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    A few questions .....

    What is the nature of your pain? Centre of the abdomen? towards the right-side ? better after food ? worse after food?

    Any other symptoms like diarrhea, fatigue, tiredness, weight loss, short of breath?

    Are you taking any medications ? specifically are you taking non-steriodal pain meds or aspirin ?

    When was the gastroscopy done ? 2yrs ago? 1mth ago? - If it was done 2 yrs ago its worth asking your doctor to refer you for a repeat. I suggest a referral to a gastroenterologist or a general surgeon (unsure of how the singapore health sys works).

    A bit hard to tell what it is at the moment. Could be many different causes. Most likely chronic gastritis. Do not let it drag on too long, it can lead to ulcers in the long run.

    I would suggest avoiding alcohol and spicy food for the time being. Use paracetamol for pain relief and over-the-counter anatacids (mylanta) till your doctor finds out what exactly is wrong. It is quite likely that you will be prescribed a course of strong 'anti-acid' medication.

    Hope you get better soon =).

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    My mom and I used to have the same problem.
    We did some test in the hospital. Took medicine for 2 months then it's ok.
    Docs said there was some kind of virus that cause gastric, not only the chemical and the eating habit. If not cure properly can lead to cancer/ulcer/....

  3. #23

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    Quote Originally Posted by drabsinthe View Post
    A few questions .....

    What is the nature of your pain? Centre of the abdomen? towards the right-side ? better after food ? worse after food?

    Any other symptoms like diarrhea, fatigue, tiredness, weight loss, short of breath?

    Are you taking any medications ? specifically are you taking non-steriodal pain meds or aspirin ?

    When was the gastroscopy done ? 2yrs ago? 1mth ago? - If it was done 2 yrs ago its worth asking your doctor to refer you for a repeat. I suggest a referral to a gastroenterologist or a general surgeon (unsure of how the singapore health sys works).

    A bit hard to tell what it is at the moment. Could be many different causes. Most likely chronic gastritis. Do not let it drag on too long, it can lead to ulcers in the long run.

    I would suggest avoiding alcohol and spicy food for the time being. Use paracetamol for pain relief and over-the-counter anatacids (mylanta) till your doctor finds out what exactly is wrong. It is quite likely that you will be prescribed a course of strong 'anti-acid' medication.

    Hope you get better soon =).

    Hmm. Centre of the abdomen and yes with weight loss which probably due to me cutting down on oily and spicy stuff. I am not taking any other medication at the moment. Gastroscopy was done a couple of weeks ago and was given some medication by specialist to take for 6 weeks. Unfortunately, after 3 weeks of medication, I had an attack again.

  4. #24

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    Hmmm

    Name of the medication? I suspect its either omerprazole or ranitidine which are anti-acid medications (or different variations of what is basically the same drug).

    Continue with the medication for 6 weeks. They do take some time to have an effect. You should see an improvement in your symptoms if it is gastritis. Less frequent attacks, attacks are less severe, or even better no more attacks ! If it doesnt get any better or gets worse after 6 weeks, please see your specialist ASAP. It could be something else.

  5. #25

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    Quote Originally Posted by drabsinthe View Post
    Hmmm

    Name of the medication? I suspect its either omerprazole or ranitidine which are anti-acid medications (or different variations of what is basically the same drug).

    Continue with the medication for 6 weeks. They do take some time to have an effect. You should see an improvement in your symptoms if it is gastritis. Less frequent attacks, attacks are less severe, or even better no more attacks ! If it doesnt get any better or gets worse after 6 weeks, please see your specialist ASAP. It could be something else.
    Thanks for the info. Will be going for a review in 2 weeks time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by htthach View Post
    My mom and I used to have the same problem.
    We did some test in the hospital. Took medicine for 2 months then it's ok.
    Docs said there was some kind of virus that cause gastric, not only the chemical and the eating habit. If not cure properly can lead to cancer/ulcer/....
    Good to know you guys are ok already.

