Ghastly Gastritis

Well well well… If it’s not one thing, it’s something else.

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In my never-ending trips to the doctors, I was told yesterday that I have gastritis, caused by acid reflux/too much acid. Which is just marvellous.

With yet more time off work, I’m sat here wondering if I’ll ever be able to just function like a regular adult. Will my life stop revolving around the twists and turns of my crappy body? Like, ever?

Whilst I agree that I have gastritis possibly with some complications, since for the past week or so I’ve had uncomfortable bloating whenever I eat, the strange sensation of feeling hungry but quickly feeling overwhelmingly full after just a few bites of food, nausea for hours after I’ve eaten and a general feeling of being unwell (fatigue, pain throughout the body), it’s not as easy as just getting a diagnosis and popping some pills. Just yesterday, all I managed to eat all day was a few spoons of high protein yoghurt for breakfast, followed by two bites of cheese and a bite of a banana for lunch, then just three spoons of a boiled egg for dinner. Just those few bites alone each time would make me feel so full, that it was as if I’d eaten four whole Christmas dinners right there! This was followed by horrendous bloating and feeling very uncomfortable, the intense feeling that I was going to be sick, unable to think straight and feeling not all with it. I’ve had this every day since Sunday.

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After a trip to the doctors, the nurse said that I likely have too much acid which can lead on to stomach ulcers and complications, so to take Omeprazole to reduce the acid. In the meantime, I also need to adopt a diet of only meat and non-acidic fruit and vegetables to let my stomach heal and the inflammation go down. Also drinking plain water and water only. She said to follow this for one to three weeks and slowly reintroduce food groups again to see what my stomach could now handle.

However, this perhaps doesn’t address what has caused the gastritis (inflammation of the stomach lining) in the first place. H Pylori is apparently the most common cause, accounting for around 8 in 10 cases of gastritis, and with an overgrowth of H Pylori in autoimmune thyroid disease patients (like me) being common, this is probably the cause. So diet alone may not fix the gastritis and I may need to go back for antibiotics. Although not penicillin because we all know what that did to me before!

Other causes, which it can’t be for me, include cocaine use, too much alcohol (I like a drink once or twice a month but not to the point of gastritis!) and taking aspirin or ibuprofen too much (I’m very wary of taking painkillers). Interestingly, it’s possible though less common for it to be caused by an autoimmune reaction, where the immune system mistakenly attacks the body’s own cells and tissues, which in this case is the stomach lining. And we already know that having one autoimmune disease, i.e. Hashimoto’s in my case, puts you at a higher risk for developing another.

But my money is on H Pylori.

So, after a sleepless night of tossing and turning with both hunger from having tiny amounts of food these past few days, as well as holding my painful, bloated stomach as I try to get comfortable, I’m sat at home trying to stomach some chicken at 8:30am in the morning. Taking my blood sugar level, it’s low, which isn’t surprising since my stomach won’t let me eat properly and I feel very faint and stiff. I’m also wondering if the inflammation in my stomach is affecting my ability to process and absorb all my thyroid medication since I have hypothyroid symptoms returning – weakness in muscles, pains throughout the body, very low mood, dry and itchy skin and intense fatigue.

I am royally fed up. But I’ll let you know how I get on.

At least my skin is the clearest it’s been in ages…

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-Rachel

About Rachel Hill, The Invisible Hypothyroidism

Diagnosed with Hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME), as well as having Adrenal Fatigue and experience with Depression and Anxiety Disorder, Rachel Hill blogs at theinvisiblehypothyroidism.com to help others, covering all aspects of what it’s like to have these conditions. Rachel is one of the many faces of thyroid disease and she’s passionate about helping those with hypothyroidism and giving them a voice.
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3 Responses to Ghastly Gastritis

  1. Thank you xx did you have the same issues as me then? 😦

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  2. Invisibly Me says:

    I had a hydrogen breath test before which came back clear but was told it could still be a lower bacterial overgrowth as that only checks for the upper area/stomach. I do hope you’re feeling a little brighter soon, I understand the feeling miserable and bloated and ill all too well. Sending a hug.xx

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  3. lynne says:

    Going through the same thing now for a year. Only I can’t take PPI’s. So it’s going to be surgery for me. Good luck with it all!

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