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I'm 65 and developed chronic gastritis over the last three months. First knots in stomach, then loss of appetite, then nausea, then extreme burning cauldron of stomach pain. Don't know the cause, but it could be stress, opiates (Vicodin) I take for my four hernitated discs, Internet supplements, or something else.
So had all the tests and endoscopy found chronic gastritis. Started the alkaline diet about 5 days ago, eating no acidic food whatsoever, completely changed my diet. Stopped the opiates cold-turkey and am on the 5th day of withdrawal. Back pain is bad, but stomach pain is worse. I've stopped working, stopped visiting friends. and can't sleep. There appears to be no let up. Just started the DGL licorice root extract yesterday and the slippery elm as well. The slippery elm seems to knock the pain down a few points, but it's always there.
Baseically, I'm questioning whether it's all worth it. This is not living.
Any suggestions anyone?
Today, my pain management doc prescribed Fentanyl pain patches which I will start in 3 days (they are expensive and must wait until payday). Perhaps they will help, but Fentanyl makes you groggy and sort of out of it. They might help with the gastritis as well as the back pain, but don't know.
I am still wondering if it's my blood pressure med, Lisinopril which I still am taking. Tried to quit that too but racing heart. So back on that.
I quit the cholesterol med, Simvastatin.
I take Valium to help me sleep, but it doesn't work that well. Alternate with Ambian which also doesn't work that well.
Any suggestions? I need a miracle.
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