  7. #27

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    i think u should eat regularly
    get some quick bite like those museli bars or oat bars on the job

    i never had this problem when i was in the NS
    my doc gave me some medication to strengthen my system
    they are better now cos i ate small but frequent meals

  8. #28

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    The timing of your meals and the food you take makes a big difference to how your stomach and the juices behave. In my case, I have this problem even though I eat regular meals. However, when i moved my lunch to an hour earlier i.e. 11.30am and had dinner at regular hours, the problem went away. For me, it could also be due to the fact that I don't eat breakfast and have only a cup of coffee in the morning, which makes things worse for myself. Stay away from drinks acidic soft drinks like coke, Sprite, tea, coffee etc for a while.

    Stress and overworking is also another cause for your problems. If you do not sleep enough, your body will react badly in the sens that it does not have sufficient time to recover. When I changed from my previous job to the current one which is a whole world of difference, my condition improved tremendously.

    In short, work in the right environment, get proper and sufficient rest, drink plenty of water and eat bananas. No scientific prove on the bananas thing, but I read from books (you can find many in around) that bananas helps to provide a certain type of coating on your stomach wall to make it stronger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Parchiao View Post
    Stress and overworking is also another cause for your problems. If you do not sleep enough, your body will react badly in the sens that it does not have sufficient time to recover. When I changed from my previous job to the current one which is a whole world of difference, my condition improved tremendously.

    In short, work in the right environment, get proper and sufficient rest, drink plenty of water and eat bananas. No scientific prove on the bananas thing, but I read from books (you can find many in around) that bananas helps to provide a certain type of coating on your stomach wall to make it stronger.

    You made a good point about stress. I have a rather hectic working life, often working late till 8-9pm each day and only had dinner thereafter. Trying to adjust it now and hopefully such an adjustment will not be too late for me.

    I read abt the bananas thingy too and had tried incorporating bananas into my daily diet for the 5-6 weeks. I hope to see some results soon.

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    Falcon, your condition may be due to your infrequent meals and stress related. Prob the doc will prescribe PPI (proton pump inhibitors) on a as and when needed therapy. Google for Nexium for further info

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    Quote Originally Posted by htthach View Post
    My mom and I used to have the same problem.
    We did some test in the hospital. Took medicine for 2 months then it's ok.
    Docs said there was some kind of virus that cause gastric, not only the chemical and the eating habit. If not cure properly can lead to cancer/ulcer/....
    Helicobactor Pylori you mean? Yes that is a must to be eradicated since it is a proven carcinogenic agent from past research.

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    Hi Falcon,

    I got gastric problems for more than 10 years. It's not pain but its bloated stomach issue. Sometimes, my stomach filled up with so much air that I actually puked or vomitted after that which I would feel much better. I have seen many doctors, they all given me medicines and advising me avoiding taking milk, curry, gas (coke/peisi) drinks and spicy stuffs. I actually did not take any of those food/drinks. This goes on for 10 yrs until one day, I read one newspaper regarding bloated stomach and how it happened. The paper advised to have the meal to be taken very slowly. Eg something like in 20 mins. I took the advise and trial for few months and I was eventually "cured" without medicine. So, though your gastric pain may not be totally the same as mine, why not give it a try. I do not have any attack for past 1 yr now..

    Edit: I also got a stressful working lifestyle, part of this attribute the "acid" to my stomach, causing me very uncomfortable. Just take regular meals and take it slowly and make sure you bite the food.
    Last edited by tokrot; 16th November 2008 at 10:09 PM.

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    Dear Falcon
    I agree with Maestrolik (prob a physician) and I assume that you are under the care of a gastroenterologist?
    Quote Originally Posted by maestrolik View Post
    Falcon, your condition may be due to your infrequent meals and stress related. Prob the doc will prescribe PPI (proton pump inhibitors) on a as and when needed therapy. Google for Nexium for further info
    If you symptoms persist despite medication, and reducing your daily stress, and regulating your diet (also no excessive alcohol including red wine - can be very acidic), do ask for a CT abdomen.
    Let us know if you need any further info.

    esther

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    Quote Originally Posted by maestrolik View Post
    Falcon, your condition may be due to your infrequent meals and stress related. Prob the doc will prescribe PPI (proton pump inhibitors) on a as and when needed therapy. Google for Nexium for further info
    Thanks for the info.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tokrot View Post
    Hi Falcon,

    I got gastric problems for more than 10 years. It's not pain but its bloated stomach issue. Sometimes, my stomach filled up with so much air that I actually puked or vomitted after that which I would feel much better. I have seen many doctors, they all given me medicines and advising me avoiding taking milk, curry, gas (coke/peisi) drinks and spicy stuffs. I actually did not take any of those food/drinks. This goes on for 10 yrs until one day, I read one newspaper regarding bloated stomach and how it happened. The paper advised to have the meal to be taken very slowly. Eg something like in 20 mins. I took the advise and trial for few months and I was eventually "cured" without medicine. So, though your gastric pain may not be totally the same as mine, why not give it a try. I do not have any attack for past 1 yr now..

