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Old 11-28-2007, 04:21 PM   #1
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How painful is gastritis?

I'm frustrated at a lack of an answer from docs and the constant tests. How painful is gastritis? I'm wondering because I have redness and irritation shown on endoscopy (biopsies are normal). This is all they can concretely find wrong with me. Would it account for the amount of pain I am in? Constant burning in upper middle stomach. Sometimes the pain radiates left or right, always upper quadrant. Never lower. No changes in bowels. Just upper pain. 2 ER visits, and 3 total massive painful episodes that started as burning and ended with excrutiating pain lasting 12+hours. Any ideas?

Waiting HIDA scan results but I think I passed.

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Old 11-29-2007, 07:44 PM   #2
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Re: How painful is gastritis?

I have suffered with gastritis for over 4 years now and IT IS VERY PAINFUL. Especially if i eat certain foods. Have you tried a gerd diet? This might help and also are you on medication? I'm on aciphex and it seems to help also.

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Re: How painful is gastritis?

It's gotten bad enough that I couldn't stand up straight for hours. Like the worst stitch ever times 10. Prilosec is my friend, fruits and fats are my foes.

Old 11-30-2007, 06:25 AM   #4
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Re: How painful is gastritis?

A diet for GERD, ulcers, gastritis didn't make me feel much better. I eventually adopted a combination of a GERD diet and a gallbladder diet. I find that any fat I eat will trigger an "attack." I stick mostly to bland foods. I can eat acidic things like pickles and tomato-based foods with no problems at all, so it makes me wonder whether it really is gastritis. I'd think those things would really hurt me.

When they did the endoscopy, as soon as it was over he said I had some irritation in my stomach and it was red. He immediately said that I should have a HIDA scan to find the cause of my pain. My father was there, too, and we both walked away with the impression that my stomach wasn't the root of all my pain, that things looked alright, albeit a little red. The doctor really acted like my stomach was essentially fine, just very slightly irritated. So I have a hard time believing that all the pain I'm in is caused by that. But, if the gallbladder scan comes back alright, I guess I'm safe to assume that gastritis is my ailment.

I was on Prilosec 20 mg a day for 10 days. Then Nexium 40 mg for about a week, then they bumped it to 40 mg twice per day for another week. No change. Now I'm on Protonix 40 mg twice per day. I also take 20 to 40 mg of Bentyl a half hour before I eat.

I'm losing lots of weight. 10 pounds in 3 weeks because most everything with fat or flavor or calories hurts my stomach. I'm frustrated, and the pain is truly constant. It's making me somewhat crazy.

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