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   Posted 1/15/2014 11:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone,

I tried to read through some pages to see if this topic already exists but I did not get through all the pages. So please kindly move the page if there is already one.
I have been having heartburn and stomach pain for about 3 months and my PCP put me on 1-month omeprazole/ranitidine plan. Long story short, the meds seem to help with heartburn but not with burning sensation in my throat and nose. My next PCP appt. is in 3 weeks and I am out of omeprazole.
Meanwhile the burning and sharp sensation in my stomach/ LES area got worse especially at night-time to the extent that I am awake every hour because of the pain. The pain usually lessens in the morning.
A Dr. friend of mine suggested it could be peptic ulcer and I should get tested for H. Pylori. I saw a bunch of websites about GERD vs peptic ulcer symptoms. I understand that the only way to diagnose is through endoscopy but it will be very great if I get to hear first-hand stories. Could you get one without the other or is one the complication of the other?
Also, I am trying to see a gastroenterologist without waiting for the referral from my PCP. I am wondering if anyone could recommend me a good gastroenterologist around NYC area.

Thank you

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   Posted 1/18/2014 10:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi November07,

Welcome to Healing Well! Sorry your post was missed and not responded to in a timely fashion.

I can tell you that in my experience, whenever taking an antibiotic, I'd get terrible gastritis and esophagitis. I had so much pain at the LES area that it was very painful to eat, and I'd always lose about 20 pounds. Just a bite of food would be excruciating. I found the only thing I could comfortably eat was egg custard.

An endoscopy can diagnose the gastritis and any lesions, as you said. I can tell you that these things take a LONG time to heal. I'd always be two to three months before feeling better.

I have found Carafate suspension to be a lifesaver. It coats the stomach and esophagus, and protects them as they heal. When in pain, a dose of Carafate would make me feel better almost immediately. It would definitely be worth a try. It's a prescription drug, so you'll have to see/call a doc to see it.

I can't help you with a referral, but maybe by bumping this up to the front page again, someone will see it who can give you a name.

Best wishes,

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