    Edit: I also got a stressful working lifestyle, part of this attribute the "acid" to my stomach, causing me very uncomfortable. Just take regular meals and take it slowly and make sure you bite the food.
    Mine is more of pain and vomitting. Usually last ard 10-12 hrs before the pain goes away. During that time, take what medication also not much use as most likely will be vomitted out.

    Agree must really eat food slowly. Sometimes I believe I forgot to chew n just swallow. A couple of times, I am too engrossed in reading reports or codes, that I finished up the my lunch without realizing it.

  16. #36

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    Quote Originally Posted by Estherfu View Post
    Dear Falcon
    I agree with Maestrolik (prob a physician) and I assume that you are under the care of a gastroenterologist?


    If you symptoms persist despite medication, and reducing your daily stress, and regulating your diet (also no excessive alcohol including red wine - can be very acidic), do ask for a CT abdomen.
    Let us know if you need any further info.

    esther

    Hi esther. Yes, I went to see a gastroenterologist last mth as recommended by my family doctor. Will be seeing him again next mth. Fortunately I do not drink. As for stress, trying to reduce it but sometimes things are really beyond me except taking extreme measures such as changing my job.

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    i used to have this Helicobactor Pylori bacteria. symptom includes lost of weight, appetite, gases in stomach, blurping. went to sgh for treatment for several months but couldnt get rid of this symptom. eventually when to specialist for a scope and after taking the medication for few weeks the bacteria was gone. Currently my stomache still dont feel so good, maybe due to weak stomach. I keep having some feeling of disorder especially when i'm hungry.

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    All I can say is different bodies have different ways to solve your problems.

    I believe in both Western and Chinese remedy.

    I use to be like you too. I took the normal route by going to a Western medicine but it was not able to cure.

    Later when I got married to my wife few years ago, thank god my father in law was a Chinese Physician. So obviously he help me and at the end of the day after taking about 1 year plus of Chinese medicine, he told me that I just need to maintain a healthy lifestyle. I have not had any gastric attack since then......

    Regular meals is THE most important. Instead of having 3 big meals a day, spread them into 5 small meals. Eat moderately and chew your food. Avoid ALCOHOL, CHEESE, SUPER OILY FOOD, CHILLY AND ANY FOOD which has high acidity.

    Exercise is a form of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

    Again I must remind you that everyone's body works differently. Not all is cure that same way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Godzilla Invades View Post
    All I can say is different bodies have different ways to solve your problems.

    I believe in both Western and Chinese remedy.

    I use to be like you too. I took the normal route by going to a Western medicine but it was not able to cure.

    Later when I got married to my wife few years ago, thank god my father in law was a Chinese Physician. So obviously he help me and at the end of the day after taking about 1 year plus of Chinese medicine, he told me that I just need to maintain a healthy lifestyle. I have not had any gastric attack since then......

    Regular meals is THE most important. Instead of having 3 big meals a day, spread them into 5 small meals. Eat moderately and chew your food. Avoid ALCOHOL, CHEESE, SUPER OILY FOOD, CHILLY AND ANY FOOD which has high acidity.

    Exercise is a form of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

    Again I must remind you that everyone's body works differently. Not all is cure that same way.
    Noted your advice. Thanks. May take a look at chinese medicine as an alternative if things don't improve.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dafansu View Post
    i used to have this Helicobactor Pylori bacteria. symptom includes lost of weight, appetite, gases in stomach, blurping. went to sgh for treatment for several months but couldnt get rid of this symptom. eventually when to specialist for a scope and after taking the medication for few weeks the bacteria was gone. Currently my stomache still dont feel so good, maybe due to weak stomach. I keep having some feeling of disorder especially when i'm hungry.
    Take care. Hopefully things get better for you.

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