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    Question Gastritis - Anyone dealing with it at the moment? Or recently?

    Seems like a common experience around here so I thought perhaps those going through it could check in with one another...

    It seems to me anxiety can be the cause of gastritis. (And stress) The number of posts around here from the past seem to prove that.

    Wondering what people have done to help move through the pain and how they got through their worst days? Everyone seems to experience it a little differently.
    Some of us have burning (me) and others nausea, gnawing, etc.

    Anyone out there navigating this right now?

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    Re: Gastritis - Anyone dealing with it at the moment? Or recently?

    Quote Originally Posted by CaliGuy View Post
    Seems like a common experience around here so I thought perhaps those going through it could check in with one another...

    It seems to me anxiety can be the cause of gastritis. (And stress) The number of posts around here from the past seem to prove that.

    Wondering what people have done to help move through the pain and how they got through their worst days? Everyone seems to experience it a little differently.
    Some of us have burning (me) and others nausea, gnawing, etc.

    Anyone out there navigating this right now?
    With gastritis, it depends on what's causing it plus there are different types. If gastritis is suspected the Dr often orders an endoscopy/gastroscopy to see what's happening within the stomach. If it's caused by H-Pylori (helicobacter pylori, a bacterium) then specific treatment is needed.

    PPI's are usually given to cut down the flow of excess acid while the stomach lining or an ulcer heals, these are also good if a person has reflux.

    Sometimes gastritis is caused by too little stomach acid, so different medication is needed. This can happen with autoimmune gastritis and as people age.

    Sometimes gastritis can be caused by delayed gastric emptying (gastroparesis) so a different medication is needed.

    Yes I'm sure anxiety can cause gastritis as it can interfere with digestion, acid levels etc.

    So as a rule, get it checked out by a Dr first, then try some simple measures eg. cut down stress, alcohol, coffee, cocoa products, spicy food, citrus.

    Things that help me are ... Slippery elm powder in warm water - a heaped tsp before meals and before bed
    De-Gas tablets which disperse stomach wind (a biggie for me) and they help with nausea
    Turmeric and Vitamin D
    Gaviscon tablets
    Eating slowly and not too much food at one time, also don't let your stomach get empty as this can aggravate things.
    Good luck with it

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    Re: Gastritis - Anyone dealing with it at the moment? Or recently?

    Quote Originally Posted by WiseMonkey View Post
    With gastritis...
    Thank you, Wise. Very good info and I apprecaite your time and care with the answer.

    I'm working on setting up a scope. I had lots of bloodwork and a barium x-ray that was clean the last time I had this. (No H-Pylori)

    Like you, my stomach does better being semi-full... rather than some who say food makes them worse.

    I started Slippery Elm recently, but the jury is out with that. Some days I think it helps, others not so much.

    I'm somewhat curious about Aloe juice.

    I'm taking Pepcid (H2 acid reducer) 2x per day right now. Hoping to avoid PPIs if possible. But, we'll see how that goes.
    I just feel totally positive this has to do with stress/anxiety as it acts just like my other physical anxiety symptoms. But, we can't always keep it
    subdued the way we want to. Doing my best to reduce stress.

    Anyway, thank you so much for the input. Sounds like you got past your bout of gastritis. I have overcome it a couple times, but this one has been stubborn.

    Thanks

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    Re: Gastritis - Anyone dealing with it at the moment? Or recently?

    Quote Originally Posted by CaliGuy View Post
    Thank you, Wise. Very good info and I apprecaite your time and care with the answer.

    I'm working on setting up a scope. I had lots of bloodwork and a barium x-ray that was clean the last time I had this. (No H-Pylori)

    Like you, my stomach does better being semi-full... rather than some who say food makes them worse.

    I started Slippery Elm recently, but the jury is out with that. Some days I think it helps, others not so much.

    I'm somewhat curious about Aloe juice.

    I'm taking Pepcid (H2 acid reducer) 2x per day right now. Hoping to avoid PPIs if possible. But, we'll see how that goes.
    I just feel totally positive this has to do with stress/anxiety as it acts just like my other physical anxiety symptoms. But, we can't always keep it
    subdued the way we want to. Doing my best to reduce stress.

    Anyway, thank you so much for the input. Sounds like you got past your bout of gastritis. I have overcome it a couple times, but this one has been stubborn.

    Thanks
    Sounds like you're onto it and doing the right things...I can't take PPI's and the H2's (zantac/ranitidine) have been pulled from the market due to a filler within them that may be cancerous. I don't know if Pepsid is available in New Zealand.

    I've had flares of this for 30+ years due to autoimmune activity, I have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. The flares can last for several months then disappear for a year or more. Having an endoscopy is good because it can spot areas of inflammation, biopsy it then you get a result, which is reassuring. The stress often stops with a reassuring result.

    Aloe vera is good too, I take an excellent product Bioceuticals Intestamine, it's an Australian product so is available here which has lots of natural goodies in it. I guess you could buy it online...its expensive but well worth it https://www.bioceuticals.com.au/mobi...ew/Intestamine

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    Re: Gastritis - Anyone dealing with it at the moment? Or recently?

    Well, I had my scope this week and oddly... it showed no gastritis or ulcers. It did show a "stricture" and some GERD, but those things seem unlikely to cause the kind of pain I have.
    So, is my mind creating these symptoms from thin air? With anxiety, I doubt don't anything like that. Could be. It could also be that the GERD is causing referred pain to the stomach the doctor said. But, it's confusing for sure... because my symptoms are exactly that of gastritis, and extreme at times.

    Wonder if anyone else has had strong burning stomach pain they attribute solely to anxiety disorder?

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