Gastritis and Esophagitis

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   Posted 11/29/2013 6:34 PM (GMT -6)   
I am struggling with horrible Gerd and esophagitis. My throat is sore and I have trouble sleeping. I have lost 10 lbs with the hope that it would improve, it hasn't. I don't have insurance. Currently a poor nursing student. Does anyone know of any home remedy's that provide some relief?

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   Posted 11/29/2013 6:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Tablespoon of baking soda in a glass of water, drink it all at once

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   Posted 11/29/2013 8:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Dietary restrictions might help. Do you know what your triggers are? Is it stress? I think mine started out as stress related, and just got worse over the years.
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   Posted 11/29/2013 10:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Consider elevating the head of your bed if your symptoms persist. People don't like to do this, but it can be very, very effective. It solved my severe erosive esophagitis for 35 years.

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   Posted 11/30/2013 9:39 AM (GMT -6)   
I just wanted to thank you all for your replies, it gives me some hope. I will try out your suggestions. Thanks again and may God bless you.

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   Posted 11/30/2013 12:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Please keep us posted on your progress.

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   Posted 11/30/2013 1:07 PM (GMT -6)   
A spoonful of apple cider vinegar. I'd do that all the time! It sounds bad but it really isn't and really helps with the acid. I also found eating watermelon helped a lot too.

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   Posted 12/1/2013 10:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jiyu10,
Sorry to hear you're struggling. Before my Nissen surgery I had gastritis and esophagitis at least a couple times a year, and each time lost about 20 pounds before recovering.

If you have esophagitis, I wouldn't recommend apple cider vinegar. In that situation, you'll want to eat protective foods.

If you can get a script for the generic version of Carafate (Sulcrafate) tablets. Put the tablet in a shotglass or medicine cup. Add a little water and stir it with a toothpick. Then throw it back like a shot. It will coat your esophagus and stomach and help them to heal. I know it may be impossible for you to see a doc and get a script, but just in case, I'd recommend that.

If you can eat milk and eggs, try eating egg custard. When I had esophagitis, it was the only thing I could eat without pain. Here's a recipe:
8 eggs
5 c. milk
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. sugar
1 tbsp. vanilla
a sprinkle of ground nutmeg (optional)

Pour mixture into a greased/oil-sprayed oven safe dish
Place the dish in a pan of water/water bath and put into the oven
@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!

Stay away from acidic and spicy foods. No alcohol. Be sure to chew all food until a creamy consistency. Eat nothing that remains chunky or rough after chewing. Your stomach will mash foods as part of its digestion action, and those things will irritate your esophagus on the way down, and your stomach as it mashes. Ouch!

My GI doc told me to wait until I feel perfect for TWO WEEKS before introducing more challenging foods into my diet.

Good luck. Hang in there...I know it's hard!

Be sure to grease/spray the pan before pouring in the custard mix.
Best wishes,

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   Posted 12/2/2013 9:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey fellow nursing student!

You responded to an earlier post of mine, and I wanted to respond to yours as well.

Does your Esophagitis sound like this:
Chronic Cough - Sometimes mildly productive with a bit of yellow sputum
Thickness / Fullness feeling in the Throat
Feeling like Throat is closing up at times
Feeling of a Swollen Throat
Slight Pain / Burning at times.

Anyways, Currently on Protonix BID and Carafate. Waiting to see if it works, I've had this since June.

I've noticed drinking this tea called "Throat Coat" with just a splash of milk seems to help a bit. It has slimmery elm bark that is supposed to help. I have 2 cups a day!

Also, I agree with above: Elevate the Bed. ELIMINATE anything carbonated! I mean everything.......That was the hardest for me. Stay away from the Spicy, and try to eat small portions.

Let me know how things go for you! Stay Strong Sista Soilder. :)
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