Any advice on esophagitis!?!

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   Posted 1/19/2014 4:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I have done a fair share of research since having my 2 babies because I have suffered with many upper gi issues after their births... Baby 1) fractured tailbone, forceps delivery months later huge weight loss and gastritis diagnosis. Baby 2) beautiful pregnancy, c-section no drama... 2 months later symptoms of esophagitis and major weight loss. Endoscopy diagnosed esophagitis and of course gastritis . I have done everything natural, including seeing an osteopath and Bowen therapist to try and cure myself... I don't have gerd, or at least I don't think I do. I didn't have any sign of heartburn until I stopped taking the ppi's and from there I have experienced heartburn off and on along with a dull ache in my sternum.. Wondering if there is anyone out there that can give me advice- any mamas out there experience esophagitis because of pregnancy?! I know acid suppressing meds are recommended by my doc but the thought of being on these pills scares me.. I just want to know what the future may hold, doesn't sound too good living with this problem. Any words of experience or advice would be so greatly appreciated! Thanks in advanced.

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   Posted 1/20/2014 8:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Mama077,

Welcome to Healing Well! Before I had my Nissen fundoplication surgery I had at least two episodes of gastritis and esophagitis every year. Antibiotics was my biggest trigger. The increased reflux would also raise havoc with my asthma as well, and one especially bad gastritis/esophagitis put me in the hospital because my asthma got so bad.

Each time I had the gastritis/esophagitis, I'd lose 20 pounds and it would take two or three months to get it healed. It was so painful to eat that the only thing I could get down was egg custard. Everything else caused excruciating pain.

You can't worry about being on need them. It's just a fact. A diabetic needs insulin and a person with a reactive stomach needs PPIs. I don't know if you'll always need them, but you definitely need them when you're healing.

If you get esophagitis, it means you have GERD. Otherwise the acid would stay in your stomach. PPIs will help you cope with them. Are you seeing a GI doctor?

Is the head of your bed elevated? If not, you ought to try it. When lying down, acid can migrate into your esophagus. If you're like me, the esophagitis pain is the worst isn't meant to have that acid in it, and it burns. Raising the head of the bed 7 or 8 inches, can take advantage of gravity to keep more of the acid in your stomach.

Also, don't eat anything that is rough. Nothing that won't chew to a complete creamy/liquid consistency. Your stomach mashes food as part of the digestive process, so you don't want to have anything in it that might irritate the stomach lining further. No popcorn, raw veggies, etc. No acidic foods, alcohol, spicy foods.

I understand how frustrating it is, but it takes time, and you just have to be patient. My GI doc told me to wait until I felt perfect for two weeks, then try introducing more challenging foods.

There is one thing that helped me be more comfortable during a flare up, and that's Carafate suspension. Some GI docs don't think it's much help, but I can tell you first hand that it provides me with great relief. There are others here at the forum who have also found it extremely helpful. I suggest you try to get a script and see how you do.

Since I had my surgery, I don't get esophagitis any more. My stomach is reactive, so sometimes it gets irritated. During those times I follow the diet I mentioned here. The surgery has provided tremendous improvement, though, because the esophagitis was the worst part of the whole experience.

I wish you lots of luck, and hope you get feeling better soon. I know it's no fun. Hang in there!

Best wishes,

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   Posted 1/23/2014 7:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Denise,

You are right! I do need to get over my fear of ppi's. Before your surgery, did you take them as needed or all the time? This is my second esophagitis flare and I was only on meds to treat my first. Since then I have been totally fine without the need for ppi's. I don't get heartburn unless I have coffee! I started with the prevacid the other day and I have a scheduled scope for Feb 3 so hopefully get some more answers. Before and during my pregnancies I never ever had any heartburn, i have no idea where this came from. 2 months after the birth it all started!!

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   Posted 1/25/2014 9:27 AM (GMT -6)   

Did you take the ppi's as needed or all the time? Did you still have gastritis / esophagitis flares on the meds??

Thanks :)
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