My lifes in peices (Gastritis)

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Im a 23 year male from the united kingdom. Iv had gastritis for about 4-5 years, i had remission from it from taking lasnsoprazole but it seems the medication has weared off. I had a endoscopy six months ago which confirmed mild gastritis!! Mild!! But soo much pain. The pain is mainly located in my stomach but can radiate to my back. I have tried to change my diet, have tried medications, have used suppliments such as DGL liquorice and a compound called silicole gel. Im literally struggling atm.. I cant live like this.. Im going to book an appointment with my gp tommorow, i have not bothered going to see him, due to the way they brush it off like for example just keep taking the medication.. I have aspirations to suceed in life, acheive a degree and earn a clean living but it seems like lifes just dragging me down. If anyone has any ideas? Or some advice on how to cope or cure this horrible desease. Your feedback and advice will be greatly appreciated.

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    hi, Ditto the mild or a bit of gastritus for me, after having severe nausea daily from waking till bedtime, lost appetite due to it and 2 stone, worse on movement, debilitating near all the time, disabling on exertion, just the most miserable existence,very depressing, and lve had major ops all manner of other things, finally after 7months got scope and yes told a bit of gastritus, funnily ld, been diagnosed with acid reflux many years before on cimeitidine, but never aware of any symptoms, apart from a few month heartburn untill l had gall bladder removed then ok up to last year, l did get bloating along with the nausea belching with it, Put on 20mg omprazole once a day, which did settle it 90percent, felt like a miracle, just annoyed l,d endured it for 9month when settled with a common med one you can even buy in chemists. The gastrologist did say he didnt think level of symptoms went along with mild gastritus but he didnt know any more, said he,d refer, still wating near a year later, but guess its cos lve not complained due to it being settled, but found after a few month one tablet a day wasnt keeping it settled, rearing up again, took two a day many days, still have the odd days half days with it, and do worry it will stop working alltogether, dissapointed l,m still taking the meds, but like yours gps casual, tell me some are on them years. lve also changed to plainer diet, no processed or ready meals, just plain, probiotics, etc. l notice generally and more so today, masses of posts about stomach problems, and gastritus seems common, l also use spring water, just in case flouride, but dont know whats causing it. So sorry cant give solution, for me its just omprazole at present, and plain diet,  Maybe others will advice. with solutions, Good luck with it.  
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    Sorry to hear about your problems. Have they tested you for h.pylori? I too am suffering from "mild" gastritis having been diagnosed initially with stomach ulcers which have healed. I read on one website that the degree of gastritis doesn't always correspond with the amount of pain you feel. For example my husband's stomach lining bled after he took a lot of ibuprofen for hip pain and he had no pain in his stomach at all! He only knew about it after his hip operation and he vomited all this black stuff which the docs said was old blood which had been sitting in his stomach. My tests came back negative for h.pylori so I have no idea what caused the ulcers or the gastritis. I'm on lansoprazole at the moment but my specialist thinks it should have healed by now but it definitely hasn't. I've  been like this for six months and have lost weight because I'm wary of eating the "wrong" thing.i tried DGL liquorice but it upset my stomach so I stopped taking it. I'm trying manuka honey at the moment to see if that helps. Other people recommend cabbage juice so you could buy yourself a juicer and give that a go. 

    Don't give up, keep putting pressure on your GP. Have they given you any idea on what is causing your problem? It's not right that someone as young as you should be going through this. We have unfortunately recently had our dog put to sleep but the care, kindness and compassion he and we received was far superior to anything I've experienced through the NHS or privately.

