I was diagnosed with gastritis and gastric erosion, the start of ulcers and negative for h. pylori bacteria. I"m on protonix 1x per day and carafate 1x per day. I had endoscopy and was in ER 3x for pain. I have read other posts of being in tears, depressed and eating small meals. I have had all those things! My gastro dr said to stop the carafate after 5 weeks, which is this week. I'm really scared the pain will return.
If I eat wrong, fried food, too much food, too many spices, acid, etc, I have bad pain for hours straight thru to my back. How does one know if you are ok to stop taking it. Another endoscopy would make sense, right, but with insurance my cost was over $2,000.
I started eating every 2-3 hours and logging everything to see what does not work. When they say eat small meals, I mean SMALL, I eat 1/2 a small baked potato, 1/2 cup canned pears, 1/2 pasta, 3-4 oz chicken, etc, very small amounts each time. It has been a huge adjustment for me.
Ok, back to my question, is it just trial and error on when to stop carafate? In other words if it hurts again, I must keep taking it?
Really looking forward to see what you all think.