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Do cigarettes make gastritis worse?

Do cigarettes make gastritis worse?

Absolutely!: Yes, smoking will make your gastritis worse. In fact, smoking can make most stomach problems worse (acid reflux & ulcers are others). This is even though you breathe the smoke in, not swallow it. The nicotine and other dangerous chemicals get into your bloodstream through your lungs but then go throughout your body, including your stomach. Avoid smoking at all costs! ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Seibert
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Gastritis (Definition)

Inflammation associated with mucosal injury in the stomach. Gastritis is commonly a result of infectious or autoimmune diseases, although it can also result from drugs, extreme stress ...Read more


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Is it possible for cigarettes to cause chronic gastritis?

Yes: Tobacco increases the amount of acid your stomach produces. Gastritis is all about bad habits: smoking, alcohol, soda, dark chocolate, citrus juices.... ...Read more

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I have gastritis that has got worse, even with treatment. What else can I do?

Seek medical att.: How was your gastritis diagnosed?
What was the treatment that you tried?
Any lifestyle modifications with it?
Specifically, diet, smoking, alcohol?
Would definitely suggest that you bring it up at your next PCP appointment. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have pancreatitis or gastritis without being tested. Pain off and on for 2 yrs but get more constant and worse. Upper mid abd?

How can I tell if I have pancreatitis or gastritis without being tested. Pain off and on for 2 yrs but get more constant and worse. Upper mid abd?

Wouldn't self -dx: I wouldn't try to self diagnose these conditions. If you have had significant abdominal pain over the last two years - this warrants medical evaluation. Take care. ...Read more

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Does sleep dirorder has an effect on gastritis or esophogitis? Does it make them worse?

Does sleep dirorder has an effect on gastritis or esophogitis? Does it make them worse?

Some overlap.: There are some examples of overlap here. For example, reflux esophagitis tends to increase at night, which can disrupt sleep quality. And people with sleep apnea are usually overweight, and being overweight increases reflux esophagitis as well. So a sleep issue and esophagitis can co-exist, for example. ...Read more

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Can doing sit ups / planks etc aggravate my gastritis worse? As feels worse afterwards or can it be me stressing

Stomach pain: There should be no relationship of you strengthening the muscles of the abdomen that would affect the internal organs such as the bowels. This may be related to stress, but if you are adding protein shakes or other supplements to your regimen, this may cause some gastritis. Be sure you're getting plenty of sleep and continue workouts. If you still have problems, check which your care provider. ...Read more

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I've had gastritis for about a week and its getting worse and affecting my breathing now, should I go to the hospital?

I've had gastritis for about a week and its getting worse and affecting my breathing now, should I go to the hospital?

If you have: Trouble breathing, yes you should go to the hospital. But gastritis shouldn't cause trouble breathing. Even GERD may cause heartburn and pain behind your breastbone, but it shouldn't cause trouble breathing. Please get evaluated by a doctor in the ER if you have trouble breathing. ...Read more

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How do I know for sure that my acute gastritis is going away and not getting worse or changed its symptoms.? I have it six months. Stopped smoking..

Check with your doc: After 6 months it is not acute anymore.

Congratulations: you stopped smoking!

you want to check with your doc to be safe. He/she may recommend a gastroscopy. ...Read more

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Have gastritis with bad gnawing hunger pains and am finding that esomeprazole 40mg 2x/day makes it worse, waking at 2:30 a.m. to eat. Different dose?

Have gastritis with bad gnawing hunger pains and am finding that esomeprazole 40mg 2x/day makes it worse, waking at 2:30 a.m. to eat. Different dose?

Need endoscopy asap!: You need to see a specialist as soon as possible and have endoscopy to see why you are in so much pain despite taking esomeprazole (Nexium) twice a day. You may have a penetrating ulcer or some other serious disorder. Please don't waste too much time looking for answers on the internet at this point, you need to be examined. Best wishes for a satisfactory resolution to your problem. ...Read more

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Does coffee actually make an ulcer/gastritis worse? Or just irritates it to become more painful?

Does coffee actually make an ulcer/gastritis worse? Or just irritates it to become more painful?

