I just found this forum and read for an hour before I posted. I think this is a wonderfull community with great advice and insight.
I have been diagnosed with severe gastritis and gerd under an endoscope. I tried every acid blocking drug and none of them worked well. Prescription Prilosec worked a little. Then after a few years of trying these drugs I started getting pain in my guts if you will. I then had a "flex" and everything seemed fine. Also had every type of blood test done. According to my doctors I should be healthy as a horse.
Can taking proton pump inhibitors cause IBS?
I've heard that they can create an imbalence in a persons intestinal flora, which allows bad bacteria to flourish, which leads to IBS. This happens because the stomach needs acid for the good bacteria to harmonize and flourish in the intestines. But PPI's prevent the proper amount of acid to occur.
Now I take probiotics and they seem to help my IBS, but my gastritis won't go away.
Any advice on helping my gastritis? I drink a cup of water and my stomich gurgles, it's so delicate.
Drugs aren't an option, as I feel they only make things worse.