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sunbeam48
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   Posted 12/20/2011 6:38 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm just wondering if a lot of people here have gastritis, and how you deal with it.  I've been through a two-month round of sucralfate, and that helped but my stomach is still tender.  I just started taking Pepto Bismol chewable tabs, and that seems to help.  My breakfast and lunches are pretty fat and acid-free, and dinner doesn't have much fat or acid per the Koufman diet.  I also take Nexium, have been on that since July.  I don't experience heartburn, but my stomach quickly tells me if a food is acceptable or not.  I don't seem to have specific triggers other than fatty and acidic foods. 

mudmagnetmum
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   Posted 12/20/2011 6:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi sunbeam,

I don't find it easy to separate out my reflux signs from my gastritis signs, but best I figure, the gastritis causes nausea and a constant false hunger sensation. Taking my ppi at night prevents the nausea and I use DGL for the rumbly tum.

Thought you were doing ok on the Koufman diet?

MMM
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dencha
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   Posted 12/20/2011 9:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sunbeam,
We've talked on another thread about gastritis, but I'll just mention a couple of points here.  Mine is most likely revved up by antibiotics.  I try to avoid them, but sometimes you just can't. 
 
Once I get started, though, it takes MONTHS to recover.  Actually before my Nissen, it was so much worse due to reflux.  Gastritis and esophagitis in tandem are no fun.  The problem for me now is that minus the esophagitis I'm more tempted to ignore my symptoms and irritate my stomach further.  It's just getting better, and I'll eat something irritating and I'm back to square one.
 
The problem with having a reactive stomach and a Nissen is that the wrap is created out of the stomach, and if the stomach is reactive, the wrap will be, too.  My wrap is often irritated, which can be very uncomfortable.
 
I use Carafate suspension--a liquid form of Sucrafate.  I find it incredibly helpful, as it coats the wrap nicely.  I expect I'll be using Carafate forever, as I don't see any indication that my gastritis is going anywhere soon.  I find liquid Maalox to be helpful as well.
 
I find that one of the most important things in healing gastritis is to stick to smooth food and avoid anything that stays rough in the stomach.  Stomachs contract and grind the food as it digests, and anything rough or scratchy can really irritate.  Smooth, no heat or spices...I think we're all different as to what we can tolerate.  That's the strange thing with GI issues...we may have similar symptoms, but the details can vary greatly.
 
Good luck with getting your stomach better.
Denise

mudmagnetmum
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   Posted 12/21/2011 4:48 AM (GMT -6)   
http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=45&m=2163651

Did you both catch this earlier link to a little study on coconut milk - supposed to help put a protective coating over the stomach. I did take it for a while, and it's nice. I couldn't tell if it changed anything as my reflux symptoms remained the same. It's the coconut milk that's in a tetra carton, not the gloopy thick stuff you use for cooking, by the way!

MMM
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sunbeam48
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   Posted 12/21/2011 8:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, MMM and Denise.

MMM, I feel the Koufman diet is working great for me for the LPR symptoms. My cough is gone, throat-clearing is rare, I am back singing in the choir. So now it is just the stomach to worry about. My stomach tenderness is very tolerable, I can live with it. But if there is something else I can do to help it, I want to know what choices are out there. I just recently realized that GERD surgeries don't reduce stomach acid, so people who go off PPI's after surgery much have cast iron stomachs compared to me. Or maybe there are a lot of people with gastritis symptoms out there. Or maybe there are some strategies I can learn.

I can consider the coconut milk and the issue of rough food.

Denise, doe the carafate suspension have to be taken one hour before food like the tablets?

stkitt
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   Posted 12/21/2011 10:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Sunbeam,
 
Good Morning !

Use Carafate Suspension as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Take Carafate Suspension by mouth on an empty stomach at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after eating.
  • Shake well before each use.
  • Use a measuring device marked for medicine dosing. If you are unsure of how to measure your dose, ask your doctor or pharmacist for help.
  • Carafate Suspension should only be taken by mouth.
  • Do not take an antacid for at least 30 minutes before or after taking Carafate Suspension.
  • It may take 4 to 8 weeks for complete healing.  Continue taking Carafate Suspension for the full course of treatment even if you feel better.
  • Do not take Carafate Suspension at the same time as other medicines. Take Carafate Suspension at least 2 hours after other medicines. If you are not sure about the best time to take Carafate Suspension, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
  • If you miss a dose of Carafate Suspension, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Carafate Suspension.

I am sure Denise will be along and post to your question as well.

Happy Holidays,

Kitt


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sunbeam48
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   Posted 12/21/2011 2:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, Kitt

mudmagnetmum
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   Posted 12/21/2011 3:03 PM (GMT -6)   
You're back in the choir !! Wow - that's amazing. Well done you!

MMM x
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