Welcome to Healing Well! I'm very sorry to hear you're struggling with pain upon swallowing. Like you, because of my reflux, whenever I took an antibiotic other than Amoxicillin and Z-pak, I would get gastritis and esophagitis. I remember asking my GI doc if there were an antibiotic that was easier on the stomach, and he said no (and not very nicely at that...actually at that point I fired him and switched GI docs.).
I'm glad to hear you've started with Carafate suspension. I have a reactive stomach and always have it on hand, just in case. It will definitely help things heal. It is not a quick fix, though, and it will take some time for your esophagus to heal completely.
I had the Nissen fundoplication surgery in 2009, and since then I haven't gotten esophagitis, thankfully. I have allergies and asthma and had to take antibiotics quite often because of infections that would set in. I used to get a raw esophagus about two or three times a year, and each time it took about 2-3 months to heal. I remember being able to eat only a mouthful and would be in pain. I would always lose about 20 pounds when I had an episode like that.
I wish I could tell you that there was a quick fix, but there isn't. Be very careful what you eat and drink...smooth foods only. I found egg custard to be about the only thing I could handle. No spice, acid, or alcohol until you're healed. Be patient, and just take it a day at a time. You will heal and get back to normal, but it will take time.
Stick around for support and encouragement!
Nissen Fundoplication 2/09
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