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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.
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    Sorry to hear about that...hope you are better now. My Mom had that H Pylori and had to take antibiotics and as far as I know it hasn't come back. I have a hiatal hernia in my esophagus and have to be on meds for that-no fun!
    Maybe you could write another blog with an update to see how you are doing with that and your weight. I am hanging in there-still haven't lost as much weight as I had hoped! But it is something we all have to make a daily effort at. To make that lifestyle change or it won't work. Weight comes back on us faster than it goes off! Keep going! Take care..... emoticon
    1852 days ago
    Thank you for your kind words and encouragement. You are truly an inspiration if you managed to lose 60 pounds through all of that. I am currently searching for recipes for bile gastritis sufferers. It appears to be the same diet as regular gastritis and for those with ulcers. I will get tested for H. Pylori this week and will know more about my course of treatment soon.
    1985 days ago
    I hope this helps you, but I know many people who have had H. pylori and was cured through antibiotics and antacids. I hope you get the cure. I had GERD, really bad, not 3-4 episodes a week, but 3-4 episodes an hour/ 24 hrs a day. I was put on high doses of meds and it really helped. Then I found SP 6.5 months ago and really started losing weight. I now am taking less than half of what I was and it is so much better already (I've lost 60 lbs), but I still have a lot more to lose, but I was told I may be cured of it after my weight is gone. The pressure my expanded waist has put on my stomach has caused this, so it is my fault, but it will also be my success when it's gone too. But the pressure also causes the lungs not to work right, that is getting better too. I hope your journey to a new life style will have these benefits too.
    1986 days ago
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