Gastritis help?

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I have had gastritis for 10 months or so . Confirmed in August with a endoscopy, also had biopsy and ultrasound and those came back negative for everything including h pylori. I been on Prilosec for over a month and doctor said to try it still for another month . I have just now cut alcohol out, as I was a drinker since college and continued drinking 2-3 nights a week for the past 5-6 years . I have recently starting doing cabbage juicing and strawberry juicing alternating every other day. I have also started drinking fiji water which is not as acidic as regular bottle water brands .When this kind of started I was eating a lot of blueberries and had the flue and took Tylenol cold and flu along with drinking alcohol which between the combination of the three is what I think triggered it .

So question is how long does it take to general heal ? Other than what I am doing and eating better is there anything else that might help ?

My only symptoms now are excessive belching .

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    Hi,

    The main menthod to treat gastritis is diet and life style changes. Ppi will ease symptoms but won't treat the cause. Cutting out alcohol is the first step to take. Also all high fat foods, fizzy drinks and acidic foods and drinks. Be careful with gassy veg too. Also reduce dairy. No tea/coffee either (even decaf).

    It varies from person to person as to how long it takes to heal. But it's on average 3-6 months. And your stomach will prob be sensitive for a long time. So you can't go back to your old ways. You will have to reduce alcohol for ever (no more binge drinking) or it will come back. I hardly drink alcohol anymore as it flares up my gastritis. Without it I can eat pretty normally now as long as I don't go daft

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      If you stick to eating strict you should pick up. It takes time though, and you may have bad days now and then. Be patient and disciplined.

      One thing to note. Doctors don't have much clue about diet. They just prescribe ppi and show you the door. And some times ppi can make you feel worse as they massively reduce acid. You don't want to be on them long term (no more than 6 months max really).

      And when you come off them make sure you do it gradually and use h2 blockers and other ant-acids as the acid will come back with a vengeance ! Keep a food diary to pick out what irritates you

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    Do you have a pain? Does food cause your belching ?
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      No pain anymore , I did when it first started when I was hungry .

      Food does not cause belching I have seen just anything liquid it seems .

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      The fact your pain has gone means you are healing. Keep on with eating well and medication and you will recover in time
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    Try the following natural cures:  Probiotics, Slipperly Elm, Chamomile, Ginger

    Change your diet...No red meat, no dairy, no wheat, no caffeine, no chocolate

    Hope you feel better soon.

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    will the belching always continue ?
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      It should settle down over time as you heal. Dyspepsia (which includes burping) occurs when stomach is sensitive and irritated. Your stomach will be sesntibe for some time and just got to let it settle down. But like I said your old days of lots of alcohol will be over I'm afraid or you'll relapse.

      And although wheat can irritate I was ok with it. Each to their own and everyone is different

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    I can relate. The gassy part can cause so much pain. I also was given prilosec. Wh8ch did not help. Iwent too a nautural remedy called IB S You can get it at rite aid .or any natural health food store. Cabbage and broccoli is a gas maker. I started wrighting down what i took in daily including water and that let me know what triggered it. Everyone is different. Keep alog and you will firgure it out. I could bot get the gas pains too go away. It felt as if it was "stuck " So i went to a chriopractor twice and it seemed too move it on out. I do take my prilosec of o feel heartburn setting in. I have had this since jan 2016 . And just now starting too get relief from pain and bowls being off. Take notes and hang in there.

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    Question, what is the best diet to follow for healing .
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      As previously stated :

      Cut out alcohol, fatty foods, fizzy drinks, tea and coffee, acidic foods and drinks, dairy, sugary foods and drinks, chocolate, pastries.

      Be careful with gassy vegetables and hard to digest foods.

      Some people say gluten but I was ok with wheat, each person is different.

      Keep a food diary to pick out what irritates you and cut those foods/drinks out. Reduce stress. Exercise moderately.

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