Gastritis.. ( Please Read )

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I have posted on this forum a couple of times..

For about 4 and a half years I have suffered from gastritis this was diagnosed through endoscopy about a month ago in which the results were osophegeus is normal and stomach shows mild gastritis. My symptoms are bad nausea in the mornings like really bad, hardly any heart burn and burning sensation in the back at night. It's so difficult to control. About a year ago I tried lansoprazole for a week my gastritis went away then came of the medication after a week and I was symptom free for 6 months. ( pure bliss). Ever since last December my symptoms are back. I have tried diets, more or less quit smoking.. I'm struggling atm. So if they're is anyone on this site who has beaten gastrtis or controlled it affectivly your feedback will be appreciated. I'm 23 btw.

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    P.s I have been using lansoprazole for ages now it has more or less stopped working.
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    Sorry. But you'll never heal if you've "more or less quit smoking".

    Lansoprazole is a PPi. They can be very damaging if taken long term. They are though " a must" for short term therapy.

    And that is the 64 thousand dollar question.

    Did your endoscopy show whether you were infected with H. Pylori ?

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      lve been taking omprazole for several month, following scope showing mild gastritus, my main symptom was severe persistent nausea for months, debilitating, and had lost appetite, changed to small plain diet of fresh food, pots, veg, chicken, fish, rice pasta, spring water, pro biotics, it settled for last couple of months, had a bad resurgence for a couple of days last week, not sure if it was due to running out of omp for a couple of days, lve read posts stating long term use of ppi,s isnt good due to side affects, what are the side affects and what is thought long term,months or years. Can you advice.
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      Hi Lynne

      I take it that you also had a negative H.Pylori Endoscopy?

      The American Food and Drugs Administration administered a warning to the US Doctors a little while ago about the dangers of long term use of PPIs.

      I really hesitate to concern vulnerable people about their medical problems or medication. Sufficient to say that if I was undergoing therapy for H.pylori infection - and - say therapy had failed three times - I would personally be prepared to take PPIs for a maximum of six months.

      I'm sorry but the long term possibilities for PPIs are very serious indeed.

      If I wasn't undergoing H.Pylori eradication therapy I wouldn't dream of taking PPIs.

      It's far better to take the H2Receptor Blocker group such as Ranitidine, Cimetidine etc.

      Even better still - if you can get away with it - Antacids such as Calcium Carbonate tablets, Gaviscon etc

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      Hi Thanks for advice, my scope showed no pyloria, a bit of gastritus, deodenitus and was prescribed omprazole, l had been using cimetidine as prescribed years ago, following scope and diagnosis of intersticial cystitus and acid reflux, apart from a.r. with ic we produce too much histamine from too many mast cells. The cimetidien had worked for years, untill the nausea started severely a few month ago, l,d also been on long term anti bs kefalex as a preventer of ic attacks, this a practise used in recent years following research of benafits, but l guess its poss the anti bs helped create gastritus, Been taking l 20 omprazole daily for a few weeks now, but had heard of long term affects, but didnt know what or how bad they were.  Will take your advice and see if l can keep it settled with diet, and simpler remedies.  
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    Hi

    Sorry but you do have to stop smoking if you have any chance of healing Gastritis. Even Dental Implant Specialists refuse to implant smokers because the implants of smokers don't heal.

    But think about the other huge benefits to your health. (And I speak as an ex Smoker - and it's particularly difficult if your other half smokes).

    My particular expertise is in the field of H.pylori Gastritis and Ulcers so I can't be very helpful in non bacterial Gastric cases.

    Keeping your acidic levels down during attacks is going to help you. But you need to be aware of non harmful pill popping which might do the trick.

    Start with Calcium Carbonate tablets which you could take without coming to any harm. And see if you can manage with these.

    The group of drugs which were used for Gastritis before PPIs were devised are called H2 Receptor Blockers. They are very good though not quite as effective at reducing acid as PPIs but much less damaging in the long term long term. In this group are such as Cemetidine and Ranitidine.

    I have often used these as 'pill poppers' to good effect.

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