Patient Comments: Gastritis - Describe Your Experience

Please describe your experience with gastritis.

Comment from: Starfire, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: February 11

My father died of stomach cancer so when I began having esophageal reflux and a precancerous condition that caused such pain, I eventually was told I have gastritis and to discontinue overdosing on oranges and citrus fruits. This was thirty years ago. I never had another orange even though it is my favorite fruit. Severe stomach pain and a regular series of UTIs (urinary tract infections) after hip surgery in 2010, required a urologist (I had never had a UTI before the surgery). I had an endoscopy and a colonoscopy done last year and the endoscopy disclosed the inflammation and gastritis in the stomach but no cancer. I have not had a normal bowel movement for years. When I do they are hugely explosive. I am able to deal with this and I eat very carefully with small meals. I appreciate what I heard on this site. But I am beginning to know what foods I cannot tolerate. Stress magnifies all symptoms.

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Comment from: mirage, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 29

With gastritis it was very painful lower abdominal pain. I couldn't sleep or eat heavy seasoned foods. I was prescribed an antacid which did help, now I'm going to change my eating habits. This was caused when I took naproxen for carpal tunnel.

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Comment from: hank, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 23

I have been diagnosed with mild gastritis in the past. Recently, from one day to the next, I had awful acid reflux which left me feeling nauseated, unable to eat, and feeling really tired. I contacted my gastroenterologist who after an ultrasound, x-rays, and blood test determined my acid reflux was in high gear. She gave me some Nexium which has helped with acid production and I was able to eat. At night the acid seems to worsen and I wake up because of a gas like feeling in my abdominal area and some nausea. I will be taking two doses of Nexium a day to see if this helps. If not I will request an endoscope and/or colonoscopy. These bouts of nausea are a horrible feeling.

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Comment from: Dibbles, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 30

I was diagnosed with gastritis through endoscopy. This all started at 4AM one morning when I was woken up with a massive pain in my chest, and nausea. I thought it was angina but the pain wasn't radiating, so I went to work and it eased but was still there, and nausea too. Coffee felt hot going down and eating felt like I had some large piece of food stuck in my gullet. I went to the local emergency room on the way home as I still had chest pain and a racing heart (anything from 85-135BPM). Heart was fine; after a CT scan, nitroglycerin tablets and a patch, X-rays and an overnight stay, with a stress test in the morning, I went to see the gastroenterologist. He asked if I am taking any medications and I am on a course of doxycycline that's what I did late that night and then about an hour later went to bed. It seems doxycycline is a very caustic antibiotic and I had burnt my esophagus with the antibiotic. I should have been taking them with a full glass of water. The gastritis is probably caused by the doxycycline said the doctor and will go when the course of tablets is finished. I am taking them with water now and I have also managed to get some manuka honey which I take a teaspoonful of each day.

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Comment from: jrm0341, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: November 21

I was sitting one night and felt a pain in the left side of my chest and when I lifted my arm I felt some numbness and a lightheaded feeling in my head. I went to the emergency room and they said I was not having a heart attack. After that first time I had been to the emergency room 8 times and all my blood work was and fine and my EKG were ok. My blood pressure was fine and my heart rate was normal. I had a brain MRI and neck MRI and a chest MRI and all test came back fine. I had a brain CT scan and that was fine, they checked my thyroid and for blood in my lungs and found nothing. I had a Lyme's test down and it was clean. Then I had an upper endoscopy down and the doctor said I had gastritis, he gave me omeprazole. He also did a biopsy and found that I had eosinophilic esophagitis. I was told that this morning and picked up Flovent for my prescription. I still feel bad like I'm having a heart attack but it does seem like the symptoms have gotten milder since I have been on omeprazole. So I will have to change my diet and see if this Flovent helps with my symptoms.

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