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Gastritis and being unable to eat- is this normal?

Towards the end of May I started to lose my appetite and wasn't able to eat as much as normal, I also kept feeling nauseous. I didn't think much of it at the time as I was doing a lot of running and thought it was just the exercise.

it progressively got worse to the point where I felt so sick I wasn't eating. I went to the GP and was told it was gastritis and given omeprazole to take once a day. I have stuck to a plain diet and am only really eating plain rice, homemade veg soup and plain omelette but it doesn't feel like I am getting any better.

My my main symptom is that I feel incredibly full after eating the tiniest amount such as half a banana. I have tried to eat little and often but I feel like the food just sits in my stomach and makes me feel sick. I have now lost 1 stone in 2 weeks and the weight is continuing to drop off me but I can't eat enough to sustain my weight. I've gone from being fit and active to being signed off work and unable to do anything.

Blood tests all came back normal so I'm being referred to a specialist, however in the meantime I feel like my whole life is on hold.

Has anyone else been unable to eat with gastritis? And are there any tips for reducing the uncomfortable feeling of fullness after any food? 

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  • Emily59389

    Havw you tried a food diary to see if anything is upsetting your stomach?  Sometimes PPIs can make you feel bloated  Ask your doctor about this.

  • Emily59389

    Hello Emily...yes I know so well how you feel. I have gone through this and still is. I started March and got better for about a month and a half, and returned in June and still dealing with it.

    I was in bed for weeks, I wanted to get up but I just didn't have the energy to.

    I wake up naseau which makes it very difficult to eat. Food is the last thing I want. But like you I have lost weight also. So what I do is drink ginger tea

    In the morning when I wake, or throughout the day. It helps with the naseau.

    My experience with PPIs has not been so great. They usually make me feel better for the moment but later I suffer the effects, it makes me so weak and decrease appetite even more. They seem to pull all my nutrients out of my body.

    Gastritis can be very frustrating but try not to get stressful because it makes it worse. Also, it tends to bring on anxiety.

    In the meantime try drinking warm ginger, chamomile or squeeze a bit of lemon . I hope this helps you some.

  • Emily59389

    Have you done any tests yet such as an endoscopy to confirm the Gastritis? I was diagnosed last year with Mild Chronic Gastritis after an endoscopy, but I was still able to eat (although I don't know which of my symptoms was the gastritis or my other illness). My PCP also told me she has severe Gastritis, but she eats like a horse. I'm sure everyone's symptoms are different.

    Have you found if burping relieves your full feeling? I also get a full feeling after a few bites and feel sick, and burping usually relieves that, but I'm left feeling like food's just sitting in my stomach. I'm glad you're going to be referred to a specialist. Hopefully they'll do tests and find out what the problem is soon smile

    Also with the weight, do thick liquids also make you feel sick? I suggest drinking calorie dense liquids like ensure or boost compacts for the meantime until you can normally eat again.

    • eaquin

      I've not had any tests yet other than a blood test, hopefully the specialist will investigate further.

      I do end up burping quite a bit but that doesn't seem to make any difference to how I feel. How long did it take for you to feel better?

      Thanks for the drink suggestions. I seem to be ok with liquids and I've had a few homemade smoothies but I've been avoiding milk as I wasn't sure whether that was making things worse. I'll have a look into getting some of those drinks as in the meantime I really want to reduce the rapid weight loss!

    • Emily59389

      If you're worried you might be lactose intolerant, I drink Boost Compact and it's fine for people who have gluten or lactose intolerance (at least in my experience + it says on their website) and among other things.

      I'm actually still in the trying-to-get-better state. I have SMA Syndrome, so I have to gain a lot of weight for me to get better, which I'm slowly trying to achieve, but obviously with the fullness and bloating and nausea, it's hard. I get what you meant in your other post about quantity instead of what the actual food is. If I eat too much, even if it's a normal or even a small sized portion for other people, I get this awful flare up and I feel even sicker and more nauseous than I initially was, and it'll last an hour or more in bad days until the food passes into the other parts of my intestine.

      I honestly don't know what you have because abdominal and stomach symptoms are so broad that it can be anything. Please do updates, though, cause I want to know how it goes =)

    • eaquin

      Thanks for the advice I have ordered some drinks which will hopefully keep the calories up until I m eating normally again.

      Sorry to hear to are still not better, I wish you all the best with your recovery. At the moment my portions are just so tiny e.g 4 spoonfuls of soup and I'm full. If I try and eat any more in one go I feel so uncomfortably full and often I wake up the next day and still feel full.

      Thanks will keep you updated!

