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Since I was 19 I have been having severe stomach problems... burning and cramping pain, constant sickness and sometimes vomiting when I eat, tenderness in my abdomen, bloating and excess acid. I find that usually it is brought on my eating, but I can wake up with it. There is no set pattern. The doctors think its Gastritis and it is caused by stress or anxiety (of which I have got help for).

But its been 3 years, I've had all the blood tests and a breath test, all negative.
No medication gets rid of it, I've tried everything. The doctors refuse to send me for an endoscopy or to a specialist.

I just can't live like this. All day I feel weak and like I'm going to be sick (sometimes I am when I eat) I have to force myself to eat. I'm doing a dance degree and it affects me massively. I'm the only student I know who doesn't drink and can't even eat a takeaway!! One doctor suggested I might also have IBS but they aren't sure. They just fob me off with more medication every time I go.

I don't know what to do anymore... can Gastritis not be cured? Sad
Has anyone got better from it?

Thanks for reading.
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replied March 22nd, 2012
Welcome to e health forum.

Most of the symptoms mentioned do confirm that they may be induced due to acute gastritis.

Since you have already been treated with medications, you should follow your doctors advice and continue with them.

In addition to them, you can always try to reduce your symptoms by taking antacids (like Tums, Mylanta, prevacid) which will neutralize the acids.

Following good dietary measures mentioned below will also be of good help.

Foods that can help to improve your symptoms include
1. fruits such as pears, oranges, sweet limes, watermelons, cantaloupes etc
2. MILK products like - yoghurt and cottage cheese
3. Non Vegetarian food products - include - lean cuts of meat, white meat from chicken and turkey, and seafoods

Foods that need to be avoided include -

1. Alcoholic beverages, caffeinated drinks, carbonated water, and deserts high in sugar and white flour
2. Foods prepared from white flour, like puddings, breads, bagels and pretzels also should be avoided.
3. Vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, all kinds of beans and legumes, full fat milk, onions and green peas should be avoided.
4. Nonvegetarian foods to be avoided include - cured meats and high fat meat products such as sausages, salami, ham, bacon, and cold cuts ;Red meats like beef, lamb, and venison - should be less in your meals
5. Seasonings such as onion, garlic, clove, and cinnamon may irritate your stomach lining and worsen the symptoms due to gastritis

Other measures that can help you in addition to the above dietary measures include -
1. Walking or running thirty minutes regularly
2. Stress reduction
3. Learn to relax with breathing exercises like Yoga

Following the above measures, should definitely help you get control of your symptoms and feel a good change.

I hope this helps.
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replied May 4th, 2012
I really hope u find answers.I have been sick for over 2 yrs and really no answers..As of right now i havent been able to eat,except breakfast bars and crackers for almost 3 weeks.I have lost 12 lbs.They think the infection in my small intestine is back and im having a swallow test done next week.I still feel it is my gallbladder,but all the test are normal.Im bloated,burp all the time,severe GERD,nausea,some vomiting and have been very limited on the foods i can eat.I havent eaten spicey,greasy foods in over 2 yrs,i cant even eat meat..It is no way to live and very depressing.I will pray u find answers so u can enjoy life as ur meant to..Keep pushing the doctors and dont let them lay it all on stress.
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replied May 27th, 2012
Hello, I am new to this site,but had to answer your posting. I too have had this gnawing pain right below my sternum for the past 2 1/2 months. I have no Idea ehat it could be. I just had my annual physical done just prior to feeling like this and all came back excellent. I even had my first colonoscopy done wich also came back perfect. (I am 51). The bad thing about this is that I can't use anything like tums because I have Low stomach acid. So taking tums would only cause more damge for me, If you should find out what this might be, please let me know, I will keep checking the site for an anser. Thanks and hope you feel better real soon.
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replied September 26th, 2012
You definately need an endoscopy to see what is going on with your stomach. I had the same problem and did not get any relief from antacids so endoscopy showed that i am allergic to gluten(celiac sprue). I feel so better after eating gluten free diet. Hope this might help.
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replied November 27th, 2012
If anything my symptoms have got worse with time. Either way, I am finally getting referred to a specialist and having an endoscopy soon, so I shall let you know how it goes. Hopefully your symptoms have cleared up now anyway Smile
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replied November 27th, 2012
If anything my symptoms have got worse with time. Either way, I am finally getting referred to a specialist and having an endoscopy soon, so I shall let you know how it goes. Hopefully your symptoms have cleared up now anyway Smile
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replied November 28th, 2013
Give me the solution for gastritis
Hi,

Symptoms: Nausea, Stomach bloating, burning sensation in stomach and throat, not feeling hungry, hiccups, sometimes motions Loose motions

Sir I am suffering from gastritis since 15 months . It gets reduced when I take “pan-40” tablets and it increases again if I stop intaking it. Is there a tablet or syrup which reduces gastritis completely . Could you please refer me the tablet name so that I can buy in medicine shop and I want permanent relief please ..

Thanks,
Sanjay
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replied December 3rd, 2013
I suffered from acid reflux for as long as I could remember and I wouldn't wish it upon anyone ever. The only thing I can really say about it is that doctors really don't help (no offence to any authority on Ehealth forums.

They would just throw drugs at me and tell me all the normal stuff about what I should and should not eat.

I was able to get my acid reflux under control and actually completely get rid of it and I could never be more happy, but I can tell you it's not a walk in the park. It takes some discipline to overcome this.

This discipline includes eating very strict for a certain period of time (usually not very long). I felt way better in just a few days after sticking to this 5 step course thing.

I just told myself everyday that it's more important for my health, family, and life to get this under control then anything else, so I did what it took. It is possible to cure no matter how bad you have it though, I would stay up for countless nights with extreme pain and burning in my throat.

The truth is curing it is a lot easier then people make it out to be, but I can tell you one things for sure, taking those PPI's and anacids aren't the way to go, they're simply an excuse to ignore the problem at hand and to only make it worse.. I wish all you sufferers the best of luck, and god bless you.

Glenda
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replied December 22nd, 2013
Would love to know what you did with your diet? I eat very strict but my problem has not disappeared. Maybe you are doing something a bit different. Would you mind sharing your '5 step course' thing. Would really appreciate it:)
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