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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • July 14, 2007
  • 08:17 PM

Hi Guys,
I've recently been diagnosed with gastritis after an endoscopy and the gastroenterologist said the cause was a previous bacterial infection. I suffer from intense and painful stomach cramps and constant nausea whenever I eat. By saying the cause was just this "other bacterial infection," does this mean I now have the condition gastritis which means I'm in line for stomach ulcers and cancer? I've read that there are 3 reasons you get gastritis and they are to do with the immune system and this bacteria helicobacter pylori. Would the doctor have told me if I had this? Would biopsies taken during an endoscopy have found this particular bacteria, or should I try and investigate more what could be the cause and try to treat the cause instead of just "putting up" with gastritis. I'm 23.

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  • Simply taking to many asprin or tylenol can cause gastritis along with bacterias and other causes. Gastritis is basically inflammation of the stomach. Your gastritis should go away once the acids in your stomach return to normal which can take some time. Did he give you medication to help in the mean time?( prilosec otc, aciphex) It is unlikely for you to develop ulcers or cancer. A biopsy during your endo should have ruled out H-pylori, celiac disease(allergy to wheat gluten), B-12 deficency(aka pernicios anemia that can be auto immune) He also would have detected any ulcers. If you had H-pylori - your Dr would be treating you to rid yourself of the bacteria. It may take some time to get your stomach back to normal - try a bland diet - avoid dairy, hot/spicy foods, coffee, cigarettes, alcohol and caffine for now as those are just a few things that can aggrivate the lining of your stomach. I feel your pain nausea is just the worst! FYI - pepto bismol has asprin in it that can make you more nauseated. Try dramamie (available over the counter for motion sickness) it has helped me but it can make you very drowsy.
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