Gastritis

Posted by afrochic @afrochic, Mar 23, 2019

I stumbled on this site from so much googling on the digestive issues I’ve been suffering. Gastritis for 10 yrs now, on and off PPIs severally. Recurrent epigastric pain + nausea and bloating. Endoscopy 3 times. Last one done March 6 2019 and now diagnosed with severe intestinal metaplasia. It’s been a dreary journey.

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@fourof5zs

@lemons252

Yes, the medication can help.

If the cause of your gastritis is Helicobacter pylori you will need to take a few other medications too. They should have tested for this during an endoscopy or other test.

You need to eat a blander diet during your healing time and maybe add an antacid.. mylanta, zantac, pepcid and a few others that I cannot remember the names of are examples. Avoid whatever foods (foods with high acid and spicy are usually culprits) and drink (again high acid contents like coffee (dark roast coffee has less acid if it is a must for you), tea (some herbal teas do not have as much acid) and sodas that make your symptoms worse.

Avoid alcoholic beverages and sodas. Do not take NSAIDS.. like aspirin, ibuprofen, aleve, etc.

This article at the Mayo Clinic site might be more helpfu:l https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/gastritis/symptoms-causes/syc-20355807. The above is just from my experience. My GI doctor added carafate for a few weeks the last time I had a flare up.

Best wishes,
Zaroga

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Regarding coffee: I may be mistaken about this, but I believe that dark roast varieties have less caffeine but more acid.

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@jackiem95

Regarding coffee: I may be mistaken about this, but I believe that dark roast varieties have less caffeine but more acid.

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@jackiem95 The amount of reduced caffeine is very little according to most studies. I do know my heart does not beat as fast with a dark roast as it does with a decaf. So I think it at least puts it in category of decaf… all decaf still has caffeine. I also know I have personally have less acid production with a darker roast. Most studies say about acid: Dark Roasts – a study published in 2010 found that dark roast coffee is easier on the stomach than light roasts because it produces an ingredient that prevents hydrochloric acid from building up in the stomach. I mostly go by what my body tells me and not studies .. everyone is different 😀

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@jackiem95

Regarding coffee: I may be mistaken about this, but I believe that dark roast varieties have less caffeine but more acid.

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@jackiem95 @fourof5zs I was told by a person who runs a coffee roastery that the dark roast has less acid because in the longer roasting process more of the acid is burned off. I never heard that there was a difference in caffeine, that's interesting. I wonder how cold brew compares. I use a Keurig and there are now cold brew cups with liquid in them that you can use in the machine. The resulting coffee is so smooth, it's really delicious. I find I don't need any creamer in it, whereas that is usually a must for me.
JK

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Hi @afrochic,

I wanted to follow up and ask after you – how are you doing? It sounds like you are dealing with a lot and are frustrated, but you have found a very supportive community, and I’m so glad you reached out to Mayo Clinic Connect.

I’d also like to introduce you to a few members. Please meet @kinmeta @jestride @alfanny @amy5960 @nancyj1221 @saucy @dandl48 @travelgirl, who’ve written about intestinal metaplasia a while back.

And here’s a video which I think might interest you:
– Mayo Clinic video about Barretts Esophagus, Intestinal Metaplasia of the Cardia https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTbeFAOVN8Q–

I’ve heard Abuja is a beautiful city and an art hub? I really look forward to hearing from you soon.

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@hopeful33250

Hello @afrochic, it is good to hear from you. I am glad to hear that your gastro endoscopy will be repeated again. That is probably important given your symptoms. It is unfortunate that you have not found more relief from medication and diet. Elevating the head of your bed is very helpful, I've done that for a number of years now.

Have you lost weight because of your problems with eating and nausea?
Is coming to the U.S. (to be seen at Mayo) a possibility for you if your symptoms do not improve under your current treatment?

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Thank You Teresa. I have suffered weight loss or should I say, difficulty in gaining weight. It's not drastic but people do notice and tell me I look thinner. I should be repeating the endoscopy in a few months. The pain subsided for the entire month of June but I am now starting to feel the symptoms again. I am planning to come to the US for grad school in January. My sister worked at Mayo Clinic briefly. I don't know, I imagine its expensive.

