One thing that might help is to keep everything you eat very smooth. Egg custard works well when gastritis is acute, provided milk products don't bother you. Carafate is great, and because I have a reactive stomach I am never without it on hand. I agree, though, that it is hard to fit 4 doses into a day.
Once you get the PH test behind you, get back on those PPIs...they really help a lot. I find that an all-out two week (at least, depending on severity) acid reducing meds help a lot. I take maximum amounts when my stomach is acting up...40mg Protonix before breakfast, 40mg before dinner, and 300mg Ranitdine at bedtime, along with Carafate suspension (as much as I can fit in). In conjunction with careful eating and no spice, acid, or alcohol, it seems to do the trick.
It's not easy to have a reactive stomach, I know.
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