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Hi my name is Danny, I'm 22 years old and about 6'0" 200 pounds. I've had stomach problems for a pretty long time now. It all started with acid reflux at a young age then getting an ulcer in the summer of 2014 which was discovered after an endoscopy. My symptoms of my ulcer eventually went away. But in the fall of 2015 my stomach pain started to come back very bad making me switch up my entire diet. I'm not sure if it was from alcohol, stress, being around smoke or what really caused it. I tried to just live with it and hoped it would eventually heal itself. A year later in the fall of 2016 I threw up blood one night after I drank 3 beers. (I'm not a big drinker infact it was the first time I drank in over a year and I haven't drank alcohol or been around any smoker since this happened)
So after that happened I decided it was time to go to the doctor. At this point I already tried Pepcid, Pantoprazole, Nexium, Zantac, Tums, Gas X, etc and they all don't give me any kind of relief. The doctor ordered me tests and I also got an endoscopy done as well. It turned out that I had h-pylori which I was treated for with antibiotics which eventually went away after the 2nd course of antibiotics. I was tested after my stool color started to go back to normal and he said that I came back negative. He prescribed me Dexilant before the endoscopy and it didn't really help me with my symptoms. I've only taken it for 5 or 6 weeks consistently though so I'm not sure if that matters, he said it should've started working after the first week. I still have it but I stopped taking them.
After the endoscopy it came back that I have esophagitis and gastritis. My doctor said it wasn't that severe kind of making it like it wasn't a big deal but my symptoms are pretty dang harsh. He said he would call me to let me know the biopsy results, I called but I never received a call back from him since so I assume that everything came back normal. I may go back to him to see if there's anything else I can do for this, and this is also why I'm here. I've had these symptoms for 2 full years now. I'm getting pretty desperate for a solution it's terrible to live with as many of you probably know already. I know how every gastritis sufferer feels and I'd never wish it upon anyone. I have acid reflux, gas, very bad bloating especially at night or a meal, feeling of being full, belching, and I can hardly sleep at night it takes me over 5 hours just to fall asleep because I have a constant pain in my upper abdomen that makes me want to burp almost like there's a big gas pocket there when I lay down. Belching only relieves it temporarily and it comes right back a few seconds later.
I don't eat anything near bed time and I drink plenty of fluids throughout the day. I tried eating closer to bed to see if that would maybe help since I know it's bad to let your stomach get empty, and that makes it much worse. My diet doesn't consist of too much since almost everything irritates my stomach at this point I mainly eat eggs, turkey, fruits/vegetables(the ones that don't hurt my stomach), bread, granola, plain pasta with cheese, potatoes, sometimes pork or fish but that usually bothers me. Chicken and beef really bother my stomach so I stay away from them. I try to eat vitamins with meals when I can tolerate them and I also try to eat very small meals throughout the day about 4-5 meals.
I've tried some vitamins/supplements like aloe vera, manuka honey, slippery elm, dgl licorice, zinc carnosine, ginger. Aloe Vera seemed to not do anything for me at all and I drank it for the recommended dosage for 3-4 weeks. I'm not sure if Manuka honey helped, sometimes it irritated my stomach slightly but very rarely. Slippery elm has gave me bad acid reflux and caused worse bloating but if I only take a quarter the recommend dose it doesn't have any negative effects. DGL licorice has helped me sooth my acid reflux a few times so I think I may continue taking this. I have been taking zinc carnosine on and off for a couple months now and I'm unsure if it's helping out at all either. Ginger irritates my stomach and it makes it hurt very bad. I forgot to mention that I'm also prescribed carafate in liquid form it's a little old now but I'm wondering would that help with inflammation and the gastritis or is that only for ulcers?
Will apple cider vinegar help me at all? I feel like it'll probably be too acidic and irritate it but I may give it a try and mix baking soda in as I read online that usually helps. I've been doing a lot of research as I'm very eager to find something that helps me get through this battle and I've came across some homeopathic medicine used for stomach issues such as gastritis and ulcers. I'm wondering if it could possibly help me heal my stomach? There's a few different ones I've read and there are some pretty good reviews too I'm curious if anyone has tried any or have any good feedback? I really miss living a normal life and being able to eat regular food and actually sleeping at night. At this point I don't ever want to drink a cup of coffee or a beer again in my entire life. I constantly worry about the gastritis turning to cancer I know I'm still young but it worries me and having stomach problems really stresses me out I just really want to get through this. I have faith I'm just trying to stay positive through all of this. If anyone has any ideas or anything at all that could help me in anyway or information about things I asked in my post please respond back. Your response will be greatly appreciated! And I'm very sorry for the long post. I look forward to reading your responses.
Thank you so much,
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