Symptoms of gastritis, and ? about treatment

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   Posted 7/26/2014 3:43 PM (GMT -6)   

Just have a question. In January of this year, had some GI testing done. Mostly for lower GI tract, but they also did a upper GI test--an endoscopy. Doctor said that I had chronic inflammation of the lining of the stomach. I took Omeprazole for a month or so, but felt like that made it worse. I really only had "heartburn" symptoms like in my throat, upper chest at the time. Only thing with my stomach was very frequent nausea. I was switched to the generic of Prevacid, which I stopped taking after about 2 months (?). Have only had occasional heartburn since then, but the nausea is there for at least part of each day. I have experimented with different foods, eating at different times, etc, but no luck.

I will ask my GI doc, but wanted to hear from people on the forum as well. Could the nausea be caused by gastritis? If that's the only symptom that I notice (could there be more problems that i'm not aware of?), is it worth going back on the prevacid, or is that not healthy to be taking long term? Super tired of being nauseous so much of the time. I do have 8mg Zofran that I can take, but I know I can't be taking that every single day.

I do have significant lower GI problems, including chronic constipation due to severe nerve damage as well as bowel incontinence. (Fun stuff!!) Going to Mayo in a couple weeks for testing to determine exactly what needs to be done in surgery.

Any advice, suggestions would be appreciated.

Thanks for listening!

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   Posted 7/26/2014 5:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Ginger tea or capsules may reduce your nausea. If that does not work, perilla leaf (green or purple, found at Asian grocer) added as an herb to your food may reduce nausea.

Acupuncture is usually very effective to treat nausea and GI complaints. Have you tried it?

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   Posted 7/26/2014 5:48 PM (GMT -6)   
hi there

indeed nausea is one symptom most suffer when they have gastritis. I currently have pretty severe gastritis currently. to cut long story short, I could not tolerate ppi medication they made me ill with some severe side effects and the problem with PPI for me was that although they initially helped heal my gastritis but the acid rebound when coming off them would trigger a severe gastritis much worse than before. The doctors kept brushing aside what I was saying to them and diagnosed me with visceral hypersensitivity, which the second endoscopy proved wrong diagnosis. I came off PPI for the last time and the rebound acid made my mild gastritis into hell gastritis. For eleven days now I have felt like hell with pain and severe nausea/vomiting.

But I am starting to improve again but ever so slowly, I am basically healing my gastritis naturally now which is out of this world ha4d without meds to accomplish, its yards as hell but I am moving in the right direction.

I eat bland, only chicken boiled and boiled white rice. it has been my diet for 8 months now and its left me with host of vitamin deficiencies.It generally takes 8-16 weeks to fully but some quicker and others upnto 1 year.

my gastritis was steroid induced so it was very severe begin with, just upset that doctors made me so ill with stupid acid reducing meds on top of steroids.

I am taking sucralfate and it help quite a bit but it can't tolerate it well but better 4han PPI meds and gaviscon.

Eat bland, no onion, citrus fruits like orange & lemons...., no tomatoes and garlic, no coffee or caffeinated drinks. Eat Vegas but I can't tolerate any of them also try boiling your fruits for few weeks, I can just about tolerate boiled apples and red potato but white potato floors me. Eat soft foods and chew well also don't let your stomach run hungry, always nibble on some foods. I eating every 2 hours but that was a mistake, wish I never got into such bad routine, try eat no more than 5-6 times a day if you can. Drink plenty of water too.

good luck :)

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   Posted 7/26/2014 6:58 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks for the suggestions. I have not tried those things before. I have tried acupuncture in the past, once for migraines about a year ago (did around 10 or so sessions) and also for chronic back pain about 10 or more years ago. With both sets of treatments, I found that it helped quite a bit with feeling very calm, but at the same time, I felt very awake, had lots of energy, and just felt "clean" or refreshed. However, no significant relief of the symptoms I was seeking treatment for. I just happened to write to my previous acupuncturist last week, asking about the GI stuff and if she thought she could help me. She said she didn't want to really promise me anything until we met and she could evaluate me and really understand the problems. I would love to try it, but right now $$ is pretty tight and stupid insurance doesn't cover it. Looking into going to another place where they offer a sliding scale with the lowest prices around, and it does have a good reputation. We'll see what happens.

I'm sorry you are going thru so much! That sounds just awful! What is sucralfate? Rx? I will look it up, but just curious. I already do eat a rather bland diet because of my other GI issues. I am a vegetarian, which makes it more tricky to find things to eat and get protein and all the other nutrients necessary. I don't do fruit, veggies must be cooked until mushy (and some of those aren't well tolerated), I do not have caffeine, no carbonated stuff either, some dairy is really a bad idea for me. I tend to eat a lot of mashed potatoes (no skins), lots of breads (no whole wheat or anything high in fiber), some protein bars, pasta. Basically tons of carbs with little nutritional value. about 90% of what I drink is water, some gatorade (when I have to drink the bowel prep stuff, every 10-14 days). I'm looking forward to getting things sorted out and being able to have a more "normal" or nutritious diet in the future. I tend to go for the soft foods too, cuz I also have a pretty bad problem with my teeth...had a bad infection in my upper jaw that went undetected for a long time. It ate away a lot of bone, I had surgery to remove the tooth and clean out the infection, and put in some bone graft material. Gotta wait 1 more month to see if the graft grows enough strong bone to do an implant. Then over the next 2-3 years, I will have most or all of my teeth removed and replaced with the implant system. I'm only 36. So, looks like I better get used to soft foods, small meals, and lots of water. Sorry for rambling. Thanks for the advice and the support. Hope you feel better soon!!
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