopped as well.

My scopes always looked normal as well and no bacteria present to worry about ulcers.

I wish you well and hope the medications work for you as they do for many people.

Rita
Don't let the sound of your own wheels drive you crazy. - The Eagles

Lap Nissen Fundoplication August 1, 2011

Chuck T
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   Posted 8/15/2011 2:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I have to take high dose PPIs for LPR. I dont like taking them either. Honestly, I didnt have gastritis until I started taking PPIs in high doses. Id say if you can get by without them, dont take them. Of course talk to your doctor before making any decisions.

chaoticme
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   Posted 8/15/2011 3:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm fairly new here also. One soon becomes dependent on these kind people! :o)

For many years, my only symptom was nausea. I didn't have burning, indigestion...nothing, only nausea. I had always taken 1 Pepcid AC tab and the nausea was gone. Two years ago, I had nausea 24/7 and nothing helped. I went to the GI doctor and had an abdominal ultrasound (normal) and endoscopy. I was diagnosed with GERD, severely inflamed stomach and esophagus, a hiatal hernia and peptic ulcers. I was negative for H.pylori.

The doctor concluded I had "stress" ulcers. (I think that's a term when they can't find a cause.) I was put on a PPI, the nausea subsided rather quicky and four months later another endoscope was done. The ulcers were healed and I had only a small area of inflammation remaining. I was told to remain on the PPI or Pepcid Complete. I weaned myself off the PPI and full blown LPR showed up after a blissful year. I just started a new PPI today and pray it will work.

We all understand what you're going through. It will get better even if it doesn't seem that way right now. I'm saying this for my benefit too. There is a lot of support here as I soon found out and they are wonderful!

You will get better if you're careful with your diet and if possible, decrease the stress.

Like the saying goes...tie a knot at the end of your rope and hang on.

God bless,
Cme
Specific (cancer) phobia, depression, GAD, fibro, hypertension, GERD

norhtwah
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   Posted 8/15/2011 3:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Halloweenbaby. He did not say GERD so I doubt I have that. Over the past 2 weeks, I have been developing a slightly hoarse voice. I've never had it before. Now I'm concerned about LPR. I also heard a hoarse voice can be a side effect of Omeprazole. I know have some some reflux but I don't know if that is due to the Gastritis or if I have always had it. He did not mention any major scaring in my esoph. He also said I do not have Barret's Esophogus. I do not have heartburn but I have read about silent reflux. Who knows. I just want the miserable pain to stop in my stomach.

My follow-up is on the 30th of this month so I will get more info.

Chuck T
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   Posted 8/15/2011 3:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Im not a doctor, but if you have inflamation in your esophagus and frequent heartburn, then you probably have GERD. Just my 2 cents. Id ask your doc to clarify that.

norhtwah
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   Posted 8/15/2011 4:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't have frequent heartburn. I will ask the doc what he found. My results were very vague but he couldn't see anything visually on the endo. Biopsies showed inflamation so we shall see. I am concerned I have developed a slight hoarse voice. Maybe the Gastritis is casuing some relfux or it may be a side effect of the meds. I don't know. I just want to be normal again so I can be a good husband and father. I'm glad I found this site.

chaoticme
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   Posted 8/15/2011 4:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Norhtwah, I am a tiny lady. Normally I have a low, very soft voice but sometimes I sound like a fog horn. I am very hoarse most of the time and especially in the mornings. Even my children told me had they not had Caller ID they would wonder who was calling! I freaked out the first time I heard myself. This is very common from what my doctor told me. Try not to worry.
Specific (cancer) phobia, depression, GAD, fibro, hypertension, GERD

dencha
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   Posted 8/15/2011 8:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Norhtwah,

Gastritis was the trigger that helped my PCP diagnose reflux. I was having asthma issues as well, and once he realized what was going on he treated me aggressively because any reflux I had also caused my asthma to be worse.

Many, many people are on PPI's long term. If you read the bottle it says to use it for just two weeks, but I've had long discussions about this with my PCP and my GI docs. If you want to get better, you should take the PPI that has been prescribed.

You may have "Silent GERD", and didn't realize it was a problem until the gastritis got things flaring up.

I had gastritis brought on by an antibiotic that irritated my stomach. It was so bad that my asthma was affected to the point that I ended up hospitalized.

