Bile Gastritis Anyone?
Friday, September 14, 2012
So I had my endoscopy yesterday after months of being told by everyone that my gallbladder had to come out. I never thought it was my gallbladder but was worried none-the-less. It turns out I have a rare condition called Bile Gastritis. Apparently my liver pushes bile back into my stomach causing severe pain, nausea, vomiting, and supposed weight loss. I have gained weight significantly in the past three months so I didn't get that symptom.
My first thought was that I was upset for myself for poor eating habits to cause this but after further research and talking to the doctor, it turns out that I most likely have an ulcer caused by H Pylori bacteria. I am being sent for a breath test to determine if I do indeed have the bacteria. In the meantime, the doctor put me on an ulcer healing medication that I take three times a day. The medicine hurts my tummy a little but if it helps to heal the ulcer, I can handle it. If I do indeed test positive for H Pylori, I will have to take a long course of antibiotics and even then, that bacteria will stay with me forever.
The good news is that this is treatable if all goes in my favor. If I take my medications, the ulcer heals, I eat smaller meals, change my diet, reduce stress significantly and get back to being healthier, I can have a fresh start.
If I don't change my ways and get it under control, I could end up with esophageal cancer or have a surgery to fix my pyloric valve if it is damaged beyond healing.
This is a wake up call for me. It's probably a blessing in disguise prompting me to change my ways. No matter what, I need to reassess my habits and my life and make some major changes.