It's not fun having a sensitive/reactive stomach, I know. I'm in the midst of a milder version that has been lasting nearly 2 months. I am mostly to blame for the persistence...I kept challenging it whenever it felt better, and didn't wait long enough. Like you, I'm taking Protonix (actually 40mg twice a day). I have added Zantac at bedtime to provide added protection. I know that it doesn't seem to help, but it is helping. It keeps the acid at bay as your stomach heals.
The biopsy is to check and see if your stomach inflammation is caused by H.pylori. If so, the cure will be an antibiotic. If not, the cure will be extra careful eating and drinking and continued acid suppression. Be sure to let us know if the biopsy showed anything.
If your doctor finds you have H.pylori, then you'll be put on an antibiotic. I have always hoped I don't get that diagnosis, because certain antibiotics are the trigger for my stomach problems. I would think, though, that if they can cure you with an antibiotic, that would speed things up.
My gastritis/stomach reaction is generally caused by multiple things over time. I don't drink much coffee because it is a trigger, but when my stomach is feeling good, I might have a cup each day. I enjoy a beer or two with my husband on Friday and Saturday night. I love popcorn with my beer! We've been eating more Italian foods/spicy foods lately. These are all things that, over time, can give me problems. It's usually not one thing (antibiotics are the only single trigger I've found--Augmentin is something I can never take. It put me in the hospital with terrible gastritis and reflux/asthma that was uncontrollable.)
I wish I had an answer for you. A prescript
ion of Carafate suspension can be very helpful if you have pain. The hard part about
taking it is the timing. 2 hours before or after taking medication. 1 hour before meals/2 hours after meals. If you can figure out a way to get several doses in each day, I think it can help make you more comfortable.
Hang in there. It takes time to heal. It seems like the digestive tract takes especially long. Before my Nissen, when I got a gastritis flare, reflux would burn my esophagus and I wouldn't even be able to eat. I relied on egg custard as my main nutritional source as it was tolerated well.
I hope you make steady progress and get feeling better soon. My GI doc said to wait 2 weeks after I feel perfect before trying to introduce anything challenging. I need to be PATIENT! Introducing challenging foods too quickly can set me back weeks.
I wish you luck and healing!Best wishes, and take care!
PS...I find Eckhart Tolle to be so helpful. Such common sense advice and strategies for life. Glad you like the quotes. I thought they were extremely appropriate for the forum.
Nissen Fundoplication 2/09
Allergy/Asthma"Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.”
“Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose”
“Accept - then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”
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