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Nov 26, 2018 · Collagenous Gastritis in Digestive Health

I was diagnosed with CG two years ago at 56 after several years of symptoms, including severe GERD, stomach bleeding, and anemia that was debilitating. I also have other autoimmune symptoms that could be related. I could not find a doctor that would treat me in Florida but was accepted at Mayo. Taking iron with vitamin C replenished my blood cells slowly and I have normal blood count and more energy after about a year. I was treated at Mayo with PPI and Budesonide without success, unfortunately. I am left with coming for periodic endoscopies to remove polyps and to monitor pre-cancerous conditions.

I have in the past six months changed my diet after focusing on how foods made me feel. I now eat mainly a plant based, gluten-free, dairy free diet. I also have eliminated anything with canola oil, the skins of nightshade vegetables, sugar, caffeine, alcohol, fried foods and heavy spices. When I maintain this diet, I have much less pain and healthier bowel movements. I do not suspect that I will see any improvement in my condition but I do feel better.