• Sandy Sandy
    February 23, 2011
    What are the best pain relievers for gastritis?
    Sandy Sandy
    February 23, 2011

    I was diagnosed w/gastritis 8 days ago.  I am taking Carafate and Prevacid and today the pain is much worse in my upper abdomen.  What more can be done for the pain?

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  • Stephanie
    Health Guide
    February 26, 2011
    Stephanie
    Health Guide
    February 26, 2011

    I just had another thought. How were you diagnosed? Was it based on history and your exam? If so, if there were not any tests done (normal to not do tests right away) and if your symptoms have worsened then you definitely want to check in with your doctor. Many times doctors use a medication trial as a way to verify a diagnosis. If you get better, then their diagnosis is confirmed. If you don't, then they will want to look for other things.

     

    Stephanie

     

  • Stephanie
    Health Guide
    February 26, 2011
    Stephanie
    Health Guide
    February 26, 2011

    Are you on an antibiotic as well? The antibiotic can throw your system off. Alternately, it's possible that the Prevacid could be causing cramping. My Mom can only take Prevacid briefly before it causes extreme cramping. You should check in with your doctor to see what he suggests. He may want to try different medications or if you are on an antibiotic you may want to ask about a probiotic as the antibiotics often throw off the balance of our beneficial bacteria as well.

     

    Best of Luck - Stephanie

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