Hello @afrochic and welcome to Mayo Connect,
I am glad to hear that you found this site while googling. I had the same experience several years ago and I have found a lot of support on Connect.
I can certainly understand your concern. The symptoms you mentioned are very uncomfortable and certainly worrisome. If you care to share more, could you tell a little bit about how these symptoms affect your eating? For example, do you eat small frequent meals, what about the consumption of fats, caffeine, etc.? Do different foods make your symptoms worse? What about your lifestyle, do you engage in a mild exercise like walking etc.?
I found a Mayo website on the topic of intestinal metaplasia, https://www.mayoclinic.org/search/search-results?q=intestinal%20metaplasia.
You have mentioned having gastritis for 10 years. Other than the endoscopies, have you had other gastric procedures and/or surgeries? What other types of health problems have you experienced? Is there a family history of gastrointestinal problems such as yours?
I look forward to hearing from you again and I certainly hope you find some answers to this troubling problem. Given your long history, have you sought a second opinion at a multidisciplinary health center (like a university medical center) or a Mayo facility?
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I'm so sorry to be replying one month later. I've been on a mental, emotional and physical rollercoaster. I have followed the dietary restrictions (no fatty food, fried food, coffee, sugary and processed foods, citrus etc to at least 98% faithfully yet I've come to see that what I eat or don't eat doesn't affect the symptoms. I eat bland foods like rice, potatoes, steamed vegetables and lots of fruits especially bananas, watermelon, blackberries, strawberries and apples. I am doing the best I can so far. Some days I'd get by with no symptoms only to be hit by severe nausea for the next 2-3 days. I do brisk walking but not daily. No surgeries done for any condition. I have siblings who suffer from IBS and also gastritis. But they all have it under control.
I live in Abuja Nigeria and have seen experienced gastroenterologists in the best hospitals in the city who have told me the line of treatment for my condition is PPIs and wouldn't change even if I flew to another country for treatment.