Coffee ulcer: In some it does. In some it does not. If it bothers you I would stop and see if better. If better start again. If worse stop. Repeat till you have convinced yourself that is does or does not affect you. ...Read more

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I've had gastritis and it hurts to breath now should I go to the hospital? It seems to be getting worse

Follow your instinct: If you are having trouble breathing, then seek urgent care if you are concerned. May or may not be related to gastritis. Seeking medical attention when you are worried is never "wrong". ...Read more

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If I have gastritis and the stress of possibly getting sick makes me feel worse. Would anti anxiety medication help at all?

If I have gastritis and the stress of possibly getting sick makes me feel worse. Would anti anxiety medication help at all?

It depends: Gastritis comes from many possible causes, with "stress" among them. However, antianxiety medication is not the first thing i'd reach for. You may benefit from some help with self-calming -- a good therapist can help you with this. Also breathing exercises, meditation, yoga, and other things you can do on your own. See http://www. Healthjourneys. Com/ for some helpful recording you can get too. ...Read more

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My bf was diagnosed with H. pylori negative gastritis over a year ago (worse now). Do you have experience treating patients with similar circumstances?

Gastritis: Often we treat h pylori negative gastritis with bland diet, avoidance of alcohol, caffeine and nicotine and a course of medications like prilosec or zantac. If symptoms persist despite adherence to this treatment regimen we try a different ppi like nexium or increase the dosage of prilosec. The next step is a follow-up gastroscopy to document the diagnosis if symptoms don't improve. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me why fatty food makes gastritis/indigestion worse?

Fat and acid: Fat delays stomach emptying and causes the stomach to make more acid to help digestion. The increase in stomach acid can irritate an area of the stomach that is already irritated (gastritis). ...Read more

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LUQ pain, burning sensation, pretty constant, worse with sweets sometimes, not always. Caffeine doesn't seem to affect it. Could it be gastritis?

LUQ pain, burning sensation, pretty constant, worse with sweets sometimes, not always. Caffeine doesn't seem to affect it. Could it be gastritis?

Yes but...: Gastritis could produce those symptoms but if you're on pantoprazole and it still hurts then gastritis is less likely. Some people respond better to one acid reducer than another. Only way to know if it's gastritis is to look inside with a scope. Talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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How long does gastritis take to heal? Had it for 7 weeks now, been taking probiotics, zantac, (ranitidine) buscopan and eating fresh food and its getting worse

How long does gastritis take to heal? Had it for 7 weeks now, been taking probiotics, zantac, (ranitidine) buscopan and eating fresh food and its getting worse

Time for a change...: Zantac (ranitidine) in doses less than 100mg (otc dosing is 75mg) effectively inhibits basal & nighttime acid output by the stomach. However, food-stimulated acid production & tobacco/ nsaid/ alcohol injury may need bigger "guns." prescription-strength doses of zantac (ranitidine) are 150-300mg twice daily. Stop tobacco, nsaids, & drinking alcohol, & ask your doctor if time to switch medication or to get further testing. ...Read more

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I have gastritis for two months, which got worse recently. Doctors told me to follow a diet and take some drugs, but I don't see much improvement. Its not due H. pylori but due to improper diet and stress. Could this be chronic?

I have gastritis for two months, which got worse recently. Doctors told me to follow a diet and take some drugs, but I don't see much improvement. Its not due H. pylori but due to improper diet and stress. Could this be chronic?

Gastritis: Classic gastritis responds nicely to ppi medications like prilosec or nexium or the other class of medications like zantac or pepcid. Other important measures are bland diet, avoidance of caffeine, alcohol and nicotine. You may not be dealing with gastritis so I recommend a consultation with a gastroenterologist for diagnosis and treatment. Appropriate tests will be done. ...Read more

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Can 81 mg aspirin make my gastritis worse to the point where it gives me anxiety attacks?

Can 81 mg aspirin make my gastritis worse to the point where it gives me anxiety attacks?

Depends: 81 mg of Aspirin daily should not cause adverse effects (should be checked by an md). The benefits are many at reducing cardiac and stroke pathology, if gastritis is the result of this, I am sure your md can speak with you ad make you feel better. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have been taking Pepcid (famotidine) for 3 weeks for gastritis and possible gerd. When can I expect to heal? I have been smoking 1 cigarette a day, but stopped.