The bad news is that it takes a long, long time to heal from what you're experiencing. I wish it wasn't true, but before I had my Nissen surgery I had flare-ups like yours quite frequently. I would only be able to eat a tiny amount of food, and really the only thing that I could tolerate was egg custard. Each time I had a flare up it took probably 2 to 3 months to heal completely.

I asked my GI doc when I could start eating normally after one of these flare ups and he said to wait until I felt perfect for two weeks, then gradually add other foods.

It's not fun, but yes, you will get back to normal. The Carafate is a godsend. I'm assuming you have Carafate suspension, as it coats not only the stomach but the esophagus as well. My GI doc said that the Carafate coats and sticks to the esophagus in 10 minutes, so try not to drink anything until that happens.

Good luck. Be patient. It will get better.
Take care,
Denise

norhtwah
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   Posted 8/16/2011 1:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes I have carafate suspension. I just rarely get any relief. Can't sleep well. Losing a lot of weight and am very depressed. I am so tired of the constant burning pain.

I feel like I'm slowly wasting away.

dencha
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   Posted 8/16/2011 4:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi norhtwah,

Don't let it get you down. It will get better. Are you eating very carefully? If you're anything like me, you can only tolerate a tiny amount of food anyway. My favorite was egg custard. I remember one Thanksgiving when I had gastritis/esophagitis I took a spoonful of mashed potato with some gravy and immediately was in severe pain.

I've been there, norhtwah. It will heal, but unfortunately it takes a long time.

Be sure to continue taking the Carafate. While you might not notice much relief with it, the Carafate coats your esophagus and stomach and helps it to heal. Carafate was developed as a treatment for ulcers many years ago. It's good stuff. Give it a chance.

Hang in there!
Denise

norhtwah
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   Posted 8/16/2011 6:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi dencha. Yes, I am eating carefully. Just testing foods that do not upset me. Chicken goes down good. Steamed vegetables are OK. Mashed potatoes are OK. For someone who loved hot and spicy foods, it drives me nuts eating this very bland diet. Oatmeal seems to be hit and miss but I know it has a lot of nutrients.

I just want some sort of light at the end of the tunnel.

My pain is mainly on the left side of my stomach or body right below my rib cage. I also get tightness and burning in the pit of my stomach where my esoph connects. I have been getting reflux lately with slight burning in the pit of my throat.

I called my GI today and he said I shouldn't be experiencing the pain I am with what they found. He wants to do a CT scan and thinks something might be going on with my pancreas. I don't think it's my pancreas but he is the doctor.

dencha
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   Posted 8/16/2011 8:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi norhtwah,

I'm glad you called your GI doc. Let him rule out pancreatitis, and don't let him off the hook. If you're having pain, let him know.

It will get better.
Denise

aeshleyrose
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   Posted 8/17/2011 7:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Denise,

I know that you'd posted your egg custard recipe here before but I can't find it. Would you mind posting it again, please?

Your kindness goes very far with those of us who are still suffering. Thank you so much for taking the time to come back and reassure us all and give much needed advice.

With lots of appreciation,
Ashley

dencha
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   Posted 8/17/2011 8:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Ashley,

Here's my recipe:

Egg Custard

8 eggs
5 c. milk
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. sugar
1 tbsp. vanilla
(If it's not too irritating, a little ground nutmeg on top is really good)

Bake in a pan of water/water bath
@375 for 1 hour
You'll know it's done when a knife comes out clean (no milky substance--it'll be a bit wet). You can also tell by how jiggly it is! turn

Be sure to grease/spray the pan before putting in the custard mix.

Happy Eating!
Denise

dencha
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   Posted 8/17/2011 9:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sunbeam,

Welcome to Healing Well! You're definitely in the right place! We've been in the pain you're in.

My guess is you've had Silent GERD for a long time without your knowledge. You wouldn't have Barretts with GERD just since March. It's likely that your gastritis was what got the reflux going enough to notice it and get it diagnosed. I had the same thing happen many years ago.

I have a suggestion.
Why not start a new thread of your own so you don't get lost in this one.

Go to the main page by clicking the >GERD-Heartburn> link at the top of this page.

Then start a new thread (the buttons are at the top of the main page). Click "New Thread" and even copy and paste your post from here to there.

That way your questions and comments will have their own spot and will be easier for everyone to find and respond to.

Again, welcome to our little corner of Healing Well! Glad you've joined us.
Take care,
Denise

sunbeam48
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   Posted 8/18/2011 4:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Denise,
Thank you for your kind thoughts. OK, I'll try that.
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