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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
Hello, I was recently diagnosed with chronic gastritis, as well as having the H.Pylori bacteria. Is smoking anything other than cigarettes still a no?
Correct: You must have been treated for H pylori with multiple medications. Smoking is not recommended. Stay healthy and happy. ...Read more
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?
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
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
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
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
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
I've had gastritis and it hurts to breath now should I go to the hospital? It seems to be getting worse
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
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
LUQ pain, burning sensation, pretty constant, worse with sweets sometimes, not always. Caffeine doesn't seem to affect it. Could it be gastritis?
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
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
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.
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
Can 81 mg aspirin make my gastritis worse? And can my gastritis cause me to have migraines and anxiety attacks?
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
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
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?
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
Does gerd/gastritis cause back pain? 6yrs in pain. I eat healthy/exercise weekly+still in pain. Gets worse at night. What to do?
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
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