    Keep us posted. Good luck

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      Thank you for your response. Yeah i have been tested for that twice once at the doctorsand when i had my endoscopy 6 months ago they took a sample to test it came back negative. I agree with the amount of pain felt, i thought my stomach would be really bad but turned out it was mild inflammation, all that pain and its only mild i couldnt beleive it. Im actually chewing on a dgl liquorice tablet as i speak LOL. At this moment i have no idea whats causing it, iv had this for a few years now, but its been all one big mystery. Im actually going to phone my gp today to get an appointment. Have you tried carafate?
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      lve been watching the supervet series, fantastic thorougness and care, wonderful. When my old dog died a few year ago, the vets even sent me a condolence card, say no more at present about my gp care, or lack o f it, and yes l know some have fantastic gps, but some not. Sorry about your loss, l know it takes a long time, memories and missing them.
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      It's a fantastic series and Noel Fitzpatrick is the best. Our vet also sent us a condolence card. It's all very raw at the moment and we miss him so much. He went downhill very quickly and we tried all we could but in the end we couldn't bear to see him suffer. Time will heal I know. Thank you for your kind words. Lots of people I've spoken to have said the same thing, that their animals receive better care than they do!
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      No I haven't tried carafate. Is that prescription only? All my problems started last autumn when I had to take multiple antibiotics for an infection that wouldn't clear up. My GP says that abs can cause gastritis but my specialist wasn't interested in that idea even though he can't tell me what's caused the problem. So many conflicting opinions. I wish they'd just admit they haven't got a clue sometimes. When I asked the specialist what had caused the ulcers he just asked me why I wanted to know. Doh, I'd have thought that was an obvious question, I don't want to get them again and need to do what I can to avoid them. Honestly, what an arrogant man. He may be highly qualified but he needs to improve on his people skills. Let us know how you get on with your GP. Don't be fobbed off.
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      More coincidences, l took an anti b daily for a couple of years, its newest research saying its a preventative to intersticial cystitus flare ups, l think it did help in that respect, but 2yrs later diagnosed with gastritus. Even weirder when l saw gastrolagist, he mentioned a med, and l asked in all innocence if it was steroid bases, as l know many chronic conditions now use steroid elaments, he said to me `Well thats abnormal`, l was amazed, said l didnt think it was, felt like saying your response is even more abnormal, at a later appt he,d pics of my stomach taken at scope, all face up and scattered as if a pack of cards, l said `whats that`, he went off on one again, not normal, couldnt beleive it. we argued but let it pass,  On final appt, after l,d suffered 9months of constant nausea daily from waking to bedtime, couldnt eat, lost 2 stone, debilitated, worse on exertion, miserable time, his parting shot as l was leaving was, youll live, look on the bright side, Wondered if it was their wives daughters,sure it would be different, he also arrogant and flip with a smile. Maybe its a new tactic, make patient feel worse. Luckily the omprazole he prescribed helped 90percent, little did l know after 9months of nausea that they were commonly prescribed by gps and can be bought in chemist, omg, you wonder whats going on. My son works in health care, l told him what he,d said to me, he agree it was unprofessional and uncaring. But l know others got simular, dont know whats going on.  l read your response about your dog, l understand, brought h back memories of mine at end, over 2yrs still affects with memories at times. 

      Yes l agree about vet Fitzpatrick, they all even get a hug, thinking l want him for my vet, sure there a long line.

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      I tested neg as well for h. Pylori, when my ulcers act up it is severe pain. My endo scope showed more forming. Biopsy was neg for any cancers etc. I am on two high powered anti acids, along with over the counter mylanta twice a day to help soothe and line my stomach. No NSAIDs at all ever and suppose to be cutting gluten out of my diet which aggravates my ulcers. Along with a low food mop diet. I am hoping you find relief. 
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      Your experience sounds worse than mine. At my first appointment just before Christmas I mentioned that I'd read an article about the gut being described as the "second brain" and that abs can affect one's mood as well as digestion. He didn't like that one bit and challenged me on every bit of the article - not quite the reaction I was expecting.  I can't believe they took so long before they put you on omeprazole- as you say your GP could have prescribed them for you. I was suffering from a UTI that wouldn't go away and I was on a daily low dose ab (nitrofurantoin). I think you're right, kick the patient when they're down!

      i think I want Fitzpatrick as my doctor not just my vet!

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      Thanks, mine is not too bad with the omprazole, l hope it continues, not ideal to be taking meds long term, but needs be. Sounds like your having problems finding whats aggrevating and having a bad time controlling, l hope that gluten free is an answer, it is for some, l really hope you get some improvement. 
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      You meet them, think your showing an interest in your own welfare, and trying to help and the reactions leave you shocked, upset angry. Yes l,d take Fitzpatrick as my doctor also, any good vet l,d take my chances with. 
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      I'm on omprazole too! I hate to say it but I may be addicted to gluten. Lol. Trying to cut it out is so hard! I am a big girl at heart and cutting it out of the diet I get cravings for cupcakes and stuff. It is ridiculous. 
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      l know the feeling, when l had nausea it was miserable, but the only posative was losing 2 stone, being 3 stone oweight, with the omp l got my appetite back, though still smaller plainer meals, but ate more carbs, and took a craving to chocolate, always quite liked it, but just had a small bar once a week, now l,m like a squirrel, little hordes of choc, toblerone the biggest temptation, and of course some of weights gone back on, iy is ridiculous, when l  open drawers and its like a chocshop, Maybe warmer will make it easier to cut back. 
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