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Hi - I was diagnosed with mild chronic gastritis, acid reflux and a hiatus hernia 18 months ago. I had a long term shoulder condition and the most likely cause of the gastritis is use of Naproxen anti-inflammatories. I was prescribed 20mg Esomeprazole once daily, which has now been increased to twice daily. I managed to bring the symptoms partially under control for about 8 months, but they have flared up again in the last 6 months and now affect me at least 5 days out of every week. Symptoms include burning, gnawing pain under my left rib cage, tightness and pressure in the same region, nausea (on occasions), acid reflux, stomach cramps, bloating, excessive gas and diarrhoea (on occasions). I have made significant changes to my lifestyle in terms of eating well (removing spicy foods along with those which obviously aggravate my stomach plus cutting out all alcohol and caffeine), exercising and reducing stress. I have remained in close contact with my GP's surgery to check things when they have flared worse that usual, but have received very little real guidance other than to monitor my foods and take the Esomeprazole. A referral to a gastro clinic is on hold due to Covid and I am unlikely to be seen for at least another 6 months, possibly longer. I'm starting to feel pretty demoralised as all the positive changes have seen little improvement and although the condition is diagnosed as 'mild' the symptoms are anything but! It is extremely debilitating. Any advice around anything else I can try would be most welcome ... am more than happy to consider alternative therapies, although have been a bit wary to date for fear of making the situation worse. Am getting to the point where a lot of the time I skip meals rather than having to deal with the discomfort, which is not really a sensible route to go. Thanks for reading 😃
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