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[QUOTE=dcguy;5149293]Everything you wrote sounds normal for this condition. Did the beer drinking directly precede your latest 48-hour episode? If not, can you think of anything else that might have triggered it? Beer is really bad, it creates the most stomach acid out of all the types of alcohol out there. I've learned the hard way myself. If I decide to binge a little, say around New Years, it will literally take me two weeks to recover and feel normal again stomach-wise. So I've cut out alcohol and cafiene 100% from my diet and I am finally able to go off the PPIs and rarely have to take anything else, but the minute I try to reintroduce coffee or alcohol I go right back to needing the meds.

Anxiety can definitely hurt an already distressed stomach so best to relax or ask your doc for some temporary anti-anxiety meds. My symptoms got so bad last year I had to go to the ER. I did not think it had anything to do with stress because I'm a very laid back happy guy, but they prescribed me xanax anyway and I was shocked what a positive difference it made. Now I only take it as needed, but it's extremely rare. I will only take it if I feel a full-blown attack coming on, which is usually preceded by sweaty hands and feet and/or lightheadedness.

In any case, you'll be fine, just stay away from irritating foods/drinks. Coffee and alcohol are the worst for your stomach. So are NSAIDS, so stay away from Advil and Aleve and regular aspirin. Take only acetaminophen-based products.

Regarding other things you can try: eating ginger candy and drinking a 50/50 mix of aloe vera juice with something like iced tea or lemonade works great. You might also want to try some magnesium supplements. The mag really worked well for me, and still does.

Good luck![/QUOTE]


Thanks for the info!

As far as the stomach issue goes, I only have felt this sensation at times when I get in the "fight or flight" mode. It's not really nauseating and its definitely not a pain as stated, just a weird fullness, like a bland feeling in combination with sitting in the car for a long time. I've technically had Gastritis since the end of January when it was confirmed, but not sure when it actually started. After having the procedure I went into the anxiety episodes for about 3 weeks after, really bad. Didn't really feel this.

I take Aloe Vera juice, about 2oz. worth at random times throughout the day (usually once a day). I also have some Magnesium tabs - I'll try those. I hear things about not staying on Zantac for more than 14days which is worrying me. I think that deadline is fast approaching so I'm worried about that since if I don't take them, if the acid or inflammation will get worse and then do I have to get back on the PPI's - not sure if I was experiencing it's side effects or those were anxiety related (night sweats seldomly, occasional fast heart rate, feeling cold at times, sometimes shaky, etc.).

I have 1mg Xanax available to me - took it a couple nights before bed during my anxiety spurt. Feel like it somewhat helped. The feeling in throat is like a "shelf" of air it seems, I can swallow fine, eat, etc..just brushing my tongue seems to provoke a gag reflex easily. Everything else in my body feels fine.

But yes, the feeling in stomach is very similar to the morning or day after drinking - especially beer I guess. I am not a heavy drinker at all! I only drink socially one night a week and sometimes that only happens 1-3times a MONTH. But the next morning after maybe 6 beers or so over a 2-3hr period, my stomach will just feel "full" still from the alcohol and I'll feel somewhat tired, but no headache like a hangover. I drank saturday night, and this feeling has been there since Sunday morning so I assume this is what it is.

I am just worried that the acid from that and anything else that comes hand in hand with the Gastritis will result in my vomiting or having a bad bowel movement etc. I'm always nervous as hell to check my stools for signs of blood or any of that since I am a huge hypochondriac =(

Lastly, I was feeling fine/almost back to my normal happy,funny, energetic self for the past 2 weeks after my weeks of anxiety and worrying (lost supposedly 5-6lbs in 17 days, gained 4lbs back in a week) until that saturday night happened (also had Chipotle chicken tacos w/ medium salsa the night before).
I'm trying to not let this minor stomach sensation control my life and make me handicapped from anything outside my room, feeling like I have to live like this or nothing I take will help it (like I cant describe it to others for a proper diagnosis).
[QUOTE=messplay;5149317]As far as the stomach issue goes, I only have felt this sensation at times when I get in the "fight or flight" mode.[/QUOTE]

That's anxiety. You should be on medication full time for this until your episodes die down on their own. Ask about clonazepam, which is a long-acting form of xanax. It will keep you chill all day with one pill.

[QUOTE=messplay;5149317]After having the procedure I went into the anxiety episodes for about 3 weeks after, really bad. Didn't really feel this.[/QUOTE]

I'll still bet it's the anxiety.

[QUOTE=messplay;5149317]I hear things about not staying on Zantac for more than 14days which is worrying me. I think that deadline is fast approaching so I'm worried about that since if I don't take them, if the acid or inflammation will get worse and then do I have to get back on the PPI's - not sure if I was experiencing it's side effects or those were anxiety related (night sweats seldomly, occasional fast heart rate, feeling cold at times, sometimes shaky, etc.).[/QUOTE]

Staying on those meds for more than 14 days is not something to get too worried about. Most of us here have been on those for far longer, sometimes years. It doesn't hurt to go off them then go back on if your symptoms start up again. Do whatever works for you. Also, the side effects you're talking about are from anxiety. You need the long acting chill med.