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@kanaazpereira

Hi @afrochic,

I wanted to follow up and ask after you – how are you doing? It sounds like you are dealing with a lot and are frustrated, but you have found a very supportive community, and I’m so glad you reached out to Mayo Clinic Connect.

I’d also like to introduce you to a few members. Please meet @kinmeta @jestride @alfanny @amy5960 @nancyj1221 @saucy @dandl48 @travelgirl, who’ve written about intestinal metaplasia a while back.

And here’s a video which I think might interest you:
– Mayo Clinic video about Barretts Esophagus, Intestinal Metaplasia of the Cardia https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTbeFAOVN8Q–

I’ve heard Abuja is a beautiful city and an art hub? I really look forward to hearing from you soon.

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Hi @kanaazpereira It's nice of you to check up on me. How are you doing? I hope great. Thank you for the resources you posted. I will check them out. Abuja is a beautiful city and we have a thriving art community here. Do you work at Mayo Clinic? I would like to know the procedure for getting checked there.

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Hi @afrochic,

International patients can request an appointment at any Mayo Clinic location online, here: http://www.mayoclinic.org/departments-centers/international/appointments
You could also call one of our appointment offices. The contact information for all 3 Mayo Clinic locations (Minnesota, Arizona, Florida) can be found here: http://mayocl.in/1mtmR63
The Clinic’s representatives/schedulers will ask questions to help direct you to the best specialist, either at Mayo or closer to home.

I’m thrilled to hear that you are coming to United States for grad school! Might I suggest you use these resources for insurance and billing questions. Or contact Patient Account Services for help.
– Billing & Insurance https://www.mayoclinic.org/patient-visitor-guide/billing-insurance
– Billing & Insurance (International patients) https://www.mayoclinic.org/patient-visitor-guide/billing-insurance/before-arrival/international-patients
– Charitable Care and Financial Assistance https://www.mayoclinic.org/patient-visitor-guide/billing-insurance/financial-assistance

Another incredible resource for information is the "Visiting Mayo Clinic” group on Connect: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/group/traveling-to-mayo-clinic/ Feel free to browse through the discussions, join in, tag fellow members and post your questions.

Do let me know if you need more information, and keep me updated with your progress – I wish you all success.

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Stay away from strawberries and apples as they are acidic.

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@kanaazpereira

Hi @afrochic,

International patients can request an appointment at any Mayo Clinic location online, here: http://www.mayoclinic.org/departments-centers/international/appointments
You could also call one of our appointment offices. The contact information for all 3 Mayo Clinic locations (Minnesota, Arizona, Florida) can be found here: http://mayocl.in/1mtmR63
The Clinic’s representatives/schedulers will ask questions to help direct you to the best specialist, either at Mayo or closer to home.

I’m thrilled to hear that you are coming to United States for grad school! Might I suggest you use these resources for insurance and billing questions. Or contact Patient Account Services for help.
– Billing & Insurance https://www.mayoclinic.org/patient-visitor-guide/billing-insurance
– Billing & Insurance (International patients) https://www.mayoclinic.org/patient-visitor-guide/billing-insurance/before-arrival/international-patients
– Charitable Care and Financial Assistance https://www.mayoclinic.org/patient-visitor-guide/billing-insurance/financial-assistance

Another incredible resource for information is the "Visiting Mayo Clinic” group on Connect: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/group/traveling-to-mayo-clinic/ Feel free to browse through the discussions, join in, tag fellow members and post your questions.

Do let me know if you need more information, and keep me updated with your progress – I wish you all success.

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Thank you @kanaazpereira for all the information. I'm glad you could help me with all of this.

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@lemons252

I was recently diagnosed with gastritis (im17) i am to be put on omeprazole i just wanted to know if it really does help as i have gerd symptoms too such as coughing attacks acid/food comes up. I also worry that im not eating enough i barely want to eat feeling nauseous after i eat or when i see food

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I have the same thing, gastritis and I am on omeprazole.Without that medication you can run into future problems npt keeping it under control an it can cause more damage in your abdomen

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