22 M, Recently Recovered from Gastritis in January but Still Struggle Mentally, any advice?
By - thejmoneyman
I just got out of the hospital last week after 5 day stay of being diagnosed with gastritis and gasteroperisis - they did an endoscopy and my biopsy showed I tested positive for h pylori. My gi gave me 3 antibiotics and a proton pump inhibitor. I am on almost a month of being sick. I have lost 8 pounds and I know stress makes it worse- I’ve been doing breathing and meditation and yoga poses designed for digestion. Still nauseous and feel like an alien is going to pop of out of my stomach. I have started to take probiotics apple cider vinegar capsules Cranberry pills and peppermint oil capsules so I can make it through the day at work. I take b12 and Vitamin d daily -I am living off ginger ale and can barely eat. Celiacs runs in my family so I’ve been trying to cut out wheat to see if that helps when I do try and eat. Please tell me this gets better!
You might want to cut out the ginger ale, it's bubbly and sugary and bad for your stomach.
It’s is actually the only the thing I am able to tolerate - drinking water is making me sicker 🤷♀️
I hope you get better! I just know that most people, fizzy drinks really don't do well for your lining. Not trying to add to your stress, just something to think about.
It’s funny I only drank seltzer when I was pregnant too I’m just weird
Don’t use acv with gastritis. It made my stomach very sensitive with only maybe a week or two of usage.
How are you doing now? Did you get rid of h pylori?
Yes my dr said the h pylori is gone! But now I am struggling with SIBO from it
7 pounds? That ain't shit. I dropped 50.
Stop stressing so much, sounds like it let you off easy.
I am in a similar place. I had unexplained nausea starting in July of 2017, and I got diagnosed with gastritis in October of 2017. I recovered with omeprazole and diet change, but I ended up having a severe flare in December 2020.
It is hard not to restrict your diet to a few foods you know won’t make you sick. My tactic is to keep slowly adding new things into my diet, so if I have a reaction, I can pinpoint what made me sick.
Also, I find that I feel more confident each time I eat a new food and don’t feel sick. I’ve also experienced many flare ups, and I’ve learned that I do recover from them fairly quickly if I go back to a blind diet. So eating is not as terrifying as it was.
When you recovered, did you start eating a pretty poor diet? And then that caused the flare up in December? I’m pretty conscious of my diet now and one positive of gastritis is I feel like I’ve cut out processed foods (for the most part) and I try to eat healthier.
I guess my question is, do you think it was your diet that caused the flare up? I’m hoping to make sure my gastritis never comes back haha
I’ve cut out dairy since 2017, and I eat a decent diet. I suspect it was just the stress of the year, culminating in having COVID. I have two small children, and the oldest was in and out of virtual school. I did drink more coffee than usual, but nothing dramatic. It almost has to have either been stress or COVID that set me off.
Hey OP, I struggled with gastritis when I was 19 for a year and half. When I healed up I didn’t know yet that I was healed. The thought of the burning sensation in my stomach or my stomach being swollen always came into my head for a couple months. It is going to take time for you to feel like your old self.
Think of it this way. When you get sick, you start noticing that your breathing isn’t how it was before. You start to question if that is how you used to breathe before or if you are getting sick. Then when it’s clogged up, you wait until it unclogged, slowly it gets better but you still question if it has returned to the same level as before. Then before you know it, you don’t even think about it and you are finely better.
Gastritis is tougher since you do have the small ptsd, but as the days go by and you don’t feel any pain, it will get better and you won’t think about it anymore.
Maybe try meditation to calm down the anxiety. You are going to have to just stop thinking about it, whether it is doing another activity you like or etc. if you do do an activity that you do like, maybe after doing it focus on the fact that you didn’t feel bad at all. I suppose if you have the money try a therapist, but time will kinda be the only thing that cures it. Good luck, and if you ever need any help or someone to talk to, feel free to DM me.
I really appreciate this. I start a full time job in August and I’m hoping that will keep my mind occupied during the day. As a college student I have too much time on my hands and I know that’s gotta be part of it
That is great you’re healed! We’re you on medication? What diet did you follow? Just curious. Thanks!
My doctor was terrible, and I didn’t really have good insurance, so I couldn’t go elsewhere. I was prescribed ranitidine but after like 2 weeks, I told the doctor that it wasn’t working(Fortunately because 3 years after it got banned). He then told me to go on omeprazole. It helped a little bit not much.
3-4 months in, I was just like screw it and didn’t really take drugs anymore. I did change my diet like in the 2-3 month. I’m Latino, so we have a lot of spicy/acidic food, I was drinking coke twice a day, a bit overweight, didn’t really drank much at the time, but after drinking one weekend, about 10 days after I started having symptoms so I am sure it exacerbated it a bit. Honestly, it was nothing more than just eating healthier and waiting. Countless doctor visits with no end in sight. Then Finally I started getting better and better, and one day I was just like, “wow, I don’t feel anything.” Although like I told OP, once I realized that, I had small amount of ptsd just waiting for sudden burning pain in my stomach and around my belly button area, which I felt it a lot there too.
Unfortunately, I have been drinking more than I normal do recently(due to covid and locked up with roommates/friends who really really like to drink), and about a week ago, I felt the burning/swollen pain in my stomach. Fortunately, after like 2-3 days it improved drastically, and I am like at 90% now with my stomach feeling a bit swollen, once in a while, and pressing up against the back organ and the bottom of my ribs. I will say that while I was drinking, I was eating takeout food a lot and a drinking a lot of Seltzer water, using a lot of BBQ hot sauce on chicken/meat, vinegar chips, a bit back to being overweight, so an extremely bad diet. In these past week I have,once again, dramatically changed my diet based on the post in this sub, and I feel so much better. I hope that it was just a warning saying to quiet drinking and have a better diet. Exercise seems to help as well.
If you have it, I hope that you feel better soon!
Any dietary changes you made in your journey to recover ?
Not sure if you were asking me or someone else but I changed my diet yeah and it made a difference. I basically cut out spicy, fried, and acidic foods as it would aggravate my stomach. Some people dairy apparently aggravates it but it didn’t for me, so I think it’s different for other people. Even after I’ve healed, I still don’t eat fast food really anymore, I’ll eat spicy food occasionally but not as often as I used to do
Thanks for responding yes i asked you and which medication were you on at that time? Any other supplements that you taken or any other home remedies that you followed
I was on Protonix, one tablet every morning for about 6 months. I also started taking a Probiotic pill every night before bed and I highly recommend this. You can pick up a Floragen Probiotic pill set at any grocery store pharmacy, it's definitely made a difference. I don't take Protonix anymore but I still take the Probiotic, it's really good for your stomach
Have you tried cbd? I heard it’s very helpful for anxiety. Ashwaganda is also recommended by a few people in this sub.
I personally do meditation at least for a few minutes a day and before I sleep and I feel like it helps. It gives you time to really just take a breather and calm down. I know it’s kind of cliche but honestly it works.
I wish I developed this PTSD thing that you're describing. At least I'd stay on the straight and narrow.
I have the opposite problem: As soon as I feel normal, I get ballzy and start eating trash and then I set myself back, and then I get all ragey and/or depressed at everyone and everything because I'm in pain.
Just yesterday I decided to test out whether I can handle greek yogurt. Thank God I only had 3 teaspoons, but I feel it right now. I just pray that it won't stay with me for a whole week.
Did you have symptoms other than nausea?
Nah, it was just nausea for me. I would wake up in the morning and instantly be nauseous and the feeling wouldn't pass until like 3pm at least, so I'd not eat anything for like half the day.
Because of not eating as much, I was weaker and had less energy