[QUOTE=messplay;5149317]I have 1mg Xanax available to me - took it a couple nights before bed during my anxiety spurt. Feel like it somewhat helped. The feeling in throat is like a "shelf" of air it seems, I can swallow fine, eat, etc..just brushing my tongue seems to provoke a gag reflex easily. Everything else in my body feels fine. [/QUOTE]

1mg is a lot. Instead of taking at night, try the clonazepam first thing in the morning. Low dose. Sounds like you need a long-acting med for sure. I had to take this for a while and it helped tremendously with my symptoms until I could get my lifestyle changes in order, then I came off it with no probs.

[QUOTE=messplay;5149317]But yes, the feeling in stomach is very similar to the morning or day after drinking - especially beer I guess. I am not a heavy drinker at all! I only drink socially one night a week and sometimes that only happens 1-3times a MONTH. But the next morning after maybe 6 beers or so over a 2-3hr period, my stomach will just feel "full" still from the alcohol and I'll feel somewhat tired, but no headache like a hangover. [/QUOTE]

You don't have to be a heavy drinking to get the stomach problems from beer. Trying staying off it altogether for a while, or try a non-alc beer if you must. Btw, 6 beers will definitely cause stomach probs the next day, doesn't matter whether it make you drunk or not or was over a long period. An irritant is an irritant.

[QUOTE=messplay;5149317]I am a huge hypochondriac =( [/QUOTE]

You need a long-acting, daily chill pill for this.

[QUOTE=messplay;5149317]Lastly, I was feeling fine/almost back to my normal happy,funny, energetic self for the past 2 weeks after my weeks of anxiety and worrying (lost supposedly 5-6lbs in 17 days, gained 4lbs back in a week) until that saturday night happened (also had Chipotle chicken tacos w/ medium salsa the night before).[/QUOTE]

It's the drinking. I've been through the exact same thing, trust me.

Ask for clonazepam and try it daily for a while. If you use a low dose you don't have to worry about getting hooked or coming off it. Good luck!
This is something I could've asked my GI or Psychiatrist but I don't think the Psych appt. is for a week or so and the GI is 3 months since last time we had an appt. (2 weeks ago) he said everything is fine and just do what I need for the Gastritis.


I'll be honest, I don't know much about it other than to avoid drinking and spicy foods. I do that (with the exception of that one night of drinking a couple beers) and my "symptoms" are all fairly mild - gas, sometimes bloating after eating a lot, rotten smelling gas/stools, and the feeling I explained on an empty stomach.

Yesterday (I was at a convention seminar for about 11-12hrs, motivational speaker Tony Robbins) and so I was a bit amped up. The whole day I ingested: eggs, potatoes, wheat toast around 9:30am w/ a Whey Protein + water shake. I then had 3 granola bars, half of a turkey sandwich, and a chicken caesar salad all spread out between 1pm and 12am. I know that may not be enough but I wasn't too prepared snack wise since we had no breaks during the seminar. I then had 9 chicken stars and a couple fries from Carls Jr. on my way home since that was all I could really find at 1:30am. I went to bed fairly tired but in the back of my mind, despite what the seminar was about and what the next couple days of this seminar are about, I was still thinking about my health to an extent. I felt as though my heart was racing which I felt this morning as I was waking up (laid there for about 1hr trying to get back to sleep but couldn't). I just ate an apple as my stomach is empty obviously, timed my 1min pulse and it was 76-79. I guess that isn't really racing which calms me down.

I'm wondering, can gastritis cause that? I read somewhere on this forum or maybe elsewhere that the acid/stomach inflammation can inflame the vagus nerve which somehow correlates to anxiety/fight or flight? I am not sure if me being somewhat underweight is an issue, I have not stepped on a scale lately but after this weekend with what I am going thru and yesterday I probably lost 2 pounds (I know a lot is water weight but I also have a fast metabolism) - I assume that me feeling my heart rate thru my chest is me just being sensitive to it that its happening or that I dont have enough muscle or fat above my chest/pecs to subside the pulsating feeling. I don't know if I mentioned this before but I had an appt. made with the cardiologist during the weeks in Feb when I was going thru all my anxiety and the Holtor monitor came back excellent - no arrythmias, no palps/skips, etc. all fine.

Sorry, I know these posts make me out to be a huge paranoid but in a sense I somewhat am. I just have no idea what brought this on 6 weeks ago - almost thought it was from the anasthesia from my endoscopy that triggered this all a week after I had that procedure.

Thanks for your and anyone else's input, greatly appreciate it - and I will ask my psychiatrist next time after I have tinkered around with Inositol first if I do in fact need clonazepam but my doctor is moreso Hollistic which I like, so he is mentioning natural ways along with the real meds and making the choice up to me. And for the record, the xanax I was taking at night a few weeks ago were actually .5mg pills and I was breaking them up in half to take.





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