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Jun 12, 2018 · Collagenous gastritis in Digestive Health

Hi @kellye5 I'm sorry for your son. It is miserable, and I hope that he begins to feel better. Activity makes me feel better, and just not dwelling on it, but I understand that each case is unique with each specific set of challenges. I am in a challenging phase currently, and really can't give any advice as to what has worked for me, but I wish your son the best, and hope he is able to keep his spirits up.

Jun 11, 2018 · Collagenous gastritis in Digestive Health

Hi, I was diagnosed when I was 28 or 29. I'm 34 now.. Dr. Murray and Dr. Garg at Mayo Rochester have been the only doctors who have been able to help at all. I too can only eat tiny portions of food without feeling like I'm going to vomit or, will ultimately just vomit. Dairy, red meat, sugar, and carbs do not agree with me. I also tend to stick to small portions of chicken, fish and steamed veggies. They found that I have zero acid in my stomach, making it difficult to break any of the food down. I am always extremely exhausted, which is difficult with family and intense work obligations (which everyone can relate to). I'm also a distance runner, and I find it difficult to get adequate nutrition to fuel me for long runs.

On my week-long visit at mayo I was put on 2 different laxatives, due to stool overflow, prednisone, and something to get rid of the excess bacteria in my stomach (since my stomach has no acid, there is bacteria). I was also given an endoscopy, and a camera was inserted into my bloodstream that traveled to my stomach and took pictures– which I thought was pretty innovative technology! Anyway, I was doing much better for about 2 months.. I was not vomiting and very little pain. And within the last month, my stomach has almost reverted, which is so disheartening. The only thing I'm able to keep down are scramble eggs. And I can only eat so many scramble eggs… I'm reading through everyone's recommendations, and going to try any diet changes that have worked for others. I really appreciate everyone's input.

My heart goes out to all of you dealing with this rare, ambiguous disease, and I hope you find the answers you need to feel better.