Gastritis and a Hiatal Hernia

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   Posted 9/1/2014 3:42 PM (GMT -6)   

I am glad I found this forum as it seems like this one and only a couple of others are buzzing.

Anyway, this all started in late April after eating lunch that I got this throbbing pain in the side of my left stomach, I have had it before but just chalked it up to indigestion/gas. Needless to say this did not go away and the next morning my stomach was tender. I went to my GP that Wednesday and he diagnosed it as Gastritis and gave me a 30 day dose of Omeprazole 20mg along with the pill version of sucralfate and by that Monday I felt great. I finished my thirty day dose and felt fine for almost 2 weeks until Sunday morning in early June when I woke up and my stomach felt on fire with pain all over and I couldn't breathe. I ended up in the ER where they diagnosed me with Gastritis, again. I was then recommended to a GI Doc who set-up an endoscopy, I went in for an endoscopy the following week where he properly diagnosed me with mild antral gastritis, no h pylori, and a small hiatal hernia. I was given 40mg Omeprazole and went on the strict diet hoping this would be cleared up by early August but it was not and frustrated by the lack of concern of that GI Doctor, I went to the new one where he prescribed me 40mg Protonix along with carafate suspension a little over 3 weeks ago. So far I feel I have improved a lot more, but still have a few weeks to go.

I just scared, angry, and depressed. I am scared that because I did not realize how serious this was the first time around, I gave myself chronic gastritis.

I am depressed after reading so many stories on here that never give updates, that I will never recover and always be dealing with this in one way or another. That I will never get to enjoy just a dinner out with friends and not have to worry about this pain. Never again get to enjoy a good cup of coffee and a nice pint of beer, not together of course. Just out of being miserable, I decided to eat some black beans and spinach last night and I feel like I am paying for it today. The thought of dealing with this another 4-6 months down the road just makes me not look forward to the future.

I am angry that it is taking so long to heal and how people are not very understanding about this and how it has affected a lot of things in my life like my work and relationships, trying to explain why I am not a bundle of energy anymore.

Now the questions.

1. I assume that if I have a 'small' hiatal hernia, I will need to stay on a PPI indefinitely?

2. A still get symptoms like random aches/pains all over my stomach and under my ribs, mostly the left-side. Lately I have been getting chest pains along with burning in my stomach, something I never got. I also seem to gasp for breath along with not so much nausea but dizzy, as if I came off a roller-coaster ride. I assume this is all normal.

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Date Joined Sep 2014
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   Posted 9/1/2014 4:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey there,

You just posted to me on the other forum. One thing to consider. All your tummy issues may have really upset your vagus nerve. It took months for mine to settle down. Obviously you'll want a doctor to check you out for chest pains since that could be heart related but I got really weird symptoms from vagus nerve issues. Check it out.


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Date Joined Aug 2014
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   Posted 9/1/2014 10:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been having the same problems . I have now connected my asthma with the acid reflux . When you lay flat you can inhale some of the acid . Sleep in an inclined position on your left side . I also went off of wheat and have had great incline in all my symptoms in just a week . Been taking Prilosec for three months and it didn't help a lick . My right arm still feels funny at times but I hope it heals soon .

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Date Joined Sep 2014
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   Posted 9/4/2014 10:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey. Our conditions, age and timeline of events (spring this year - now) sound very similar. In fact, out of all these people here, you are the closest in symptoms, age, and medication.

My wonderful background - throbbing/stabbing pain in a very particular spot to the lower left of where the ribcage meets. It started early this year and I just ignored happened when I ate hot chilies, so I just stopped eating them, but it still bothered me sometimes. I finally went to the doc in February, who prescribed Nexium. I tried it for a couple of weeks, got better and thought problem was solved. Then I went out for Vietnamese soup in late March (hot sate, spring rolls, the works), and it's been hell since. suddenly, I not only had the sharp pain in the upper left, but it's like a fiery umbrella opens over my upper stomach. It's still a small area that's affected, and my "big stomach" below never hurts, but it sure sucks and has been completely debilitating. That first week of the flare I had trouble walking. I also get pleghm at the back of my throat after eating, especially in the morning after breakfast. So I walk around clearing my throat for at least 10 minutes...It was much worse earlier on, and seems to be controlled by the antacids.

So anyway. I held off on a PPI again because I read about how "evil" they are, once you start you can't stop...etc...who knows the real truth. I also thought I was getting weird breathing side effects, which in retrospect, I don't think were caused by the PPI. So I was on Zantac (did nothing), Cimetidine, which is Tagamet - nothing, Sucralfate (carafate) - nothing, then finally caved to PPI again and did Protonix beginning in early June. I felt like I got my life back...but it took 2 months to be completely pain free.

I felt "normal" again by the last week of July - it was progressive, the symptoms gradually got better, better, and were gone. This is from not being able to walk, to having a normal life again! I kept a bland diet and there was a 2-3 week period of almost normal life, and I could eat almost everything again and the illness was not ruling my life. Then I had too much coffee and ate chili. And it went to sh!t again... Stupid, stupid!

Here's the kicker - I also get heartburn now. Not often, but it happens - I have NEVER had heartburn in my life. I suspect it may have something to do with the medication, and not my condition... It never happened prior to treatment, and it seems to be occurring when I really up my dose. I don't understand the workings of it.

I'm 33 and this really sucks. I haven't gone out since February and I'm living like a social midget. I have a big vacation coming up over Christmas where I won't be able to cook for myself - I'm terrified...I thought this would be cleared up by now, and I have my doubts if it will over the next 3 months.

Then of course you have the internet. Lovely to hear people have had this for years, isn't it? Don't read into it. Forge your own path.

If you want to PM me, send me a message over dailystrength (I'm there too). Maybe we could become positive-thinking gastritis buddies.

PS. I'm on *80mg* of Protonix now, 8am, 8pm. I pop Rolaids, but they don't do much. I've been on this high dose for 2 weeks, since my coffee and chili incident. My doc said to do it for 3 weeks to bring down the flare. I was previously getting by and getting better on only 20mg! I have to say, it's doing a helluva better job than the 20mg.. I know I'm starting from scratch with the irritation again, and although it's pretty bad, it's not as bad as it was before. It almost keeps it in check. I will go to 40-20, then just 40, then 20, then 10 (I think they make 10) Unless my doctor says otherwise. I heard all about the "acid rebound" when you decrease PPIs, so I can't wait to be a guinea pig for that one (bad joke).

This is not going to rule our life. We will get over this.

Post Edited (toomuchPho) : 9/4/2014 10:48:09 AM (GMT-6)

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Date Joined Dec 2012
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   Posted 9/7/2014 1:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Well I've been suffering with it on and off for two years, and my last flare up has been since April, still suffering with it now, I know how soul destroying it can be. My biggest piece of advice is take it seriously and don't push your luck when u start to feel better, or you'll end up like me. Keep a food diary to find what foods trigger symptoms, it took me over a year to realise that cucumber was a massive trigger for me because I wasn't keeping a proper food diary.

Start reintroducing foods very slowly after you've felt perfect for a month. Take it real slow because this darn gastritis will come back at a snap if you overdo it.
GERD, Anxiety, Depression, Rolling Hiatus Hernia, Esophageal Hypersensitivity
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