Gastritis, Stress: I commend you for stopping smoking.
Let Wise Man within you Reflect:
Causes of Gastritis- Stress, Alcohol, Drugs
• Possible GERD due to Stress
Pepcid alone has not healed you yet
• Need to see Psychiatrist for Diagnosis of Anxiety and GERD, Therapy
• Believe in Blessings of Breath of Life and Healing power of your Body
• Breathing and Music Relaxation
• Visual Imagery of National Parks ...Read more

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Can 81 mg aspirin make my gastritis worse? And can my gastritis cause me to have migraines and anxiety attacks?

Can 81 mg aspirin make my gastritis worse? And can my gastritis cause me to have migraines and anxiety attacks?

Yes: Yes 81 mg of Aspirin can also make gastritis worse as far as gastritis leading to migraine or anxiety it is not commonly reported leading cause but anxiety can definitely lead to worsening of both gastritis and migraine. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with severe gastritis from NSAIDs made worse by antibiotics. Taking Prilosec 2x day and bland diet. How long for pain to subside?

I was diagnosed with severe gastritis from NSAIDs made worse by antibiotics. Taking Prilosec 2x day and bland diet. How long for pain to subside?

Could be a while: Could be as short as a fee days but sometimes it can take time for the stomach to heal, on the order of a couple of weeks. As long as you are slowly (or quickly) improving, that is the most important thing. ...Read more

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I have gastritis and my doctor told me only drink pedialyte and water. I'm hungry, can I eat anything else without getting worse? It's been 24 hours

Gastritis: After 24 hours of nothing but clear liquids, I believe you need to slowly reintroduce foods with more nutritional value. But, I don't have you complete history so I really cannot go any further in advising you other than to strongly urge you to contact your doctor and get further guidance. ...Read more

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My abdomen has hurt for a month. Gets worse when I eat or drink anything. I have been treated for gastritis & told maybe I was just constipated ideas?

My abdomen has hurt for a month. Gets worse when I eat or drink anything. I have been treated for gastritis & told maybe I was just constipated ideas?

Examination: Abdominal discomfort lasting a month calls for an evaluation by your physician. Conditions such as gastritis, peptic ulcer, liver or gall bladder problems, inflammation of the intestinal tract are some possibilities. ...Read more

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I was prescribed Lexapro (escitalopram) to see if it would help my gastritis b/c stress makes it worse. The Lexapro (escitalopram) made me anxious, panicky and irritable. Normal?

I was prescribed Lexapro (escitalopram) to see if it would help my gastritis b/c stress makes it worse. The Lexapro (escitalopram) made me anxious, panicky and irritable. Normal?

Can happen: Lexapro (escitalopram) is an ssri antidepressant, and all ssris potentially can have the side-effects you list. They usually don't (so it's not "normal"), but everyone's different. If these side-effects are mild, they may fade over the first several days. Otherwise, talk to your doctor about decreasing the dose or trying something different. ...Read more

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Does gerd/gastritis cause back pain? 6yrs in pain. I eat healthy/exercise weekly+still in pain. Gets worse at night. What to do?

Does gerd/gastritis cause back pain? 6yrs in pain. I eat healthy/exercise weekly+still in pain. Gets worse at night. What to do?

Yes it can = back-: -pain. It's usually controlled using meds & antacids. B sure U C an upper GI specialist. Some testing & perhaps an endoscopy will B needed. ...Read more

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Is gastritis pain normally worse in the morning after waking up? I find that my stomach is sore in the morning often after I wake up.

Is gastritis pain normally worse in the morning after waking up? I find that my stomach is sore in the morning often after I wake up.

Refluxing at night?: A person with stomach aches upon awakening can make a diary of symptoms, writing them down on a big calendar. Include descriptions of the symptoms, when they occur, how long they last, what makes them better, what worsens them, any relation to foods or meds, any relation to activities, etc... Then, he can take the diary to the doctor. Gastric reflux and excess acidity can be a cause. ...Read more