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Old 08-23-2011, 04:47 PM   #1
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Gastritis/inflamed stomach?!

Since the beginning of July I have had a constant tender/sick feeling above my belly button to about 4 inches up. When it started it was almost unbearable, had no appetite and almost felt like I was going to pass out at times. I went to the Dr. and was put on Prilosec (40mg before bed) which didn't really make me feel better. After 3 weeks on the prilosec felt slightly better, could handle eating bread but still felt awful so I went to see a GI specialist. She wanted to do an endoscopy which I ended up having done 4 days later. After the scope she told me that I had antral gastritis (in just the bottom of my stomach) and looked a little inflamed. I was put on Zegerid OTC, 2 pills before bed. After about a week I started to feel a little better, enough to eat normal food but still constant pain. That only last about 2 days and now I am back to feeling completly awful. I went to the Dr. yesterday as a follow up from my endoscopy and she said all my biopsys came back normal so now she is saying I don't even have gastritis! I am going crazy, i feel awful..can barely eat! My stomach definatly feels inflammed even though now shes telling me that it's not. I don't understand how the scope could show gastritis but now she's telling me I don't have it because the biopsy are normal. What could possibly be wrong with me?!?! I am only 23, I have had on and off problems with stomach aches after alcohol/eating too much/too much sugar for the past couple years but never pain that last more then a couple hours. Could I have gastritis even though my biopsys were all normal, or what else could possibly be wrong with me??

 
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Re: Gastritis/inflamed stomach?!

I'm not sure why she said you don't have gastritis. Gastritis means inflamed stomach, and you have that. Clear biopsies means it isn't caused by an infection or something more serious, which is good, but you still have this inflammation.

I've struggled with gastritis for years. I finally FINALLY found an answer, which is that my stomach moves too slowly.

For now, stick to as bland a diet as possible. White bread is a pretty safe bet. Potatoes (white or sweet) are a good source of nutrition. Other than apples, pears or bananas, stay away from fruit or fruit juices. Low fat, and no spices of course. Once you start to feel better, gradually introduce more foods.

Absolutely avoid alcohol, coffee, and medications such as aspirin or advil. Not necessarily forever, but for a good while after you recover.

Now, if you don't start to feel better, push for answers. I walked away from my first GI, just lived with the problem for years without seeking more treatment, and I regret that. Keep pushing, and if you don't get help, look elsewhere.

And hang in there!

 
Old 08-25-2011, 08:35 PM   #3
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Re: Gastritis/inflamed stomach?!

After I had a nissen fundoplication, I too developed the same symptoms. When they looked at my stomach is was extremely red and inflamed. When he came in to talk to me after the procedure he said it was extremely inflamed and understood why I was in so much pain and sick. But then a week later when I went in to find out the biopsy results he said the biopsy just indicated some mild irritation. If I am experiencing mild irritation, I definitely don't want to experience severe irritation. Sure wish I had some uplifting news for you but I am just disgusted with doctors lately. I had a botched Nissen Fundo and since have been worse than prior to the procedure.

 
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