  • Emily59389

    Hi Emily I had several of the same symptoms you are having.  The only one you didn't mention that I had was diarreha.  Just one day I ate a gluten free lunch (I have Celiac Disease) and within minutes it went right through me.  From there I couldn't eat anything.  I don't know what '1 stone' is but I lost 13 lbs in one week.  I have stayed at this weight for a month. I was belching a lot and my abdomen was very distended.  I had a full CBC bloodwork done, along with stool tests. Everything came back normal.  The doc put me on Prilosec (same as you), this helped with the belching.  But I still couldn't eat anything but chicken noodle soup and crackers.  I did get to the point where I was able to eat a very small amount of fruit.  Still not knowing what was causing all this, the doc put me on two different strong antibiotics.  My doc consulted with other doctors and they feel I may have a bacterial infection in my gut.  This cocktail of medications will kill any bacteria that might be in me.  I was also told to start a Probiotic, especially with the antibiotics, because unfortunately these not only kill the bad bacteria they also kill the good.  So the Probiotics will replace the good bacteria that gets killed while I am on these antibiotics.  Keep in mind that due to your weight loss your stomach has shrunk and cannot handle much food.  I'm having the same problem.  I've also read that once you have any kind of abdominal sickness, it takes a long time for the stomach and intestines to heal.  I hope you're able to find out what the problem is soon, I have sympathy for you, knowing how you are feeling.

    • Angelgyrl

      Hi sorry to hear you are also unwell, I hope you are on the mend now. How long was it till you started to feel better?

      Luckily I don't have any diarrhoea it seems isolated to just my stomach. I've lost 14lbs in 2 weeks so your weight loss is even more extreme! I am aware that my stomach will have shrunk from not eating although this feels like it's more than just that but I appreciate that this will be a factor.

      I hope the antibiotics work for you, I have been taking a probiotic just in case that will help.

      I think your right from what I've read it does sound like it will just take time, I think the problem is there is a lack of understanding from GPs as every one I've seen has said I should be back to normal now which makes it frustrating when you still feel rubbish.

      Thanks I hope you are feeling better now.

    • Angelgyrl

      HI Angelgyrl

      ​I have just came across your post. I have been having the most awful 7 weeks, it  started where i felt sick every morning, then i felt sick most of the time, the thought of food was turning my stomach, i went to the doctor, they done blood tests all came back normal bar one which came up saying i had H pylori, I was given 2 lots of antibiotics for 7 days as well as  lansoprazole​, i did start feeling a little better whislt taking them but still felt as though something was stuck in my throat, i took them all and was told to double dose on the lansoprazole while on antibiotics, which i did,its been about 3 weeks since antibiotics and its been over a week that i stopped the lansops.  Soon as i stopped i started to get the heartburn back and diarreha, burping and backache, I'm also feeling sick but not actually being sick, I feel as though i am forcing myself to eat as i haven't got much of an appetite, though i am not sick after eating but i get full quick! I went back to the doctor on wednesday, thinking he may give me more lansops or something similar, instead he is sending me for an endoscopy but that could take weeks.  I'm just wondering if the antibiotics didn't work or the HP has returned as this morning I brought a small bit of yellow bile.  Did you have any more problems after the antibiotics?  You have put that it takes a long time for the stomach and intestines to heal? I wonder if mine have not healed as yet. I also suffer from IBS other than that i am normally healthy person.

      ​Sorry for rambling just after some advice.

    • kazza111

      Hi kazza

      I'm so sorry to hear your story, but as our symptoms are quite similar I do sympathize with you!!!  First, to answer your questions; I've got three more days on the antibioics and all they've done is increase my diarrehea (like I needed that!).  I've had no improvement whatsoever with my symptoms.  The only things I can eat that cause the least amount of diarrehea is chicken soup and a banana, anything else and it's a full blow out.  It's been so bad several times that I haven't been able to get to the bathroom in time (and I have a small apartment) and I've soiled myself terribly.  I'm so over all this.  I've been in constant contact with my PCP and his PA and I believe they are at the end of their knowedge base regarding my issues.  So I've been referred to a gastroenterologist to have them take a look inside to see what they can see.  I surely hope they discover what is causing all this diarrehea.  I just want to be able to eat normally again.  All of my blood and stool tests (including H-pylori) came back negative so I honestly can't wait to find out what the problem is and what I can do to fix it.  

      Why did you say it would take weeks for you to get an endoscopy?  I'm really curious about that.  My referral was sent in on Thursday and I got a call from the gastroenterologists office on Friday to set up an appointment! I was really surprised that they called so fast!  But I think my PCP probably told them it was urgent for me to be seen, and it is.  This has been going on for three weeks now.

      It could be possible that your H-pylori has not gone away yet, has your doctor said he was going to do another stool test on you?  I would think he/she would to see if you still test positive for it.  How else would you know if it's gone?  I'm so sorry for your suffering, it's nice to know at least that we're in this together.  Please let me know how you're doing.


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