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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!

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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....

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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".

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!