I'm on day 2 of taking mastic gum for my gastritis, and last night is the first night in months that I have slept all the way through the night! of course, I'm sure it didn't hurt that I had 6 beers before bed!
But recently my left side is a bit painful. I am prone to getting kidney stones, probably malabsorption has something to do with that, but can mastic gum cause kidney stones?
I am new to the board but wanted to share two things that seem not to be mentioned in the dialogue. One is that all ppi's or h2 blockers will give you a rebound reaction if you stop them suddenly. Doctors don't tell you of course. You have to wean off them slowly, reducing the dose as you go along.
That is why so many people have terrible burning. The other is that you don't have to have h-pylori to have an ulcer. In this case it is the holisitic community that keeps that information out there. You can have an ulcer due to your own stress level. I have been taking 2 mastic tablets each morning before breakfast and it seems to be helping. You HAVE to quit coffee and alcohol and eat lightly, low spice and low fried foods. You can heal but you have to keep your habits in check until you do then you can slowly add things that you have eliminated back in and see how you do. The ideal would be never to take a ppi or h2 blocker until it is a last resort.
Surely it is not a cure all. For me I have had such horrible side effects from PPI's. I am allergic to most and break out in hives and my lips swell up and itch like mad which makes me rely on benedryl which then makes me dehydrated and feel blue, Zantac makes my bones hurt, the only one I can take is Prevacid and that works but makes me feel "off" too. So I am working on using Mastic gum, I make a cool tea out of Marshmallow root which tastes like s--t but it seems to coat my esophagus and make me feel less irritated and just not drinking any alcohol or drink any coffee etc. Hope you heal up soon!
I know it is so hard to find the time to wean off!!!! That is why I wish I never started. My first symptom was horrible esophageal spasms that made me feel like I was having a heart attack and worse. The doctor did an upper endoscopy and said I had no sign of erosion. He wanted me to take Librax 4 times a day. That is the drug they give if you have Crohn's He felt I was very stressed and that my whole digestive system would benefit from calming down. At that time I was afraid I would get addicted as Librax is narcotic, in hind sight I think it would have been easier to be a hop head!!!