Posted 8/24/2014 2:02 PM (GMT -7)
Thanks for the good wishes regarding Kitt. We are very sad about it, and you are kind to acknowledge that fact. Our thoughts and prayers are with Kitt and her family as well.
I have been diagnosed with a reactive stomach. It is often set off, and generally its a combination of reasons over time. At first I thought it was chronic gastritis, but the GI doc said his money was on reactive stomach as the diagnosis, so there it is.
Gallbladder can be the culprit, as bile is very irritating. That's something to keep in mind. My situation is always either caused by taking a medication like an antibiotic, or getting too frisky with my eating. My stomach is sensitive, and most of the time its fine, but when it goes, it's off and running, and takes a long time to get better.
There are a couple of things that help me. First, PPIs...even Zantac is better than nothing. If your stomach lining is irritated, you want to keep acid away if you can. I always take PPI an hour before breakfast and dinner when my stomach flares. Also don't eat anything that is rough, like raw veggies or poporn, etc. When your stomach mashes foods, rough things can irritate the stomach lining further.
Another thing that really helps for me is Carafate suspension. It coats the stomach lining, and unlike Maalox or those types of antacids that coat and relieve, the Carafate lasts up to six hours. I have often found it to relieve pain immediately.
That said, I don't have accompanying nausea all the time when I'm having a flare. It's not the main symptom, and only pops up occasionally.
I have found that when I do have a bit of nausea, Zantac can really help get rid of it, which makes me think it's stomach irritation that is the culprit when I have nausea.
Good luck! Nausea is no fun at all, I know, and 24/7 is way too much! I hope you can get it into control ASAP! If it were me, I'd try the PPI, if you don't have any other medical conditions that would contraindicate taking it again.
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