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Hi fellow sufferers. Believe me, you all deserve a medal for what you have to put up with. Sometimes I think a hiatus hernia could drive people to suicide, it can get so depressing.
Anyway my question is as above. I've tried to heal an esophageal ulcer without any medication but I've lost too much weight and I can see I'm not getting anywhere, so I started taking Zantac on Monday, 2x150mg daily. I wasn't actually getting acid reflux anymore. Got over that 2 months ago, but I have ulceration and the problems arise when I bend forwards or crouch down to get something out of a cupboard, especially if I've just drunk a glass of water. Everything is pushed back up my gullet and I get another 'burn' although the acid content of my stomach is much lower now than it was. This, of course, flares the ulcer up again. I sometimes have to take an antacid after meals also.
My concern is the safety of taking ranitidine long term and wondered if anybody here has been doing so. It's possible that in time (after the heart bypass maybe) lol, I'll have a Nissen fundoplication, but it looks like medication in the meantime.
Also another question is: Should the stomach acid be reduced to the point where I can eat more even though I still have the ulcer. I'm not eating anywhere near enough in order to keep food off the ulcer, but I can see me losing even more weight before this heals, especially being on Ranitidine or a PPI which I'd rather avoid.
Any advice would be welcome!
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