Re: Manuka Honey
You have no idea - I've been to at 7 doctors over the past ten years and two of them are digestive/gastro specialists. I've had 5 scopes all showing chronic gastritis and nothing else. No GERD. no bacteria, no ulcer.
The burning is constant; hardly ever lets up. I actually hold a pillow to my stomach when I go to bed and I seldom sleep through the night.
One doctor even sent me to a shrink saying it was caused from anxiety. She didn't know what to do with me!
I've tried every PPI on the market; I tried anti-anxiety medication; I tried OTC and herbal remedies.
The closest they came to a reason this is happening is food is not digesting quick enough and therefore lays around and this causes the gastritis.
I'm almost tempted to go back to the doctor I saw six months ago and scream at him that he has to do something. He prescribed Elvail (sp) six months ago saying that taken in small doses, it will relaxe the digestive system. He zeroed in on that because five years ago, a specialist prescribed Librax because he felt that my "stomach tubes" were not opening (or not relaxed) enough for my food to digest. This was the only thing that worked. For six months, it was heaven. But, I became tolerant (or immune) and it stopped working - this is characteristic of anti spasmatic meds. During that time, the doctor had retired. I tried other anti spasmatic meds prescribed by other doctors who concluded that this must be the problem - I have a hyper sensitive stomach. Nothing worked and all these meds did was make me sleepy.
Yeah, I would say I'm a bit fed up, especially where I don't recall how a day spent without burning feels! And doctors ask me if I'm stressed or anxious - well, gee, wouldn't anyone be if they had to deal with this 24/7. Of course it's stressful!
Right now, I'm taking mastic gum; a digestive enzyme and magnesium, suggested from another poster. I've been on this regimin for only a week and it hasn't helped. I'm just going to hand in there and take it for a month. I typicallyl give up after a short time but this time, I'm going to stick it out and see how I feel after a month or so.
Thanks for responding and caring!