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Posted by jovita martinez on October 05, 1999 at 19:59:25:

I have been suffering with severe gastritis and a caffiene addiction for 20 years! .
I have been unable to kick the coffee habit and because of this my stomach can't heal. I've been on
Prilosec since 1991 and at first it was truly a "wonder" drug. It allowed me to drink my coffee and even
some alcohol on occassion. But then gradually the prilosec couldn't prevent the stomach pain that I
suffered after drinking one cup of coffee! Two years ago I developed an allergy to Prilosec. Now when I
take it I itch very badly and my eyes get irritated, red and itchy. As soon as I stop the prilosec the itching
goes away. But then inevitably I will drink coffee again and suffer the same consequences. I have been
tested for H-pylori and have had eight endoscopies. All have been negative for cancer or anything else.
My esophagus has also gotten irritated and I never feel well anymore. This gastritis has ruined my life!
I have never heard of any groups that offer support to someone with a coffee addiction. Is there anyone out there with this problem?
I spend my days trying to be good and not drink coffee, then I'll slip and need to take the prilosec again,
then I''ll be miserable for a few days and then I will repeat the cycle again! I have tried to drink other things
in the morning aside from coffee, but they do not give me the same "jumpstart" that coffee does and I have
even tried caffiene tablets, but they too hurt my stomach! I would like to hear from other people with this\
problem I am desperate and so very very tired of struggling with this horrendous problem!
I do not know how to send an E-Mail on my computer and don't know if this will go out, but if it does and someone out there
knows what I'm dealing with. Please contact me and lets talk!

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