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   Posted 6/23/2014 5:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Can someone help me.......maybe I should tell u my story for some insight from this very helpful group. I am new to this site. I've always had a bit of reflux might need to take Tagamet 2 times a year for a day. I was taking baby aspirin for a few years and lately started eating all my salads and vegetables each night close to bed time I might add with lime juice for about 3 weeks plus eating lemon yogurt . At the same time I increased my use of stevia sugar substitute. Developed a slight below belly button abdominal pain lasting 20 minutes a few times a week for about 5 weeks nothing severe. Lots of belching. Got an ultra sound of my uterus all fine.was fine.Very much into health. Weight good, don't smoke or drink.
Went to my primary doctor who put me on Nexium . Next day terrible acid reflux. Didn't have this prior to going on Nexium. Stayed on the Nexium for 8 days. Acid reflux would not go away! Had a endoscopic test. Told all was normal but have two small non bleeding erosive gastropathy spots. Given Carafate to allow healing. Was afraid to take ppi drugs tried all the over the counter meds like Tagamet none have helped. Have burning throat/chest. Wondering if this is all caused by the above mentioned products lime juice etc. by the way stomach pain gone. Do those erosions in my stomach need to heal? By not taking ppi drugs I'm not allowing the stomach to quiet down? No advice form the gastro doctor he was lousy. What do u all think...u all have more experience than I as of right now. Thinking of going on the ppi drugs but not Nexium obviously and seeing if my stomach needs to heal...been a month of this acid on jamie koufman's dropping acid diet and the alkaline water. Have lost weight because of it which is not good. Please need some advice.....thanks Andrea

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   Posted 6/23/2014 8:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Andy,

Hang in there! Never knew how we with GERD could suffer until 4 years ago when I was diagnosed with it, ate nothing, lost 40 pounds and so I informed myself on it as well as tricks they offer on forums like these which I think probably saved my sanity. So many of us suffer from this, and it's a terrible thing to have but if one med doesn't work another might so don't loose hope. Today I'm in a relapse actually with a new GERD med, I'm still trudging along finding tips and tricks and I watch what I eat and I try to be kind to myself because my anxiety didn't help. Good cheers to you and please feel free to contact me for any questions, Always glad to help :))

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   Posted 6/23/2014 8:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Mommanoesbest......sometimes this site is us think u might ever go for one of those operations?

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   Posted 6/24/2014 10:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Andrea,

I had my procedure five years ago in February, and I've been great. Your question about PPI's is a good one. If you have gastritis, and sores that need healing in your stomach, it is extremely important that you get on PPI's. In addition, the Carafate that you were prescribed will be helpful in healing and making your stomach more comfortable.

I have a reactive stomach, and when I have gastritis, I increase my PPI intake to full strength. I have always used 40 mg of Protonix an hour before breakfast, and an hour before dinner. It is very important that you take your PPI's properly, to get the most out of them. They need to be taken an empty stomach, and the first meal you have after that hour of waiting, should be high in protein. Milk works well.

I always keep Carafate in the house, because my stomach is sensitive. I prefer Carafate suspension, which is a liquid version. It is tricky to take, as it has to be separated from meals and medications, so be sure and discuss this with the pharmacist.

As far as what precipitated this gastritis problem goes, it's generally not one thing. Most often it is a cumulative affect of many different things that you have done or eaten. It occurs over time. Things you mentioned certainly would cause the problem. I no longer take the aspirin therapy, because of my stomach.

The Nissen surgery does not stop gastritis. What it stops is the acid migrating into the esophagus and burning it. In my case, that was by far the most painful part. In addition that acid would create havoc with my asthmatic lungs.

Good luck getting your stomach cleared up. Prior to my surgery, I generally had one or two episodes of gastritis a year, that lasted up to three months each. As I said, the most painful part of the whole thing was the esophagus. It was burned badly by the increased reflux. I always lost about 20 pounds each time, because I could barely eat anything.

Be sure to chew your food very carefully, eat only a bland diet, and make sure nothing goes into your stomach that is rough. Part of the digestive process, involves the stomach muscles mashing your food. If there are things in your stomach that can scratch and irritate the stomach lining it can set you back. No cheating on your diet, because it makes things take that much longer.

Hang in there. It's a long process of healing, if you're careful with taking the medication, Carafate, and a very careful diet, you will heal, and get back to your old self.

Best wishes,

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Post Edited (dencha) : 6/27/2014 11:19:32 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 6/25/2014 6:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi there Andy :)

Denise pretty much said it all but stick around, this place gives much needed support and stories that made me feel like I wasn't alone to suffer. Baby steps is all that is needed, hang in there it gets easier :) As for the surgery question, I am a candidate for it but I'm waiting only because of my phobias (crazy me). In any case take really good care of yourself and slowly things will be back to normal :)
-Take care of your mind and body so that your soul will be tempted to stay-
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