Gastritis . Please Help urgently

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Karan
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   Posted 5/22/2013 3:01 AM (GMT -6)   
I consumed 400ml of Vodka with soft drinks and chinese food at night , and after that i puked 2 times at night and one time at morning. Then i consulted doctor, but i did not tell him about alcohol. I was diagnosed Gastritis. He gave me Antacid (Pentaprazol with domperidon), anti-biotics (Onidazol and ofloxacin).After 15 days i still have loss of appetite, heavy stomach,nausea and random and moderate pain in abdominal part (especially after eating). I took Sonography test and all organ are ok as per report. Right now i am on enzime (pencreatin ). It is almost month and still suffering from loss of appetite, heavy stomach,nausea and random and moderate pain in abdominal part (especially after eating).
Due to this problem i can not focus on my routine task and job. due to long duration of gastritis, i am depressed too. Plz help me to know
(1) What it could be? Is there any chance of any dangerous internal injury or any other internal problem?
(2) What should i do to have fast recovery?
(3) Can it be cured or not? (I read Internet articles in which people are suffering from 1 year also )
Plz plz be genuine and let me know. I am very disturbed as i can not tell doctors about my alcohol stuff

Andy1986
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   Posted 5/22/2013 3:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Karen

I am a long time gastritis sufferer but thats because it took them so long to diagnose it in my case. At least you have got it diagnosed early. I know your pain but try to stay relaxed, it honestly really helps.

Pantoprazole is the weakest PPI and personally didnt really help me. Ask your doctor to try Omeprazole or even Nexium, they are much stronger anti acids.

They usually start you on the lowest dose of PPI as it works in most cases but if you still have pain in the stomach then you definitely need something stronger and a higher dose.

Alcohol can definitely make it worse so dont drink anything, it doesn't matter if you dont tell the doctors about what initially caused it, it wont really help with treatment. You should also avoid acidic foods (google for a list) and avoid spicy and fatty foods at all costs.

Im curious why you were put on antibiotics? Did they do a h.pylori test? If not I would ask for one because if you dont have it then I see no reason to be on antibiotics. You should also ask to have an endoscopy to confirm the gastritis diagnosis, this is where they put a camera down your throat (dont worry it only lasts a couple of minutes) and check everything out. Then they will know for certain what is wrong.

There are a couple of other things you can try in the meantime, Carafate is another drug that helps with gastritis, and also taking powdered ginger supplements has been shown to help with nausea and is an anti inflammatory.

Gastritis does take a long time to recover from, if you have h.pylori bacterial infection causing it then it will take longer and the bacteria has to be killed off first, and then your stomach has to heal.

If no h.pylori you should be seeing some improvement after 15 days though which suggests your current treatment isn't working well.

DOGGBONES
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   Posted 5/22/2013 5:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Karan,
It's never a good idea to keep info from your dr. If you have gastritis, getting a scrip for carafate will help more than any ppi will.

dencha
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   Posted 5/22/2013 8:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Karan,
Welcome to Healing Well!  I have a reactive stomach, and have had many long bouts of gastritis.  Because my LES was weak, the gastritis would rev up my reflux, and I'd end up with esophagitis as well. 
 
(1) What it could be? Is there any chance of any dangerous internal injury or any other internal problem?
What you're experiencing is caused by irritation. The alcohol is probably the biggest culprit.  It's very unlikely that there is anything else going on.  Gastritis is painful and takes a long time to heal.
 
 (2) What should i do to have fast recovery?
Like DOGBONES, I highly recommend Carafate suspension.  It coats the stomach and esophagus, and protects it from acid and bile, and gives it a better chance of healing.  I, however, do find that PPIs (Prilosec, Zantac, Protonix, etc.) help the healing in conjunction with the Carafate.  Anything that helps keep the acid at bay allows the stomach to heal. 
 
I have a reactive stomach, and though I don't get the esophagitis since I had the Nissen fundoplication surgery, my stomach still reacts to things and gets inflamed.  The Carafate is great, and I always keep it on hand, just in case.  I find that if I take maximum PPI dosing during a flare-up, it helps it heal more quickly.
 
There is no quick fix for gastritis, I'm sorry to say.  Before my surgery, I'd have painful gastritis and esophagitis that would last for about three months, and I'd always lose about 20 pounds.  I could only eat tiny amounts of food during these times, and lived on egg custard, which was nutritious and smooth.
 
Remember that your stomach mashes the foods that you eat with a muscular motion as part of the digestive process.  You don't want to put anything in there that hasn't been chewed to a smooth consistency, as rough, sharp foods will irritate the stomach lining further.
 
Of course, eat a bland diet...no spice, acid, alcohol.  It will get better, but it takes time and patience.  Anxiety will only make the problem worse, so try not to stress over it.  You can't rush it, but it's not anything you need to worry about.

 (3) Can it be cured or not? (I read Internet articles in which people are suffering from 1 year also )
If you follow your doctor's guidelines, as well as the ones I've listed above, you will recover more quickly.  I remember asking my GI doc when I could start eating normal foods again.  He told me this..."Wait until your stomach feels perfect for two weeks, then try introducing other foods gradually and see how you do."
 
It's a long process, but it will happen!  Hang in there!  Glad you've joined the forum. It's a great place for information and support.
 
Best wishes,
Denise
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Karan
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   Posted 5/22/2013 12:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear All Answerers.
I really indebted to you for responses.It has boost my confidence as well as solved many doubts which i can not clarify with doctor.
Big thanks to you........
May god bless you with good Health and Wealth
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