Gastritis?Pain below sternum & just right of it

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I've been experiencing pain just below sternum and just to the right of it. I have GERD and a few years back had an endoscopy which said I had gastritis. I also have a small hiatal hernia. I've been off Omeprasile for a while and just started back. The sternum pain has actually felt like it goes through to my back at times and I also get some shoulder blade pain at times. Anyone have these or close to these symptoms and does it sound like gastritis?

Sorry for any typos but I'm typing this on my iPhone and somehow this site has just posted a video over top of my note.

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    Hi bb,

    im sorry to hear that GERD is back. Sounds like the pain is very critical at times, including the small hernia. Have you tried sleeping on a half wedge designed for your bed. The wedge holds the head above the chest reducing the GERD response by 90%. I use lot of pillows and use a neck cushion filled with small seeds that can easily hold my head & neck in a comfortable position above my chest. Also a bit of lavender oil or your fav essential oil sprinkled on the neck pillow helps set the mood for sleep while listening to a fav sleep music on a timer. It takes my mind of my worries and helps with GERD. I haven't had to have a endoscopy in several years now. 

    Also I have eliminated from my diet acid or spicy foods, acid drinks or carbonated drinks. 

    You can get thru this and put GERD behind you soon! 

    Also I never eat after 7 pm. Always take meds with food and milk.

    it took me about 8-10 months with diet and sleep position as described which helped get the terrible pain of GERD under control.

    lf your interested in the half wedge to sleep on they r available at a hospital supply store or online. 

    Take care, stay well. 

    HOPE4CURE confused

    • Posted

      I have tried sleeping on the wedge and I keep sliding down. Lol.

      Turns out mine was a little more than GERD this time, they think it is a duodinal ulcer. They think it perforated because there is air in the abdominal cavity. Was sent home from ER( my doctor told me to go after viewing my ct scan)thinking it had closed back up on its own. It's messing with me a bit tonight though and feeling "stinging" sensations around my stomach. Have to monitor it and if gets worse will go back in. Durn plumbing problems anyway.

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      Hello bb,

      Sorry to hear the diagnosis is a duodenal ulcer. That is serious and nothing to want anyone to go thru. 

      My better half had a duodenal ulcer, his doc said it was caused by ibuprofen that can lodge in a crevice in the intestines and cause a rupture in a tiny capillary vein. Surgery was his only option needed to stop the bleeding or hole (perforation) . 

      They had him swallow a pill camera to find the hole in his intestines. He had lost 5 pints of blood the first time the second time a bit more and they finally found the perforation in his intestines, 

      We finally bought a bed that has a motor that rises and lowers the head and feet. He had the same problem with wedges always slipping off. I sleep with four pillows propped up to the back of the headboard and 2 side by side sofa pillows and a neck rest. The head neck rest is filled with seeds that can be adjusted to hold the head up.

      The things we need to do ! 

      I hope your better soon. No fun having that type of pain & digestion issues .

      You could get a second opinion and see a Specialist a gastroinerologist. 

      Plz keep me posted. Also be aware if you feel tired and pass dark stools are Signs of anemia due to blood loss. That's a cue to get into a doctor. ASAP.

      Also H. pyloria has been a big issues from taking the new anti acid meds for GERD also causes intestinal ulcers. 

      It's a real catch 22. GET BETTER SOON! confused

      Peace & Heeling


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    try to consult a practitioner reflexology and some hospital recognise reflexology. all i can help you is press the solar plexus into your feet 3x in a minute for circular motion then release, press again w/ circular motion release3x. you'll feell good and better if you can do this. the gas will gradually release into your diaphragm.........

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