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I had Gastritis but I cured it. I thought I'd add my thoughts here as its possible my experience may help someone.
I had abdominal pains since 2013. To summarize, I had chronic feeling of bloat/gas/nausea. I got relief only from belching. But like others here have said it was often not that easy to belch. I used Lansoprazole, Zantac, tums etc... I thought what I had was an ulcer, though I never had reflux.
The abdomen has a lot of nerves so anything can make you get the feels/anxiety/nervousness in the stomach. It makes whatever you're feeling SEEM worse. My brain started to associate this bloat with Nausea. Every time I felt bloated I thought I was going to throw up. yet for 5 years I never threw up once. It was always gas that moved around and gurgled in my stomach. Sometimes I belched for 3 hours at night till it went away and I could sleep.
Anyway, long story short I went and had an endoscopy. They said the bottom of my stomach was very red. Very irritated. They took a biopsy because they thought it was H-pilory. Results came back negative. I didn’t have bacteria. So they had no idea what was causing my abdominal pains. They did classify it as Gastritis though.
After the endoscopy I thought I'm done from this. Its been 5 years I can’t continue to live like this, I needed to find the source. You need to find your source.
Mine was one of two things. I quit both so I have no idea which was the cause for my gastritis:
1) Caffeine pills -- I quit coffee in 2013 and started taking caffeine pills instead. EVERYDAY I took 1-3 pills.
2) Vaping/Electronic cigarette -- I quit smoking in 2013 and started vaping. How safe is vaping? Nobody knows. Not enough studies on it. All I know is the liquid in the electronic cigarette doesn’t freeze. What? Yes, in Canada temperatures outside reach -30 Celsius. So on days where I left my electronic cigarette in the car and the liquid didn’t freeze made me think this thing must have some chemicals in it. Like car anti-freeze.
Anyway, I quit both. I have no gastritis symptoms. Haven't had any for 6 months. I no longer use lansoprazole, zantac, tums, gasX etc...
Also, I started biking and running. Exercise helps to control nerves and feelings of anxiety when one feels ill.
Hope this helps someone.
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