Its apparently what I have. For the last 4 or more months. 4 very long months.
Every once in a while I feel like I am getting better. Then…… nope. Here it is again!!
It seems that I have had it for some time, but the flair up, the biggie, started in October. As a bonus, the gallbladder went out too. I am guessing that the 2 things together seem to be making my life miserable. I have heard that not everyone bounces back from gallbladder surgery in a few days as I was led to believe.
I am a lucky one…..
Gastritis is when the lining of the stomach is inflamed and irritated. For me, that meant burning pain in my belly from eating anything that wasn’t oatmeal and white rice. Abdominal pain and discomfort are constant companions. Hiccups also come and hang out for a while. Bloating and gas are bonuses. Loss of appetite is another symptom. I did have an appetite, but I couldn’t eat and I felt full after eating small amounts. All typical symptoms of Chronic Gastritis.
At least I haven’t have vomiting and severe nausea. Nor have I had internal bleeding- thank goodness.
Typically, people who have this are people whose diet is more processed. People who drink a lot. People who smoke and take Ibuprofen and Aleive.
I drank too much at my sons wedding in September. I took a lot of Ibuprofen this summer because my body hurt and I had a lot of work to do. I eat very little processed foods and certainly don’t waste my money on smoking.
Stress is a huge cause. Might have had a little of that over the last couple years..
Interesting enough, I have found some other causes listed here on Medicine Net:
chronic gastritis may occur with repeated or continual presence of most of these causes:
• Bacterial, viral and parasitic infections
• Certain drugs (cocaine)
• Alcoholic disease (drinking excessive amounts of alcohol)
• Bile reflux
• Allergic reactions
• Autoimmune reactions
• Stress reaction
• Certain food poisonings (infectious and chemical)
In general, infectious agents, especially Helicobacter pylori, and NSAIDs are responsible for the majority of people with gastritis.
According the the Natural Doc, I have fungal infections and parasites. (Don’t get grossed out- your probably have parasites and just don’t know it.) I have been having allergic reactions to foods over this past year. I have had trouble with reflux for years. And then of course, stress and NSAIDS.
I am being treated for all my issues- except for stress reduction- by the Natural Doc. The Medical Doc is treating me by giving me meds to help me live life along the way. It is helping me make it through.
Since all this started, my upper back pain has been eliminated. I guess one symptom of gallbladder problems is upper back pain. My feet and leg pain is almost totally gone. I have not been able to go without shoes in the house for years. The other day, I realized late afternoon, I had forgotten to even put on my slippers! And I was fine!!! That can be caused by allergies or sensitivities to nightshades. (Tomatoes, potatoes, ground cherries, eggplants, peppers…) I haven’t eaten anything from that group since early October.
I also seem to be allergic to the mold that is naturally on wheat. I have eliminated wheat from my diet as well and that is helping quiet down the inflammation in my body.
As I researched this post, I have realized that all the things I have been dealing with here are connected. This is why I have felt so awful for so long. I am thankful that we are finally getting them dealt with and healed up. It is just taking way too long in my opinion.
I am sure my family and friends would agree. They have been so good and patient with me. I appreciate each and every one of them. I appreciate their checking in and their support while I have been dealing with this all. Especially the ones in the house who put up with me trying so many different foods on them in my quest to find foods we would all eat willingly.
Its not easy.
Thanks for taking time to read through this post!